I started this one as a demo piece for my one-day residency at the Spice Island Art Trail back in June. With a few hours on my hands I thought I'd better finish it before teaching and commercial work takes over. Its from a photo I took walking up to the chapel in the Royal Victoria Country Park. The weather was quite changeable and I have tried to reflect this in the sky and light effect. 37 x 29 cm on 140Ib Waterford NOT
by adding layers of watercolour washes to my original ine drawing. Linear perspective is enhanced by aerial perspective using warm and cool colours applied to this sketch.
in Southampton - this time it's Carlton Crescent. The Crescent was started in 1825 and described at the time as the “genteel upper part of the town” and by Pevsner as “the most spectacular piece of Regency development in Southampton”. Together with Rockstone Place it really does stand apart.
I'm just enjoying ink line drawing at the moment but look out for colour versions... I'm also combining cycling and sketching using the sadle for resting my sketchbook on - Brooks of course! This one's for you Ed!
Three versions of a pen drawing showing Southampton's medieval walls: original location drawing, watercolour wash and Photoshop
of the Civic Centre from outside the Cellar. I did the ink drawing on location and added the colour washes afterwards. I tend to look for perspective in these urban views which "draws" the viewer into the picture - also very helpful in acheiving scale and proportion. You can learn more by booking onto my drawing and watercolour weekend in November at Red Hot Press.
I'm planning on running a drawing / watercolour weekend for beginners / intermediates on 15/16 November at Red Hot Press in Southampton. The cost will be £115 inclusive. Should you be interested let me or Katherine know and I will send you details.
Sometimes an ink line is all that is needed - I really admire the penmanship of American architectural illustrators of the 19th and 20th centuries as well as all those illustrators published in Punch magazine. My "bible" is Rendering in Pen and Ink by Guptill which I still use as reference in my teaching.
About 5 years ago I was commissioned to produce several illustrations for a book commemorating the tercentenery of the Sir John Cass Foundation. One illustration was of the SJC's Foundation Primary School in Aldgate. I have just completed the very same view for the second time which was presented to the headteacher on his retirement. The second version is at the top which I feel I have improved on the original by increasing contrast and cast shadows and by darkening the slate roof - not much in it otherwise. This commission was a first for me (or should I say second!)
A sketch whilst sitting outside an Italian restaurant drinking coffee on the house (thanks to Carolina!). Done in my A5 sketchbook in around an hour and a half plus some tinkering to darken the foreground afterwards. It took me a few gos to get the proportions of the tower right with the rest of the building. I think this is a good view and might return with a larger sheet of paper (for more free coffee!)