Please draw with me in isolation! During this time I have been drawing a bit differently, and I would like to share my process with you and invite you to give it a go.
I have created a video tutorial to get you started. The key message is to just get started making marks on the page, do not worry about what it looks like, or even the subject, just put pencil to page and everything else will come with practice, mostly have fun drawing.
Below are some examples of drawings I have made out of my window.
Whilst everyone is staying home, I have suggested you make a drawing of the view from your window, but you could use the same techniques to draw a still life or another view.
Send me your drawings I would love to see what you have done and show a gallery of isolation drawings here. send them by email or Tag me on Instagram @KethiCopeland.
If you tried the activity, let me know!
I made a video to give a little insight into my creative process.
The video was made from footage filmed a couple of years ago, making drawings by the Thames for my 'A walk by the River' print series and printing in my studio.
Normally this process takes a few months, but this video gives a taster of the process in under a minute!
A big thank you to Darren Brady and Chris Fretwell for filming for me.
I'm really pleased to have my prints in the collection of The Dixon Hotel, Tower Bridge Bridge. This beautiful art filled hotel really connects with its location in SE1 with the careful curation of the artworks. My 'A walk by the River' screen-prints are to be found welcoming guests in the main reception.
If you are in the area, it is free to visit, unless you are tempted in to having a cocktail.
The Dixon, 211 Tooley St, London SE1 2JX
I hope you will Join me for my solo exhibition next week!
Preparations are underway for my exhibition 'London Layers' which opens next week at Deptford Does Art Gallery.
London is an ongoing source of inspiration for my work; this exhibition will bring together prints and drawings of the city with architecture as the focal point for exploring the many layers of the city and the connections with our memories and lives.
This exhibition offers a unique experience to step inside the artwork, with the event taking place on the street that inspired my most recent print series: ‘ The High Street’.
I hope you will join me on Friday 26th April for the Private View and Launch Party. 6pm - 11pm
An exhibition of prints and drawings, exploring the many layers of the city.
Deptford Does Art
28 Deptford High Street, SE8 4AF
The exhibition is open daily Wednesday 24th - Sunday 28th April
Wednesday 3pm - 6pm
Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 10pm
Saturday 10am - 10pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
PRIVATE VIEW - FRIDAY 26th
6pm - 10pm all welcome.
London From Above is a little different from my other prints. As suggested from the title, this print captures the city from a new perspective; 1000 feet in the air. I made all the drawings for this piece from the viewing gallery at the top of the Shard, (currently) Europe's talest building.
The artwork began with a pencil sketch and then adding the details by hand in pen, then adding a a splash of colour by screen-printing some elements directly on to the drawing. This included the reflection of the shard in the walkie- Talkie, the Gherkin and a highlight of yellow on the Monument.
I am pleased to be selected for the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair again this year. I will be launching my brand new 'High Street' prints at the fair which feature an epic 20 + layers of print. Follow my progress on Instagram as I document the print process and visit the fair to see the finished artwork.
This is the place to go to start your art collection, find something perfect for your home and meet and learn about printmaking in one of the many demonstrations, talks and stands across the weekend.
Visit the fair 23rd - 25th November.
I have also been invited to give a print demonstration at the fair. Come along on Sunday 25th to try your hand at block printing and contribute to street-scape artwork based on my new screen-prints. Take a look at the video below to see some of last years show including a little clip of me talking about the workshop I gave.
" It was so popular and continues to be spoken about"
Dates: 23rd - 25th Nov 2018 Opening times: Thur & Fri 11-5pm, sat 10 -6pm, Sun 10-4pm
Admission: Tickets £4.50 - £7 Buy Tickets
Address: Building 17, Cartridge Place, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, London, SE18 6ST
Summer Open Studios
Summer has finally arrived and with it comes our bi-annual open studios.
I hope you will save the date and visit me in my studio at Cockpit arts June 15th - 17th.
It is a great opportunity to see art and contemporary crafts, meet the makers and also see where and how the pieces are made.
See art, print, jewellery, interiors, fabrics, glass ceramics, accessories and shoes. all lovingly hand crafted. Everyone with a studio at Cockpit Arts is a designer maker using a hand craft and running an independent business. I always enjoy meeting people across the weekend. come along and see it for yourself!
I am so excited to finally share these photos with you!
Last year I worked with Photographer Rick Smee on his "A Mano" Project, where he photographs makers and their workspaces.
Rick joined me in the studio for a print session in the studio, sketching by the riverside and portraits alongside my finished prints. It was a bit of a strange experience being in front of the camera, but I absolutely love how these have come out and how they show the various aspects of what I do.
Scroll down to see the full portfolio of images.
I was number 5 in this behind the scenes photo series, you can see the full "A Mano" series on Ricks website here.
Drawing The Barbican Towers
I loved working on this commission of the Barbican towers, I was asked by clients Conrad & Francina to create a print for their home which featured one of their favourite buildings from London’s skyline.
They had seen artwork I had already created and we used this to discuss what they would like as part of their own print; for instance, they really liked the rust-red colour I used in my Battersea Power Station print and wanted this to be included. They also had a place in mind where they wanted to display the artwork and so we knew from the beginning that it would fit the space and I used this to inform the design which emphasises the height of the tall narrow towers.
The commission process is collaborative, rooted in creating work that is really special and meaningful to the client. It is very fulfilling to be trusted with the memories and stories creating something that will be treasured. Here is the final Print.
Hello & welcome to my studio blog, My name is Kethi and this is the place where you can look behind the scenes at my work in the studio, see my artwork and commissions as they progresses from sketch to final print,