Artists in the Making

Today eight of us met at the Murley Hall for a day’s instruction with portraiture artist Tamsin Dearing. Tamsin had promised that she could teach anyone to draw, but I must admit some of us were a bit sceptical!

We started by learning some shading techniques using mechanical pencils, as well as how to use a rubber and other tools of the trade to create different effects.

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After selecting a photograph from Tamsin’s collection from which to draw, we got started. The big tip of the day was to draw upside down! That way we drew what was actually there, rather than what our eyes expected to see.

Alison works on a drawing of Stephen Fry.

Alison works on a drawing of Stephen Fry.

Lis is all smiles while working on her bird drawing.

Lis is all smiles while working on her bird drawing.

The results were remarkable! Tamsin stuck all of our drawings up on the wall so we could admire each others’ work.

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But we all agreed that Val P was the star of the day with her amazing Audrey Hepburn drawing.

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