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More drinking and drawing in Blackburn, with more fire!     There's to be an exhibition of Drink and Draw work at the Bureau in Blackburn, and I'm hoping to put a few finished pieces up, as well as some sketches.   Classic poses at Studio 22b Meanwhile at Studio 22b, life drawing has taken on the theme of classic paintings. At the last session two works by Manet were on offer with the classic poses from Dejuener sur l'Herb and Olympia on offer. Interesting to note that Manet painted his Olympia from the side - wussing out on all the foreshortening I had to attempt here. Next up at Studio 22b - Gauguin night Life drawing with the brakes off I decided to do away with pencils and other erasable media. For quick studies I'm going for pen and wash, for the longer poses a quick underline in blue follow by pen and wash. Hurrah for indelible mistakes!    ...

Fire Girl v Manet

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 once per session we're encouraged to do something silly or let our imaginations run wild. It was a medieval theme, so I've added a sword, and a corpse! Just for fun...

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...

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 of that thing that I say I'm really into but rarely do any of... It's a short story, or a graphic novel or something. I'm not sure yet. This is just the beginning of Freedom Scorned It was vital that I do this first batch just to prove to myself that...

Freedom Scorned – the beginnings of a new graphic novel?