image dcw Image courtesy of Design Commission Wales. Photographer Betina Skovbro.

Picking Up A Pencil...

I have had many conversations about 'going back to pencil' with designer types over the last couple of years... last week I joined a drawing workshop in Cardiff.

Organised by the Design Commission Wales 'Drawing: A Design Tool' explored drawing as 'mark making with meaning'. Facilitated by Eileen Adams supporter of the Campaign for Drawing, the workshop explored the different purposes of drawing... PERCEPTION (observational drawing), COMMUNICATION, INVENTION AND ACTION.

The audience (a mixture of designers, artists, architects and educators) were asked by Eileen to undertake various drawing related activities, one of which was to go outside and make a series of observational drawings. 6 pen drawings each taking 3 minutes. As someone who doesn't make regular observational drawings, this proved quite challenging. Drawing with a pencil (I cheated) commits you to a mark unlike computer drawing. On a computer you can delete, delete, delete... with a pencil, technique and skill are laid bare.This was a challenge but in a good way.

image  Dcw Image courtesy of Design Commission Wales. Photographer Betina Skovbro.



This was a great opportunity to mix with other creative types and get a different perspective on something that you can take for granted... drawing. Since the workshop I have made a conscious attempt to make more observational drawings...a habit I hope to keep!

image  DCW Image courtesy of Design Commission Wales. Photographer Betina Skovbro.



The Design Commission Wales will be holding similar events in the future, contact Sue Jones for more details.





image  Dr Sketchy Image courtesy of Dr Sketchy's North Wales



Meanwhile in Prestatyn...

creative types have been taking up a very different type of drawing challenge. Run by Heather Jones, Dr Sketchy North Wales brings together the unlikely bedfellows of burlesque and drawing. Groups of both professional and amateur creatives have been gathering together to draw burlesque artists, for a fresh take on life drawing.

image  Dr Sketchy Image courtesy of Dr Sketchy's North Wales.



Future events will feature the opportunity to draw a burlesque mermaid and a Royal Wedding featuring a gypsy wedding style Kate and a drag king Wills.

image  Dr Sketchy Image courtesy of Dr Sketchy's North Wales



For more information contact Heather Jones or visit www.drsketchynorthwales.co.uk


image Jerwood Drawing Prize Image 'Bolus-Space (signal)', pens on canvas, 76 x 62 cm, by Virginia Verran



Whilst in Carmarthen...The Jerwood Drawing Prize

The Jerwood Drawing Prize is the largest and most prestigious annual open drawing exhibition in the UK. This year's exhibition tours for the first time to Oriel Myrddin Gallery. The Jerwood Drawing Prize, which aims to recognise and support both established and emerging artists in the field of drawing, features the work of seventy artists.

Opening event: Saturday 5 March 2011, Gallery talk by Osi Rhys Osmond ‘Reconsidering Drawing’ is at 3pm following the opening at 2pm.

Admission is free

For more information contact KCampbell@carmarthenshire.gov.uk

Or visit www.orielmyrddingallery.co.uk