Monday, December 31, 2007

McCartney Oil Painting

The finished oil painting from the sketch in the last post. The main changes were to the eyes and the shape of the cheeks. To improve the eyes, I watched one of my favourite all time music videos, 'Hey Jude'. Enjoy!

Monday, December 24, 2007


This sketch is to be painted in oils, and is inspired by my recent encounter with Sir Paul.

Mugabe sculpture wins

Thanks to all of the judges, and my congratulations to all the other contestants who finished in such style. This was a great contest, and I'm really pleased to have won.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Mugabe Final Composition

Final composition for the sculpture competition on the NCN forum (see earlier posts). The initial composition and idea was seen through to the end, but I wasn't happy with it, so changed it to what you see here.

Considering I'm no photographer, and I don't have a particularly good camera, I'm quite happy with the final result. I had to use a lot of light (500w floodlight), and play around with the colour settings in Photoshop. The lettering on the books is also done in Photoshop.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Practice sketching

These are off-the-cuff sketches to exercise the imagination, any resemblance to an existing person(s) is merely coincidental.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Mugabe sculpt (cont.)

After a couple of days, the sculpture is almost ready for baking. Then it's on to painting, adding hair, glasses etc.

Here's a progress report on the mugabe sculpture. First is the armature, using soft modelling wire to create the cage for the shoulders and head. I filled this out with aluminium foil, then started adding the Sculpey modelling clay. 'Super Sculpey' is an amazing material that stays soft until it is baked in an oven. It's also not cheap. I'm using the turnaround sketch to figure out the proportions and symmetry.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Plastecine Mugabe

Spent a couple of hours making this test model in plastecine. Rather than doing lots of sketches from various angles, doing this test stage has saved me lots of time.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Mugabe Sculpt

Time for another competition. This is again for the NCN Forum. The challenge for this one is to create a sculpture of a politician, including a narrative gag. My chosen subject is Robert Mugabe. This is my first sketch, which shows the Union Jack dripping away from his face. Even though he has pulled Zimbabwe out of the Commonwealth, he still holds the position of Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath, given to him by Queen Elizabeth II.

I shall look forward to posting my progress here. I want to do a few more sketches to get his likeness just right before I start the sculpting process. Can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to this! I've been wanting to do some sculpture for ages.

Sunday, November 04, 2007


This is a digital sketch on toned background. I love Hitchcock movies. He was an amazing director with great vision and a twisted sense of humour. My favourite films have to be Frenzy, Rear Window and Rope, but really I could list them all.

Bit of fun

This creature is a work-in-progress. I started it whilst at my brother's house. I think it's quite fun, and probably worth taking to full body, possibly even painting it.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

digital sketching

The man of a thousand faces, Mr Jim Carrey, love him or hate him, I couldn't resist drawing his many expressions. These are just a few, gonna do some more tonight. These are no more than half an hour per face.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Snooker Stars

Something I've been wanting to do for a while is draw lots of snooker players. Here are two to start it off, 'Rocket' Ronnie O'Sullivan and Steve 'Interesting' Davis.

Friday, October 19, 2007


This is a portfolio piece that took me about a week, mainly due to the detail of the clothing. It was from a sketch I did a couple of months ago, and have been wanting to paint it ever since. It's oil on canvas, and the first time I've actually used a canvas rather than a panel board.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Rembrant Result...

Now that it's been announced over on the NCN forum, it's safe to announce it here too. My Rembrant was chosen for first place in the August/September Face/Off competition (see earlier post). First prize was an original gouache painting of Jack Nicholson (above) by Erik Gist, presented by Court Jones at the NCN convention in Reno. My thanks go to the judges for their hard work helping all the contestants through the challenge, and to the other contestants for giving me reason to work harder.

So, another convention comes to an end (sigh!). The NCN caricaturists convention in Reno finished with the awards banquet at the John Asquaga Nugget hotel. Sadly there were no awards for me this year (at least not for my convention pieces, but more about that later). Kage Nakanishi from Tokyo picked up the honour of winning the Golden Nosey, and it was well deserved. His work was fantastic all week. The quality of his black and white sketches inspired me to do probably my favourite piece of the week (above), a caricature of Kage with a very different composition, one that forced me to include only the necessary elements of his likeness. The entire piece was also an exercise in control, again inspired by Kage. The rest were a mix of oil, digital and pencil. From top to bottom, they are: Beachpony (Joanne), Chris Rommel, Pete Tomlin, Jeff Redford, Natekap and Brooke Howell.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


Painting this was probably the most enjoyable experience I've had with my art so far. It was for the August/September Face/Off competition on the NCN forum, and it was my first time painting with oils at this level. I've dabbled with them before, but had no idea about use of colour, mixing etc, so the results left me frustrated, and therefore disillusioned. For this competition, I and the other contestants were lucky enough to get lots of advice from the highly experienced judges, who are Court Jones, Erik Gist, and Lucas Graciano.

I am completely converted to painting with oils, and look forward to the next piece. Watch this space for the result of the competition!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Sketchbook Part 2

Some more from the sketchbook. My aim is to fill one book a month, at least. I prefer this slideshow to the last one it terms of presentation. It has more controllability.

Friday, September 14, 2007


Here are a few samples from my sketchbook. The random faces are not based on anyone in particular (although some may have borrowed certain traits and features here and there from the back of my mind), it's just my way of loosening my imagination and discovering new ways of creating form and structure by way of exaggeration. I'll post more of these soon.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Glenn and JoAnn!

Haven't posted on here for a while, so here I am. I did these a few weeks ago for Glenn Ferguson and his girlfriend JoAnn, over on the NCN forum. Glenn is an amazing caricature artist, and his work is a constant inspiration to me. His wild exaggerations and ability to capture personality at the same time set a benchmark I am always looking to reaching. You can check out his work here. So, I guess you could say these were my gift in return for that inspiration, and were posted on the Firing Squad section of the NCN forum.