Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Camp challenge

Venue: Konstnärshuset, Stockholm. 20140422

It took me a while to get used to this model, I've drawn him once before a long time ago. The challenge was to draw his effeminate form and posturing while keeping him masculine at the same time, like I said, it was difficult.

Watercolour male nude by David Meldrum
Ten minute pose, please click to enlarge on your screen.

Watercolour male nude by David Meldrum
Five minute male nude

Watercolour male nude by David Meldrum
Ten minute pose

Male nude by David Meldrum
Three - five minute sketch

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Urban Sketching in The Suburbs

Yesterday was the 43rd World SketchCrawl. A sunny day was had in the suburbs of Stockholm with fellow urban sketcher, Nina. Skärholmen central square. We had a lot of fun even if we had a very persistent drunk yapping profanities into ours ears for what seem like several hours.

Sketch by David Meldrum
SketchCrawl #43 , Skärholmen, Stockholm

Sketch by David Meldrum
SketchCrawl #43 , Skärholmen, Stockholm

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My first horse

It was easier than I thought it would be, my first horse. I used a photograph as reference and used both, masking fluid and white gouache for the details.  The paper is Arches, 300g, rough, 19 x 28 cm. I enjoyed painting a four legged creature instead of two, I therefore plan to paint more horses in the near future.

Watercolour horse by David Meldrum
Click on image to enlarge.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Finding inspiration

Venue: Basis, Stockholm. 20140412

Some models don't inspire me, I guess this is normal.
I am learning to look beyond the first impression and find details or executions that excite. Drawing and painting improves when you take a second look it seems.
(  I later spent some time adding extra detail and tone to these sketches. )





Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Becoming more consistent ...

Venue; Konstnärshuset, Stockholm. 20140408

I seem to be producing a steady flow of figurative watercolours that I am happy with these days. I hope I continue being so happy with myself even next week...

Nude by David Meldrum
Five minute watercolour nude 

Nude by David Meldrum
Ten minute watercolour nude 

Nude by David Meldrum
Five minute watercolour nude 
Nude by David Meldrum
Two minute nude

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Good period ...

Venue: Basis, Stockholm. 20140405

I seem to be going through a relatively good period right now, at least that is the way it feels. We had the same model as last Saturday, I think her name is Mia, she's been modelling for 50 years which is pretty amazing. She lacks hair because of chemotherapy, yeap, she's pretty special.

Nude by David Meldrum
A4, 15 minute watercolour nude. 

Nude by David Meldrum
A4, ten minute watercolour nude. 

Nude by David Meldrum
A4,  two minute pencil nude. 

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

I was in the mood ...

Venue: Konstnärshuset, Stockholm. 20140401

I was in the mood last night it seems.  The amount of watercolour sketches presented below being the proof.

I also signed a contract today to rent an artist's studio during the summer months, I am really looking forward to getting down to doing some serious watercolour painting. I have a number of ideas in my head that I want to do. They will be in large format, so it's very exciting that I now have this opportunity.


Nude by David Meldrum
Five minute watercolour nude

Nude by David Meldrum
Five minute watercolour nude

Nude by David Meldrum
Five minute watercolour nude

Nude by David Meldrum
Ten minute watercolour nude

Nude by David Meldrum
Five minute watercolour nude

Nude by David Meldrum
Five minute watercolour nude

Nude by David Meldrum
Two minute pencil sketch

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Saturday's life drawing

Venue: Basis, Stockholm. 20140329

Our model last Saturday was the old lady who underwent chemotherapy.
Her red, sad eyes and hairless head, she was dignified and comfortable as she posed in front of our microscopic eyes. People are almost as tough as life itself, almost.

Watercolour A4

Quick pencil sketch

15 minute pose



Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Pencil and paper

Venue: Konstnärshuset, Stockholm, 20140325

I brought the minimum to life drawing yesterday evening. A few pencils and a block of A4 paper.
The model's poses were quite contorted, very hard to draw, luckily she did a few classical poses too.

Pencil nude by David Meldrum
Five minute pencil nude

Pencil nude by David Meldrum
Five minute pencil nude

Pencil nude by David Meldrum
Five minute pencil nude

Nudes in progress...

Here are some nudes I did at life drawing last Saturday.  I want to give them another wash or two to see what developes.

Useful watercolour portrait videos by Michael Holter.

I stumbled over these videos while searching the internet. I was looking for inspirational figure painting and portraiture in watercolour. Michael Holter is very similar to Ted Nutall. I hope my style matures to be more free and loose. Saying that there is a lot to learn from Michael and Ted and their approach to portraiture in watercolour.





Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wednesday's life drawing

Venue: Master Olafsgården, Old Town, Stockholm.

I am enjoying playing around with watercolour, I learn a lot from these quick sketches.

Female nude by David Meldrum
Ten minute watercolour nude

Female nude by David Meldrum
Fifteen minute watercolour nude

Female nude by David Meldrum
Ten minute watercolour nude

Female nude by David Meldrum
Three minute sketch. Too much fixative, that's why it's so wrinkly.

Tuesday's life drawing

Venue: Konstnärshuset, Stockholm. 20140318

The model is a dancer, he was very theatrical and amusing to draw.

Male nude by David Meldrum
Five minute watercolour nude

Male nude by David Meldrum
Five minute watercolour nude

Male nude by David Meldrum
Five minute watercolour nude

Male nude by David Meldrum
Two minute nude

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Inspiration is important

Venue: Basis, Stockholm. 20140315

I've drawn this model too many times, I know all her poses, no surprises. I'm not blaming the model, I just wasn't able to get it on. Saying that, I am actually happy with the first sketch. The other fifteen or so sketches from the session were well below standard.

Later:. 20140317
Man, I'm grumpy when I don't feel so well. I gotta stop moaning, life is too short for negatives. I am looking forward to new, positive, life drawing opportunities this Tuesday evening. :)

Nude by David Meldrum
Ten minute watercolour nude

Nude by David Meldrum
Ten minute watercolour nude

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Feeling good

Venue: Mäster Olofsgården, 20140312

It's amazing what a good night's sleep can do. Yesterday, I felt rested and it really shows in my work I think. There was a beautiful model to draw which of course helps. It was also the first time I did life drawing at Mäster Olofsgården in the old town of Stockholm. Nice place, crowded but friendly, I knew a lot of the life drawing junkies there and I am sure I will visit again. ( Please excuse the bad scan quality, I had no access to good light. )


Watercolour nude by David Meldrum
Ten minute watercolour nude, 24 x 32cm

Watercolour nude by David Meldrum
Fifteen minute watercolour nude, 32 x 24cm

Watercolour nude by David Meldrum
Five minute watercolour nude, 32 x 24cm

Watercolour nude by David Meldrum
Five minute nude
Watercolour nude by David Meldrum
Ten minute nude

Watercolour nude by David Meldrum
Five minute nude