Tuesday, 21 October 2014


work has been busy...life is busy

here are some life drawings. practice practice practice

Friday, 5 September 2014


recent life drawing. trying to carry across the drawing at home into my life drawings

Monday, 18 August 2014


from photoref

Sunday, 10 August 2014


Been very busy of late. This is my first post in a few months.

Still working to improve my structural forms and simplifing volumes.

Here is one i drew of late. I will post more soon.

Sunday, 1 June 2014


figure in charcoal

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Sunday, 18 May 2014

more life drawings.  The last 2 drawings are my attempts at a more complete figure drawing. And as you can see they look incomplete.  I find it hard to get final images that have accurate drawing and values.. strong structure and design within a relatively short time limit. So these drawings are a good representation of my decision making within the time limit. Its something to keep working on but its exciting to see little bits of progress.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

leandre underpainting

underpainting pretty much done. likeness about 90%. Any other drawing problems can be fixed with theadditional layers of color.  There is still some glare in the photo although we didnt have enough polarising gel to cover the softboxes when taking the photo. This will be fixed when posting the final painting.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

life drawing. between 1 minute and 15 mins.

thanks for looking

Monday, 21 April 2014


wip underpainting of a  current portrait
30x24 inches. Lots of drawing problems..especially the hand.but a good start. About 80% likness
Think i will spend another session on the underpainting before moving onto the color pass

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

2 small 7x4" gesture oil paintings.

timed paintings. Going to keep practicing them. About 30mins each.


Sunday, 13 April 2014

quick color study over  monototone rub out block in. Im thinking of using this technique for my next portrait project. Its loosly based on a painting by frank duveneck


Tuesday, 8 April 2014


life drawing

need to keep practicing my rendering with a charcoal pencil on newsprint

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

starting to really feel the flow of the line in these drawings. Next week i will pay more attention to the values. Fantastic model.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

small oil studies of rubans and zorn

rubans has a fantastic gestural flow from one form to another. I love the way zorn sculps his forms in paint

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

angel life drawings. Can feel improvements week by week.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

various ear studies
15 mins each
oil on board

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

life drawing

model with short hair. Spent a bit too much time on the likeness.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

sorolla study

outdoor impressionist study of warms and cools.

Monday, 3 March 2014

2 small midweek studies in oil exploring Zorn's limited indoor palette and the outdoor impressionistic pallete of a Krøyer study.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

life drawing 7 - 15 ming

Sunday, 23 February 2014

life drawing. 10 - 30 mins

Saturday, 22 February 2014

1 hour figure torso oil study after thomas eakins

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

life drawing.. this time at work. Small scale drawings