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Coronavirus Blues! Get Drawing

If you’re having to self -isolate and as we have all been advised to stay away from all things fun (!) like eating out, bars, pubs, theatres and large gatherings, you may begin to go slightly doolally.

If you’re in need of something relaxing to do at home apart from the usual suspects of TV and reading books then here’s a suggestion. Get a sheet of paper and a pencil and SKETCH SOMETHING. Something from your fruit bowl, the view from your window, an image from a book or draw your pet or your partner. It is SO relaxing, it’s cheap (just paper and pencil that’s it) it’s easy to find an image to draw and it’s a brilliant distraction from all the shite that’s going on in the world with Covid-19.

I believed that I was so poor at drawing when I was at school I just gave up on it. I imagine many other kids and young people do the same and then it feels so alien later in life that we never pick up a crayon, pencil or paintbrush again. But it’s not about recreating an exact replica of something; it’s about having fun and it’s about your interpretation. It doesn’t matter what the result is, it’s probably not going to end up in Tate Modern. One thing I found really useful was flipping an image of something you want to draw upside down (!) and it’s remarkable how much less daunting it then seems to draw a face or a body.

Below is the original drawing of Raphael’s David, underneath it is the one I tried to draw. Ok it’s not great at all, but I had such fun giving it a go. What have you got to lose! Enjoy and stay safe. Love Nicole

Original of Raphael’s David
My Drawing of Raphael’s David

Golden Spiral Brighton

Golden Spiral Brighton by Nicole Carman
Golden Spiral Brighton by Nicole Carman
My new illustration/photograph is an original collage of Brighton’s stunning Golden Spiral which stands next to the i360 on the seafront. It is a stunning circular sculpture created with the remains of the West Pier. The Victorian Pier tragically burned down in a fire over 30 years ago.

This is part of my landmark series available to buy via my online Brighton Gallery.
Buy a print or canvas here

Brighton Royal Pavilion

Royal Pavilion Brighton
Buy Brighton Royal Pavilion by Nicole Carman

The Royal Pavilion is my favourite building in Brighton. I love the shape, based on the Taj Mahal in India and the intricate detail. This artwork is my pencil drawing which I then washed over in blues and added some pink and purple hues as well as some seagulls!

The Brighton Royal Pavilion is available to buy in my online shop framed/unframed or canvas. All my works are created using the best quality inks and are signed.