Thursday, 1 August 2013

Sketchbook Peeks - Charlotte Dredge

I first saw the sketchbooks of Charlotte Dredge in a shop window display at the Wirksworth Art Festival in 2012 and I was immediately intrigued and wanted to have a lfick through the gorgeous pages, which would all stand as works of art in their own right. I then met Charlotte in person at the SOCK Art Market in Loughborough earlier this year, and again, it was her sketchbooks which drew me to her stand. I then put two and two together and realised that I had seen them before. I knew that I had to ask Charlotte to let me feature her on the blog and luckily for us all, she agreed. This is what she had to say....

Before we start, tell us a little about yourself/how did you get into art/craft/design career and how it all started and where you are now
I’m a recent graduate from Nottingham Trent University, where I studied Decorative Arts, a multimedia design course. Throughout the course, we were able to work in materials such as metal, textiles, paper, wood and Ceramics, which I specialised in in my final year of study.

How long have you been using sketchbooks?
Coming from a family with a very creative Mum, I’ve always been interested in drawing and generally making things. Art and Design were always my favourite subjects at school, and I went on to do an Art/Design Foundation Diploma before going to university. Sketchbooks were a very important part of the course, and still are to me now!

How often do you sketch?
I try to draw two or three times a week, but it depends when I’m in the mood and where I am. I find it’s something that you can do in front of the tele or when I have nothing to do on my lunch breaks at work.

How do you feel about the prospect of starting a new sketchbook?
I used to find it quite overwhelming, as I always thought they needed to be full, but my university tutor taught me to have a very different view. Now, I never draw on both sides of the pages and like to know I can add to drawings when I feel like it, rather than feeling pressured that they have to be finished all in one go.

When/where do you get your inspiration for your sketchbook pages?
I’m currently drawing from old postcards, which has been carried on from Uni. I’ve been doing this for over a year now, and still find it interesting and am not bored of it yet.. I generally like to draw buildings, as I know I can draw from pictures as well as real life.. buildings won’t change in a hurry so there’s never any rush!

How would you describe your creative process?
I suppose because of the way I’ve been taught, a sketchbook is always the foundation of a project, as it allows you to put initial ideas and thoughts down on paper to work from. Things can then be developed and changed throughout and allows you to see the working progress at the end.

Have your sketchbooks evolved over the years and if so, how?
Definitely! I always used to be very hard on myself in terms of what I drew and always wanted every page to be perfect.. I had a habit of ripping out things I wasn’t personally happy with, and either start again or admit defeat and not go back to it. I’ve since learnt that things that you personally see as a mistake, others see as talent or quirks, and this gives you your own style.. it might not look exactly like the picture that you were working from, but no one else will ever make the same ‘mistakes’ as you. I always work in pen.. it can’t be rubbed out and I never make a decision about whether I like it or not until it’s finished.. sometimes the wrongs evolve into a right!

What is your favourite medium to work with?
Watercolour and just a plain black pen are my favourite things to draw with! They’re simple, easy to carry around with you at all times and give a very natural outcome, which I love.

Do you have a favourite sketchbook?
I guess the one that I’m drawing in now.. just because I can see how my drawings have come on over the past year, and the drawings feature on my current ceramic pieces. I love looking back through my sketchbook and feeling a sense of pride that I’ve done something that people enjoy looking at.

If you had to pick one favourite page which would it be and why?
My favourite drawing has always been the Margate postcard, with the people looking out over the bay. It was one of my first postcard illustrations, but it’s simple and shows me where I started out! I have a big soft spot for little beach towns. I hope to live somewhere like that one day!

I'm sure you will agree that these scetchbook pages are BEUATIFUL! If you want to find out a bit more about Charlotte and her work you can visit her web page on the Design Factory website here and you can read her blog here

1 comment:

  1. Charlotte's work is fab and these are lovely sketches. I use ink/pen & watercolour myself and love the effect you get using bold lines and soft, muted watercolours. I've always been rather partial to hand-drawn illustration; they just have a uniquely delightful quality to them... :D


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