Sunday, 27 September 2009

Daisy on holiday

I recently spent a week with Daisy and her family on holiday in Spain and couldn't resist snapping the odd photo when she wasn't looking. She is such a natural poser and very photogenic. I have tried to capture the sunlight reflecting on her face from the white walls around her. This picture is pure colour pencil on Clarefontaine Pastelmat size 22x28cm.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Award for 'Not all is black and white'

This picture of the grazing zebras received Highly Commended at the UKCPS exhibition at the RBSA in Birmingham and I will be demonstrating there on Friday 2nd October. Of the 3 pictures I am exhibiting this is the one I thought least likely to win anything. You just never know.

Shore Birds

This is my take on Jack Vettriano with a 21st century look. I really loved doing this one. I used a wet application of Derwent Inktense pencils for the sky before going over with dry pencil.

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Good news and more good news!

My picture of the Mudlarks was awarded the 'Public Vote' at the exhibition for the Somerton Group of Artists and secondly my 'Lemon Slice' has a red dot at the Clevedon Pier & Heritage Trust exhibition. Both were colour pencil.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009


Jacob is about 20 months old in this picture. For the face I have used a cross hatching technique to preserve the look of transparent skin that babies have. I have used Prismacolor pencils and Stonehenge paper on the rough side, should have used the smooth side I think. I have also cross hatched the clothes but used a brush to blend the colours together. I am considering putting in a background. He was laying in his pushchair when I took the original photo and the interior was dark grey. The scan has bleached the colours in the face the original has more contrast and shading in the skin tones. Size is 21x16cm.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Mutt Finished

This is it, not going to do anymore, I struggled with the straggly long hairs on the neck, they are not very realistic but I erased them and redrew them so many times I am making the whites look muddy. Next time I will go it at with a slightly different approach. Nevertheless I am quite pleased with the outcome and I added a little colour in the eye and around the mouth which doesn't show up too well on the scan.