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

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The struggle is real

 The aim is to do some characters and push the rendering. This is the first.  The sketches below are from reference as practice - trying out different styles. 

After Reubens - ink

Alligator - ink

After Alexander-Louis Jacob

Cargo ship

Monday, September 11, 2017

Camel Still life Study

Camel Still life Study
I had hoped to have finished two other larger more involved pieces by now but I still need to do more work on them.  In the meantime here are the studies from this week. This is the first still life I have done in a while.  Took about 2 hours.  I did it just to get some practice with materials. Below are some of the ink sketches.  Each about 30 minutes from photos.  The ice sketch is a from a painting  Edward Seago .   I am trying to cycle through different subjects and  get as much diversity as I can.  The knights are fun to do in ink. 

Trees Landscape ink
Photo study ink 
Ice Landscape ink

Still life ink
Portrait ink

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Portrait study 31 and 32

Portrait study 32 

Coincidentally did a mostly portraits and anatomy study last week. 
Portrait study 31
 This ink sketch is a study of a Rubens portrait.  I used the colour information from this portrait in the Hound portrait study above.  
Sketch ink 
The other images are anatomy studies.  There number 1 is because I don't think I was tagging these previously.  Mist of the anatomy studies I have been doing have been in traditional media and I haven't posted them regularly here.  
anatomy 1a

Anatomy 1b

Anatomy 1c