Saturday, August 30, 2008

Weekend At Craig's...


First lady of California, Maria Shriver, for the Weekly Standard. Got the call (email??) early thursday morning, about an hour before leaving for a 10 hour bus journey to visit my good friend Craig Rogalski, and family, in bonnie Scotland. Tried doing some likeness sketches on the coach, but it was too bumpy, so they were all ditched. Got to Craigs at around 7pm and managed to get a better sketch, then got up early the next morning for the rendering. Saturday

After an enjoyable Friday evening savouring the local bars, Saturday was spent a)recovering, and b)painting this acrylic of Billy Connolly (who better to paint when in Scotland!!) in Craig's living room. Overall about eight hours painting time.

EDIT: I forgot to thank Craig for coming up with the reference of Billy for this one, so thanks Craig! Thanks as well to both you and Pam for the hospitality. Had a great time!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Mocking 'Mock the Week'!

It's probably one of my favourite shows on UK TV at the moment. It's also on BBCiplayer, which these were sketched from.

Friday, August 22, 2008

I've got a Ferguson

This fantastic shot of me was done by Glenn Ferguson, an incredibly talented caricature artist from Orlando, Florida. Thanks Glenn, you'll be getting a return shot very soon.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Monday, August 18, 2008

Sketchbook/Party Caricature

Firstly, here are a couple of sketches from the sketchbook, they may get painted, they may not. And secondly, a quick mention about party caricatures! I have on average between one and two gigs per week, sometimes more in busy months, and next to painting and studio commissions, live work is my favourite thing to do. Especially when, like this Saturday, the hosts show so much appreciation. They even paid me to stay an extra hour because they were enjoying the caricatures so much. This happens more and more, which for me is a good sign, I must be doing something right!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

It's Me!!!!!

Okay, I've updated my website, but at the same time, I haven't! As of Sunday night, my server has a fault that doesn't allow me to upload to it, so for now, here's a quick self caricature I did for the front page, using a mirror rather than a photo. Hopefully the fault will be fixed soon, they've said they're working on it!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Finally finished this one, it's been on my easel for about 3 weeks, but I've actually only spent about 20ish hours on it. It's acrylic on canvas 60 x 80cm. Apologies for the photography, there's a better version on my website!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

A quick Elton

This was a quick colour study that might need more rendering with acrylics at some point, but the pose and expression are pretty fun, so here it is. It's also entered in the monthly competition over on the NCN forum. Not a member? Then check out their website.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Narrowboat doodle

This was a doodle on the laptop whilst on holiday in Wales. It was a narrowboat adventure along the twisting canals of North Wales. Steering the boat was a bit like driving a bus on ice, which was lots of fun, and caused quite a few dramas along the way.

There was time for some drawing during the quiet periods, this one was taken from a DVD my niece happened to be watching. It's Reese Witherspoon from Legally Blonde.