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Welcome to the website of Peter Jarvis artist and illustrator.
Drawing is about looking and observation, but it’s also about enquiry and investigation. I have always drawn. As a schoolboy this was limited to technical drawing but soon developed into sketching in my later teens. In retrospect I suppose it began as a way of interpreting the world around me and soon became a habit. I draw for pleasure which in turn improves my professional practice and personal work. My main interests lie in architecture but this extends to interiors, landscape and people. In his book The Elements of Drawing John Ruskin talks about the importance of the process of drawing in education and William Morris said “everyone ought to be taught to draw...”. My interests are concerned with the continuance and promotion of this ideal through my own work and my teaching.
Peter is a lecturer, consultant and freelance artist and illustrator specialising in architectural representation for use in the publishing, advertising and building sectors. He has been creating fine art watercolours and commissioned architectural illustrations for over 25 years. Since completing a Diploma in technical illustration at Ravensbourne College of Art in the early 70s he has practiced as an illustrator in advertising and publishing alongside teaching posts at Bournemouth, Ipswich and Southampton. He gained an MPhil from the Royal College of Art in Information Illustration in 1997 and has been practicing as a freelance architectural illustrator since 1984.
Peter runs workshops in architectural drawing and rendering in both the corporate environment as well as for the Campaign for Drawing’s Big Draw events. He currently teaches on the BA(Hons) Interior Design course at Southampton Solent University and is a Fellow and the Education Officer for the Society of Architectural Illustration (SAI) for which he served two years as President. His watercolours have been exhibited at venues throughout the UK including the Mall Galleries and Bankside Gallery in London as well as in Liverpool, Birmingham, Cambridge and Southampton. He also has work in private collections in the UK and abroad.
Peter can often be found with sketchbook in hand drawing from decaying and weathered architectural subjects in and around Southampton and is currently working on a series of watercolours of East Anglian round tower churches.
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and here's the finished piece. I haven't kept a note of the hours spent on this one as it's been fitting it in when time allowed. I could use the term "a labour of love" but that sounds like it has been a chore which it hasn't. My passion is combining suggested detail with atmospheric lighting and how light falls across a surface. As this view is very square-on, the cast shadows are instrumental in describing shape and form giving a sense of depth within the structure. Soon to be exhibited - details to come!
commission for a planning application to show a listed cottage with new extension disguised around existing flint walling and the addition of a "new" thatched roof.
about my one-off sketching day in Salisbury on Saturday 9th July starting at 10.00am in the Arts Centre. At just £40 for the day it's a bargain! Come and draw the lovely medieval buildings, eat lunch and ending up at the Cathedral for a "crit" and a few photographs to record the day. Turner would be proud of you: Sunshine guaranteed!
Salisbury Cathedral from the East c.1798 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
it was the 19th July not June! (I'll have to return next month!)
drawn yesterday from Millbank and, coincidentally, it was this day that it was opened in 1932 so a fitting sketch to mark its 84th birthday!
amongst others, done on a visit to London. This drawing of the nave in Westminster Cathedral was a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle outside - I later ascended the tower for a glorious view of the City. 2B pencil on cartridge in A5 sketchbook.
and its almost there. I'm recording these stages on my iphone as the work is too big to fit on the scanner at around 600 x 440mm, so will have to scan in two sections and join in Photoshop once done.
shows my working process from the left across the structure completing each section stage by stage. This method works for me as you only need to keep wet a small part of the work at any one time, gradually adding colour and tone. I'm struggling to find time to spend on this but will post next stage soon!
if anyone is in the area on Saturday 9th July come and join us for a spot of sketching the beautiful City of Salisbury - click here for link. Here's a quick sketch showing the cathedral nave from the west end. Watercolour over water-soluble ink on A5 cartridge.
and if you know where this is message me! Watercolour over pencil on 140Ib arches