Meet the Artist: Richard Osgood
None at all! I just enjoy it ! It is both relaxing and encourages one to look at things properly. It’s a happy place for me.
Only that there are so many better people that are way more talented than me. Once you get past the fact that it may be no good it makes it easier to share I think. I love seeing other people’s work and so many that share their own art are people I either respect hugely or those that seem to be genuinely pleasant encouraging people with whom I enjoy chatting. There needs to be more art in the world!
I think a more considered piece of work would really highlight my limitations! I have lots of different projects and things buzzing round in my head so doing things quickly is good. Digging for Britain is perfect - so many wonderful finds which lend themselves to drawing and our little twitter drawing community. Alice Roberts is Mega talented at art so I hope she enjoyed seeing the work too.‘Inktober’ is another good process with a daily drawing prompt throughout the month of October- I always TRY to do a heritage theme each day and love seeing the imaginative ideas people come up with.
I sometimes redo it if I’m not happy and take reference photos for colours and the suchlike. Sometimes it’s great to go back and do more.
Yes pencil, then fine ink and then often watercolour or ink wash. I want to get into acrylic soon.
My daughter is great at digital I just like having a physical collection. It all really started with doing little illustrations in holiday diaries which I have found to be warm and happy memories even if they aren’t any good.
Anything historic or archaeological. I’m fortunate that loads of my digs have so much to offer visually that I’m doomed for choice.
This interview was produced as part of the 2023 Festival of Archaeology's Archaeology and Creativity Theme Day sponsored by Thames & Hudson.
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