I was disappointed on Friday as the applications for the Royal Academy Summer exhibition had sold out before the deadline. The system has changed over the past couple of years and I should have looked into it sooner. So . . . despite photographing my work before the deadline, I couldn’t submit my work. Decided to go drawing in Brighton to get my mind off things. Weather wasn’t good and I was walking around to find somewhere indoors that caught my eye. I peeked into the window of  ‘Franco’s barbers’ and thought the interior looked interesting. I arched my head around the door and asked Franco, the owner if it would be OK to sketch. Very friendly so I sat down and did a number of drawings.  Here are a few. There was a steady flow of customers most of whom appeared to be regulars. Beards fashionable and enjoyed the conversation. I really liked the retro feel of the interior with the library wall paper above the picture rail, stags heads on the wall, old photographs and posters as well as the different hair products old and new.

More Brighton drawings to follow . . .

Life Drawing

I’ve always tried to keep up life drawing since graduating from Art College many years ago. Over the past couple of years as I draw outside I had a break. I decided to resume life drawing and pop along to the open access untutored class at the Paddock studios, Lewes. Very relaxed and friendly. I got my gouache paints out and enjoyed capturing the quick poses and slightly longer poses (upto 20 mins). I’ve always preferred drawing quickly as I don’t have time to think too much about what I’m doing. A bit like when I go sketching. Here’s a selection I’ve done over two evening classes.