Wednesday, 28 April 2010


Another zebra, I really do like working on black paper and zebras just seem to work for me.  This is one of a pair...I hope. 15x30cm using Prismacolor.  I am trying to find unusual poses and crops to make a black and white picture more interesting.  At the moment I can't think of a suitable title...Rear View perhaps?

Monday, 26 April 2010


I took this photo of the Emu while travelling to Ularu (Ayres Rock) Australia.  They are such comical creatures.  This is a quick sketch using Derwent tinted charcoal pencils with pastel pencil for the bright orange eye.  The paper is dark grey pastelmat size 15x30cm.

Friday, 23 April 2010


This one is with newly acquired Derwent tinted charcoal pencils on Anthracite Pastelmat size about A4.  I finished him a couple of days ago, wasn't sure at first but I am liking him more as I look at him...(or her).  The pencils are nice to use, silky, layer well and coverage is quick. I think the paper was too dark and didn't make the most of the subtle colours.  I used a lot of white and out of choice I would like to add a cream to the collection so will probably supplement it with a cream pastel pencil.

Basset Finished

I did reduce the shadow on the ear and think it looks much better. Size is about A4 and it was nice to pick up graphite again and not have to think about colours.

Coloured Pencil Workshop - Tabby Cat

I will be taking a Coloured Pencil workshop at The Somerset Skills and Learning Centre, Portway, Wells on Saturday 8 May from 10-4pm.  Cost is £35 including lunch.  To book your place call Somerset Skills & Learning on 01749 677786 or email

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Basset WIP1

I haven't used graphite for a while and I found this lovely picture of a Basset Hound on Wetcanvas so thought I would give it a go.  The ear is heavily shadowed and I am not sure yet if it looks right but I will do the rest of the dog before I decide.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Blue shutters again

This picture is Prismacolor pencils on black stonehenge.size 15x21cm and only too about 1 hour to do.  I have used white under the light and mid tones, left the black paper  in places for the real darks.  I don't like it as much as the oil painting but I was interested to see if I could get anywhere near the same contrast which of course I can't.  I guess a touch of acrylic white in some areas may help.

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Cat finished

I put a cream background behind the drafting film before I scanned it to warm the whites a little.  The pinky/reds have come out stronger than reality.  I think I prefer to do furry creatures on Pastelmat rather than drafting film but it was good to have another try at this. Finished size is 10x14cm.

Friday, 2 April 2010

Cat WIP2

Next installment.  The nose seems to have come out rather intense on the photo.

Cat WIP1

I decided to try another picture on drafting film and this one is developing much better than the orangutan.  Size is about A5, the photo reference is courtesy of Wetcanvas where there are some brilliant cat photos for artists.  I am using Polychromos pencils, lots of colours, purples, blues, greens and pinks in the fur which the camera doesn't pick up.  There is quite a lot of white fur on this cat and I am not sure how well it will come out on the drafting film but it will be a good experiment.


Yesterday morning I messed about with oil paints tweaking a few things and putting a ground on some new canvases while the afternoon was spent with coloured pencils.  This Orangutan is 15x16cm on Polydraw drafting film which I haven't used for a while.  It is so different to paper I had forgotten my technique and it was like learning over again.  So today I will probably do another on drafting film while it is fresh in my mind.  However the day is grey, it is raining hard and I would prefer to hibernate... so who knows I may decide to work on the family history instead.