Sunday, December 25, 2016

Not Suitable for Children

Not Suitable for Children
Christmas this year and the world seems darker. You cant suppose that things will work out.  We will all have to work harder at making this a better place.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Landscape ink

Landscape ink
Landscape study in ink.  Done with a biro then I found my brush pen about two thirds through.  Learning here for me was the importance of grouping values.  Was somewhat OK in the foreground and background but middle became muddied with no clear textures. The ink is unforgiving to those who do not plan.  

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Random practice


Did not work on a big piece last week but have started something this week.  In the meantime I am still practicing.  One thing that is becoming obvious is that my linework in traditional is way ahead of the tablet. Something to think about. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016


Been working on this on and off for the last few weeks. 

The inspiration came from this image  by Ferdinand Bol.  He worked in Rembrandts studioJust wanted to try and catch some emotion.  I tried to polish as much as possible but ran out of steam. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

More ink



Frog guy
 My time available to do this work was reduced considerably in the past few weeks.  Working in ink was a great alternative as I could stop and start conveniently. Not very good at imaginative landscapes but it was very easy to work on this one.  The frog is a study from a photograph and then something from imagination to get some of it to stick.  Still working digitally just nothing to a finished level yet. 
 Its getting towards the end of the year and a little bit of reflection is inevitable.  I think I have tried a lot of new things this year , some more successful than others  and I have started thinking about next year.  I would like to put a bit more focus on training and putting together a portfolio to get some work. More to follow. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Materials study 1

Materials study 1 
Found a post by Jarrod Hasenjager on Artstation where he modeled materials in 3d and put them in environments.  Thought some of the images would be useful to do some 2d material studies.  The oxidised one was the most fun.  

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Foresty Guy

Foresty Guy
What was interesting about this was the palette.  Used some photo textures to get started and they set the palette and the value range. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Step Over

Step over
After all the pen and ink work I have the digital work from the last month but my computer is complaining so will keep it short for now.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Inktober Week 4

24 One Dozen

25 Tired

26 Box

27 Creepy

28 Burn

29 Surprise

30 Wreck

31 Friend
All done.  Just as well as my pen which I used throughout is almost out of ink. First time attempting inktober in its entirety and happy I tried.  Stripping everything down to one pen was worthwhile.  I have been sketching at lunchtime using just a pen for the best part of a year and I think it helped here.  Will keep working in ink and may well move to the next level incorporating line weight.  

Monday, October 24, 2016

Inktober Week 3

17 Battle

18 Escape

19 Flight

20 Squeeze

21 Big

22 Little

23 Slow
Got another batch of inktober done.  It was tough to keep them going but I got one done each day.  Have stuck with the biro for the most part because thats all I have got right now.  I think sticking with just the line work has been beneficial.  Want to try and do a larger more detailed piece in the last week. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Inktober week 2







Managed to keep inktober rolling for another week.  Some of these I took more time to plan and execute but tried a few different things.  Going to keep it up for week 3.  I have also got some digital work finished so might drop them here in the coming week.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Inktober week 1


First time trying inktober in a serious way.  Started out using my usual sketchy approach.  I decided to change it to a cleaner method.  One because I wanted to try something different and clean lines are definitely not what I go for. The other reason was because I wanted to have something that I would have a chance of maintaining for the month. The other doodles take about 15- 20 minutes which is achievable for me - I hope. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Going Home

Going Home
Attempted this kind of approach before.  Still haven't cracked it but started to resolve some stuff. Into inktober and am trying to do something everyday.  

Monday, September 26, 2016

The arrival of spring, After Stepan Kolesnikoff

The arrival of spring, After Stepan Kolesnikoff 

A little early for Spring but a quick landscape study of a work by  Stepan Kolesnikoff .  Had an interesting palette.  

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


This one went very fast at the beginning then stalled.  I think that if I had kept the momentum it would have turned out better. It could still do with polishing but also some pose work. 

Monday, September 12, 2016


Trying out some different techniques to try and polish pieces a bit more.  

Monday, September 5, 2016

After French School, 19th Century Sketch of a Man in Armor

After French School, 19th Century | Sketch of a Man in Armor
I registered with Sotheby's  auction site a while back.  Not as a buyer but to browse the works that have remained in private hands but surface from time to time when changing hands.  This is a study of one such work.