At the Globe

After the end of term I had a few weeks off from drawing and have only just started to get back into it. Like exercise, it’s always harder to start again, so I… Continue reading

Pottermania at Trafalgar Square

Following on in the theme of reportage, a few sketches of the crowds at Trafalgar Square for the Harry Potter 7 premiere a few weeks ago. I had to fight my way through… Continue reading

More lakes: A day at the races

After a week labouring with paint we were treated to an afternoon at the races, at the beautiful course at Cartmel. After the silence of hills and fields it was disorienting to be… Continue reading

En plein air

Just back from a trip with the school to the south of the Lake District, painting oils in the open -an entirely new experience!  The area, set around a large estuary, was beautiful,… Continue reading

From memory

Since I seem to be going through an experimental phase, I thought I’d try painting from memory. These are buildings that I know well and have drawn from observation before, at least once,… Continue reading


I must be honest, when I started the school I wasn’t quite sure how one of the courses, ‘Drawing the Graphic Novel’, was relevant to my own pursuits. But as the year has… Continue reading

Ink and Trees

Following my last post it’s been another week, another lesson out-and-about, another bash at the dreaded trees… but a different type of monoprint. The last method was fun but messy, involving tubs, brushes,… Continue reading

Ink and Rain

In my last term of the drawing school, I am resolved to make the most of the classes and battling through four days a week and three evenings a week. Virtually all of… Continue reading

A Cascade of Bricks

A few days a week I cycle down Leman Street on my way home, and over the last couple of months hoardings have gone up and swathes of men and machines have moved… Continue reading

Drawing and painting Hawksmoor

These days I’m happy to think I draw consistently well, but I’m still nervous about conveying real feeling into drawings. Simply, I go into automatic mode recording what I see and don’t think… Continue reading