Category Archives: Illustration

Life drawing 29.09.17. The positive man.

It’s good to meet someone who loves their job. This model was really happy with the whole process and the end result that he had help create. This was a quick pose painted on prepared paper. The quick excercises and … Continue reading

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Life drawing 22.09.17. The actress.

The first of the new sessions. This was made by using a large angled flat-head brush loaded with tester pot grey. In two minutes I had the size and composition. Then with different sized pastels the details were worked out. … Continue reading

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Holiday Art 2. Architecture.

A quiet part of Venice in a small sketchbook. Made in 30 minutes. Occassional splashes from water taxis outstanding a rather pleasant time was had. The front of a Palladian Villa in very bright sunlight. Rhythmic mark-making. Nice strong shadows. … Continue reading

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Holiday Art 1. Still life in the sun.

Painting objects on their own doesn’t usually fill me with joy. I would rather have a breathing subject. The light being so strong in Italy, it gave the still life an interest to me. The subject is the light on … Continue reading

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Summer sketches. Surrey Flowers & Lewes Lido

These sketchbook pages are concerned with sunlight, interesting mark making and colour. The first three are images were made in gardens that are growing like there is no tomorrow. How to capture all this? These images were made at Lewes … Continue reading

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Mr Moustache. A portrait commission.

Mr Moustache went through a large amount of changes. All are fun. I was asked for an impressionistic view of the model, then a more realistic version, then a more photographic version, then a change of background. Some changes are … Continue reading

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Sketchmania.

So, here’s a mixture of drawings that don’t fit into a theme, apart  from they were all drawn from life. We have: A five piece brass ensemble, a friend in the sun, art homework, my family, hand, trips to central … Continue reading

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Life Drawing 3. Tonal feedback.

In the crit at the end of the life drawing session asked why I painted on a loud pink spray painted background, I blurted out something to do with music feedback as a base for extemporising on. Having a strong … Continue reading

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Websites & backgrounds

There is so much content in everything now that is filched from other places. I prefer to make my own, the client is employing me for my work, not my talents as a thief. Which is different from having influences … Continue reading

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Building illustrations.

Over the past few years I’ve been illustrating architecture for the Auckland Castle project. It’s a really nice little job, the span of concentration, the translation of photos to unified illustrations and the feeling that is very near to playing … Continue reading

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Auckland Castle Leaflet

I do like working for Auckland Castle Trust. The people are nice, the idea for project is really genuine and the art and architecture is unique. The leaflet features my illiustration, design and typography. The feel is supposed to be … Continue reading

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Holiday sketchbook USA

26 images: STAR WARS: Rogue One. On the plane. Eddy on the plane. Eddy watching Lion Guard. Which is TERRIBLE. My hand on the pull out table. Izzy on the beach with a large lizard lurking in the background. In … Continue reading

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Sketches made when waiting…

A self portrait in a little mirror. I like being a bit unflattering with myself. No hairbrush, early night or shave for me. The eye is closed as the mirror was so near the two eyes were giving differnet views. … Continue reading

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TABOO

The tv series was pretty good fun and never less than a feast for the eye. As we watched the pen was used to take notes of all the unusual physiognomies infront of me. These were then collated in photoshop, … Continue reading

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Little sketches

Izzy and Kate in Byron burgers. Drawn on the napkin with a 2H pencil. There was a photo of a Clinical Physiologist, Dr Gerald Graham in the Times Obits. I liked the lighting and doodled a version. Shot at an … Continue reading

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Sherlock / Ian Mckellen in the dresser

Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Mark Gatiss are great to capture in pencil. Such different faces. Sketched while watching the TV. It’s cheap life drawing but the model is usually moving. Taboo is next. The Dresser. A good movie with a crackling … Continue reading

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Life Drawing 1. Japanese lady ‘Y’.

Life drawing at the Mary Ward Centre on a Friday night. Fun fun fun. Continue reading

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A sketch from Parliament Hill last Saturday.

A nice day. I was there to drop someone off at rugby. As the café was full I sat on a bench and sketched. Here’s the result with and without notation. I loved the dog Betsy who as dogs are … Continue reading

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Life drawing 7: Black ground & two models. With The Stooges in my head.

Three deep grey painted sheets of paper. Two models. On Friday night. Add the music of The Stooges and watch me go. Strong stuff. Continue reading

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Life Drawing 4. Against Stasis & Procrastination

The lurking enemies of art are stasis and procrastination – the nearest I get to a cat poster. Continue reading

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