Its been quite a while since I went to one of the National Portrait Gallery’s Drawn In sessions. A friend suggested we go and so we joined lots of other people for an afternoon session of sketching and listening to some beautiful singing.
I managed 3 sketches in various styles and media. First a blind drawing in pencil of a floral arrangement in the area we were drawing.
A view to the display of portraits by Rick Amor in the gallery entrance.
The last was a still life and partial figure of the woman sitting in front of me.
After I’d finished drawing I went over to look more closely at the Rick Amor portraits which vaguely appear in my sketch. I was particularly interested in the preparatory drawings for Amor’s 1994 portrait of Gary Catalano.
I was impressed by the economy of the drawings with no need for extensive explanatory detail.
Their adaptation to the final painting doesn’t lose the spareness conveyed by the drawings. There’s quite a lesson in that approach.