Yesterday’s drawings were done in the life class. Today I spent a chilly few minutes sketching mute swans and black headed gulls on the water the Abbey gardens in Cirencester. Not great drawings, but this to be working from live birds rather than photographs.
I’ve made several sketchbooks now, and I wanted to cut some sort of maker’s plate into them. As I’ve been very busy printing, cutting a lino block seemed the best idea. As I often do I liked back over years of life drawings to find inspiration and found this one, which is an old favourite.
Then I cut a block, which I think works quite well.
Printing straight into the book is a bit but and miss, but that rather adds to it.
I’ve used my newly acquired bookbinding skills to make myself a new sketchbook. It’s fun to do, but importantly you can choose what paper you want, a good, recycled cartridge paper here, and you can make sure it will fit your jacket pocket.
Well, what is the collective noun?
These are beautiful birds, especially in flight. I’ve never seen one catch an oyster. Worm eater would be more accurate, but less romantic. One is in a strong evening sidelight, very hard to show convincingly. I’ll have to try drawing from life, which is not easy.
Carrying on with my sea bird theme. Six pages of cormorants. I have a soft spot for these birds. They are very common, and one usually watches over my boat at night time anchor, perched on a nearby channel marker. There at sundown and still there in the morning.
I like making them more than using them at the moment. This one incorporates ideas from the first two. The covering paper is some wonderful wrapping paper from the Bodelian library. Linings are two lino cut prints I had lying around. There is now room for a pen. It is bound with proper book tape from the wonderful Vintage Paper Company in Orkney. Where you can also get unsold watercolour paper made in the early 20th century.