Thursday, 19 June 2008

Cairn Terrier

I came across this Cairn Terrier puppy at a recent fair. It was visiting another trader and I just had to draw it. As I had forgotten my camera, they managed to get a great reference photo for me to use and here is the resulting drawing.

This will be added to my (currently rapidly expanding) dog collection.

Thursday, 5 June 2008

'Meeting Post'

'Meeting Post' is finished.

Another addition to the Stile Collection, here we have a gate stile within a dry stone wall. Who knows what the rabbits are meeting up to discuss - maybe how to get safely across the road!

The location is just west of Bainbridge in the Yorkshire Dales. Size 11"x8". Time approx 40 hours.

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Stiles, rabbits, sheep...same old thing!!

Yet another stile drawing, similar to the Squeeze Stile drawn last year, but in a different setting (and from the gate side).

The scene in the background (that you can't see yet) caught my eye on the way to a fair in Hawes. I pulled over and noticed a stile on the opposite side of the road. Of course, I had to take the opportunity to add another stile drawing to the collection - although, I am running out of different styles of stiles to draw!!

As always, I have to get some animals in there somewhere, so this one is going to get the addition of a couple of rabbits and some grazing sheep.

Probably about 30 hours into this with maybe 10 to go.

Friday, 30 May 2008

Border Terrier

As promised, here is the next addition to the Open Edition Dog Collection, a Border Terrier. The wiry hair of a Border Terrier isn't quite as straight forward or as quick of that of a Border Collie, but it was a great subject to draw.
Back to the Stiles now...

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Border Collie Head Study

A new addition to the ever-expanding dog collection, sees a Border Collie head study. As regular readers may be aware, I attend a lot of art and craft fairs and am always being asked for prints of dog breeds that I don't have. The Border Collie has been top of that list for quite a while, so I thought it was time I added one.

Watch this space for the next few on the list (coincidentally, all Terriers), a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier and Border Terrier.

Thursday, 10 April 2008

Gate Stile to Morpeth Scar

Finally finished .
Completed size 36x25cm

Monday, 7 April 2008

Finally an update! This is still only showing about half the drawing area, so there is still a long way to go yet. There will be the appearance of some wildlife in there shortly though...

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Milby Lock

A slight deviation from the norm for me here. This is Milby Lock on the River Ure at Boroughrbridge. I walk past this lock most days with my dog, Brinkley (as you can see) and have thought for a while how interesting it would be to tackle in graphite.

The finished piece is 38x24cm and took about 60 hours to complete.

Thursday, 13 March 2008

A few book drawings

I seem to write this a lot, but I haven't posted anything for a while now. I have been finishing off work on a second book for Walter Foster Publishing in the US. Here are a few of the drawings in the book. First up we have a Husky. I went for a bit of a different look with this one, throwing in a slightly blurred background to set off the white coat of the Husky.

Second, we have a couple of kittens hiding away in a paper bag (I know, going for the 'Ahhhh' factor there!)

And finally, we have a head study of a Dalmatian.
All three of these, plus many more will appear in the book 'The Art of Drawing Animals'. This is a collaboration between myself and 3 other artists and should be released later in the year.

Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Completed with STILE!!

We are finally done with this one. The finished piece is 36x27cm on Bristol Board, and took about 60 hours to complete.