SEEING WITH SKETCHBOOKS
Tuesday, 21 September, 6.30-8pm
Wednesday, 6 October, 10am-4pm (1 hour lunchbreak)
To look back at a sketchbook is like looking at an old diary. They are a window into the artist’s mind. Sketchbooks are a place to make mistakes and take notes and ask questions. They are also records of time - as usually you keep to one sketchbook for a few months and then move on to the next sketchbook with a new stage of life. You can use sketchbooks for a single project which feels succinct, or they can be places to explore new materials and explore cities!
In this talk Molly will look into the fascinating world of sketchbooks - examining some of the greatest historical examples throughout human history, such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh and Charles Darwin. While providing her own sketchbooks as well as other examples to look at, Molly will discuss the important role sketchbooks provide us with, as a bridge towards a final piece of work as well as places to record time.
In this workshop you will have a chance to fill your sketchbooks with some free and explorative drawings.
The day will be broken up into various drawing exercises including :
Drawing objects from life with annotations
Drawing from a master
Drawing from a selection of frozen cinematic screenshots
Weather permitting - drawing in Spa Fields Park
This will be a chance to really explore how to use your sketchbooks and experiment with different materials.
Simple A6 Sketchbooks will be provided by Eye to Pencil but you are welcome to bring your own. We will be mainly using ink and pencil but please bring a range of materials to use if you’d like.
Top left - Page from Blow Pipe Maker
Second left - The Art of Repair
Third left - Nati and Augusto
Bottom left - Tim in Blankets
Molly Martin is an Artist and Illustrator based in South East London.
Growing up in the secluded English countryside, Molly spent a lot of her childhood drawing the world around her. Often drawing from life but also her imagination, she would spend hours at a time making sketchbooks and filling them with invented characters and illustrated stories.
She went on to study Illustration at Falmouth University where she was able to truly explore her illustrative style while continuing her drawing practice with life drawing classes and observational studies. Today she works as a freelance illustrator and artist from her studio at Thames Side Studios in Woolwich.
For Molly, sketchbooks are a vital tool for her drawing practice. They are a place to put ideas and make notes but can also act as personal time capsules - capturing a certain period of time and life. The freedom in which she works within her sketchbooks, totally depends on the quality of the paper, so she keeps a number of sketchbooks at a time. Some are for nobody else to see, and others are a collection of artworks depicting a holiday or project.
Photo credit: Roo Lewis