Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Pen & wash sketch of Charlie & Milo

As I mentioned before my current portrait is a surprise, so as I am unable to show you any photos just yet.  I thought I would post a pen & wash sketch of my next portrait.  This commission was purchased as a gift certificate for an anniversary present, which is always difficult to find the perfect gift for.

Before I start work on the main portrait, I always make a charcoal sketch.  This helps me to identify the major shapes, and shadows with the added bonus of giving the client a rough idea, how the chosen photos will work.  However, I thought it might be more helpful for the client to see it in colour, so used pen and watercolour in loose watery washes.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Trompe L'oeil update

You can see here that I have protected the edges of the mural with masking tape, while I paint the shading on the pillars.  It makes such a difference, and starts to feel more 3D.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

In progress photo's of Thorndon Park Trompe l'oeil

Thought you might be interested to see some "in progress" photo's of a mural I am painting. It is a view of Thorndon Park golf course, painted to look as though there is sn opening in the wall.  I have one or two additions in mind, but they will come later.   There is still a lot of work to be done, to make the illusion convincing, but it is beginning to take shape.

The shine in the photo is just where the paint is still wet when I took the photo.

The mural is drawn onto the wall in charcoal, then I paint over the drawing with a dilute paint so that I don't lose the drawing once I really get into the painting.  You can see there are two pillars either side of the view, that are just about to receive the first coat of paint.

Will post some more photo's soon.


Teasle was commissioned as a truly original valentines day present.  I am told there were tears, but tears of joy I am pleased to say.

"Teasle" 16" x12" watercolour on paper