Monday, 15 October 2018

Teach Yourself to Draw

I`m coming up to 40 years as a professional artist. I have no degree, I am self-taught, or rather, I have learnt from the thousands of artists who have gone before me.
So now I feel it is time to pass on what I have learnt and how I learnt and how I ended up busy doing portraits, caricatures, illustrations - 99% on command and rarely without a project on the go.
This blog will be dedicated to helping people to learn how to teach themselves to draw, which is easier now than when I first started, now online there are so many learning resources-but how to proceed?
My goal is to lead the beginner through the confusing mass of drawing techniques.
40 years ago,desperate for guidance, I went to public librairies for books on drawing techniques, luckily,
as I was living in New Zealand at the time, they had access to American books and one of them was a revelation  to me, it explained one the `secrets` I could not understand - how did artists create drawings that
looked 3D?
These are the actual words that, as Americans say, knocked my socks right off! -

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Valentin Serov (1865 - 1911)

Serov was, in my very humble opinion, the greatest ever Russian portrait artist.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Sir John Tenniel (1820-1914)

Was a political cartoonist at Punch magazine for most of his creer but is known for his superb illustrations for Lewis Carrolls  - ` Alices Adventures in Wonderland`, `Through the Looking Glass and what Alice found There` and `Jabberwocky`. I never tire of looking at them, grotesque, funny and straight out of a wierd dream world, perfect for those amazing stories.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Live portraits & caricatures at Edgware

4 charming people sat for me last weekend at The Broadwalk Edgware - a young couple from Rumania. a Ghanaian lady & an 88 year old lady with the spirit & attitude of an 18 year old.
I will be at Luton this Friday 28th & Saturday 29th.
For more dates of live appearances -

Monday, 24 July 2017

Hans Holbein the Younger (1497- 1543)

Holbein was a German artist who became the court painter for Henry VIII. He was known for his very precise likenesses. `The Ambassadors` ( can be seen at the Tate) has many symbolic references, including the strange distorted skull.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Busy day at Weston Favell Centre in Northampton

Enjoyed drawing these 2 lovely girls at Weston Favell last Saturday.The girl with the bun sat like a statue for me - maybe a career as a model? The girl with the long hair ( OK I did get a bit carried away!) was on her break from working a till at Tesco.
I will be at The Broadwalk in Edgware this weekend - 22nd & 23rd July.Then Luton Mall the next week - 28th & 29th.
See my site for further dates -

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Sir Anthony van Dyke (1599-1641)

For my money one of the greatest portrait artists of all time, if not the greatest of them all. He deserved his job as the court painter to King Charles 1st. His triple portrait of him was for Bernini in Rome to help in sculpting a bust.