Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I have ideas circulating for a new engraving. I want to try and depict the speed and thrill of riding a wooden bellyboard in the surf. The sort of wave that you catch and which then carries you pell mell with walls of foam sizzling past your ears and dumps you onto dry sand! Here's a first scribble:

I might paint a watercolour of it too, as a part of the process. Watercolour by it's very nature can create unexpected and pleasing effects, something I might be able to translate into the wood block.

In the meantime, here are some more beach studies:

Is it telling that I'm drawing people facing away from me? Hmmmmm........Will have to rectify that. I'm taking my sketchpad to the World Bellyboard Championships at Chapel Porth, near St Agnes on Sunday 4th. I hope to sketch between and after my heats and to that end I'm taking my special gel handwarmers with me! Seeing as the rules don't  allow you to wear a wetsuit for your dips in the surf, I think I'm going to have to try and keep warm!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Rainy summer

I feel for the visitors down to Cornwall this year. Apart from some glorious weather in early Summer, it's been unpredictable, showery, windy and dull, with the occasional fabulous day just to tease you. It's fine if all you want to do is get wet anyway in the surf, but pretty grotty if you want to sit on the beach. Beach visits are cut short by mischievous showers and the escape back to the car to sit in fug with damp gritty sand between your toes is unattractive. Especially when the last one off the beach has the car keys!

Still, one day the sun will reappear and when it does........

There's fun for young........

And younger!

Just a few old sketches......trouble is when I go to the beach, it's in a wetsuit with my board, not my sketchbook. I must rectify that on the days I don't surf.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Bookplate

Not engraved, but drawn on the computer, as my client wanted to have a rubber stamp made of the artwork so that he could print bookplates as and when he needed them.