Monday, 11 April 2016

Spring Meadow - Fox

I cant believe it was February when I last posted.
This is to go with the Spring Meadow - Hares. Thought the fox looked a little disappointed that the hares have sussed him in the grass. No breakfast for him then!
Polychromos pencils
Support: Fabrianno Artistico HP
Mounted onto cradled board. Size: 50 x 20cms


Friday, 5 February 2016

Spring Meadow

Just off the drawing board. 
Title: Spring Meadow
Medium: Faber Castell Polychromos coloured pencils
Size: 20cms x 50cms
I did this on Fabrianno Artistico paper and then mounted it onto a cradled board, and finally sealed with Mod Podge.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

The Stare - Tiger in graphite pencil

Just completed  'The Stare'. It was drawn on Mellotex paper and then mounted onto a cradled wooden panel. I used 3B 6B and 2H pencils and the background was done using a large graphite block (Derwent) Size: 50cms x 40cms.



Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Pat the greyhound

Pat crossed over the rainbow bridge recently and left his family very upset. This picture was commissioned for the husband as a Christmas present and for the family to remember him by.
Size: A4
Paper: Fabrianno Artistco HP
Pencils: Faber Castell Polychromos.

I am safe to post this as they don't really do computers so very unlikely that it will be seen.


Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Poacher's Delight. White Rhino cow and calf

This is my contribution to the Strathmore Pass the Journal project. Starthmore the paper manufacturers, are sending a number of journals around the world to artists to fill in. Each artist has a double page to use for whatever subject or medium they choose. This is my contribution. Reference photo by Gary Jones with thanks.

http://www.strathmoreartist.com/pass-the-journal/about.html




Thursday, 7 May 2015

Moon Shadow

I cant believe how long it's been since my last post.
This is my most recent drawing. I wanted to achieve something with some dramatic lighting using graphite. The uneven background is not quite so obvious in the original, the scanner has accentuated some marks etc which you do not see.
I intend to mount it onto a cradled wooden panel, so no frame needed. 
Size: 15"x15"
Graphite pencil 3B, XL Derwent graphite block and graphite dust.
Support: Mellotex paper
Title: Moon Shadow


Monday, 29 December 2014

Greyhound in coloured pencil

Meet Toby, a much loved greyhound who has sadly passed on. This was a Christmas present to his owner, so it should be safe to post up now.
It was done on Fabrianno Artistico HP using Faber Castell polychromos and measured A3 in size.


Monday, 22 December 2014

Still life in coloured pencils

This is my latest, just completed. I don't usually do still life's, but I enjoyed the challenge. I have titled it 'Red' for obvious reasons, The idea originally was to do 4 pictures, using all white, all blue, all green and this one, not sure that this idea will go forward. My history of following through with series has not been good up till now.



Pencils: Prismacolour
Paper: Fabrianno Artistico 300 HP
Size: Approx. 20" x 9"

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Cat on Ampersand pastelbord

Ampersand pastelbord is a new support for me. I was given a small piece to try out, and decided to do this long haired cat just to see how much detailing I could get on it. I found it reasonably easy to use, but could definitely not get the level of detail that I can achieve on paper such as Fabrianno artistico HP. Still, I like the finished painting and might use it again. I found I really needed to keep sharpening the pencils as they became blunt very quickly as the surface is quite rough.

Support: Ampersand pastelbord (mid grey)
Pencils: Faber Castell Polychromos
Size: 7" x 5"


Monday, 18 August 2014

Elephants at the Waterhole

I have just completed this small drawing, using animals taken from various reference photos and using Photoshop combined them into a pleasing composition.
Size: 12.5 x 4.5
Support: Mellotex paper
Pencils: Mechanicals: 3B 3MM and HB 0.5mm and a 6B woody for the darks.

Here are a few stages in it's development, starting with the completed drawing.