Sonia Vande Velde, Nathalie Renotte and Barbara Luel went on the weekend of 27th October to Den Haag to follow a workshop with Ian Fennelly.
The workshop could be called “sketch with your emotions”!
Nathalie made a great reportage about it that we want to share with you here:
Or like Ian said so well: “To make art you need your eyes, your hands and your HEART. It’s your heart that makes you choose your colours. Your emotional side.”
- He first starts by drawing the big shapes with a warm grey Tombow pen, by holding the pen at the end tip, so these first lines wouldn’t be too stiff and so you don’t smudge the page. You have to find things that make you walk into the drawing, like a pavement or a sidewalk.
- the drawing happens all with grey Tombows, changing to different grey tones.
- then he adds watercolour by big “blobs”. In this workshop we used mainly blue, oranges, reds and yellows.
- don’t forget the splashes!
- On the dry watercolour he adds crosshatches to soften the watercolour.
- After adding the watercolour blobs, we have tidied things up by drawing details : and what kind of details! Make the rivets on the wooden pannels communicate with the chewing gums on the street!
- Afterwards black lines and shadows to link the shapes together and make shapes pop out.
- It’s all about looking, looking, looking !
- Break the drawing down in little steps. If you get bored on one part of the drawing, just pop onto another part of the drawing! I love this one because I have a very low boredom level
- Look, look, look again (to the scenery, not to your drawing!!!). What are you seeing as a person, and as an artist? It’s the human elements that make it. Break it all down in simple shapes !
- Then it’s about colour : that’s where the HEART comes in.
- Then you finish with the details. The journey of looking ends with the fine details.
It’s all about how we see the world around us.
“To make art you need your eyes, your hands and your HEART. It’s your heart that makes you choose your colours. Your emotional side.” Forget your left brain side.
Ian Fennelly made us see the world and our way of drawing in a different way.