Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Springer Commission

As Christmas has now passed, it should be safe to show you a recent commission. Due to time issues with shows, etc., I rarely take on commissions anymore, so this is the only one undertaken this Christmas.

Now that we are coming into the quiet (and broke) months of the year, I will, hopefully, be getting a lot of drawing done. My plan is to add more breeds to the dog collection, and get more wildlife pieces complete...so watch this space...(maybe don't bother watching until after New Year though...)

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Squirrel complete

Well, I was pretty much spot on with saying that it would take a further 5 hours to complete this one! A nice quick 10 hours or so!
Finished image size of 10.5" x 7.5".

I picked up my frames from my framer, Wensleydale Galleries in Leyburn, this morning, so I just need to get this, and the others mounted and into their frames ready for drop off on Monday.

This squirrel, being the smallest, will be my 'cheap' option for the exhibition!

Monday, 12 October 2009

Red Deer Stag Finished

Another busy weekend of demonstrating and the Stag study is complete. I now need to mount and frame this ready for the Masham Arts Festival next week (and then get started on the next drawing)

Finished size approx 15" x 10.5".

Monday, 5 October 2009

Cotter Force commission

Here is a recent commission I completed a few days ago. Ok, so it isn't actually Cotter Force (just west of Hawes), but it's just up from there. There was certainly a bit of detail to get through in this one!!

Size approx 14.5" x 9"

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Second Hare study complete...finally!

It's taken me a couple of weeks to find the time to get back to this one, but I have finally finished it.

Finished image size is approx 14"x11" and has taken around 50 hrs to complete.

Monday, 24 August 2009

Studley Royal Deer Finished

I said that I wouldn't get chance to touch this again until the weekend, and I was right. Another 10 hours or so at this weekend's fair and it is complete. I only have 2 days off before Reeth Show on Wednesday, so I now need to get this printed and mounted to test the water with the art-buying public!

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Airedale Terrier

I have found a few hours today to get this one finished. I think I'll probably take a break from anything curly for a short while - and that includes sheep!

Finished piece approx 20x30cm and a relatively quick 20 hours!

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Whippet finally complete!

Finally found a couple of hours to complete this commission. It's only taken me 9 days, but in my defense, I have been preparing for an exhibition. For anyone who lives in the area, get on down to the RHS Gardens at Harlow Carr for the Summer Art Exhibition (on until the 13th August)

Thursday, 16 July 2009

On The Run Complete

"On The Run"
Finally got around to completing the background of this one.  Image size 35x25cm 

Monday, 13 July 2009

Another Hare!

When you draw in public as often as I do, it had to happen one day - someone drips something on your drawing!

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

Deer complete

A couple more days work and this one is complete. I'm still not 100% sure whether this is a Fallow or a Sika deer, so i'm not committing as yet - with quite a bit of research, i'm quite sure it's a Fallow, but need an expert to hop over here and confirm that for me... Is Robert E Fuller around???

Finished piece is approx 35x24cm

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Show season is upon us!

You may have noticed that, compared to my recent flurry of drawing activity, things have slowed down considerably. The reason for this is that show season is finally upon us. Unlike Art and Craft fairs, I don't tend to draw at the agricultural shows and the days in between are filled with printing, mounting, framing and generally preparing for the shows.

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

Jack Russell

Well, this one went so quickly that I didn't get chance to post any stages other than the finished thing. This is this weekend's work, finished off this afternoon.

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

Jacobs Complete

After almost a 2-week break from this drawing (I had a lot of printing and mount-cutting to get done), I have finally got around to finishing it.

Final piece approx 28x19cm and around 45 hours

Friday, 1 May 2009

Dobermann complete

A few more hours today and the Dobermann (I know it is spelt 'Doberman' in some countries, but not in the UK) is complete!

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Pheasant Study

I had meant to get back to the dogs after the last Hare drawing, but got distracted by some recent Pheasant reference photos. We currently have a family (I assume they are a family) of Pheasants that regularly visit our garden, which makes collecting reference material quite convenient.

This is a relatively quick piece; measuring approx 28x20, it took around 15 hours to complete.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

The Hare is complete!

As mentioned in my last post, a long Easter weekend working on this and it is complete.
Finished piece approx 26x36cm

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Mules completed

Approx 19x29cm

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Castle Bolton Finished

'Castle Bolton'
Approx 18x28cm

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Castle Bolton

Here is the top half of my next piece. This is Castle Bolton near Aysgarth (and also near my last drawing at West Burton).
I wanted to draw the castle from a different angle, so thought I would place it in the background of yet another stile drawing. This scene does actually exist, but if you were to stand at this stile, the castle would be much smaller in the distance...the joys of artistic licence!

Monday, 16 March 2009

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

No it's not a dog!!

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

Greyhound complete!

Another 6 hours and the Greyhound is complete.

Thursday, 5 March 2009

A little bit more Greyhound

Here is today's work. Having put in about 7 hours, I actually thought I may get a little further than this today, but I guess you can't rush a Greyhound!
The head is pretty much complete, with the exception of the mouth which needs more work.
A few more hours tomorrow should see this one finished.

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Can't stop drawing dogs!!

I had decided that I would take a break from drawing things of the Canine variety, so here is something different... OK, so it isn't different at all, it's another dog, but I just couldn't resist!
Here we have the beginnings of a Greyhound. We are about 7 hours into this with quite a way to go yet.

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Beagle completed

Image size approx 20x30cm

Monday, 23 February 2009


For a first post, this is a little further along than usual. This is the weekend's work whilst at the first show of the year (it's good to dust off the prints and get out there again), so today was my first chance to get a scan of the drawing so far.

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

Yorkshire Terrier Finished

Yorkshire Terrier is finished

Size: 30x20cm

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Yorkie or Wookie?

My Bearded Collie was looking like a Yeti at one stage and this Yorkshire Terrier currently looks like a Wookie (or Ewok!). I'm sure the ears will rectify that (if not, i'll just retitle it!)
This is probably only another 3-4 hours today, but i'm still making quick progress of this one.

Monday, 9 February 2009

Yorkshire Terrier

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!

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Weimaraner finished!

Another 5 hours or so of work today and the Weimaraner is complete.

Size approx 20x30cm.

Total time approx 23 hours.

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Bearded Collie Complete

This Beadie is done! Image size approx 22x30cm.

Monday, 12 January 2009

Blue Roan Cocker Spaniel Finished

As predicted, only a couple more hours were needed to complete this Blue Roan Cocker Spaniel.

Size 30x20cm. Approx 24 hours in total.

This will now be added to my Dog Print Collection.