Tag Archives: figurative art

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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Zoom life drawing. Den Haag.

Den Haag 1. Oil and pencil on gesso / wood. 200 x 450mm. I’m not sure if this will ever be finished. Three poses by the great actor Robin. The light streaming through his door really interested me. How to make … Continue reading

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Life drawing. Lady of the orange, grey and blue.

Lady of the orange, grey and blue. Acrylic, pencil, and thinned oil paint on paper. 90 x 70 cm.The last pose of the night with a thin blue ribbon draped over the model. It was important to have the line … Continue reading

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Life Drawing. Storms

Stormy Weather. Ink, acrylic, pencil, oil pastel, compressed charcoal and thinned oil paint on paper. 90 x 70 cm.This started off at home with some ink I had out and didn’t want to waste. This ink was splatted over the … Continue reading

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Life drawing. Actor in mono.

Recently I’ve been taking my time on finishing paintings started in the life room (two weeks worth are still needing more work). I decided to make something quickly that would be fine without any adjustment. Out came a bottle of … Continue reading

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Zoom life drawing class 1. The Goddess Tara (on green).

The Goddess Tara (on green). Acrylics on paper. 100 x 70cm.I heard some of the great radio talks ‘The History of the World in 100 Objects’ again this week. One episode was about a bronze statue of the Buddhist goddess … Continue reading

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IEA. Triple portrait.

IEA. Oil on canvas. A triple portrait of my children. Made over the last year. In an old frame. Some details.

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Life drawing. On Gold.

On gold. Acrylics, gesso, pencil and oil paint on prepared paper. 70 x 100cm.A frame on the floor really helped with the dynamism and proportion of the figure in the space. You can see how near I was in the … Continue reading

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Portrait of R looking up.

R looking up. Oil on gesso on wood. 13″ square.This is the hardest painting to photograph. It really does look different in real life. The work has more depth and presence. It will be interesting to see whether it gets … Continue reading

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Six studies of R

The first session with the young man. A few hours of painting, drawing, chatting and listening to Leonard Cohen. The second session. Great fun. Next post is the workings of the final painting.

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Life Drawing. C a l m . .

Calm. Acrylics, pencil and oil paint on paper. 70 x 100cm.There was some interesting times in the making of this work, fun with oil paint and keeping the atmosphere of the original time in the life studio. Some details showing … Continue reading

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Life drawing. No faces.

1,2 and 3 removes. Acrylic and oil on prepared paper. 100x70cm.The angel is a painting of a painting of a painting, which is quite fun. The title is called 1,2 and 3 removes as the model in the studio is … Continue reading

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Life drawing. Presence.

Past & Present (SLG x2). Acrylic, pencil and oil on prepared paper. 100 x 70cm.The initial painting was in acrylic, then overpainted in oils thinned with liquin. Again the feeling of the models presence was important. Oil paint gives a … Continue reading

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Life Drawing. Movement | Stasis.

Movement | Stasis. Acrylics and pencil on prepared paper. 100 x 70cm.The dark blue frame and background was painted a few days before the figures. The work was made in two parts. In the first, the model (an actor) was … Continue reading

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Life Drawing sessions. 4. Talk / Listen.

Talk to me. Acrylic, black oil paint, pencils on paper. 70x100cmThe model didn’t have red hair. Or such dirty feet. The paper was prepared with dark grey, the light cement colour was quickly and thickly applied, somehow influenced by the … Continue reading

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4 Life Drawing sessions. 3. Relax / Tense.

Relax. Acrylics and pencil on paper. 70x100cm.The paper was prepared with the messy grey-green. The light blue was quickly put on, then the drawing. in the last five minutes of the pose, the pinks and whites were applied. The background … Continue reading

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The Grey Sketchbook.

After a cardboard square sketchbook, here’s the new grey, A3 sugar-paper one. Edward with umbrella, pencil and markers. Made when I felt absolutely terrible. It was such a nice composition that I had to scrawl it down. From top left. … Continue reading

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Sketches of my family.

A in the sunshine. Acrylic and pencil on paper.This work was about the full on power of the sun and what it does to colour and form. E at work. Acrylic and pencil on brown paper in a sketchbook.My youngest … Continue reading

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Self Portrait April 2020

I think this is finished with. For a while. Pensive self portrait. April 2020. Oil on canvas.Painted at different times of day, in different clothes, on different chairs (all things that were slightly unfortunate). You can tell it’s painted from … Continue reading

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Life drawing. Looking left x2.

Looking left No.1. Acrylic, chalk and pencil on paper. I think it was 25 minutes, plus some more on the skull of the now famous Mr. Skellington.Sitting poses need some dynamism. The chalk was added on the background to make … Continue reading

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