Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Sketching at The RA - The Friends Room #2

This is the second of my sketches of people in the Friends Room at the RA. This one was done late afternoon in August 2007, after I saw the exhibition "Impressionists by the Sea".

Tea in the Friends' Room, Royal Academy of Arts
8" x 10", pen and sepia ink in Moleskine sketchbook
copyright Katherine Tyrrell

I particularly like the composition of this one and the value pattern, with a bit of tweaking, looks like it might quite well in terms of 'reading the picture' if I work this one up into a 'proper drawing'.

I like revisiting sketches. They never need to be worked up straight away and it's often interesting to see which ones 'stick' in my head over time - I think they're often the best ones.

If you'd like to read a review of the exhibition I saw just click this link - "Impressionists by the Sea" at the Royal Academy. The links to details about the exhibition on the RA website are still live.
The Impressionists by the Sea exhibition in the Sackler Galleries of the Royal Academy opened a month ago on 7th July and will finish on 30th September. It includes works by Courbet, Monet, Manet, Renoir, Caillebotte, Whistler, Gauguin, Cassett and many other less well known artists.

I prefer to visit exhibitions when they've got over the initial rush - so that I can actually see the paintings. Except I forgot it was August - which is major tourist month in London - and there were lots of people visiting yesterday afternoon! I hate to think what it's like at the weekend!
Making A Mark - "Impressionists by the Sea" at the Royal Academy.


  1. AnonymousJune 24, 2008

    This is quite good. The composition is very pleasant to look at.

  2. When you say 'pen and ink', does this mean you have a pen with a special nib that you dip into a small bottle of ink, right there, in the Friend's Room? Because it's quite finicky. I can't get a straight line. Or are you using some other kind of pen, with a reservoir? I wondered how you got your line, because it's regular, but not mechanically identical. Thanks.

  3. No - no way would you be allowed a bottle of ink in the RA. I use a pen as per my website - see http://www.pastelsandpencils.com/materials.html#penandink


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