Neil McChrystal Art

Artist and Illustrator

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Drawing twenty-eight : 28 Bananas Later

…and we’re finished! 28 drawings in 28 days! The last one was always going to be banana related šŸ˜‰

Drawing twenty-eight : 28 Bananas Later

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Drawing twenty-seven : The final bloom

On home straight now, and searching the flat for stuff to draw….

Drawing twenty-seven : The final bloom

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Drawing twenty-six : The Broken Hand Still Points

Drawing twenty-six : The Broken Hand

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Drawing twenty-five : The Horse of Selene

I would love to do some proper drawings from the Parthenon sculptures in the British Museum someday. This is a quick sketch taken from a book.

Drawing twenty-five : The Horse of Selene

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Drawing twenty-four : kiwi dreams

Sort of a prequel to drawing six, which proved popular.

Drawing twenty-four : kiwi dreams

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Drawings twenty-two and twenty-three

A four hour life drawing session this weekend yielded a couple of pictures as I try to catch up on a lost week. The pose was the same for the full four hours – major respect to the model who managed to recreate the pose exactly after each break.

First up, a normal charcoal on sugar-paper study

Drawing twenty-two : Life study

Then I decided to pick up the rock sanguine and also switch perspectives. Used pastel paper as well here.

Drawing twenty-three : Study in Sanguine

I liked the effect on theĀ musculature, but the face is terrible – I think I have her eyes way too high up which makes the whole image kind of creepy….

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Drawing twenty-one : Koru

A year ago the city of Christchurch in New Zealand, a place I have great affection for, was hit by a devastating earthquake. I drew this that day as part of 28 Drawings Later 2011.

Drawing 22

…and today as part of 28 Drawings Later 2012, I get to follow it up with this.

Drawing twenty-one : Koru

The building is Christchurch’s ruined cathedral, and the spiral motif is the curled up fern shoot, or Koru, which symbolises rebirth in the Maori culture.

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Drawing twenty : a clockwork chicken

Drawing twenty : a clockwork chicken

Something small and silly for drawing twenty. New pens weren’t behaving quite the same as the old ones so needed a familiarisation exercise.

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Drawing nineteen : Pheasant feathers

More pastel practice. The detail is really hard but the overall feel is amazingly intuitive to achieve with pastels.

Drawing nineteen : Pheasant feathers

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Drawing eighteen : Jumping on the Bananawagon

For some reason quite a few participants on 28 Drawings Later are doing bananas, with at least one person doing a different banana (different style, medium etc.) each day! So I decided to jump on the bananawagon and draw some bananas. Also giving me some practice with the pastels.

Drawing eighteen : Jumping on the bananawagon