From Pencils To Inks…

I’m often asked how I do what I do… Artists’, we get that a lot, right? I happily let people know that there are no magic wands involved and that the process usually employs only a little elbow grease, a jot of focus and the ability to apply oneself.

As a teacher, it’s ultra important for me, that my students understand this…

Here’s a drawing from a couple of years ago and the three-step-process I took to achieve the final (inked) version:

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Bins…

I liked this drawing from a few months ago, thought I’d tighten things up with some scratchy line art…

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Into The Woods…

Really enjoying this stage I’m at with this project, my favourite part is the realisation, the ‘fleshing out’ of ideas, making the characters work, the environment, the mood… Exciting stuff!

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More Water-Subjects…

These water scenes are dominating my (spare) painting time lately, I want to paint more and more. I adore the process of looking into the reference shots and making sense of the chaotic patterning. Having fun!

watercolour on Arches hot press 6 1/2 x 6 1/2″

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Library Sketchings…

My apologies for the sporadic posts, I’ve been working my way through a project I have on the go and it’s taking up a LOT of my time, in a good way, of course. You can see what I’ve been up to HERE

In the meantime, here are a few sketches I made at the library a week or so ago, horses are a huge challenge for me, what better way is there to improve your drawing than drawing those things you find hard… bloody hard…

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And for those who aren’t aware, my new book, ‘The Fantasy Artroom’ published by that superb art book publisher Dover Publications, is available from all good book stores, amazon.com and The Book Depository, get your copy now….

Library Sketching…

I draw. ALL THE TIME. It’s the only way to become any good at anything, to do it. And to keep on doing it…

Sketching and drawing and painting all help each other, idle sketches like this (from good reference books) help the hand-eye relationship and steady the lines, I made these sketches directly in sepia pen on crappy notepad paper and would recommend this no-pressure doodling to anyone who wants to better their craft.

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Small Paintings…

This is how I make so much more progress in such a short space of time. These small paintings help to try out new things in a sort of ‘no pressure’ situation. Rather than working on huge masterpieces, I find it helps to have a few smaller works (these are approx. 7 x 9″ each) and try out new mediums, new subject matter and new techniques, the results are often surprising and really help your work in the long run.

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Stairs…

Here’s a quick sketch I made today, I’ve been carrying this image in my head all day and needed to get it down, I don’t think I’ve nailed it yet, will have a few more goes but here’s what I have so far…

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Earthmother…

Because it’s time to post such things…

I drew this one 12-13 years ago, I’ve always been a little fond of it. Will definitely redraw it someday, but this is how it stands right now…

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New Year, New Start

Happy 2015 everyone. Hope it’s gotten off to a fine start for you all. I’m still trying to find my feet in many ways although overall, it’s been a positive beginning. So no real complaints.

I haven’t posted regularly for a long time, in part due to

a) The kids have been off on school holidays.

b) I’ve been sucked into a facebook void as far as spending time on the internet is concerned. If you’d like to keep track of what I’m up to, there’s the best place to do it, although I thoroughly intend to get back to blogging on here, I miss it.

c) My workload. It quietened down for a few months prior to Christmas and then took off again. I’ll be pretty busy for the next 2-3 months and that’s what an illustrator wants. No complaints. Truly.

So here I am, with 2-3 sketches drawn over the past couple of days. I haven’t sketched for the sheer sake of sketching for quite a while and will be doing that too. 2014 was a tough year  for me, personally, and it upset my mojo somewhat. Things are steadily improving so, with that in mind, hope you enjoy the sketches, plenty more to follow soon…

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