Monday, April 13, 2015

A New Series, New Support and New Medium

Monet's Makeover #1
12x16 inches
Coloured Pencil, Winsor and Newton Watercolour Markers and Micron
Micron pen on Xerox Polyester Paper
 After quite a few failed attempts with my previous series on Tash, I have gone back to what I know, which is drawing quirky and colourful animal drawings. This series features Monet the mouse who adds colour, mischief and fun to the world around him. I have used a new surface for this drawing - the Xerox Polyester paper which is very similar in feel and application to drafting film, only it is a solid white colour and is heavier in weight.

This first image shows how I used the Winsor and Newton Watercolour markers to underpaint the tortoise.

It can be hard to get deep darks on the polyester paper using coloured pencils alone, and so for the head and feet of the tortoise, I used the Staedtler Lumocolor Permanent pens to underpaint.

Monet mouse was drawn in using mostly only coloured pencils (Polychromos, Pablos, Verithins, Derwent Studio).

One of the great things about the Polyester paper is that you can use a blade, abrasive eraser or Fibreglass brush to scratch out highlights and textures as I have done in the shell of the tortoise.

Stay tuned and hopefully, there will be more to add to this series :)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


12x16 inches
Coloured pencil on Canson mat board
The second in my series of creative faces, but even though this was fun and the colours are bright, I still am not happy with the level of creativity... so hard to shake off that need for realism and tap into that right side of the brain. Will keep persevering though, and I welcome thoughts and suggestions. :)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Launching a new series

Scent of a Rose
12x16 inches
Coloured pencil on Canson Ash Grey Mat Board
A big thank you to my son's beautiful girlfriend Tash who allowed me to do a photo shoot with her and I am going to use these photos for my new series which will explore the use of the human face as a canvas for creativity. I want to combine the elements of realism, trompe l'oeil and whimsy to try to develop a bit more creativity with my portraits - an area I have always struggled with.

Tash is an extremely talented musician, singer and song writer and has a big following on YouTube, has won many awards for her singing and song writing skills and is constantly in demand for gigs so I was extremely grateful when she gave up an afternoon of her time to help me out.

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.