Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Bernie Sanders, Course and Krita

Latest digital painting.

This was made using a split-complimentary palette. I go into more detail about using limited palettes, as well as pretty much everything I've learned so far (technique, sketching, structure, narrative, expression, digital and oil painting) in my classes at which are now OPEN! There are no term dates for my classes, all you have to do is register for a course or individual classes, and we can then discuss the date of your first lesson. Feel free to email me at, or leave a comment on this blog, to enquire further.

The Bernie painting above happens to be my first digital painting using the Open Source painting software Krita! And I have to say it was a pleasurable experience. Overall, it handles most jobs very well. The brush and zoom controls are very intuitive, and there are tons of customization options for the brushes. The only down side, if I were to compare side by side with Photoshop, as a painting tool, would be that Krita is a little glitchy. But these are very small glitches that can easily be lived with until there's an update, which they do regularly. For a free, open source painting software, I highly recommend it!

Thursday, January 21, 2016


Hi guys,

The masterclasses on my website are OPEN!

For more information feel free to leave a comment or email me. Thanks!

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Painting on the Galaxy Note 3

You can see more paintings I've done recently on the awesome Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on the new website at

Here's one I recorded the process of:

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Google Hangouts!!

Hi all,

Over the last two weeks I've been broadcasting a live event on Google+ that involves me sketching or painting for half-an-hour and then critiquing someone's work for the other half-hour. These are great fun, and a way of sharing a little bit of my process with anyone interested. Here's the link to next week's show:

To request a critique of your work (I choose one piece at random each week), leave a comment on the event page, preferably more than a day before the broadcast is going to start, giving a link to both the work and the reference used to create it.

I look forward to sharing my screen again with you next Tuesday at 9pm!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Lucy In The Garden

Another piece I've finally got around to scanning. I've been in two minds as to whether this is finished or not, deliberating whether to render in some of the foliage, finish off the hands and dress a little, but in the end I came to the conclusion that I will never get around to doing those,'s done :)

Oil on Canvas 600 x 800mm

Hi-Res Scan and Christmas Book Sale!

Hi All!

Got lots of things in various stages of completion that I want to share, but for now here's a hi-res scan of a commission from a few months ago.

Also, there's a sale on all books at my store, ends 1st December! All are individually signed by the artist and delivered in time for Christmas!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Blog is back!

Hi all,

I'm returning to posting here because when I moved blogs, I realised I wasn't posting as much, so I guess I'm going to keep posting here in future!

Been working on some new paintings and various other projects in the works, but for now here's a recent one of Adam Sandler I shared a week or two ago on facebook.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Andy Barrett

Happy New Year everyone! I will aim to do more blogging here in 2014, and I start with a commission. I started this during my exhibition last week, it's of a local celebrity Andy Barrett. Andy is the owner of the Belgian Bar in Ramsgate and La Trapiste in Canterbury and he's quite a character. I'm excited to finish this!

I will do a post about the book very soon, which you can buy here

Monday, September 16, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note Sketching

Yesterday whilst shopping with the family I took a few minutes out to try sketching on their Galaxy Note 8.0 (they had the larger 10.1 on display but it didn't have Sketchbook Pro). Straight away I was impressed by the feeling of control I had, it was closer to drawing with pencil and paper than I've found so far. It was just a shame I couldn't try it on the 10.1 because I felt a little limited by the dimensions of the narrower 8.0. When sketching digitally, pressure sensitivity is crucial for getting the feeling of sketching with a pencil. I'm not sure if this was being done by the pen itself or the tablet screen, I'm no expert on how they work, but it certainly did the job. Anyway, I did a quick sketch of Chris Pine aka Captain Kirk but then it was time to finish the shopping and the kids were screaming for food so I had to cut it short. :) 

Will definitely be wanting another play with this!

Monday, September 02, 2013

Danny Boyle!!

Recently I did a caricature oil painting of Danny Boyle. Here is a recording of the process.

I recently watched Danny's latest movie 'Trance' and was blown away. Danny is one of the UK's finest filmmakers, I highly recommend Trance to anyone who hasn't seen it yet.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Benedict Cumberbatch/Kickstarter is live RIGHT NOW!!

Above is a recent acrylic on paper of Benedict Cumberbatch (18 x 25cm). Benedict has seen the painting and his quote will be in my new book, providing enough funds are raised to support its creation. 

Please check out my kickstarter campaign and pledge for some great rewards! I have added a special page to my website to help with any questions you may have. You can also visit the kickstarter website's FAQ section if you need any more information.