Saturday, November 22, 2014

Recording Britain Now - exhibition and prizewinner

Recording Britain Now is the John Ruskin Prize 2014 exhibition I never thought I'd get to see. However a generous sponsor enabled it to be brought from Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery where it was first shown on was. It can be seen until the end of the month at The Electricians Gallery at Trinity Buoy Wharf.

It's an exhibition of drawings, paintings, prints and textiles by 23 artists shortlisted for the second John Ruskin Prize

The theme of the second prize exhibition is Recording Britain Now. Artists were invited to
...present fresh, contemporary visions of their urban, rural or social environment.
There were some 600 entries and the selection panel agreed on 23 images that offer
an engaging mix of materials, techniques and topical commentary, exploring urban sprawl, dereliction and the endangered British countryside.
You have one more week to see it. The exhibition continues until 30th November and is free. 
  • Sun 23 Nov 12-5pm
  • Wed 26 Nov 12-5pm
  • Thu 27 Nov 4-8pm
  • Fri 28 Nov 12-5pm
  • Sat 29 Nov 12-5pm
  • Sun 30 Nov 12-5pm
Here are some of the photographs I took last weekend when sketching there.  Note:
  • how large some of the drawings are
  • how some large drawings are not framed but rather are suspended from fishing wire lopped through small bulldog clips which attach to the sheet of paper. This seems to be have become an accepted way of showing large works on paper - if for no other reason than everybody avoids the problems with weight and the risk of broken glass!

The John Ruskin Prize

Former scientist and recent art graduate, Maggie Hargreaves, was awarded the £1,000 prize for
"two huge drawings revealing nature’s revenge on man’s despoliation of the countryside."
(Right) 'Slowly Creeping' (2011) by Maggie Hargreaves
charcoal on paper, 150x212 cm
(Left) Changing Space II (2009) by Maggie Hargreaves
150x220 cm, charcoal on paper
Here, built structures encroach on natural environments but as those structures are abandoned, no longer required, the woods reclaim what was taken, creeping back and re-establishing territory.The level of detail and large scale of these drawings invites viewers to enter the space depicted and spend time exploring it. Concurrently, as the drawings are approached, the image dissolves and the materiality and process are established; the artifice of the image construction is revealed as a piece of paper with handmade marks, pinned to the gallery wall. Drawing and erasing with charcoal reflects the transient shifting nature of the relationship between people and the surrounding living environment.
Ruskin Prize for Drawing 2014 - Winner! Maggie Hargreaves' blog

More photographs from the exhibition. 

I'm afraid still trying to find the listing which identified which drawing is which artist

I LOVED the textile landscape drawing!
The selected artists in the exhibition are: Anny Evason, Alex Hamilton, Ben Lingard, Colin Maxwell, Catherine Sutcliffe-Fuller, Chris Shaw Hughes, Dr Dolores de Sade, Darren Reid, Evy Jokhova, Gillian Swan, Hannah Brown, Ian Chamberlain, Jennifer Morgan, Michael Cox, Maggie Hargreaves, Mandy Payne, Philip Sanderson, Ros Ford, Rebecca Upton, Roanna Wells, Sonia Stanyard, Sarah Taylor- Silverwood, Sean Williams.

The John Ruskin Prize 2014 Selection Panel:
  • Gill Saunders - Senior Curator of Prints, V&A
  • Laura Oldfield Ford - Artist
  • Sue Grayson Ford - Director, Campaign for Drawing
  • Kirstie Hamilton - Museums Sheffield
  • Clive Wilmer - Master, Guild of St George.

Friday, November 21, 2014

My book is "365 Hints & Tips for Drawing & Sketching" in Asia

The English language edition of my book in Asia has the title 365 Hints & Tips for Drawing & Sketching and is being published by Page One Publishing.

Below you can see the cover. I must say I rather like the diversity of drawings and sketches which, at the same time, work very well together. Congratulations to the designers at Page One - this one gets a thumbs up from me!

The spine and front cover of 365 Hints & Tips for Drawing & Sketching
The artwork gives a good sense of the different types of drawings and sketches you can find in the book.

The artists whose work is on the cover are as follows starting top left and going clockwise and finishing in the middle
You can see more information about them on the Facebook Page plus  links to their Facebook pages and websites at the end of this post.

This is a cropped version of the back cover

Cropped version of the back cover of "365 Hints & Tips for Drawing & Sketching" 
I liked their description on the back cover
"a far cry from other dry, run-of-the-mill art instruction books" 
mainly because that was a prime objective the while time I was writing it!

The book is (or will be) available at all Page One stores in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan and other major bookstores in Asia. It's also getting some publicity on the Page One HQ Facebook Page

Plus it's already got its first review by popular art book blogger Parkablogs

Here's the artists again

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Royal Drawing School

I found out yesterday that I can now say I'm an ex-student of the Royal Drawing School - so I promptly revised my bio pages! (see About the Artist and About Katherine Tyrrell)

The Prince's Drawing School, which was founded by the Prince of Wales in 2000, has been granted Royal status by the Queen. Its new logo retains the Prince of Wales feathers to denote his drive behind and interest in the School.

Six other arts educational establishments have also been granted royal status and this new mark of recognition puts the Drawing School on a par with the Royal College of Art, Royal College of Music, Royal Ballet School, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the Royal School of Needlework.

Royal Drawing School website - the Courses Page
The school was ready to go with a brand new website (which I rather like), alongside a brand new logo!

About the Royal Drawing School

The Royal Drawing School was formerly known as the Prince's Drawing School and was housed in a former warehouse type building in Charlotte Street on the borders of Shoreditch and trendy 'White Cube' Hoxton. I used to trek along in the evening to do my "drawing a head" class with James Lloyd and to attend various lectures.
Studio 4 at the Princes Drawing School is on the top floor of an old commercial building in Charlotte Street on the Shoreditch/Hoxton borders. The top floor sits above its neighbours and consequently we have excellent light in the summer months and, naturally, it also changes as the session passes!
Drawing Class 8th June (2006)
a drawing done in 2006

Some features of the Drawing School

The Royal Drawing School is an independent, not-for-profit resource that aims to raise the standard and profile of drawing through teaching and practice. We are one of only a few institutions in the world offering in-depth, quality tuition in drawing from observation.
One of the things I've always liked about the School is it's not "exclusive" - its aim has always been to expand opportunities for drawing.

The school has expanded enormously - and internationally - from when I was attending classes in Charlotte Street. I very reluctantly had to give up as my tenosynovitis is not fond of intensive drawing in concentrated bouts.
  • The school is an independent charity and consequently is able to make bursaries available and offer classes at discounted fees.
  • its premier Course is the The Drawing Year which is a one year postgraduate MA Course

    The Drawing Year is a full scholarship MA-level course offering up to thirty students the opportunity to focus on drawing from observation for one academic year. There are no tuition fees for The Drawing Year – all students are awarded a full scholarship and receive a free studio space in the iconic Tea Building in Shoreditch.
  • it runs a Foundation Year programme based at Trinity Buoy Wharf. A student from this programme won the Sunday Times Watercolour Prize this year (see Kathryn Maple wins Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2014)
  • it has a wide range of public courses which are run as both daytime and evening courses.
    Their three main programmes are based at the Royal Drawing School Shoreditch, Drawing School Central in Oxford Street, and Royal Drawing School West in South Kensington. I'd very much recommend people reviewing their portfolio of courses as there is something there for everyone.
  • it also has a range of Saturday Courses and Programmes for Schools.
  • The Royal Drawing School is developing international collaborations. 
In 2014 the Royal Drawing School began building partnerships with some of the United States’ most renowned art schools. Together, we are developing residencies, workshops and exchange programmes to benefit art students on both sides of the Atlantic for whom drawing is central to their work. Currently, our partner art schools are:
The Arts Students League of New York
The New York Academy of Art
The New York Studio School
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
The Yale University School of Art

You can find out more about the school and its tutors and courses on its website

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

My NEW book is "Drawing 365" in the USA

Today I'm going to show to the cover for the version of my book which is being published in the USA by North Light Books on 1 January 2015 with this title Drawing 365: Tips and Techniques to Build Your Confidence and Skills.

First of all - very many thanks to everybody for getting my version of a launch for my new book off to a good start. At the time of writing it's now up to 130 likes on my new Facebook Page in c. 18 hours - which is absolutely fabulous!

Check out the new page here - Katherine Tyrrell: 365 Tips for Drawing and Sketching.

Below you can find the front and back cover of the American edition of the book PLUS the Contents Page!

The North American version - Drawing 365

Here's the front cover of the book in the USA. As you can there are images by lots of different artists on the front page - of which three are mine.

Drawing 365 by Katherine Tyrrell
Tips and techniques to build your confidence and skills
Front cover and spine - copyright F&W Publishing (North Light Books)
So starting top left and going clockwise and finishing in the middle we have:
This is the back cover - with more images left to right
  • Coffee cans in the Conservatory (charcoal) by Felicity House
  • Audrey 2 (coloured pencil) by John Smolko. This image also gets a full page treatment so all those who wondered what John's work looks like close up can have a jolly good look!  I saw his work up close in a CPSA exhibition in Albuquerque and knew it was inspirational up front!
  • Early morning in January (coloured pencils) by Katherine Tyrrell
Drawing 365 by Katherine Tyrrell
A day to day companion and workshop
Back cover and spine - copyright F&W Publishing (North Light Books)

I liked their description of the book - which I didn't get to write!
Make drawing a part of your daily life, while turning every day into inspiration for your art. Designed to fit your life, Drawing 365 presents a comprehensive art course in bite-sized chunks—so it’s easy to dip in, even for just five minutes at a time. open it daily to find a new tip, idea, technique or challenge ... all aimed at getting you into the habit and mindset of an artist. You’ll find expert insights on everything from value, perspective and composition, to how to use a shadow box, compose a self- portrait in the form of a still life, and work from life.

The contents are presented in three sections:
  • The Basics: how to get started, achieve successful results and continue improving
  • Subjects : still life, people, animals, landscapes, interiors, flowers, water, skies ... the possibilities are all around you!
  • Mediums : sample a wide variety, including colored pencil, pastel, pen and ink and watercolor
This is the Contents Page - which helps people understand more about what the book is about. I was absolutely determined to keep the media to the end on the principle that you can draw with all sorts of different media - as the images in the book demonstrate.  The aim was to wet the appetite to find out more about different types of media as people go through the book!

Right click and open in a new tab to see the Contents Page of my book
Image: "Sketching media" by Liz Steel (pen, ink and watercolour)
Copyright Quarto (World) | North Light Books (USA)

As you can see, the book is priced at $24.99 - but it is already listed on Amazon for PRE-ORDERS and where you can also see a "look inside" version.

More about what I was trying to do when writing the book in the third post - which will highlight the cover of the Asian (English edition).

Note: This is my post about the UK version My NEW book is called 'Sketching 365' in the UK

Monday, November 17, 2014

My NEW book is called 'Sketching 365' in the UK

Would you like 365 Tips and Techniques to help build your confidence and skills in drawing and sketching?

Sketching 365 by Katherine Tyrrell
Tips and techniques to build your confidence and skills daily
Front cover and spine - copyright Rotovision
My NEW book provides 365 tips and techniques about drawing and sketching and is being published very shortly.

It's intended for beginners through to more advanced sketchers.

I now have one advance copy of each of the three different versions published in the UK, USA and Asia (in English). So that's three different publishers, three different titles and three different covers :) - but everything inside is absolutely the same apart from a few variations around spelling (colour, color etc).

The titles and publishers of the books are:
This week I'm going to introduce you to what the three different books look like and I'll also use the opportunity to highlight different aspects of the book.  

I've also set up a Facebook Page dedicated to the book - Katherine Tyrrell: 365 Tips for Drawing and Sketching. I intend to use this to highlight some of the different aspects of the book and some of the artists who contributed so if you'd like to find out even more I suggest you do the usual thing and follow it.

The UK Version - Sketching 365

The artists featured on the cover are:
  • Front Cover - St Pauls and the Thames from Tate Modern (pen and sepia ink and coloured pencils) Katherine Tyrrell 
  • Back Cover :
    • Sketching toolkit (pen and ink and watercolour) by Liz Steel 
    • Shadow Palms (pen and black ink) by Melissa B. Tubbs
    • Lippiano, Umbria (watercolour) by Mat Barber Kennedy - I was tickled pink to get this one from Mat as I've actually sat inside that colonnade and sketched the fountain - plus been up the tower to survey the countryside around about.
Sketching 365 by Katherine Tyrrell
Tips and techniques to build your confidence and skills daily
Back cover and spine - copyright Rotovision
As you can see it also tells you something about what the book is about.
  • Covering everything from different ways to hold a pencil through to drawing specific subjects such as people or landscapes
  • features the work of 50 contemporary, international artists
  • bit-sized tips and advice make improving your sketching simple and enjoyable
  • includes indispensable advice about how to work with different media
Tomorrow I'll tell you a bit more about what it covers in more detail

Thanks to 55 artists and illustrators!

Pictures speak louder than words! This book would have been nothing without the diversity of images within it!  The book contains some 300+ (I lost count!) drawings and sketches in graphite, charcoal, pen and ink, coloured pencils, watercolour and mixed media.

So, first of all I want to recognise and extend my appreciation and thanks to the 55 artists and illustrators - from very many different countries - who generously contributed images to this book - and I'm listing them below.  I think some of you may well know their names.

Artists who work as tutors and/or run workshops have a (T) after their name. Check out their websites for further details.








New Zealand





United Kingdom


There's also a few of my diagrams, drawings in dry media and sketches!

Next post will be about the USA version.

More about Katherine Tyrrell

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