Saturday, November 08, 2008

This month's magazine

It's a relatively small readership, but still, it's such a thrill to see your own work in a magazine. Who is reading it, what do they think of it, and does it inspire them to pick up a pencil again or maybe plant a little seed that they too could sketch on holiday, sketch their everyday environment or their loved ones? Who knows, but the great thing about being in print is that the magazines may be seen years later and still be able to plant that little seed in someone's mind and set them on an art journey of their own. I hope so.

The China sketches are for this month's 'travel and adventure' issue and the nude, from last month's issue, is actually one of my life drawings reworked (with colour pencils to enhance the colours) for the 'health' issue.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

View from the sofa

More TV sketches - Obama, top, and Lewis Hamilton below.

I didn't make a note of the names but these faces were on Sky News. Clockwise from top left, a lady talking about the Latino voters, a former Democrat presidential candidate, and the man who 'discovered' Lewis Hamilton as a child racer.

Still trying to do a decent sketch of Adam Boulton of Sky News.

Top, Sky Sports presenter Charlie Thomas and my fave celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver below. The purpose of these is do pare down the portraits to the bare minimum whilst retaining the essential features that makes that person unique. For some faces lines alone are enough, in others the shading is equally important (for instance the shading on Lewis Hamilton's cheeks). I'm finding it very interesting and quite addictive!