Learn how to draw a a scallop type seashell using Derwent Academy Watercolour Pencils and a Derwent water brush. When drawing with coloured pencils it’s best to start off with the lightwer colours and build up the density and hues as you go.
Start with a lighter colour to give you a guide to work to and don’t press too hard. You could use a very light pencil and erase any construction lines afterwards.
I was with Derwent Pencils at the British Family Fayre in Westerham, Kent on Saturday. I had a great time showing how to use watercolour pencils and aquatone sticks with Derwent waterbrushes great fun was had by all! great to meet everyone – very tiring but great fun :)
I will be at the Great British Family Fayre on the 31st August 2013. Why not come along?
I’ll be with Derwent Pencils, showing off their great products and showing how to draw all sorts of things.
To get you in the British mood, I thought I’d show you how to draw a British Pillar Box. There’s one of these on the corner of almost every street. It’s what you put your letters or mail in for the Post Office to come an collect and send to your frinds. You might call it a mail box. They are painted in “Pillar Box Red” except for one or two gold ones which are in the towns where Olympic Gold Medal winners live!
You can tell how high they are by the amount of black showing at the bottom. The more black, the higher they are. I learned this when I was younger and could not go past a pillar box without leap-frogging over it!
In this video I used my nice new set of Derwent coloursoft pencils.
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I was just watching a trailer for a new movie called Embracing Dyslexia. A faltering piano tinkles in the background as the music track. I was half listening to it when… BLAM! Everything made sense. Dyslexia must affect the reading of music too!
A quick search took me to the British Dyslexia web page on the subject. I’m 50 something years old and I only just figured it out!
I loved music as a child – it was something deep inside me. I sang all the time and was thrilled the day I learned to whistle. I wanted to be just like the Beatles when I grew up. But I couldn’t make head or tail of written music. Oh, the frustration! Every time I tried to learn music they put those dots in front of me and every time those dots jangled about the page like a room full of bluebottles. Why wouldn’t they sit still on the stave? Actually the stave was a bit wobbly too, vibrating like guitar strings!
So it would be suggested that maybe I wasn’t quite ready to learn the guitar or piano or whatever. Singing in the choir was easy. I just sang what the person next to me was singing. I was so sensitive to the music I could pretty much guess what the notes were anyway, getting a bit cross when the composer put in a weird, unexpected modulation to make it more interesting.
I eventually learned to play the guitar when I discovered that they drew little pictures of the chords above the misc and even showed where to put your fingers. But lead guitar meant nothing to me. The scales didn’t either and they still don’t make sense. Semitones are the same as “i before e”. I know the rule and can recite it backwards, but I still spell cieling wrong! Ceiling just doesn’t look right.
And the black keys on the piano… why? I just don’t get them. When I watch proper musicians I’m amazed. They follow those notes and stick to a tempo: tick, tick, tick. It’s why I was never any good playing with other musicians. Music to me was a purely emotional art form. Tempo, like Space Time, was relative. The tempo of a song that I wrote depended entirely on how I felt that day, what my voice was like, and the emotional intensity of the song at that precise moment.
When I performed the songs I wrote. I started and finished. I couldn’t remember any of the bit in between because I’d been there, in the story, enveloped in the emotion, in the moment, performing.
Like the observer effect in particle physics, as soon as I turned the tape recorder on to play a proper performance, in time to a click track so I could layer harmonies and overdubs, it all fell to pieces. I could sing along quite happily in playback as an emotional response, but as soon as the record button went down I could see those notes bouncing up and down – marching ants crawling along the staves – swallows collecting up on telegraph wires – and ill all went to pieces – thinking about it too much.
Weird! But I feel liberated having finally understood. Maybe I was never really meant to be in a band after all!
Last week we visited the ancient town of Ludlow in Shropshire in England. It’s full of medieval half-timbered houses complemented by fine Georgian and Victorian architecture. It must have been a rich market town in its day. It still must be doing well, judging by the kind of shopping to be had there.
Ring the bell at the Castle Lodge, pay your three ponds and you will be treated to the most eccentric visit to an historic building ever!
For some reason the county name of Shropshire is shortened to Salops!
We were on our way to visit Stokesay Castle , which will be the subject of the next video.
On the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of August I had the pleasure and privilege of joining Derwent Pencils and the Keswick Pencil Museum at CarFest North at Oulton Park race track. The place was buzzing with cars and families. The Festival is the brain child of BBC Radio 2′s Chris Evans. It’s a great weekend out for all the family with cars, food, music and lots for the kids to do.
The sun shone almost the whole time. We had our own marquee and were visited by hundreds of people coming to see what Derwent pencils are all about and finding out more about the Pencil Museum in Keswick ,where I will be showing how to draw scary stuff over the October half term holiday – 22-23-24 October. Come along, why don’t you?
Derwent donated a six foot long graphic pencil, just like the ones I use in my videos, but six foot long and a real working pencil! It raised £500 for Children in need. I had a lot of requests for how to draw Pudsey! Maybe I should do that for Children in Need this year?
It was a fantastic weekend – incredibly tiring – on our feet the whole time, meeting and greeting the great british public, showing them that it is really easy to draw, if you just pick up a pencil and have a go!
Come along to the Great British Family Fayre in Westerham Kent, next weekend, 31st August. We’ll be doing something similar there, but without the cars!
Music from epidemic.com Car chase 8 by Victor Ohlsson
Because I will be at the Great British Family Fayre on the 31st August, I thought I should draw that quintessential English object – a Nice Cup of Tea. Actually, I think we are turning into a nation of coffee drinkers. I blame Starbucks!
Why not come along next week on Saturday the 31st August? I’ll be with Derwent Pencils – showing off their great products and showing how to draw all sorts of things.
I will be at the Great British Family Fayre on the 31st August. Why not come along?
I’ll be with Derwent Pencils, showing off their great products and showing how to draw all sorts of things. To get you in the British Mood, I thought I’d show you how to draw the Crown of England, or a simplified version of it any way… have fun!
Next weekend, on the 31st of August, I will be in Westerham in Kent for the Great British Family Fayre, at Squerries Court. It looks like it should be a great day out.
I’ll be there with Derwent Pencils showing off their fabulous British drawing materials – Derwent is the only British pencil manufacturer!
I’ll be showing you how to draw things and explaining about their different products including my favourites: Inktense, Aquatone and Waterbrushes.