Tuesday, 29 December 2009
Saturday, 17 October 2009
Monday, 12 October 2009
Monday, 5 October 2009
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Monday, 24 August 2009
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
Thursday, 16 July 2009
Monday, 13 July 2009
I attend an Art & Craft Fair once or twice a month at Hawes, Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales (see below).
It's a great little Art & Craft Fair with a strict policy ensuring all exhibitors produce their own crafts (that may sound like an obvious statement for a 'craft' fair, but to date, it is the only one I have come across!
I have been attending for about 2 years now and always demonstrate there. Drawing at the fairs is pretty much the only time I get to draw these days - Artist Mike Sibley once said that he probably only spends around 20% of his time as a professional artist drawing. Before I became a full-time artist I never believed this... he was right!
My weeks are spent printing, mounting, framing artwork and greeting cards, booking fairs and shows, contacting galleries, updating websites, etc... My weekends are spent at fairs and shows, so, inbetween serving and talking to customers, I draw. This way, I actually get some drawing done, but it also acts as an attraction to visitors. I have always been wary of kids with ice-creams, adults wanting to know what paper I use (they can't just ask, they have to rub their grubby fingers across the middle of my drawing), elderly women buying a greeting card and insisting on placing their handbags ON my drawing while they count out their pennies, and people shaking the table as their dog jumps up to see what's going on. Unbelievably, I have never had a drawing damaged by all of this, until now! Typically, it was simply a few drips of rain water dripping from someone's head as they leaned over to take a closer look.
This may not sound like much but, the fellow pencil artists out there will know how easy it is to affect the tooth of drawing paper. Unfortunately, the drips were in an area of the drawing where little detail was going to be (otherwise I could have simply hidden the area in detail). The drawing is recoverable. As the drips were in the top right corner, I will just need to keep that area very light so the drips don't show - luckily, the light source is from this top right corner, so that should work.
Anyway, here is the drawing so far. You shouldn't even be able to see the damage, and I hope that will remain the case as I continue. The hare is pretty much complete, but a lot of work is still needed on the grass and background.
Thursday, 2 July 2009
Finished piece is approx 35x24cm
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
I'm not attending as many shows this year as last, so I should have much more time for drawing (I don't think I managed a new piece for over 6 months last year).
You can see our show set up here. This was Saturday's Honley Show. Being the first of the year, we inevitably forgot a few things, including our banners - hence why there is nothing in these photos to tell the public who we are! This was also the first test of our new marquee, which faired very well. We had a very sturdy marquee last year, but it took around 45 mins to erect. This marquee is almost as sturdy, but goes up in a couple of minutes.
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
Here is this weekend's work. It was a 3 day fair this weekend due to the bank holiday, so I managed to get this drawing started and completed whilst at the fair.
I do already have a Rottweiler puppy in my collection, but, as it was one of the first dogs I ever drew, I felt it was in need of replacement. This was such an attractive Rottweiler (called Rocky) that I couldn't resist drawing him.
Size is as usual with my dog drawings at 21x30cm
Monday, 18 May 2009
I already have a Jack Russell in my collection, which was drawn for my first book, but it wasn't a very 'generic' looking Jack Russell, so I have been wanting to draw another one for quite some time now.
Well, here we are! Finished piece approx 20x30cm
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Friday, 1 May 2009
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
This is a relatively quick piece; measuring approx 28x20, it took around 15 hours to complete.
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Thursday, 26 March 2009
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
Monday, 16 March 2009
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
Here is the top third section of a new drawing. I thought i should take a short break from the dogs and try something a little different.
This is the beginnings of West Burton Falls in the Yorkshire Dales. I live just down the road from here, so have visited it often, but on this day it was really roaring (it was after quite a rain storm) and I thought it would make for an interesting drawing.
Friday, 6 March 2009
Thursday, 5 March 2009
Wednesday, 4 March 2009
Wednesday, 25 February 2009
Monday, 23 February 2009
The weekend was busier and more successful than was expected for this time of year and with all the doom and gloom that is going around. Who knows, it may all work out well for the starving artists and crafts people among us; people not being able to afford to go overseas so holidaying in the UK, whilst foreigners also holiday over here due to the weak pound agains pretty much every other currency.
If any of the afore mentioned people are reading this, I can highly recommend Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales (especially on weekends when I am at the Craft Fair!!)
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
Tuesday, 10 February 2009
Monday, 9 February 2009
Here's a very small start to a very small dog! I have been meaning to draw a Yorkshire Terrier for quite some time now. Living in North Yorkshire, whenever i'm asked if I have a Yorkie in my collection, there is a look of shock when I reply with a 'No'. So here we are...well here we will have!