Monday, July 25, 2011

Illustration with Sarah Gully

On Saturday I did an illustration workshop with Sarah Gully and it was such a fun and invigorating experience. I just love her quirky stuff; she also won a prize at the Linden Postcard show this year which I hadn't realised, but then I actually remembered seeing the piece.

She structured the workshop by first doing a demo of a medium and some techniques before she sent us off to have a go ourselves and so we got the privilege of watching her in action. I picked up a lot of tips just by watching her work and she was also very generous with her advice throughout the workshop. Her approach to art making and the techniques she taught us were inspiring and I went away excited about experimenting.

We worked with watercolour and colour pencil, then ink and watercolour and lastly gauche. I hated gauche. I just couldn't get the hang of how to use it, but I think I'm going to have another go before I completely dismiss it. I just couldn't make it work for me. I really enjoyed using the watercolour and pencil/pen. One of my favourite things we did all day was what Sarah called 'taking a line for a walk' where we had to draw plastic animals without lifting our pencil or pen from the page. It was tricky to keep that pen on the page but once I got the hang of it, it was a lot of fun. I like to think of them as 'scribble' drawings because that's what it felt like I was doing - but it was very liberating not to be 'sketching' in the sense that I wasn't worried about precision. Here are some of my efforts:

Jodi Wiley (black pencil)

Jodi Wiley (black pencil, pen, watercolour)

In this last one she asked us to add another element to the animal illustration plus text to create a narrative:

 Jodi Wiley (pen & watercolour)

It was just so much fun. I went away determined to work on my illustration skills and to use my sketchbook more. Life gets in the way a lot of the time but I really need to make space in my day for drawing - even if it's just for 5 minutes.