Thursday, March 12, 2015

My Selfie

My Selfie
8x10 inches
Coloured Pencil on Colourfix Suede board
I can't decide at the moment whether to do another project for my Beautiful Human Landscapes Project, whether to do another tutorial, or whether to do something completely different. So whilst in that indecisive phase, I decided to do a little fun piece entitled 'My Selfie', which combines some of the things I love the most - colour, realism and a touch of Trompe L'Oeil. This was a struggle though because of the surface I chose - Colourfix Suede. No matter how many layers I did, I couldn't cover up the texture and since I always go for that nice smooth look, this was a bit of a distraction for me.

Anyone have any ideas for my next project? I'm always open to suggestions :) 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Bill's Selfie with WIP's

Bill's Selfie
12x16 inches
Coloured pencil, pen and ink on Pastelmat
Reference photo kindly provided by Bill himself

I was quite shocked to see that it has been almost 6 months since I posted anything on my poor blog and that is in large because we have been renovating our house and I have been madly painting and doing lots of things other than sitting at my desk. Happily, the renovations are all completed and so I can get back to the drawing table and this is the results of my first portrait fort the year. It is 12x16 inches, and has been drawn using Polychromos, Prismacolors, Verithins, Derwent Artists, Coloursoft, Pablos, Lyra Rembrandts and Bruynzeel pencils, along with some Faber Castell pitt pens and a touch of white paint on Clairefontaine Pastelmat. A huge thank you to Judith Crown and her Father Bill for providing me with the fabulous reference photo for this artwork - he truly was a joy to draw. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bunga's Plea

Bunga's Plea
8x10 inches
Coloured Pencils and Pitt pens on Mat Board

Meet Bunga, the beautiful Orangutan I have drawn as part of the Orangutan Project  and the reference photo for this gorgeous beauty was provided with permission by the generous and gifted photographer Thomas Burns. You can watch a speed drawing of this artwork on YouTube and there is also a 28 page Step by Step tutorial available from my Website. This artwork was created by combining coloured pencils with Faber Castell pitt pens which made the otherwise challenging job of rendering Bunga's hair a really simple one. I am often asked by other artists if there is any way of slowing down my speed drawings, especially for when they are working through tutorials and I recently discovered that you can go to this site, type in the url of any video from YouTube and you can then control how fast or slow the video goes.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

8x10 inches
Coloured Pencil and Pitt pens on mat board

This artwork is part of my project. This artwork is also now available as a 30 page Step by Step Tutorial from either my Website or my Etsy Store. You can also watch a speed drawing of this artwork on YouTube at

Many years ago, my Father was a lay missionary in Papua New Guinea and just a few weeks ago I was looking at a photo of my Father as a young man with a group of PNG natives who were all quite young as well. At the time, I thought how fabulous it would be to have a reference photo of a PNG Tribal Elder, so you can imagine my sheer delight and absolute gratitude when the very next day my artist friend Sande sent me the reference photo for this wonderful image. The PNG natives revere their elders and the smile on this gentleman's face is one of pride as he shows off his wonderful head piece.

Friday, August 22, 2014

8x10 inches
Coloured pencils and Pitt pens on Canson Pastel Grey Mat Board

This is the next portrait in my Beautiful Human Landscapes Project. I was contacted by Yvonne's Granddaughter to see if I would be interested in including her in this project and when I saw Yvonne's joyous face, I jumped at the chance. You can watch a speed drawing of this portrait evolving on YouTube and also learn how you can do wonderfully realistic portraits of older people by following this 28 page Step by Step Tutorial. Also please don't hesitate to get in touch if you know of someone of have a loved one that you think might be suitable for this project. They do need to be hi-res images and preferably candid and emotive shots that capture the character of our older folk.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Beautiful Human Landscapes Project underway

8x10 inches
Coloured Pencils on Mat Board

11x14 inches
Coloured Pencils on Mat Board
These two beautiful ladies are the first to be featured in my Beautiful Human Landscapes Project. Val was the Mum of one of my good friends from school and was like a second mother to me when I was young. She sadly passed away a couple of months ago and this was my gift to her daughter, Lynne. Ruth was the mother of an artist friend Jonathan, who kindly shared the beautiful reference photo for this precious moment and to both Lynne and Jonathan I say a huge thank you. This project is all about celebrating the older folk in our society. If you have a high resolution, zoomed in reference photo of one of your loved ones that you think might be suitable for this project, then please don't hesitate to contact me.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Calling for Help

For a couple of years now, I have been mulling over a project that is close to my heart, which I am calling Beautiful Human Landscapes. I would like to create a series of closely cropped, highly detailed portraits of some of the older folk in our society. These is so much emphasis in our society today on the beauty of youth and the importance of looking younger than your years. As an ex nurse and artist, I find far more fascination in a face that has endured life's ups and downs and tells a lifetime of stories. I would like to focus on people in their 80's and 90's across all nationalities. If you have some loved ones that you think might be suitable for this project then please do get in touch. I need closely cropped, high resolution and detailed photos so that I can recreate all the wonderful features of an older person's face. If I draw your loved one, you will be sent a free print of the artwork, however this is a long term project, so if you do send me a photo of your loved one, I will assume that consent is given for me to use the reference in the coming years as well.
Thanking in advance for any help that you can give. :)