Thursday, December 22, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christopher Hitchens RIP

Sad news about Christopher Hitchens. Above is a sketch I did about a year ago that I didn't share for whatever reason. Below is a video of Mr Hitchens addressing a Baptist Church last year. The last 30 seconds are particularly amazing!


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Radio Times Spread- Christmas Edition

This is a spread for the Radio Times Christmas edition that goes on sale Wednesday, Dec 7th. It was finished earlier this week.

This was possibly the hardest I've ever had to work on an illustration, but I learnt a lot through the process. From first contact to finished piece was over a week, but by the time sketching and composition decisions were approved, I had roughly 4 and a half days to render, and I needed nearly every minute of that time to finish. Towards the end there was very little, in fact none, time for thinking, and it was purely a case of stamina and endurance that got me through it. There are many things I would like to fix if I could go back and have an extra half a day added to the deadline, such as repainting Andrew Lloyd Webber, but as that's impossible I have to accept it for what it is. I'm happy with the end result, and I'm honoured to have been asked to do it in the first place.

The celebs included going clockwise from the left are: Miranda Hart, Hugh Dennis, French and Saunders, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ian Hislop, Les Goodman, Jo Brand, Sandi Toksvig and Kylie Minogue.

Friday, December 02, 2011

Jeremy Clarkson

A sketch from this morning of Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson. If you live in the UK then you will probably have heard about his comments that have caused so much outrage. Here is a clip that is doing the rounds on the internet of his out-of-context words on 'The One Show'.

I'm not a big fan of Clarkson, I very rarely watch Top Gear, but the way people have reacted to this is extraordinary, mainly people on Twitter calling for him to be sacked. How can anyone truly believe that he would want someone shot? In fact he actually defended the strikers earlier in the programme, but the people complaining were probably the ones who didn't see that part of the show. It reminds me of the uproar by the church after 'Life of Brian' was released. Seriously...calm down people. This link might shed some light on it.

To sum up, if Clarkson were a politician, I'd be extremely worried, but he's not, he just wants to sell his DVD, which by most accounts is storming up the christmas charts ;)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Making Changes!

I've decided to have a change around a bit in the painting, new studio!

I usually spend a lot of time sitting down at the easel, but I really enjoy standing. It's good for your back as well!

Here's a shot of my current palette:

Friday, October 28, 2011

Ali Prints!

Today I received the first few copies of the prints based on my artwork for the official Muhammed Ali Fine Art collection. I have signed them and returned them to the gallery. Any enquiries regarding availability can be made through the gallery at

I'm working on several paintings currently. Also, hopefully soon I want to share here some progress shots of the last Ali portrait with some words on my thought process. I will probably do it as a pdf file. Stay tuned!

Finally, I have just signed another student to the beginner's course at Places on all levels are available for the lessons starting 11th November. Whichever course you choose to do, you will receive as much guidance, feedback and encouragment as you need. From the moment you sign up you will receive my 100% attention right through to the last lesson, not just in the personal video critiques, but via email as well throughout the week. I'm here to help!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Ricky Gervais Painted With Animated Progression

I've recorded the progression and animated it in a .gif file, hope you like! 'Sketch-A-Day' will be returning very soon.

Monday, August 29, 2011

"Cleveland KO'd"

The latest Ali painting. Oil on canvas 50 x 100cm - Muhammed Ali knocking out Cleveland Williams at the Astrodome, Houston, Nov 14th 1966.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Bob Hope and Student Testimonial

Today's sketch is of Bob Hope! Also, here is a link to a recent testimonial from a student who gained a lot from my course. It's quite long, but if you're thinking about advancing your skills then it's worth a read. Here it is on my facebook page. Next classes start on 9th September! And here is a link to the course.

Sunday, August 14, 2011


I've decided to start a sketch-a-day project, mainly for fun, but also because I spend most of my time painting, sometimes spending weeks on one piece, which means I could easily let the sketching slip. So I will aim to sketch one stand-up comedian per day and post it here and/or facebook. My apologies in advance if I miss a day or two, I will try and keep it going!

So to start with, here are three sketches from the last three days. They are of three British comedians, Ben Elton Jack Dee and Jo Brand.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Sample Critiques- Parts One and Two

These are examples of a weekly critique I give to students at This particular critique is for Teemu from Finland who is doing the advanced level. It is his first oil painting. Throughout the nine week course I will take a student from the concept sketch right through to a finished piece of art.

Part One

Part Two

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Hobbycraft Sketching Demo

I will be doing a live sketching demonstration at the Thanet Hobbycraft this Saturday (2nd July). Anyone in the area (or beyond) are most welcome. It's free!! I will also be selling my book there (not free).

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Julia Roberts, Elvis, Muhammed Ali and Generation Pop!

Hi all,

Here are a couple of things I've been working on that I haven't shared here yet. The Julia Roberts is from a hair tutorial on the Intermediate course at Next classes start on 8th July. The Elvis is a qouache practice study I shared the process of on the Beginner's course, and the Ali painting is an oil on canvas I finished a couple of weeks ago and is now on display at Generation Pop!, in the heart of Manchester. Anyone interested in purchasing prints or the original should contact the gallery for more information.

Julia Roberts (digital-photoshop):

Some shots from the tutorial:

Elvis (gouache):

Ali (please note, this is not the official image of this painting, prints will differ from the image shown here. The original can be viewed at Generation Pop! Art Gallery, Manchester.)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Value Studies

Lessons 3-5 of both Intermediate and Advanced at are all based around the practice of painting value studies. Starting with quick 20 minute 'sketches', these help focus the mind on the monochrome value rather than the colour. Below are some samples I completed for the tutorials.

This is how many of my pieces start, quick sketch-paintings to determine value, exaggeration and likeness.

Here's a speeded-up version of the oil value study.

Also, a reminder that tomorrow is the last day you can get 25% off all July 2nd courses at