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
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
You can now find Nicole Carman Photography on Google Maps in Hove, East Sussex. I am now listed under ‘Local Brighton Photographers’ on Brunswick Place in central Hove.
Take a look below at just a small sample of my work available to buy from my studio in Hove or online via my new website: Brighton and Hove Photos
Don’t hesitate to call me if you’d like some advice or you’d like to pop by and browse my work.
Some of my images are now available to buy printed onto T shirts, men’s ties, iPad and iphone covers, mugs, baby clothes and more!
Head over to ZAZZLE to take a peek at my shop and treat yourself or a friend to a Nicole Carman gift.
I now have some new prints for sale at Framework Gallery, 26 Kensington Gardens in the North Laine.
The gallery also sells Banksy prints and other Brighton images from the talented Robin Frisby – check out the photos on their website: http://www.frameworkbrighton.co.uk/local-artists-photographers