I love taking photographs of landscapes, but very rarely sketch ‘En plein air’ (which sounds very professional but actually means ‘outdoors’ in French). As the nights draw in I thought I would use my photo references to inspire some sunnier day landscape sketches. It also helped me to think about techniques for creating depth in […]
There are so many great artists out there, do you ever feel ‘I’ll never be as good as that’? Do 100’s of images on all the social media platforms confirm to you that there really is no point in trying? It’s easy to feel that way; intimidated rather than inspired. But all of those artists […]
This year marks the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death and to commemorate the occasion the Royal Collection Trust has created a nationwide exhibition of his drawings in 12 galleries across the UK.
One of the biggest challenges in drawing is to take a three dimensional object and give it depth and form on a flat piece of paper. Observing the areas of light and dark in your subject and understanding the ‘tonal values’ in between can really help you capture realism and depth. ‘Value’ is a term […]
Eric has been with me for a number of years now. He’s looking a little ‘lived-in’. I love drawing him though. He’s great for exercising my observational drawing muscles, even if he is severely lacking in that department himself. Here’s a blog post I wrote a few years ago on how to go about sketching […]
I’ve recently finished a new still-life painting and when I’d finished it, it rung a bell. I’m pretty sure I’ve painted a starfish before. I went back through some of my old work and, sure enough, there it was. One starfish on a coloured background with a couple of shells thrown in for good measure. […]