EMBRACE A LITTLE SELF PORTRAYING.

EMBRACE A LITTLE SELF PORTRAYING.

OK. Sometimes when you draw a self-portrait it’s not going to be very flattering! It’s hard to keep a smile up when you’re staring intently at yourself in a mirror for over an hour.

I did this after a private portrait drawing lesson with a client who came to me at PAD STUDIOS. There’s no post photo retouching here. Just the bald faced evidence of what was in front of me. Sometimes you need to see yourself.. as you are, not the person you think you are.

That’s what I love about drawing portraits. For an hour and a half I was lost in the puzzle of where the folds and creases melted together, where the irises fell on their related eyeballs, where my ear began and where it ended. (Which is apparently with no pretensions of petiteness!). I’m really quite happy with the drawing and looking forward to the future versions of my encounter with form, placement, proportion and the ageing process. If it was good enough for Rembrandt…

Which is why I’d like to encourage you to come along to my new portrait drawing sessions during the week, no matter what age you are.

They are on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays from 10am until 2.00pm. Bookable in blocks of six -£75. So I guess you may be a passionate student, active retiree, independently wealthy or resting between jobs at those times of the week. What is waiting though is a welcoming, calm, creative and supportive enclave for your drawing level and potential in the heart of Hull’s old town. A place that acknowledges and may indeed record on paper, your own unique presence in the world.

MIDWEEK PORTRAIT DRAWING SESSIONS START MON 29TH JULY – ENROL NOW.

More info: www.padnpencil.uk/mid-port-draw

Bookings: http://luvull.com/product/mid-port-draw-sessions/

OR – If you‘d prefer a session sooner, join me on the 6th July for a four hour SATURDAY PORTRAIT DRAWING SESSION – £20.

Book now at: https://luvull.com/product/sat-portrait-sessions

TELLY FACES

TELLY FACES

It’s great practice to sometimes capture a frame of a person on the telly and give it some attention. Here’s some of the Politicians and commentators from late night and Sunday morning TV programmes.

 

 

 

 

IF YOU COULD MEET AND DRAW A PORTRAIT OF SOMEONE FROM THE RECENT PAST, WHO WOULD THAT BE?

IF YOU COULD MEET AND DRAW A PORTRAIT OF SOMEONE FROM THE RECENT PAST, WHO WOULD THAT BE?

Having produced LIL the Play in 2017 and 18, it would have to be Lillian Bilocca for me!

Some months ago I did the nearest thing by inviting some of the LIL’S LASSES from the Lil Drama Company (and some audience members) to my new GROUP PORTRAIT DRAWING WORKSHOP here at PAD STUDIOS.

Jean Shakesby (who was on the original silent march with LIL) and Sue Thompson both sat in the Portrait chair and the rest put pencil to paper. I gave an introductory lesson on how to draw the human head and face. The laughter and banter between the LASSES is always pretty good, but on that day it was off the chart. I thought art was supposed to be serious? Not any more. I think I’ve found a formula that most people will feel at ease with.

As some hadn’t drawn since school days, it was great to see their initial reactions. Such as Val Holmes the writer of LIL giggling away, huffing and guffawing at her own efforts. And Allison Bowmaster, like Jean another true ‘Hessleroader‘, announcing to the group after intensely staring into Jeans face that.. “You’ve got ears!”

Some of the other LIL’S LASSES want to book a session now. Jean and Allison will also be coming back to my studio for a Solo sitting with me where I will be drawing their individual portraits with headscarfs on, as part of a project featuring local people called PAD PORTRAITS (a project I’m really excited about, which I’ll tell you about some other time).

So who would you like to draw a portrait of today?

Why not your Mam or Dad? A friend? or another local hero? I guarantee if you do, it beats a photo for looking back at with fond memories of the time you spent doing it.

Can’t draw? Worried about the end result? Forget it! Unless you’re planning on selling it to Sotheby’s, it’s about your practice not making someone else happy. It’s really about enjoying the moment and the time spent with the sitter. I’ll give you the knowledge to approach a portrait drawing session with confidence by teaching you the simple techniques to help you. For you to practice over time. Drawing is something you can savour and have fun with all your life.
As well as booking in workshops for groups, I have also provide a private Portrait Drawing Lesson, for those who want a one to one session.

I believe we need more people learning new creative skills and in the process, talking and learning more about each other. If you believe that too, you might want to help make that happen through my new creative portrait project “Coming soon!”.

IN THE MEANTIME….
IF YOU’RE INTERESTED TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BOOKING A GROUP PORTRAIT WORKSHOP WITH YOUR FRIENDS OR WORK COLLEAGUES? (OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO MIGHT BE) – CLICK HERE.

OR, WANT A PRIVATE PORTRAIT DRAWING LESSON HERE AT PAD STUDIOS OR AT YOUR HOME? – CLICK HERE

I look forward to meeting and drawing with you!

Paul A Dennis.

OUR WEDNESDAY NIGHT FIGURE DRAWING IS BACK ON IN HULL’S OLD TOWN!

OUR WEDNESDAY NIGHT FIGURE DRAWING IS BACK ON IN HULL’S OLD TOWN!

After a long break, the new 2019 Figure Drawing session is back on again every Wednesday night in the High Street, Hull.

Starting in 2015, Paul A Dennis has invited people to come and spend some time  in PAD STUDIOS based in an old bonding warehouse opposite the Old Black Boy pub.

It is suitable for any age 18+ and for beginners and seasoned artists alike. You can find out more here.

http://www.padnpencil.uk/figure-drawing

or to book a space: http://luvull.com/product/figure-drawing-weds/