Christmas Owl Illustration

December 19, 2014


Merry Christmas everyone! Here is my illustrated Christmas owl to wish you all happy Christmas and a little bit of a process post! -from sketching out the rough lines, to working up the details and then the final owl in all his Christmas grumpiness! (with just a touch of gold for a bit of festive sparkle!). I drew him up using 2 shades of blue Karisma pencils (which I love as they are lovely for either heavy or light use for shading) and a gold ceramic pen for the gold highlights. -Merry Christmas y’all!x

ice queen screen print

screen printed ice queenThis is my latest Lady Luck miniature screen print designed for the New Year and is titled “Snow Queen” -gold ink on midnight navy blue for deepest contrast, like winter sunshine on freshly fallen snow. Currently being sent out to selected clients and art directors, apply for one baby! -the only entry requirement? you have to have survived this icy-winter with no frostbite and minimal icicle damage…ouch! To be in for the win drop a comment below!

Initial quick rough concept sketch handily originally drawn in icicle blue!

Rose & Ivy Pattern Tattoo

September 30, 2010

I was asked to come up with a Rose and Ivy tattoo concept drawing with bloomin’ roses and swirling ivy, creating an intricate pattern of the two. The tattoo was required to be not too heavy and black so I worked the drawing in shades of blue; These poor fellows get so much work (as most of my prep work get drawn using these shades) this drawing has finally reduced them all to sorry stumps -a sad day for numbers 901, 919 and 1049 -rest in peace, worthy pencils.

A couple of sculpture drawings from Friday’s late night opening of the always wonderful National Portrait Gallery in London. In blue is Ambrose McEvoy who had such a melancholy, long face that blue Karisma had to be the pencil of choice! Next in the pink is William Ernest Henley, looking incredibly ernest and sporting the most excellent Victorian beard and mustachios combo. Finally in the red corner is Mr Robert Louis Stevenson -not normally a face I would pick out to draw for some reason, but I had to go back after reading his caption ‘The original bust was modeled by Allen Hutchinson when by chance he came across Stevenson staying in Waikiki Beach, Honolulu. Stevenson recorded sitting for the bust in a letter to Sidney Colvin of 23 October 1893: “I am being busted by a party named Hutchinson. Seems good.”‘ -First rate use of language! (…also included on this page, a snake head with also apparent good language use.)

A page from my sketchbook from my trip to the excellent British Museum at the weekend. Drawing in the Roman Sculpture halls I had to stop and sketch these fine fellows with their excellent noses!

V&A Sculpture Drawings

March 15, 2010

Sculpture drawings

A page taken from my sketchbook from the weekend, spending some time in the V&A armed with my sketchbook, pencil sharpener (small tin to collect the pencil shavings) and a nice assortment of Karisma pencils and for afters a quick stop in the V&A cafe!

Tonal Study Drawing

January 22, 2010

Just a update with a quick tonal study from a life drawing class I attended -great practice and I enjoyed working with light and shade instead of my normal focus of line work.

Quick sketchbook post from a recent drawing visit to the wonderful Natural History Museum in London. Charles Dawin (drawn from the sculpture of him in the main hall) and a human skull with blue pencil and graphite.