Sky Portrait Artist of the Week

Latest attempts at drawings for Sky Portrait Artist of the Week. The sitter was Noel Fielding. Chalk pastel on black paper, and ink on paper. I drew the ink version whilst the programme was on, and the pastel drawing from a screenshot as I wanted a smile. Hope that they bring you a smile.

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Portrait Artist of the Week

Had another go joining in with Portrait Artist of the Week. Bit strange, I am happy yet unhappy with both of the drawings. At first I tried my usual Daily Drawings format using Pitt ink pens. Then chalk pastel on black paper. I took painter Christian Hook’s advice, and used my mistakes: I deliberately blurred a lot of the drawing, then took away areas using a wet brush. I really like the technique, but I just haven’t got a likeness – the sitter was Will Young. I’ll definitely try working this way again though.

This week is Artwalk Wakefield, and although venues cannot open, it is taking place online. I’ll be tweeting for it this Wednesday evening from 5pm, do join everyone taking part. Stay safe and thanks for reading.

Sky Portrait Artist of the Week

One of the brighter things about Lockdown is the number of new interactive art programmes that are available. I’ve been enjoying taking part in Sky Portrait Artist of the Week.

This week was (Judge) Robert Rinder, who was engagingly knowledgeable about art and humanity, and funny when talking to Gareth Reid the artist. Yet when posed he looks melancholy and a bit vulnerable- which I think came across in my drawings.

If you fancy joining in, the programme is online on the SkyTV Facebook page.

The rest of my efforts are on my Flickr gallery.

I hope you are all keeping well. Thanks for reading, and more to share soon.

Portrait Artist of the Week

No studio time or teaching drawing sessions for the foreseeable future, so I’m making the most of this resource: Portrait Artist of The Week on @skyarts. Facebook. This week the model is dancer Akram Khan. It’s quite strange to have a model this close up – yes he’s on screen but it feels like a lifedrawing session because of the movement and slight changes in lighting.

I was going to make a quick pencil crayon study,  but I got too absorbed! I’m using layers of colour, the same process as my painting. The first in pencil crayon, the second in ink.

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Five2Watch Intimacy | Axisweb: Contemporary Art UK Network

Very pleased to be chosen as one of Axisweb’s Five to Watch this week.

I hope you’re all keeping well. Until I can return to the studio I’m continuing with Daily Drawings and making plans… Stay home, keep well and be seeing you.

”Pause/Play’ exhibition overview (roughcut)’.

A short test video for an overview of Pause/Play, my solo exhibition last year as part of Index Festival fringe. I was so pleased that over 200 visitors got to see it. This video collects a few of the photos documenting the installation.

I’m experimenting with some new software, so this is a rough cut. I hope to bring you a full exhibition video soon.

Stay safe x


As I live at some distance from my studio, it’s unacceptable to commute at the moment, what with one thing and another… Online views and subscriptions welcome – here’s one to start you off, my solo exhibition Track

I hope to have a video of ‘Pause/Play’ available soon. Take care for now.

In happier times