For the love of drawing

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For the love of drawing is a series of work on lifedrawing in pencil.

The pencil drawings are all between A3 and A2 in size and completed in certainly no more than 10 minutes per sketch.

Leonardo Da Vinci – That figure is most praiseworthy which best expresses through its actions the passion of its mind. It must be made with great immediacy, exhibiting in the figure great emotion and fervour otherwise this figure will be deemed twice dead, inasmuch as it is dead because it is a depiction, and dead yet again in not exhibiting motion either of the mind or of the body.


Proportion is key to figurative drawing. To an extent it doesn’t matter what mark you make as long as it is in the right place.

Though every mark has to be fully considered from beginning to end. It may start sharp and thin and might end soft and broad – all within one stroke. So within one mark the pressure of the pencil on the paper changes but also its angle. Quality marks that are varied and unique.

Not everything is drawn, which creates not only a nice overall design, it also simulates locally light striking on, for instance, an arm or a leg, but by omitting something the drawing too appeals to the viewer’s imagination.

These drawings speak of decisions – decisions towards the elements of art (such as line, shape, texture) and decisions toward the principles of art (such us balance, rhythm, movement). When I draw from life decisions are made quickly and done mostly intuitively; yet this only now works because of practice, reflection and analysis.

See more work as part of For the love of drawing in:

For the love of drawing

The long limbs of classical dancers turned rogue

Burlesque at its best

When you are a man

Paddy joins in

The tales of sisters, friends and lovers