Over the last year, I have been fairly obsessively going for a long walk on a Sunday. I usually go by myself, with just an audiobook for company. Occasionally I allow a carefully selected friend or relative to come with me, but I’m very happy to just be in nature by myself. I also have… Continue reading Edington Hill
The Fuller Rose beetle (Naupactus godmanni), otherwise known as the Fuller Rose weevil, is a non-flying beetle. It has a rounded snout and dines on ornamental plants such as roses. This was drawn using a symmetrical drawing guide on the Procreate app for iPad Pro. As with the Miller Moth, this is more of a… Continue reading Fuller Rose Beetle
Lately I’ve been feeling more and more that I want to celebrate impressive and strong women through my artwork. I don’t want to focus on famous people who already are recognised to some extent. I want to concentrate on the ones in my life who inspire, impress and encourage me to strive to be better.… Continue reading Tarragon
The Miller Moth (Acronicta leporina) can be found in British woodland as well as other parts of Europe. This was drawn using a symmetrical drawing guide on the Procreate app for iPad Pro. More of a graphical representation than a true to life drawing. It’s ghostly white appearance is striking against the black background.
I usually draw from a photograph, but this time, I was drawing from memory. A walk I had just been on in the woods below Norton Bavant in Wiltshire. It was a slightly chilly November day and many of the leaves had fallen from the trees, making the woodland floor soft. The walk had taken… Continue reading Autumn Woodland Walk
Digital drawing of a Hoverfly. This was drawn using Procreate on the iPad and using a reflective drawing technique
I feel safe and comfortable in a forest. I love the smells and the way the light shines through the trees. There are creatures to be found in the undergrowth if you stop to look. I regularly will give a tree a hug. just like the ivy is here. I want it to know that… Continue reading Tree hugger
Digital drawing of a Damselfly. This was drawn using Procreate on the iPad and using a reflective drawing technique. When I see damselflies, they always remind me of little spaceships flying through the air.
Self portrait using Procreate on the iPad Pro. I drew this one during the Coronavirus outbreak of 2020, when we were all under lockdown rules. It was intended for an online exhibition featuring self portraits drawn during in solitude. For some reason I got cold feet about entering it and just felt it wasn’t good… Continue reading Self in solitude
Self portrait using Procreate on the iPad Pro. I love experimenting with different mediums which you’d never be able to layer in real life. This one was a mixture of pastel, graphic pen and oil paint. The mimicked textures and feel are really not bad when using an Apple pencil.
The wonderful Sir Christopher Lee, the godfather of horror, his voice strong and instantly recognizable. Lee was perfectly cast as the dark wizard Saruman in J.R.R.Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.
Elegant drama focusing on the gangster gang the Peaky Blinders introduced Tom Hardy as a very scary Jewish mafia giant. I really enjoyed drawing his great big bushy beard. It was a toss-up between Hardy and Cillian Murphy. Cillian Murphy may still have to be done…
This was a commission shortly after the passing of the late great Christopher Lee. In one of his most sensational roles as Dracula. A gothic legend played by the God of horror. Lee never failed to be magnificent.
I first saw Apolcalyptica at Download Festival at Donnington Park. I had no idea who they were or what to expect and was confused when they came out carrying their cellos. Once they started playing a powerful cello based version of Metallica’s Enter Sandman and windmilling their long hair above their cellos, all became clear. … Continue reading Eicca Toppinen
When small creatures expire, they often do so in such an elegant manner. The crane fly is a fine example, with its great long spindly legs creating interesting shapes and intriguing shadows. Living a short fast life of clumsy bumbling, when they lay to rest they are almost like ballet dancers. Disclaimer: All deceased insects were discovered… Continue reading Crane Fly: Deceased