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Merry Christmas one and all....

Merry Christmas from the North Pole

Pole dancing at Drink and Draw in Blackburn. Not for exercise or voyeurism, but as a subject for some frenzied life drawings. I took photos for the main performance pieces...

Pole

I've been inspired and done some more pencils for my comic, Freedom Scorned. Part of my inspiration came from watching Made You Look - an excellent documentary about illustrators and...

Pencils

I love drawing people, it's the best mental exercise there is - and there's plenty of life drawing in East Lancashire to choose from. Currently I'm going to two very...

Life Drawing in East Lancashire

Now this is a bit of an oddity. Angel Falls is a detail from a larger project, the beginnings of which you can see right here. The brief was to come...

Angel Falls

The cycling tour of Britain came through Pendle last week, and I yomped up a hill to try and capture some of the action as they finished the crawl up...

Tour of Britain

Here's a drink and draw that I've saved for a rainy day before giving it a good colouring in, and I'm glad I did, because I love vikings. At least...

Vikings

My life drawing's taken a step forward as I've been sketching a nude at Studio 22b. The artists' studio in Sough, near Earby, has started life drawing sessions, and I was there, pencil in one hand, sketchbook in the other. A regular attendee at Blackburn's Drink and Draw, I've also been yearning for some more traditional life drawing. If the purpose of life drawing is...

Nude at Studio 22b

A quick Drink and Draw post. I've tried to keep my 'finished' piece sketchy. It's very easy to lose the drawing in process, so I've concentrated on a fast inking to capture the stance and the lighting, which was really strong, while using  a limited palette and no special effects....

Keeping it sketchy

Ightenhill Manor House is an illustration produced for Ightenhill Parish Council, as part of my work at creative-council.net. We were commissioned by local historian Roger Frost to provide artwork for an...

Ightenhill Manor House

We all deserve freedom - we strive for it, fight for it and, in some cases, do terrible things to achieve it. And then what? This is the first six pages...

Freedom Scorned – the beginnings of a new graphic novel?

I saw a bit of the big painting challenge programme on tv, or as I like to call it, the Great British Paint Off. This week they were drawing and painting the human figure, which is a wonderful thing to do. During the bit that I saw, a contestant was praised for a great piece of drawing, and a good use of proportion, but hadn't drawn what was in front of them. So, it's just as well I'm not on...

Holy Hoops of Hell