‘Busker – sculptor on the streets’
A5 sketchbook 

 

This sculptor carving on the streets on market day (else he’d get moved on by the gendarmes) at Castillonnés. 

Drawing ‘sur la vif’ moving targets. I’ve observed one tendancy , that which I call my ‘Hieratic Style’, as if an Egpytian or Modernist freeze ‘à la Zadkine’. It’s stylised & anti-illusionistic.



Static, it’s the oppostite of the gestural or the dynamic…


Just an observation, these drawings happen so quickly, less than a few minutes, so not much time to think, just draw.

 

“It was primarily written in ink with a reed brush on papyrus, allowing scribes to write quickly without resorting to the time-consuming hieroglyphs” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hieratic

 

“hi·er·at·ic

–adjective 

1. 

Also, hi·er·at·i·cal. of or pertaining to priests or the priesthood; sacerdotal; priestly.
2. 

noting or pertaining to a form of ancient Egyptian writing consisting of abridged forms of hieroglyphics, used by the priests in their records.
3. 

noting or pertaining to certain styles in art in which the representations or methods are fixed by or as if by religious tradition.
4. 

highly restrained or severe in emotional import: Some of the more hieratic sculptures leave the viewer curiously unmoved.” http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/hieratic 

 

Zadkine 

 

 

BTW, Zadkine ‘retired’ from Paris to the deepest countryside of SW France in the Lot at a little village called Les Arques. Not far from me. Great place to visit.

 

 

 


Sept calligrammes d’Apollinaire
1967
Portfolio original, “Sept Calligrammes d’Apollinaire”, contenant 10 gravures originales, chacune signée au crayon par l’artiste. Ed. Czwiklitzer.

 

 

‘Have a Nice Day’

‘Busker’
A5 sketchbook
graphite
©adam cope

‘Have a Nice Day’

This fellow and his dog in the market place, playing the accordian. The sign said “Bonne Journée Avec le Sourire” ( ‘have a nice day – with a smile’). He looked worried. I think the dog was used to his music.
‘Life Insurance’

Some pages from my A5 sketchpads. Drawn from life, when the music stops, the drawing stops. Click on the images & the let the music begin.

Orchestra Baroque de Toulouse


‘Orchestra Baroque de Toulouse’

 

pencil drawing

A5 sketchbook
© adam cope

The last drawing went away from gesture & towards ‘shape’, which was where I was at in Urs Karpartz in Sarlat in July. I call  it ‘hierachical’, static , the opposite of  the dynamism of getsure drawing. The lok static  & frozen.
great black shapes tho’!

‘Urs Karpatz’
25 x 32 cm
ink
© adam cope

Gestural Drawing of a Musician

‘Stefan’
pencil & ink
32 x 24 cm
© Adam Cope
My camera & old computer refuse to take properly exposed photos of graphite pencil on white paper.
The fine silver tones of graphite along with the delicate yellow wash make sthis virtually impossibl eto phjoto well
Fiddley dee and fiddley dumb over the hills and away he run…
and piper played and he played and he played
until he ran away
oh and it’s a fiddley dee and fiddled dumb!
‘Urs-Karpatz’
Ink
25 x 32 cm
© Adam Cope

Urs-Karpatz came to Sarlat & played their wildly beautiful Tzigane music. You can listen to their music on their web site ! Apparently the lead man & ‘bottle’ (the person who collects the money in the hat & speaks to the public), Dmitri used once to dance with bears….Some drawings from
2006:

Paris-Londres Duo-Musical à Sarlat

In the middle of the crowds, musicians play on the streets. People stop & listen, look, sometimes dream a bit, sometimes soften a bit, sometimes love a bit, sometimes give a bit, sometimes maybe buy a CD, then the people move on.


‘Sophie Read’

pencil
25 x 32 cm
© adam cope

This year, a wonderful duo called Paris – Londres played. Guitar & electric violin with a backing tape. Bruno & Sophie. Wonderful muscians, wonderful people. Go read their biographies, go listen to their music on their web-site. Very nice vibes.

‘To write a love-song, you have to be in love.’ – Henry HENSCHE, Cape Cod School of Art

Called Paris – Londres because he was born in Paris & she was born in London. M-L & I could be called ‘Bergerac – Winchester’ because we are another anglo-french couple.

I didn’t get time to do Bruno justice, which is a shame as he has a good, solid posture when playing & a soulful look whilst singing. But I did have a go at drawing Sophie whilst she played, despite the heat. I hope she doesn’t mind me saying that not only does she make very beautiful folksy-tonally pure melodies & lilts (why do I see them as sort of circular in my mind’s eye?) on the streets which can tough & tiring (the pavements are no music hall) but she’s also the mother of two young children. Amazing what some women do 🙂


‘Sophie Read’
pencil & ink
25 x 32 cm
© adam cope


‘Sophie Read’
pencil & watercolour
25 x 32 cm
© adam cope

 

‘Le Garde Champêtre de Bergerac, Périgord’
graphite
A5 sketchbook
© The Artist.

OK, new category title ‘FRENCH MARKET PLACES’, which I must update the previous posts in this blog as some of the buskers play in the market places & soome of the portraits are of local farmers selling their wares. So to simplify those pesky labels, I’m going ditch the ‘SKETCHBOOK’ label but keep the ‘DRAWING’ category, more as a headcount rather than as a precise label.

Le garde champêtre

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garde_champêtre

Le garde champêtre est un fonctionnaire ayant pour mission la protection de la campagne.Selon le pays, le garde champêtre peut être un agent de police, un militaire, un gendarme, ou un garde forestier.

OK did you get that? A garde Chamêtre is a civil servent who has the mission of guarding the countryside. Depending on the region, he may be a police agent, a soldier, a gendarme or a forest guard.

This splendid chap is the Guard Champêtre of Périgord ( the ancient name for the Dordogne region including some of Lot & Garonne). I drew him in Bergerac market place, even though he was moving about. Two minute pose, which I worked up later. He told me that he doubles up as the Town Crier & , shoosh, don’t tell anyone, he has some appearances in a red & white custom this Xmas.

Good drummer too so I’m labelling him ‘MUSIC’ as well.

Drawings of Musicians & Buskers – New Web Page

‘Alison & Her Cello’
Ink & Brush Pen
28 x 38cm (15 x 11 inches).
© The Artist.
400 euros
alision started off with bruchner & was playing bach cello by the time i drew her here – her back was hurting , she had a very dynamic posture!

drawing of a violin player

drawing of a violin player

pencil
A5 sketchbook
© The Artist.

Peter ‘Bimbo’ Acock

‘Bimbo Sings the Blues’
dans le temps d’une chanson….five minute pose
ink
A5 sketchbook
© The Artist.

‘Bimbo’, Peter Acock

In Bergerac, we are lucky enough to have a musician of outstanding talent. Known locally as ‘Bimbo’, Peter Acock plays the sax (soprano & alto), the clarinette & here his third instrument, the piano & voice… Jazz bébé jazz
he was a well known session musician in London in the seventies & now plays marriages, bars & concerts all over the south west. I like what he does & he’s a big buddy of mine. Great talent.

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