The Bare Essentials

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If you’ve been following my posts you’ll know that we’ve spent the last few months – in fact a year and a half – debating a home extension versus moving house and many other options, to find the space we need. A fair chunk of this fantasy was to include a studio. I won’t traumatise you with the ins and … Read More

4 Sources of Light For Winter Drawing

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Winter Sun Drawing

Only two weeks away from the shortest day (in the Northern hemisphere), it’s becoming increasingly difficult to draw in the limited winter daylight. Not only has the best of the light gone by 2:30pm but when we do have sun, it is very low in the sky so illumination of the subject and the paper is restricted. To overcome this … Read More

Keep It Colour Stupid

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colour portrait drawings

Those familiar with my portrait drawings may be forgiven for thinking I only see in sanguine and white. This is something I am very aware of, and for a long time I have been working on incorporating colour into my portraits. I am not an artist who avoids colour – if you’ve seen my Artfinder and Etsy pages then you’ll … Read More

6 Tips For Taking Amazing Pet Pictures With Your Smartphone

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Taking Better Pictures of Your Pet With a Smartphone

Whether you want a stunning picture of your elegant hound for the wall, to spam social media with your gorgeous pug or are in need of a detailed reference photograph for an art project – you want the best possible image of your pet and all your have is a smartphone. Any professional photographer will tell you the key elements … Read More

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Buy portrait artwork, prints, greeting cards

Some of my paintings and drawings are available as art prints, canvas prints, framed prints, posters and even cushions! Several of my original drawings and paintings are available to buy on Art Finder. For prices of portraits drawn from your own photographs please check my Commissions page.

Demo: Girl from Backlit Photograph

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Paper Torsion - Artist's Demo Tutorial, Pastel Portrait

This gorgeous young girl is my niece. She has a beautiful ready smile which lights up her face the second she spots a camera. Any camera could capture this easily, but what I want is more subtle. Here, I managed to capture the quizzical look in the split second between her spotting me and realising there was a camera (actually … Read More

Photography Guidelines

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Taking Photographs for Drawing

You are probably here because you are considering sending me some photographs to draw. In which case, I encourage to to read this post and consider the principles set out below when choosing/taking your photos. However, we all lead busy lives and I understand many customers don’t have time to read and digest all the information, so if you are … Read More