Sunday, 22 May 2016


A fellow artist asked me for a list of my working tools. I thought id post this here.





Saturday, 21 May 2016

vine charcoal figure

Finally more of a full figure in vine charcoal and charcoal pencil

Vine charcoal works best when its not over worked. Much more practice is needed. Many more to come

Saturday, 14 May 2016

vine charcoal and charcoal pencil

Head vignette using vine charcoal and charcoal pencil technique (15 mins each. Using a medium tooth paper. I don't practice this technique very often so expect to see much more of this in the future. I find it a much more difficult technique than using newsprint and a charcoal pencil but can produce beautiful painterly results in the right hands. (henry yann  and zhaoming wu are masters of this technique)

Monday, 2 May 2016

life drawing from 1st may 2016

I had my 2nd class in my hometown. It was good to get the life drawing practice in.Im going to be starting to hire a model for personal life drawing sessions so i can take my life figure drawing to the next phase of my development.

this was the 45 minute drawing. Im happy that i got the full pose in as i usually vignette areas out. Especially difficult drawing areas. Although  i could have been more accurate in the drawing block in before applying values. Move on and learn from the mistakes.

And here is a link to the class post.   LINK

Saturday, 23 April 2016

head vignette female

i find females much more difficult to draw.  Charcoal Pencil.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

head vignette

a vignette of heads.5 to 10 mins each

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Life Drawing in St Neots

I made a blog for a new life drawing class in my home town.  I'm really happy to have finally got it underway. The blog is a supplement to the class and includes useful information that has been a big help to me in my training.

St.Neots Life Drawing Blog Link

Saturday, 9 April 2016

20 minute life drawing and some work at home

20 minutes life drawing and a little work at home.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Not had much life drawing practice of late but ive finally set up a class once a month in my home town last Sunday.  

This is a 20 mins life drawing i blocked in some darker values at home. Got to keep practicing! The drawing accuracy isnt so great but the values are strong.

Sunday, 27 March 2016

new website

I recently made a new website for myself. If you get a spare few minutes. Have a quick look. Its a place where you can find both my professional and personal work in one place.

figure drawings

Its been a while since i last posted.

Im starting a life drawing class in my home town of st neots next weekend. So im putting a bit of practice in while i can. These drawings are from new masters academy reference.  Im looking forward to doing the class i wont be able to use tiredness as an excuse for bad drawings :)

Saturday, 23 January 2016

First post of 2016 on this blog. Ive been doing lots of color studies of late. I wanted to get a good grasp of color as its a skill that ive really neglected  Ive been experimenting with limited and full palletes of color in goauche. Gouache is a perfect medium for these small studies. I will post more soon. Edgar Payne is a great source of color reference with simple strong design shapes.

no more than 3 inches in size.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

The Embrace

2nd in the embrace series.

charcoal on strathmore bristol paper

29x23" unframed

and a bit more detail

Saturday, 26 September 2015

figure drawing

to be sold at art vs cancer this october!

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

from last nights life drawing

10 minutes but i did a little bit more at home.

Monday, 31 August 2015

short poses.

charcoal pencil

Saturday, 1 August 2015

figure 1001110

rule number 1 -  make sure your tools are sharpened properly. Makes all the difference in mark making!

Sunday, 26 July 2015

a sheet of 5-10mins figures

trying to work in some midtones to lights in a short time. And working with a 6B rather than a 4B.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

candid arts life drawing. Short pose

Friday, 3 July 2015

worshop drawings

i attended a workshop with Henry Yan this week. Drawing at an easel all day is physically and mentally tiring. It was a pleasure to see him demo. Here is a few of my drawings from the 3 days. a mixture of charcoal pencil short pose/long pose on newsprint and vine charcoal and charcoal pencil on a textured paper.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

a couple of 10 minute life drawings.

Saturday, 16 May 2015


33x23 "

charcoal on strathmore paper

crop detail

Friday, 8 May 2015

a post a month

i figured I'd try to do a post a month. So here's more figure drawings all under 10 mins.
charcoal on newsprint.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

first post in 2015

This is my first post on my blog since dec 2014.

I felt the need to go away and do alot more drawing.
I did a month or 2 at the watts online atelier. It helped me develop my pencil caligraphy and quick indication drawing. I must have filled about 70 A2 sheets full of timed heads and figure drawings.
The watts method is based on the older 'Riley' method helping you navigate through the figure more quickly mapping shadow edges with hard and soft lines. The technique improves your consistancy in your drawing and its an enjoyable way of drawing. I especially like it for shorter pose work. Although i still need way more practice. I ''try'' to fill a sheet every morning before work.

Here is a couple of sheets of 2-3 mins poses. As you can see i rarely have hit the legs as i run out of time. I will post some more soon.

Friday, 19 December 2014

last 2 life drawings before the new year.

15mins and 30mins

Merry xmas and new year!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

15mins from life

Saturday, 8 November 2014

3 drawings from the sketchbook

i thought id post them together. About 6 inches in size.
I drew them on the train. and finished at home. I try to get as much figure practice in as i can.. mixing the mediums and sizes of the drawings. Ill post some black and white chalk drawings soon.