Friday, 19 July 2013


Here a portrait commission I finished recently, I took a few process shots as I was going along. The first two show the inks and the first colours that I started to put down onto the painting, just to get a quick sense of the light and shadows.

Next is where the more detailed colors come in, whilst continuing to work on the shadows and highlights. At this point I nearly always end up painting solely with just a teeny tiny brush, in order to add all the details and hairs.

Not a drastic amount was done after this, just more details and a lot of tweaking to get everything looking right!

Long time no blog

Ok so its been a while since I last did a post... truth is it feels like a have a lot of different projects on at the moment which have been keeping me busy! Anyway I thought it might be best to do a quick update and share some of the things I've been working on.

First off, here are a couple of private commissions I did a while back:

These are both done with watercolour and Ink, on A4 sized paper. I was quite pleased with how these two turned out, I think with Bernt in particular the photo had so much character which has translated really well into the painting.

I have also been working on my Etsy shop, I'm currently in the process of rebranding it which hopefully will be unveiled soon. In the meantime, I have loads of new designs of jewellery which you can take a peek at.

Finally is Sir Charles Vintage! Alexander and I decided to set up an online vintage store as a fun side project, you know, just because we both love vintage clothes and stuff!

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Motel Illustration Contest

 Last week I submitted an illustration to a competition that Motel were running, and I'm pleased to say that I am one of the top 10 finalists! The winner will be announced next week, and you can view all the finalists on their facebook page.

I really liked the feminine shape of their Catalina dresses, in particular the tonal floral one, and wanted to do something playful to represent it.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Newest dog portraits.

Here is the latest dog portrait I have worked on, finished off a few days ago. It is done with Ink and watercolour and is about 25 x 32cm.

Oh and also a couple of others that I painted last year, but forgot to share! The first is a private commission done in ink and watercolour, the second is oil and was painted for Eastern Counties C.K.C.S from a selection of members photos:

Finally, every year I donate a painting (or paintings) to the event Dachshund of the Year, which are auctioned off to raise money for the event. Here is one I did for this years DOTY, which is was around A5-ish in size:

I'm always happy to paint portraits of any pets, just drop me a line at

Tuesday, 5 March 2013


A few sketchbook pages that I don't think I have shared yet...

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Sacrifice iii (Redone)

So I went back and redrew Sacrifice iii as I wasn't happy with the first... the goat just looked really happy and a bit creepy, which just didn't really work. I also added in the monoprint texture to the background which I think goes well, so i'll probably go back and edit the other two as well so they match.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

A commissioned dog portrait, from start to finish.

Well, almost from start to finish. I always find it interesting looking at work in progress sketches of other artists work, and thought i'd share these of a commissioned portrait of two dogs that I recently completed. 

There is no photo of the image just pencilled out, as there isn't really much to see at that first stage. I usually try to clean up the pencil and keep it as simple and sharp as possible, just so I don't follow the wrong lines. And a little tip for anyone who is interested in painting dogs (or other animals for that matter) is definitely DON'T rush the pencilling stage. If you don't spend enough time scaling up properly, then you won't end up with a painting that looks like the actual dog... which is kinda important when someone commissions a portrait of their pet!

This is the first photo I took and you can see I had already started inking the image and laying down a bit of flat colour. When doing a painting in watercolour I always like to use an ink pen, as I think its nice to be able to add in some very fine line work as a base... which works quite well with a painting like this when you want to create a fur texture.

(Messy) workspace.

At this point I had continued the inking and started to add in more colour. You can't really see from the photos but I also used brown ink as well as black for the linework, as I didn't want to darken the dogs down too much (as they are both meant to be a chocolate colour)

At this point I just had to add in the final bits of shading, and then the highlights which I always do last. And sort out the background of course!

And heres the a scan of final painting! :

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Life Cycle ii

Heres my second finished off drawing in the Life Cycle series I'm working on at the moment. I also thought it might be quite nice as well to share a couple of detail shots of the original drawing:

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Life Cycle

Hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year! Thought I would share a drawing I recently finished off, part of a series I am currently working on:

And heres a scan of it while it was in progress, its quite interesting how much the overall shape has changed by just filling it in.

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