Billy – original charcoal and pastel bluetit drawing

charcoal and pastel drawing of a bluetit

I am getting quite proficient with my camera now and despite walking and taking my camera with me, the best shots are always from the birds in my own garden.

This little fella comes to visit with his gang most days.  The feeding from the bird table and the feeders has increased greatly since the weather has got colder.  I recognise Billy from the slightly tufty hair on his head, he’s quite bold for a bluetit.

I made a little video of laying down the pastel on his head with a few conte sticks.  I love adding a shock of colour to my charcoal drawings but always try to keep it to a minimum

 

Billy is available to buy from my website shop.

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Six Sixes – original cricket drawing

original cricket drawing of a cricketer hitting six sixes in a t20 cricket match

I was requested to complete a drawing of Ross Whiteley hitting a wonderful six sixes in the 2017 T20 Blast for Worcestershire CC.  After viewing the over I decided to draw all six of the hits.  It was a great challenge and the largest cricket drawing I have completed.  Setting the hits out as in a cricket score book they are drawn in charcoal and white charcoal on light grey pastel paper.

This was a great challenge.  Initially I was asked to complete one of the hits.  After watching the footage I decided to sketch them out in my sketchbook with pencil and watercolour to get an idea of which hit I preferred.

Here is a shot where you can see the sketchbook open at a couple of hits…

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I could not decide which hit to go for so struck on the idea of completing all six.  At first I thought of producing a long narrow drawing with them all on in order.  That may have proved tricky with prints and indeed to frame it (maybe another time) so then I thought of setting them out as in a score book, like a dice of six.

Here is a slide show of some of the shots…..

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My biggest problem was simply the lack of detail.  I could not make out any of the features of the cricket players or details of their clothes etc.  I also wish it had been test cricket so I could add my signature red to the ball.  However, I concentrated on the hits themselves.  Hope you like it…

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Or on the drawing below to go to my website….

Six Sixes (2) print

Scout – original pastel drawing of grey squirrel

 

pastel drawing of a squirrel in autumn leaves in a park

I photographed this squirrel in Sheffield Botanical gardens.  Used to squirrels locally that shy away from the camera I was delighted to see how tame he was.  As I crouched down to get a good shot he just wandered over to say hello…

His eyes were full of curiosity, bright and cheerful – I loved him straight away.

I have completed him in pastels – soft, conte and finally pastel pencils on primed gatorboard.

Here is a little slideshow of some progress shots…

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Scout is available to buy from my website shop here or clicking on the framed image below..

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Autumn Conkers – original pencil drawing of horse chestnuts

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I think I am going to draw conkers every autumn.  The lovely chestnut colours are such a treat to do.  I have seen many paintings and drawing of conkers and a lot of them seem to feature the shell as well so I thought I would include one.  In actual fact the shell proved the trickiest part and the most enjoyable.  I had to think carefully about all those little brown spots and the various directions that the lines went.

Here is a little video of the progress of the piece…

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The piece is framed and available from my website here or click on the framed image below to take you there.

Autumn Conkers Framed

Little Barney – original watercolour bluetit painting

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This is a drawing made from watercolour and watercolour pencils from my own photograph.  Recently having acquired a Nikon camera I am really enjoying taking total control of my own art process.  Starting to photograph my botanical studies and cricket matches I have ventured into photographing birds.  They satisfy both the elements of small fine detailed studies as well as drawing animals that I love.  I photographed this little bluetit on a branch outside my studio.  The tits come in a gang a few times a day to visit the bird table and the coconut suets dangling from the branches.  I can now recognise their singing.

Here are some progress shots of the build up of the painting.  My first go with watercolour pencils, I confess to feeling in love with them already.

The painting can be bought from my website here or clicking on the framed picture below…

Little Barney framed

 

 

Bullrush – original graphite drawing

original graphite pencil drawing of a bullrush on white paper

 

I picked up this bullrush on a dog walk.  I’d had my eye on them for a while and when the seasons were just about to turn I picked it.  The ground it was in can be quite marshy when the rains come.  I let it dry out in my studio for a few weeks until it was ready to draw from.

I loved the tall elegance of these plants and have tried to retain its height by doing a narrow drawing.  It is 17 x 10″ on white Arches heavy watercolour smooth paper.  I tried various ways to display it but settled on taping it to a board.  Shining a light on it created interesting shadow shapes.

Here’s a little slideshow of the progress….

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The fluffy poker like seed head was a challenge, I started out trying to drawing every little variation but this was not going to work so in the end with alot of squinting to spot the various tones I resorted to many layers of crosshatched graphite.

The finished piece can be seen on my website shop here… or clicking on the framed image below…

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Catch it! – original cricket drawing

My latest cricket drawing has a focus on the moment when the batsman knows he has clipped the ball, glancing behind in the hope that it goes to ground and not to hand.

a charcoal cricket drawing of a slip catch fielder about to catch the ball

The drawing started off with a preliminary sketch in my sketchbook.  Here I’m just making a loose sketch in watercolour to see how it works and to see if it will make a good finished piece…

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It had all the potential for the drama of the moment that I like to capture in my drawings so I went ahead and started a full drawing.  For my cricket drawings I work on Canson Mi Teintes pearl grey paper (the smooth side).  I take sheets of A3 and cut them down if I need to.  Here are progress shots of the piece…..

If you notice the original finished drawing actually had a bowler on it too.  I decided that the bowler brought nothing to the drama and I found his pose a distraction so erased him from the finished piece, working him into the background instead.  The finished piece can be purchased along with prints from my website shop here

Or by clicking on the image below…

a charcoal cricket drawing of a slip catch fielder about to catch the ball