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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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Copyright Peter Jarvis 2016.
Sketch done looking down the lane towards Jermyn's House. A4 sketchbook on cartridge paper
is a group exhibition, part of Herefordshire Art Week, representing 25 artists in which I have my watercolour of Wardour Castle (See my post of 27th June). Here is the PV invitation to you all and here is a link to the website. The PV is on Thursday 8th September 6.30 to 8.30pm, if you are in the area, at St Michael's Church Discoed nr Presteigne LD8 2NW and the show runs from 10th to 18th September.
Houghton Lodge by the River Test - an early example of "picturesque" Gothic built around 1793 - a grade II listed building with 14 acres of lovely gardens. Watercolour over pencil in A4 sketchbook on 140Ib Saunders Waterford NOT.
It's always a commitment when looking to settle down for an hour or two's sketching, and sometimes a certain view will "draw" you in and this is one such case. Having walked along the pathway, seen here in the centre of the sketch, and turning back to assess the vista, the composition was there. Watercolour in A4 sketchbook on 140Ib Saunders Waterford NOT.
done over the weekend in St Ives as part of a sketching trip to the West Country. These are my first attempts using oils and all done on location showing my initial pencil sketch with colour notes etc and final painting of rocks. The seascape is not quite finished and so I may return to this one later on. Both done on mdf board at A4 size using brushes and pallete knife - a very new experience!
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!