World building in Roma

I Recently spent a weekend in Rome at the IDEA Academy doing a workshop on ‘world building on your doorstep’ with Ian Mcque. It was a bit of a whirlwind three days with a lot to take in but I enjoyed it immensely.  I am a huge fan of Ian’s work and was really excited to get a place on the course.  Getting to go visit Rome at the same time was an obvious added benefit.  Ian was as calm,Read more

Castles in Shropshire

Just back from family holiday in Shropshire. Staying just outside Craven Arms we had a huge house in a rural setting with loads to see and do close by. Got out for a run most days and managed to get a few sketches done in between child care. Used a biro for most part then laid down some quick tone at the end with a Copic C2 marker. Marker didn’t mix great with biro so maybe need to find aRead more

Trip to London Zoo

Some sketches from our family trip to London Zoo last weekend.  Beautiful day, everyone had a great time and the whole thing was very educational.  Highlight was of course the penguins. They have the largest colony in all of London would you believe!  Read more

Get Well Soon Jerry

I was recently away in Switzerland on a college ski trip. I was supervising one of the beginners groups and ended up having one of the best weeks I’ve had for a long time. A lot of this was down to my ski group being so ace, but the trip as a whole was held together and organised so well by Jerry “The Boss” Janes that I think everyone who went had a similarly good experience. Unfortunatly Jerry hurt himselfRead more

Even More Life Drawing

I’ve found a class on a saturday morning very near where I live. It’s all very relaxed, the class lasts for three hours and after a few quick warm up poses tends to be one long pose. here is last two weeks work.Read more

Chalk and Charcoal Life Drawing

Been doing some more drawing this weekend. Although I titled this post with ‘chalk and charcoal’ I actually did these digitaly on my Cintiq. I created some custom brushes to simulate a charcoal feel and shaped the brush according to pan pressure and the results, although not the same as using actual charcoal, were pretty good.Read more