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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 there... Here is this month's drink and draw sketch, that I've carefully coloured in and added FIRE to. Wish I'd been this rebellious at college and set fire to Ken and Betty*. *metaphorically, I mean they were lovely people, but they never breathed fire......

Holy Hoops of Hell

An amazing night at Drink and Draw in Blackburn this week with fire breathing and flaming hoop performer Leah Sophia. Had a lot of fun drawing (I'll post those later). Between...

Leah Sophia at Drink and Draw

Most landscape photography is landscape. That makes sense doesn't it? But sometimes a landscape looks better cropped tall. Or a landscape might really be a portrait of somebody or something....

Landscape Portraits

Merry Christmas everybody....

Christmas 2014

I've taken one of my life drawings from Blackburn Drink and Draw and turned into a fetching shower curtain design. As Society Six is a multiple product platform, this is also...

bath time

Blackburn's drink and draw continues to inspire - here's my 'finished' drawing from the latest session that featured the Hooping Harlots. I also took some pretty trippy photos... The first...

Drinking and Drawing the Hooping Harlots

Had a fabulous fun time life drawing the Hooping Harlots at Drink and Draw this month. More about the drawing in a separate post. For now -here's some light-tastic photos!...

Hula Fun

Another smashing time life drawing in Blackburn, this time with a victorian theme. Next time it's hula hoops - can't wait!...

Victoriana

We didn't win. But we had fun trying. So, with the Comic Art Festival on this weekend (17-19th October) here's our little comic, The Gecko.   You can check out some of the initial drawings and what not here and here and here. Which is probably too many posts for one little three page strip!...

The Gecko

I saw a cow. And the cow had attitude. Here is a drawing of that cow. I was definitely on her turf, and should leave. "What's your problem," she said, "you never...

Cow

Another piece inspired by a drink and draw life drawing session, this time at Blackburn Beach. Due to weather the beach was indoors but thanks to model Dave it was...

Blackburn Beach

Colour plays an important part throughout the Gecko* - it's only on page three that we get full colour, and then it's not for long. I've now submitted the comic to the Titan Undiscovered Talent competition, which is for unpublished work -  so you can't see it all until I know that a) we have failed or b) we have won! Both writer (Izzy Barlow) and artist (me) are going to the Comic Art Fest in Kendal later this year to discover the...

The Gecko Part III – turnaround