I’m sharing some artwork from my school and college years. See all the posts here.
So, after college I went to Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen. I have tons of stuff from these three years and I thought I might have to take a week off to sort through and decide what to post here, but then I remembered this sketchbook which I used throughout my first year. It starts right at the beginning – I remember the first three things we had to do were draw a big self-portrait to hang on the wall, build a room-spanning bridge out of paper in teams (literal team building there!) and design packaging for an egg that would allow it to be dropped from a height (mine involved a parachute and did not work).
I was accepted late so I missed out on the dubious excitement of freshers week and living in halls and instead lodged with a family in town. These are drawings of my room and some composition ideas for a finished piece. You might see some of these turn up again later.
We also had to draw stuff during the holidays. This is Christmas at my dad’s.
And an elephant planter in my mum’s shop.
We did one whole day of life drawing a week, which we got pretty sick of, but it’s so important. These are 30 second drawings, which I turned out to have a bit of knack for. It’s such a ridiculously short time that you have to draw really instinctively. You can see from these how you barely even have time to lift your pencil off the paper.
Next time: who knows! Probably some finished stuff from first year.