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Monday, 14 April 2014

Lovely Willow in pastels

Meet Willow, a very laid back Golden Retriever, well aren't they all? She wasn't bothered that she was supposed to be co-operating for her photo shoot, just lay down or came up to me for a cuddle and a kiss, and wasn't interested in showing her 'best side'. We finally managed to get some interest from her when the treats were brought out and at last I managed to get one or two suitable shots to work from. This is the result.

Medium: pastels, sticks and pencils.
Support: Fisher 400 sanded paper
Size: A3

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Dino -Black Cat in Coloured Pencil

This is a commission I have recently completed of Dino, a handsome black cat. As is often the case with black animals the photos were not very clear and as Dino has passed over the Rainbow Bridge, it was not possible to get any more taken, but I am happy with the end result and feel I have done him justice. I particularly like his bright eyes.

Medium: Prismacolour pencils
Support: Clairfontein Pastelmatt
Size: A4

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Dartmoor Trees

I was immediately attracted to these lovely trees on Dartmoor, all covered in moss and with their trunks all twisted and gnarled.  It almost looks as if the moss is flowing over the base of the trees and the rocks.

Because I usually get bogged down in the minute detail in a landscape I decided to use a different support which would help me to work a little looser. I got a friend to make me up a box using MDF and some 2"x2" struts on the back for support, rather like a box canvas. I then primed it with lots of coats of Gesso which I sanded down until I got a surface I was happy to work on.
I like the way the texture shows through the pencil marks, and I was not able to draw in every little  detail as I usually do. I am very happy with the results and have already got some ideas for more similar pictures.

Title: Bark and Moss. 
Measures 15" x 15" and I used Faber Castell Polychromos pencils.

This is my accepted entry for the 2014 Annual UKCPS exhibition to be held at the RBSA in Birmingham from 28th April to10th May. If you have a chance to visit you will see some amazing coloured pencil art on show.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Daisy - French bulldog

Meet my latest commission, Daisy, a 6 month old French Bulldog, and as cute as they come. I love her pugnacious expression. Of course she is spoiled rotten by her family. I loved drawing her, the wrinkly face, the brindle coat, her cute little pushed in nose, and of course great reference photos made it easy.

Size: A4
Support: Fabrianno Artistico HP
Pencils: Faber Castell Polychromos

Monday, 11 November 2013

New Website

At last, I have completed my new website, it only took 10 months to do :-) but overall I am happy with it. It needs a few tweaks here and there, some of the pictures need resizing but that's not too much of a problem.

It is only for commissions to prevent confusion. I will have a blog for my own work I think.

You can find it here: I would be happy if you could take a look and let me know what you think. Thanks.

This is Blaze the boxer, completed some time ago now, but I just love the expression, so he is worth another showing.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Evie - portrait in coloured pencil

This is my delightful great niece Evie who is a very photogenic child and on looking through my many photographs after a weekend spent with the family last year, I found this one and had to draw her. I do not often do human portraits but found this one went quite easily ..... after a false start.

Support: Polydraw film
Pencils: Prismacolour and Faber Castell Polychromos
Size: Apprx 10" x 10"

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Henry - latest commission

This is Henry, who has sadly crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. He looks such a delightful little terrier, just look at the devotion in those eyes. He is sorely missed and I hope this portrait will bring back some happy memories to his owners.
I used a dark brown Colourfix paper, not my usual choice of support, but I wanted a dark background to accentuate his lovely blonde fur and this fitted the bill. I must say it worked out very well and I am pleased at how easily it came together.

Size A4
Support: Dark brown Colourfix paper
Pencils: Derwent, Faber Castells Polychromos and Prismacolour.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Bearded Iris

Well, it's been a very long time since I last posted anything here. The summer has been busy.
I started this picture of a beautiful purple Iris some years ago....possibly as long as six and recently I decided that with some adjustments it was worth finishing. I originally had some leaves and other faded buds in it but on reflection decided to turn it into a portrait of the bloom only as it really didn't need any further embellishment. Such a stunning rich colour.

Size: A3
Pencils: A mix of Berol Karismacolour and Prismacolors. The background has been blended using solvent.
Support: Fabrianno Artistico 300gsm

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Short Listed

I have just found out that my 'Autumn Sumach' picture has been short listed for the Ken Bromley, catalogue cover competition. The finalist will be the one who has the most votes, so if you can spare a moment it would be really great if you would vote for it. I would love to have my picture on the catalogue cover. :-) If you follow the link and look for my picture you can cast your vote.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Trying out Landscapes

This is of a local scene, where I walk Tilly on most mornings. The photo reference for this was taken last winter just at sunrise. The geese were added from my imagination. They are always there and flying to and from the River Brue to Apex lake so are a feature of the landscape. I am just not a good enough photographer to capture them in flight, so added them later.

The picture measures about A3. I used Faber Castell polychromos on Bristol Velum finish paper.