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Rian’s Skill



This week’s work from home comes from Rian M (S2, OLSP). Rian has amazing observational skills, drawing, sizing and detail comes to him naturally. He does not need to pre-plan drawings or add layout lines/guide lines to get a successful result, this is a talent that only comes with practice and refining your skills. Above and below you’ll see a few examples from his ever increasing sketchbook. How great is that hand drawing? Seriously?! Great stuff Rian, thanks for letting us have a glimpse into your sketchbook.


A Beautiful Study

This work from home isn’t from one of my pupils, but I saw it and thought it was so good that I had to feature it. The portrait, by Holly McP (S5), appears to be a quick sketch of a young woman or girl, though upon closer inspection you can see how thoughtful Holly has been in selecting where she was going to place each of her lines and how her tonal scribbles would add form to the subject’s body and hair. The secret to Holly’s drawing is that it looks as if she has created it very quickly, it also looks as if every carefree line that she has placed is in a nearly perfect position. I’m sure this is not the case, I believe that Holly had spent a good length of time on this image and that it was very carefully considered, but if she did just sketch it out in a few minutes she’s an utter genius. If she didn’t, she’s still an utter genius for making us think that she did…

Don’t Daudle… Doodle.

Chantelle M (S1, OLSP) has been working in her ‘Doodle Book’ for quite some time now. I always get a little annoyed when I see pupils work into lined books like this as I had done when I was their age. It’s so annoying when you revisit the drawings after time to find that they are actually quite good drawings, but they’re ruined by the lines of the notebook paper. Saying that, it’s something that I did do too and still do (yes, even teachers ‘never learn’), it just depends on what you what from your sketches in the future.

I really enjoy having a glimpse into what interests pupils at home, what drives them to create when they’re not forced to by school, parents or other means. There are very interesting subjects here in Chantelle’s book, re-interpretations of the heart symbol, ideas of perfection or happiness, dynamic drawings and sweeps that are the foundation of good drawing for design. These are things that embed themselves in us from an early age and it is interesting in seeing them re-invented over by new generations.

These pages could easily be modern ads for communication services, an internet service, a phone or a social network. The doodle page is as important to us as the hand print on a rock wall was to our ancestors.

Thanks to Chantelle for sharing her work with us, it has really made me think and that’s what good art should do.

The Grey Cat

Have I got a treat for you. I was given the opportunity today to have a look into Hanna M‘s (S4, Notre Dame) secret folder. The thing is brimming with amazing pictures. Her style is very dynamic, not quite Manga, not quite western cartoon, but very professional and intricate.

Hanna is originally from Zgorzelec, Poland, though has obviously been effected by Western and Japanese cultures in her sketches. I do love the fact that she plays around with her dual language. I can’t understand the polish comments, though I am interested by them, they lend an air of mystery to her work.

Her drawings of animals and furries (anthropomorphic animals) are truly staggering.  Using free exploring guide lines and thick and thin pen lines to build up the simplistic characters, Hannah has mastered the art of cartooning or caricaturing. All the trademarks are there, the big eyes and the over-sized hands/paws.

This is just a small selection of Hanna’s work. To see more sketches and finished artworks go visit her profile (which means ‘Grey Cat’) here:


Need A Hand?


I have recently had the chance to look back at my past 3 years of Secondary School teaching and browse my way through most of the fantastic work that’s been produced in that time. Whether that be through photos or actual work that is on display in my home, there are a lot of pieces that, even I, can’t believe they were created by students rather than professionals. One of my favourite sketches of all time is the work below by Agnes (S3 from Notredame High).

Agnes had very fine slender fingers and so her beautifully sketched drawing of her hand reminded me of the work by Klimt or Schiele. She could not see the beauty in her style and found no great pleasure in drawing or Art in general, so it’s amazing that she had such an elegant style and observant eye. I had stored this piece inside an art book to keep it flat, so it was an absolute delight to re-discover it.

I will have to buy a nice thick black frame for it over the weekend and show it off on a wall like it deserves, but until then, I thought it would be apt to award it ‘Artwork of the Week’.