David Brocklehurst


David Brocklehurst’s drawings show strong observation skills, attention to detail, scale and perspective.

His domestic spaces are captivating, they are carefully considered and invite the viewer in. There is a sensitivity to his line and mark making.

He uses a variety of mediums; pen, pencil, inks and charcoal and uses different types of paper, some of which he hasn’t used before.

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FullSizeRender copyDavid obviously takes his time and is quite meticulous in his approach, it’s wonderful to see such carefully rendered drawings so early on in his Drawing 1 course.

I asked David how he he is going to find making large gestural drawings where he is required to be loose and experimental, will they push him out of his comfort zone where he is required to ‘relinquish control’?

My biggest challenge is to loosen up my style. My natural inclination is to be too precise but I’m hoping to get to the point when I can do things that are more my idea of what art is meant to be. I think the more that I do the looser my drawing will become and I hope that the figure drawing in Part 4 of the course will help me on the way to drawing spontaneously. 

I’m really enjoying the course. I retired recently and decided that I wanted to do something completely different to the job I had. I am a Chartered Structural Engineer hence all the detail and straight lines! I’ve really only ever drawn on holiday but have always enjoyed it. 


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  1. Petra Vergunst 2 February 2015 at 9:36 am

    Your drawings are very evocative, David.I love the way you use markmaking to suggest form and your detailed observation of shadows. Nice to see someone draw kitchens and gardening still lifes as I’ve played around with those ideas as well. Enjoy the remainder of your course!

  2. Jeannette Coleman 7 February 2015 at 10:04 pm

    It was good to see such fine draughtsmanship David, especially in the second kitchen drawing.

    Through that small printed image, the patient detailed drawing seemed to communicate a feeling of familiarity, fondness for that space. ??


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