The PGS Drawing Residency : Update 16.9.12

“Tree of Life, West Door” St Thomas’s Cathedral Old Portsmouth” © chriswoodartist all rights reserved. The doors were designed and made in 1997 by the sculptor Professor Bryan Kneale RA. They are constructed from Forged leaded brass & phosphor bronze. I’ll do a drawing of the outside of the magnificent doors later ! They are nicely weathered and have a delightful organic look to them.

St Thomas’s Cathedral is where the Portsmouth Grammar School BIG DRAW event will take place on 8th – 10th October 2012. Amongst other things, we aim to complete a series of vertical banners that will hang over the first floor balcony. The colourful banners will include prints and drawings produced between now and the 10th October. These will be scanned, manipulated in Photoshop and collaged together, then digitally printed out using a large format printer.  In addition we aim to have a digital projector mounted on the first  floor that will be aimed at the large pillars (not in this image) that will bend & distort the images, creating an exciting semi abstract installation.

This week has been a whirlwind of drawing and I have worked on a number of images which I’ll share in the next blog – for now I have a random selection of the many photos that I’ve taken so far. Sadly I didn’t get to complete all the tasks that I set myself for the week. However, my achievements include a variety of drawings in pen & ink, some large scale bold charcoal and conte drawings and an A1 composite drawing of several portsmouth point buildings – with a composition that can be read from any of the four sides of the paper. This last piece will take a little longer to complete but its taking shape nicely. One of the things that I had been looking forward to was experimenting with my choice of media and I will experiment with homemade ink. More about this later !

“Back Door, Portsmouth Point” © copyright chriswoodartist all rights reserved 2012

“Wrought Iron Lantern, High Street, Old Portsmouth” © copyright chriswoodartist all rights reserved 2012

“Millenium Sign, Long Curtain, Old Portsmouth” © copyright chriswoodartist all rights reserved 2012

“Portsmouth Sailing Club Dinghy Compound & retaining wall of old barracks” © copyright chriswoodartist all rights reserved 2012

“Squall over the Solent” © copyright chriswoodartist all rights reserved 2012. Foot of the Round Tower.

“The Round Tower”, seen from car park of Portsmouth marine painter WL Wyllie’s House. © copyright chriswoodartist all rights reserved 2012.

“High Tide” Portsmouth Harbour © copyright chriswoodartist all rights reserved 2012

I would like to spent the rest of the day adding more information, scans of drawings and dozens more photos but I’ve run out of time and sadly I have to prepare some lesson handouts for tomorrow. Cheerio 4 now ! Please drop by and return to this blog as there will be many more updates and news. Please feel free to make any comments or suggestions.


About chriswoodartist

painter, print-maker and illustrator


  1. the last two are my favorites for for variation in texture,space,shope, line – nost of all getting the feeling of the subject matter of the two. Beautiful.

  2. Cheers Carla – you have good taste ! My favourite is the last one because it embodies all three aspects of the project : architecture, mapping and movement. : ) }

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