New drawings and embroideries

I am now one month into my MA and I am making lots of new work which is quite different to what I do at Draw. I have to present this new work to my fellow students and tutors in the form of a show during December so I shall wait until then before posting any information on this new body of work.

I am still at Draw and I have found a renewed fascination with blind contour drawing. This involves drawing without looking at the paper, not even a glance.

I like the strange qualities where things are not quite where they are supposed to be. The process is freeing, you can let your pencil wander around without worrying where it is going but still follow the contours of the figure. I feel the drawings are more true, you actually draw what you see instead of creating an illusion of what you see.

I still get the watercolours out occasionally:

And I have completed a new embroidery and made a start on another, using some blind drawings I made previously

The unfinished one of the head is on vintage fabric and it is the back bits of the sewing, it looks more interesting than the front.

Lastly, a couple of monoprints from a session I ran today at Draw. These were mostly drawn without looking at the paper, but allowing myself just to glance once or twice. If I look at my drawing whilst I am drawing, it usually spoils the effect but if I don’t interfere with it too much, it can work out ok:









About Shelley Morrow

Since 2011 I have been predominantly a figurative artist with an interest in conveying expression, movement and gesture. I take the drawings I make and explore them through various processes, particularly embroidery, textiles and etchings. I graduated with a BA in Fine Art at Camberwell School of Art in 1990 and currently taking my MA in Fine Art at Brighton University. I also work at Draw in Brighton, running and teaching Life Drawing sessions
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7 Responses to New drawings and embroideries

  1. Phil says:

    An interesting technique and a lovely result 🙂

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  2. VoodooDollGirl says:

    Love the blind drawing technique. That is definitely something to try in my next drawing session.

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    • Do try, it’s quite hard not to look at the paper and not to interfere with the drawing, there is a degree of trust that you need. Worth having a few goes to find the right pace for you, too slow and it becomes too muddled, too fast and you miss important points. I find that 3 to 5 minutes is about right for me:)

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  3. Joy Gretton says:

    Thank you Shelley,

    Enjoyed your post. Sounds as if the MA is going well which is great to hear. Miss you. Love, Joy


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