Tag Archives: Sketches

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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Brown sketchbook. The last few pages…

Now, what new sketchbook do I get? Top row: By the Thames making art with Sarah Middle row: Faces and flowersBottom row: Edward and me working through books and legends, Karaoke night More abstract works. The white is heavily textured … Continue reading

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The Brown Sketchbook. 4. And more…

Here’s a scary page, after talking to my youngest son about fleas we had a look at Robert Hooke’s brilliant and historically important Micrographica. Some of the art is by my son. The numbers look like interesting numerology but are … Continue reading

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Self Portraits 2020.

This canvas I paint over every few years with a self portrait. Good practice, plus, with photography being what it is, there is still a record of the last version. Self portraits usually look a bit odd, an intense stare, … Continue reading

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B thinking: the sketches.

So, what do we have here, then? Some sketches form life, some colour tests, some studies and one of the points of inspiration, a Rembrandt self-portrait.

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Holiday Sketches Series: 1 Travel & Pisa.

I love drawing on planes. A captive audience.

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Preparations for a painting

There’s a few paintings I’m working on at the moment. This is being made at the Mary Ward Centre. Pencil study of R with JT painting him. Pencil, acrylic and oil paint on paper. I decided to make a realistic … Continue reading

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Easter holiday sketches.

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A school trip and A4 sheet of paper.

A trip to the Globe theatre. Every time there was a break, out came the crumpled piece of paper.

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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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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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Life Drawing 6: A, the pregnant model.

Only pencils this week. It was good to draw someone at such as special time in their life. A detail of the above. Each drawing had a different approach. Frenetic, tentative, flowing and structured. This was made from the top … Continue reading

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Life Drawing 16/10/15: Matthew with the muscles.

Last time Matthew was posing, I found my painting to be too strong, trying to match his physique. This week the brushstrokes and marks were made with a delicate care. This seemed to be a better route into making better … Continue reading

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Life drawing 5: 30/05/14 (missed a session) The tall blonde lady.

Four¬†15 minute poses on one sheet of mounting board. Using Wedgewood blue acrylic put on with a sponge and two conte pastels, black and very light grey. The theme was material on the model. Really interesting how fabric gives the … Continue reading

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Sketch week 5: A hand at 3am.

A few weeks ago I couldn’t sleep. A rare occansion brought about by the great weather. I sketched the remnants of my nightime repast (Marmite pot, btter, plate, knife and glass of water) which I haven’t posted because it insn’t … Continue reading

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Sketch week 4: Sunbathing, looking at a church spire.

Here in Clerkenwell Green, there is a nice little park with a beautiful church. The church has a wonderful spire. I’ve just been in said park on a little break from illustrating the five life cycle stages of Fusarium turf … Continue reading

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Sketch week 2: Family

TV watchers. Some nieces and a nephew. In under 5 minutes. Young lad and BBQ watcher. BBQ watcher 2. Little lady.

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Sketch week 1: CT first session

A friend has commissioned me for a portrait and I’m happy to oblige. She came round and I made some preparatory sketches. Here’s the same image in black and white. You can see how fast I’m working in the marks. … Continue reading

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Happy Easter

I’ve just come back from my Easter holiday in Derbyshire. Here’s the evidence. 1. Alex’s easter egg hunt (Izzy had fiendish clues, Alex being 5 had picture clues; find clue No.1 and it will have the clue to No.2 and … Continue reading

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THE SHADOW LINE

I started off drawing from the TV as usual but thought I’d try a version on the mac using photos of the cast as a reference. The strange timelesss noir feel of the programme is reflected in illustrative technique; like … Continue reading

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