HOW TO DRAW? ...a horse!!

  • February 16, 2014 · 1:00 PM
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The first WORKSHOP of 2014!! 

(the venue is in Reading) 

Using the excuse of learning how to draw a horse, let's find out which end of the pencil is the useful one...

That's what is all about: picking up tool, curiosity and gather together our confidence to see how is possible to organize lines and squiggles to actually became a good sketch. It is that simple, is just matter of practise! Come along and have fun together...

Starting from the very basic, we'll have a very quick chat about different papers and pencils but swiftly move on to how to use them... and I'll pester you with horses. Using pictures (and eventually videos?) to have a look at the subject at first, I'll try to drive your eye to understand the underlying structure and your hands to put it together on a piece of paper... is much easier than it sound once you'll see the process, that's why I'll be standing showing the key points. And here is the magic, not only for horses... I (ambitiously?) hope to give you a tool, a way to look at things that will allow you to adapt the "general frame" to a wide range of other animals.
Done that, is matter of shaping volumes around it and put light and shadows into the right place...
...and with this probably we'll have covered a good introduction about sketching in general and horses in particular ;-)

Within us there will be different levels of practise and experience about how to draw and sketch: I am far from be a professional, my aim here is share experiences with you all so if you feel you could give your hints and knowledge you're more than welcome to do so! The idea is to make it friendly and fun, playing and helping one each other to put hands on practise, take inspiration and gain that bit of new ideas to keep our creativity growing.

Please note this will be an indoor venue... There have been quite an enthusiasm about hanging around fields and sketch horses for real, but trust me, fields in this season are full of mud, horses are covered in rugs (plus mud) and sketching in the cold rain is not what I call an enjoyable experience. Let's leave the "in field" horsey workshop for a nicer season, we can come back to it this spring or summer!

About the time I was thinking about 2 to 5 pm? with a "coffee break"? All ideas and suggestions are welcome, post a comment for this or other ideas/advice/queries!!

Hope to see you there,

Mak :-)

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Many thanks to Mak for her excellent teaching and enthusiasm, I learnt a lot and everyone was very nice.

    1 · February 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Mak for making your knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject so contagious. I much appreciated the chance to ask questions of an expert. I'm almost inspired to get back on board!

    1 · February 17, 2014

  • Mak

    It was brilliant! What a great afternoon... I loved every minute of it! Thank you all to made it happen... :-)

    ...and this was the first original enthusiast comment before setting into "british polite mood" and write the "extended" one below! ;-)))

    February 16, 2014

  • Mak

    Thanks to you all for coming and many thanks for the amazing feedbacks: they mean a lot for the whole group and to me personally, thanks so much!!!

    I admit was a bit afraid to have been talking too much... it was very intense indeed!
    As a first time I learned few lessons (e.g. set the finish time or I'll take forever...) and collected a couple of tips to make it even better for the next appointments.

    Your wish to learn and curiosity was an immediate reward, I was pleased to see (just a glimpse, really!) that you were able to made good use of my hints right there - interesting to see beside the normal pencil and paper the use of a tablet!

    You all made it a success, I wasn't expecting such a number on a first "pioneering" workshop, thanks for coming and hope to see you at our other group events soon!

    My greatest gratitude goes to Annette and Harry to allow us to host the event by their place - what a great surprise and perfect venue! Endless thanks from myself and all the group!!!

    1 · February 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mak is full of energy and passion for horses and drawing! It has been very nice to get so difference and interesting info about horses.

    1 · February 16, 2014

  • Yvonne

    You can really tell Mak works with horses because of her excellent knowledge. She is a brilliant teacher too. I gained some useful tips for observation and drawing and met some lovely people too.

    1 · February 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was really good. I'm not a lover of horses but I really felt Mak's passion. I only stayed until 4 but was impressed by the way I managed to sketch the head and neck with her easy to follow explanations.

    1 · February 16, 2014

  • Helen

    Mak's passion for and very extensive knowledge about horses really came across in her workshop. She did a great job in combining her enthusiasm for horses with her artistic skills in order to impart some of her skills to us. I've struggled for years when drawing horses to get the proportions right. By breaking the subject matter down into more managable steps, her class has given me new enthusiasm to begin drawing these very beautiful but complex-shaped creatures again. So thank you Mak!

    1 · February 16, 2014

  • Jacinta S.

    It doesn't look like I can make it but have a great time. I am sure it will be amazing!

    1 · February 15, 2014

    • Mak

      thank you Jacinta... I might plan to repeat it on an evening for the one that miss this - I'm so pleased with the feedbacks so far... let's see what will happen tomorrow, I'll let you know!!! ;)

      1 · February 16, 2014

  • Mak

    just got power back!! :D Sorry for previous panicking... now I'll reply to the last emails girls.... and see you tomorrow ;)

    February 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    1 · February 7, 2014

    • Jacinta S.

      They are a great set of stamps.

      February 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    HI Joy,
    I too live in Burghfield Common. Look forward to meeting you on Sunday.
    Thanks for the directions, Mak. Hope to make it by bus, floods permitting! I hope that Annette may be home too for a few words about next month. Will she join us?

    February 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Joy, I took the bus into Reading today to check the situation and can report that the bridge is open although a mess around the riverside. I will take the bus tomorrow to keep things simple. Hope to see you there if you can make it.

      February 15, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      HI Jan, I went down there earlier and found it open. I'll see you there. Joy

      February 15, 2014

  • Mak

    I just sent a link to the BBC route planner including the live updated closures to all the RSVP's, I am re-posting the link here just in case someone else get curious about:

    http://bbc.transportdirect.info/Web2/Home.aspx

    just remove the thick on the public services and once you insert directions it will ask if you want to include the current road closures - is great! :)

    February 15, 2014

  • Helen

    Hi, one question - is there a cost to join? Just so I know whether to bring a cash contribution!!

    February 14, 2014

    • Mak

      This very first one is free :) probably from the next there will be a little contribution but for this don't worry, come along and enjoy :)

      February 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi there, months after joining I am attempting to attend my first event! Will get there as close to 1pm as possible as I have a previous meeting in Wokingham.

    February 14, 2014

    • Mak

      glad the first workshop moved you to sign in for your first event :) we'll be there whenever you can make it! see you sunday

      February 14, 2014

  • Helen

    Hey, this sounds really good, thank you for arranging it...please can you let us know what we need to bring with us - just paper and drawing materials?

    February 11, 2014

    • Mak

      glad to have you on board Helen :) Tomorrow I will email around the address and info about what to bring but yes, basically just paper and drawing materials will do!

      February 11, 2014

  • Esi

    Sorry I can't make this one Mak but have fun!

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • Gareth W.

    Sounds like an interesting workshop, unfortunately I always work on Saturday and Sunday so can only do evenings (unless I have holiday booked). Hope to make it to the next social meet up though.

    February 3, 2014

    • Gareth W.

      I finish at 4 so I could make it if it started at 6, However it's a lot of driving in one evening (Andover - Reading and back!). I would spend more time in the car than actually drawing. This would not be very practical for me.

      February 5, 2014

    • Gareth W.

      In general I can only do things like that on days I am not working (if they are as far away as Reading). I only have to work on Saturday and Sunday, other days I work on are optional. Some weekends I have free because I have holidays booked. 22-23 of Feb. I can't make it this one but hopefully I can make it to some future events.

      1 · February 6, 2014

  • Mak

    Wow, is nice to see the interest from different people!! :)

    I'm trying to collect ideas about times and dates to fit somewhere another similar workshop but in the evening.
    I thought that a weekend afternoon is more relaxed and easier for the most, but if members can made it more easily in evening sessions, I'm happy to try to organize another one in a more suitable time - probably in a different venue, so any ideas welcome... Is everything a kind of "work in progress", let's help one each other to make the most out of this initiatives - post or send me ideas about time and day over the week, if you know a space that we can use (need simply tables big enough and a good light really), any advice is welcome!! Would you be happy to do it in a bright pub eventually? ;)

    February 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am usually ok for weekends, just already had plans on that particular Sunday....but, yes, please, keep those workshops coming!!! I love painting and drawing and it's always nice to get together on workshops where we can all get creative together :)

      1 · February 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    mak, i would have really enjoyed this, unfortunately I have our sketch group at the vyne on that day. Did you see the poster I've uploaded? If anyone is interested in animal illustration there's an 'open studio' on thursday evening 20 feb, by the artist-in-residence at the royal veterinary college.

    February 3, 2014

    • Mak

      it's the only sunday I have available, it depend from my working schedule so I don't have much a choice really :( ... Yes, I've seen the leaflet, sound very interesting but I can't made it after work for 6 in London. However if you're going, why don't you post it as a proper meetup event? There might be other members keen on the initiative, it is a good chance!!

      February 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    would have loved to come but already have something else on at 2pm that day....next time :)

    February 2, 2014

    • Mak

      would have been nice to meet you there... we'll have other workshop going on, so keep an eye on the next! ;) would you be able to fit better an evening appointment?

      February 5, 2014

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