Monday, October 16, 2017


Fierce  Inktober 14
A bit more effort put in the Inktober sketches this week. Tried out some contrast and ink washes with varying results.   Did some digital studies alongside these.  I had hoped to get back to the oils as well but yet.  

Inktober 10

Inktober 11

Inktober 12

Inktober 13

Inktober 15

Inktober 16 

Figure Study 1

Monday, October 9, 2017

Guys with Beards

Material Study 
 After trying a couple of characters I want to do some more studies to improve material rendering and get a better process.  Alongside this I have kept up with the Inktober.  Doing the sketches is fine but I have failed to post them regularly.   Alongside that I returned to the oil portrait and added the next layer. 

Inktober 3
Inktober  4
Inktober 5
Inktober 6
Inktober 7
Inktober 8
Inktober 9
After Rubens - Dead layer 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Ink and oil

After Rubens portrait oil 2 layers

Went back to oils last week.  I wanted to try the Flemish method and copy some portraits.  This is the first.  After laying in the first umber layer.  It is too dark - not because of the umber layer but the overpainting which I did in acrylic to save drying time.  The downside was that I could not wash it to knock it back which would have been the case for oils.  I will continue but I have started a second - below.  Because of the drying required between each layer I will follow these 2 up with 3 more to keep momentum.  
After Rubens portrait -oil 1 layer

Last year was the first time I participated in inktober and I realised how poor my draftsmanship was.   I did a lot more work in pens through the year.  

Here is the start of this years.  The ink sketches and studies  have been about 30 min each.  
I will continue to do those but for the inktober work I will give myself no time constraint. These were about 2 hours - planning to completion.  

Inktober 1

Inktober 2

The ink studies for last week are below. 

This is an ink study - messed up the eye so went into photoshop to amend.  
After Reubens portrait ink-

After Edward Seago, South Bay Quay, Singapore

 Photo study.

Urchins ink

After Frazetta ink
From life 
Plant ink

Tuesday, September 26, 2017


After Pieter Brueghel the Younger Peasant Wedding
 This is a copy of a copy.  The original was by Pieter Brueghel the Elder.  The copy was by his son Pieter Brueghel the younger.       It recently came up for sale at Sothebys recently and sold for over 1.8 million. This copy is quite small relative to original and most of the challenge was working on the small scale 10"x 8". The faces were tiny.  The original is full of tiny details that call out characters.  Spoon in the hat - lady cradling the jug-couple up in the loft - check out the originals. 

Below are a mixture of studies from various sources.  

Black Bart -ink
 Study from a photo. 
After Alexandre-Louis Jacob ink 

Pepper _still life -ink
Drapery Study -ink