Category: Drawings

I use drawing as a very accessible, flexible and direct way of making artwork.
In theory you can use a burnt stick or other basic item to create marks; I tend to use black oil pastels of various colours and sizes as they give me an immediate strong line, which is almost impossible to rub-out. So once I make a mark I’m committed to it.
My work has often been described as urban and visually strong. I’ve been influenced by comic books, pop art, Van Gogh and urban signage.

Mexico Design magazine

Artwork for Mexico Design magazine.
Several object drawings on the cover of Mexico Design magazine.

I was invited by Mexico Design magazine to create work for the front cover of issue 37, which focused on new designs in eco-friendly transport.

I coincided their requirements with my “Draw an object a day for 365 days project“, drawing a 1960’s children’s scooter, a leaf from a London plain tree and a skateboard.

Each drawing was cut-out and layered onto coloured paper.

The next issue will contain a 6 page feature on my work, focusing on my drawing an object a day project.

The credits page in Mexico Design magazine
Credits page in Mexico Design magazine.

Object drawings update

Drawings of a plastic soldier.
Drawings of plastic toy soldier.

More object drawings from “Draw an object a day for 365 days”.
With only the final object left to draw, I’ve created over 364 drawings, posted to my Instagram page each day.

Al drawings are created using paper and oil pastels.

More images: Day #244 of Drawing an object a day

Drawings of a Lynx shower gel bottle.
Drawing of Lynx shower gel bottle.

This exhibition focused on the display of the first 244 days of “Draw an object a day for 365 days“, which began on 18th August 2014,
More than 1,600 drawings were displayed on day 244 at 5th Base Gallery, East London, in small groups, individual arrangements and dense clouds.
During the show visitors were asked to vote for their favourite object drawings. Results were:

  1. Beetroot
  2. Umbrella, Half a lemon, Half a doll
  3. Bakelite telephone, Trout, Dishcloth, Plug converter, Human skull, Latex gloves, Press-up bars, Russian dolls, Bar of soap, My keys, Souvenier bull, My keys, Roll of dustbin bags, Headphones, Belt, Seashell, Left Adidas trainer,Half a doll, Half a lemon, Edible crab, Viola, Russian gas mask, Russian gas mask bag, Mini cracker tub, Asics trainers, Banana skins, Small water bottle, Asparagus, Toilet roll, Tool bag, Ginger, Leaves, Spoons.

Individual objects from the show

Drawings were created in small series’; several drawings of each object, from different angles, with some similarity to the approach of cubists.
Each day a new object is chosen and new drawings created. These are images of some of those series’ of object drawings on display at the exhibition.

People interacting with the object drawings

Jesús Andrés with gas mask drawings
Jesús Andrés with gas mask drawings

The drawings are of objects we use in everyday life. Sometimes disposable, often overlooked, almost all are familiar and so approachable.

Exhibition: Day #244 of ‘Draw an object a day for 365 days’

Exhibition: Day 244 of draw an object a day for 365 days
Exhibition: Day 244 of draw an object a day for 365 days

Day #244 of ‘Draw an object a day for 365 days’. 5th Base gallery. 23 Heneage Street, Whitechapel, London E1  5LJ.
Open Private view: 6-9pm Friday 24th April, 2015.
General opening times: 12-6pm 25th-26th April, 2015.

The work is a daily diary of drawings of objects. Each object was drawn several times, then cut-out and mounted on cardboard. The final work is displayed suspended away from the wall on cardboard splints, creating visual depth.

Vegetable & Fruit drawings

Drawings of Ginger and Sweet Potato.
Drawings of Ginger and Sweet Potato. Oil pastel on paper.

Working with Spanish artist Anto Lloveras from LAPIEZA, I’ve been drawing more food objects than usual. I’ve eaten all of the food objects I’ve drawn. It’s interesting to think I’ve consumed all of these items.

Here’s a small selection of my  recent daily posts to Instagram. All drawings are oil pastel on paper.

Day #241 of “Draw an object a day for 365 days”

Computer bag drawings.
Computer bag drawing. Object #237.

I’m having to make more of an effort to identify objects I haven’t already drawn. Sometimes that means looking around me to see if I’ve missed items I’m too used to seeing, other times I need to go outside and look.

I want to draw ordinary objects, which are often overlooked or objects that are a natural part of our everyday lives. Occasionally it may mean an unusual objects creeps in, but overall I’m drawing the mundane or items we just take for granted.

Through these 365 days I’m building a palette of object drawings, while also finding new ways of drawing items. At the same time this project is a kind of daily diary, describing the world around me.

Pork chop drawings.
Drawings of a Pork Chop. Object #217. Oil pastel on paper.