It's Christmas Day, so I'm having a week off from updates. Merry Christmas everybody!
Wednesday, 25 December 2013
Wednesday, 18 December 2013
Wednesday, 11 December 2013
sketching there over the summer. I can't help but like something if I spend time drawing it. I've learnt some interesting local history on the way too, but so far I've concentrated on the more scenic parts. Which is a bit misleading. Here's a more typical street scene, about 100 m from where I work. Note scenic road works and 1950s concrete buildings. The building at the centre back is the courthouse.
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
This is a comic which will be used for a wedding invitation. I tried out a new inking method. It cuts time, which means I can spend more time on the drawing and colouring -hopefully leading to cooler looking artwork.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
Some prep work for a circus illustration. These bikes are a bit old but I'm guessing a monkey wouldn't get to ride the new models. Top one is a 1889 Hume/ Edlin/Sinclair model, the first ever bike with pneumatic tyres.
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
Chris Oatley's podcast back catalogue recently and there was a episode which talked about the importance of bad drawings- how you shouldn't be put off by doing awful drawings because (oversimplification alert) you need them in order to improve. So here's one of my shitty drawings recently: eating lunch on the stairwell at work . I usually vet them before posting.
I highly recommend these podcasts . Chris talks about the practical aspects of working as an artist and has lots of nuts-and-bolts tips to improve.
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
It's too cold to draw outside in Coventry at the moment, so this is one of the displays at Coventry Transport Museum. A 97 year old woman chatted to me about this car and wanting one of these when they were made-they were about ten times an engineer's total average salary.
Wednesday, 6 November 2013
Wednesday, 30 October 2013
I'm getting a bit behind on this sketchblog. I built up a nice stack of sketches over the summer but the autumn weather is too horrible to sketch outside and work has been crazy lately. Still, have a coloured version of the honeymoon gift comic I sketched.
It was fun to draw. If you would like something similar feel free to contact me!
Wednesday, 23 October 2013
The episode of the Dunesteef podcast which I illustrated, Tethered to the Cold and Dying, has gone live on their website here. They've also just won a Parsec award, which is pretty cool.
Wednesday, 16 October 2013
Wednesday, 9 October 2013
This was a really quick sketch. I'm currently based in Leamington Spa. We're pretty close to Birmingham, which has the biggest canal network in the world, apparently. I'd like to live in a canal boat. I'm the right size for one.
Wednesday, 2 October 2013
This is an illustration for The Drabblecast that should be coming up in the next couple of days, for a story by Cat Rambo. (which you can now read here)
Here are some of the search terms I used on Google to gather reference for the story: milagros, porcelain doll parts, the Wailing Wall, Ankor Wat, artificial limbs.
I'm glad that Google exists and that my local library has an automated checkout system. It saves a lot of strange looks from librarians.
Wednesday, 25 September 2013
I stayed in Split, Croatia for a week recently. Here is a quick sketch of a little church on the Marjan hill (large park on a hillside outside Split) Very hot.
And here is an attempt at some culture- the view from the Ivan Mestrovic sculpture museum, set in the artist's former house (which is enormous) though he lived there for less than a decade, leaving it at the start of WW2.
Wednesday, 18 September 2013
Wednesday, 11 September 2013
Wednesday, 4 September 2013
Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Wednesday, 21 August 2013
Ta-daah! I've been sitting on this tiger portrait for a while as I painted it a few weeks before the deadline. It's the first pure painting I've done for several years and I wanted to give myself time to do a second version if I needed to. I was surprised by how well it turned out.
Wednesday, 14 August 2013
Wednesday, 7 August 2013
Wednesday, 31 July 2013
I drew some statues at the V&A on my day off.
This is "Truth and Falsehood" It's difficult to draw her from the other side as that would mean standing in the middle of a busy corridor, but if I had you could see that she's tearing out his tongue.This sculpture didn't seem to be as well-made as the others-is the snail type curve on the bottom right supposed to be drapery or part of the plinth they are sitting on, or a weird decorative element?
This is the Kneeling Venus. She's pretty cool. While I was drawing her a museum worker started to clean her with a feather duster.
Tuesday, 30 July 2013
My website has updated and had a bit of a redesign. Check it out!- or you can use the link below.
I am now tweeting/twitting- follow CPCoventry -or click on that handy little button at the top right hand side of the page to read my tweets!
You may have noticed for the last couple of weeks the blog's moved onto a Wednesday update schedule. I'm trying to post regular updates for a bit- let's see if it works.
All the best,
Wednesday, 24 July 2013
Wednesday, 17 July 2013
More sketching in Coventry Cathedral. These are random sketches of visitors (not very good, it was hot) and an illustration of the large statue of St Michael and the Devil outside the main entrance. I like the detailed feet of the sculptures and the way that the statues are placed so that the angel is almost, but not quite, stepping on the head of the Devil.
Monday, 8 July 2013
Saturday, 29 June 2013
More lunchtime sketching in the Herbert Gallery. I bound my sketchbooks a while ago and date marked them. I'm only 10 pages into the "2012/13" book and am feeling a bit of pressure to fill it up by the end of the year. After that I'll likely have to buy a couple of new ones as an exciting trip might be on the cards. More news later!