Category Archives: Illustration

George the cat memorial.

Our cat, George, died, after 18 years of lazing about. We really loved that large, friendly and incontinent cat. A victorian idea after a favourite pet had died was to stuff or make a wooden effigy of the pet and … Continue reading

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Illustrations for a local magazine.

An article on Food banks. A dreaded spindley fish for a piece on river danger. Hedgehogs, loud neighbours, worry, mayonnaise and a photoshop off cut of all the food bank drawings on top of each other.

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Drawing from Rodin.

Going to Rodin at the Tate Modern, was as good as I imagined it could be. Really thought provoking and exciting, a show with ideas on scale, theme, revision, finish, intuition, lack of colour, the body and sexuality. It makes … Continue reading

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Pencil portraits.

Birthday card. Faber Castell Polychromos Deep Cobalt Green 158. On A4 cartridge paper 400gsm.So, I had a nice photo of my son, a quick search for an image of the young Napoleon and Viola! Goodbye Ben. Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. … Continue reading

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Sketchbooks: Travel.

Gails in South Kensington. Having a coffee. This reminds me of a bus stop picture I made in powder paint circa 1985… Sketching my son sketching x3. On the Northern line. Showing him differing approaches to starting a drawing. My … Continue reading

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Square sketchbook. London Town.

Here’s the view from: Prom number 20, Monmouth coffee, Chilango’s Brewer Street, A bar in Coal Drop Yard Kings Cross and Buck House lawn!

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Life Drawing. Giraffes.

Giraffes. I’ve always liked drawing them. I used to draw them for other kids around the age of 10 (draw a horse and extend legs and neck, add stubby horns and sometimes a blue-ish long tongue. Now, I have some … Continue reading

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Ed.

My youngest son has the pleasure of my company as I take him to various lessons. He’s now at home, next to me doing his homework now… Mostly I’m designing on the laptop while he’s learning but sometimes I’ll start … Continue reading

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Miles Davis Sketches.

Watching the documentary ‘Birth Of The Cool’ on the brilliant BBC Iplayer. I think I prefer biographies and autobiographies in print than in film form. The performances are still good though and the faces of the protagonists were mesmerising.The usual … Continue reading

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A tweaked calendar.

Sometimes you have to make presents. Here’s a Christmas present, a calendar which has been tweaked to fit its recipient. Using some new felt pens and some Pritt Stick, jockeys have been added, some more silly than others, all with … Continue reading

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A little bit of illustration…

It seems a lot of work is consigned to be a mystery due to the prevalence of Non Disclosure Agreements. Here’s a medical illustration job that I can now show in part at least. It works as details without giving … Continue reading

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Yerbury Summer Fair Project

Circus poster. Pen and photoshop.The illustrations had to be general, with and a tad child-like. There is some play between what is in the frame and what object is infront of another. I drew the man with stilts around 10 … Continue reading

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A birthday card.

Some details and the idea behind the choice of paper and techniques. I do love the early colour process, Autochrome. These photographs on glass have a really interesting patina.

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Sketches on a trip to London.

The Natural History Museum followed by the V&A. Testing out the very black grease pencil (chinagraph pencil).

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Illustration. Perfume shop & bottles.

Les Senteurs is a fascinating business. I’ve fallen under the spell of their many fine scents. They also have a fantstic shopfront with an amazing tree, which I was asked to illustrate when making up some extra brand guidelines for … Continue reading

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Life Drawing 02.02.2018. Reclining vertically.

 

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Gary Kirk + David Bowie = Party.

A dream job. A client I like, a subject who’s brilliant and of course Dame David. So I had a bunch of photos and got to work on some bespoke party invites / posters. I even did the backs of … Continue reading

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Life Drawing 03.11.17. 2 models, many marks made.

2 Ladies on blue and green. This week had the excitement of two models. This can be daunting, but if you start with a plan and make some marks on the page things start flowing. The reflection in the mirror … Continue reading

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27.10.17. Jay, tall and poetic.

I’ve used Jay’s real name as he’ not shy. See Instagram #jay_life_model He’s tall and poetic in demeanor. Again just a pencil (a HB this time) and some choice on what to draw. I’ve taken out the easel he’s leaning … Continue reading

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Life Drawing 20.27.17. Pencil only.

The angular lady G with fluid blue ribbon. A 4B pencil. As a child I didn’t use colour, just this smudgy pencil. Strange to go back. The graphic designer in me had to make the ribbon blue. The angular lady … Continue reading

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