120121 Landmarks


The body is a landscape of hills and valleys in drawing terms and the more wrinkles and moles there are the better. The artist is eager and greedy to convert them into dots and splashes to enliven and energise their work. I was working with a male life model this week and I have to say he is undeniably skinny; every rib and sinew shows through as clear as a bell. Perfect for some studies but I have to admit an obese male life model would be good to draw also but have yet to find one. Copious folds and acres of flesh, normally shunned and eschewed by society and the media, would be a bonus in life drawing terms. Male or female. So if any life model is reading this, take note; you are not required to follow any diet. Ample is good, folds are visually interesting.

What medium have I been using recently? Twig and ink. I was out picking up wind blown twigs off the ground in our garden after a post Christmas gale had blown them off, neatly placing them on the  bonfire ready for a Spring clean blaze,when I decided they would make ideal drawing implements. I am not sure what sort of tree it is but it’s huge, possibly a weeping rowan, and the twigs are smooth and springy. I tweaked them with my trusty secateurs into a nice angled point and quickly made a couple of  dozen to share with students. They are particularly good to draw with because of their springiness, allowing a few unexpected marks to appear, and I do like the unexpected in my drawing.

Incidentally I am about to take new images of life drawing sketch books so watch this space as these will be uploaded shortly to bring colour and illustration to my blog.

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110413 spring clean


There must be a blue moon somewhere because I’ve just vacuumed under the bed. I found a long lost tin of vaseline and plenty of naval fluff but you really didn’t want to know that. Spring is in the air and with it comes the desire to clear the decks and scrub the scullery cupboard. My studio is next on the agenda so I shall take a deep breath and go in there armed with a dozen bin bags and be ruthless. I feel a minimalist moment coming on so watch this space. In reality I shall of course get side tracked and start reading every darn piece of paper in piles on the floor and set up elaborate filing systems instead of adopting the digger approach and  just chucking it. When I was a student they called me Tuesday Hayward, now they could very well call me Hoarder Hayward and I would understand why. I blame my mother for instilling the Waste not Want not idealogy in to me and starting every sentence with ” in the war you know…”

sketch book study in medical dictionary: Comrie, J.D 1931 News Chronicle Home Doctor Morrison and Gibb Ltd., London