To most people, the mere mention of the word “Portrait” conjures up a heavy oil painting featuring some-one else’s relative, peering gloomily out from a dulled gilded frame!
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Portraits, as with all other forms of artwork, can be executed in a myriad of different materials, on a broad variety of materials and encompassing an even wider spectrum of subjects.
I have, of course, illustrated a number of portraits in oils and also in acrylics, but to my mind, the humble pencil, “lifted” by the judicious use of a little ink and colour, can and will, transform this unpretentious form of portraiture, into something extra special.
To emphasise my point, I have included two recent canine drawings, each done with an ordinary HB pencil on 240 grade paper. However, as you will notice, I have deliberately made a feature of the eyes, chosing to do them in ink and colour, in order to bring each of the dog’s heads to life. Plus, in order NOT to “muddy the waters” so to speak, I have not filled in any background detail whatsoever, leaving the head with their bright eyes, free to catch the viewer’s attention. I hope you enjoy these artworks, and please do hot hesitate to contact me, if and when you have any drawing or painting enquiries.
My studio will be open from July onwards and you will be more than welcome to see my various artworks on view and to chat about them . Please contact me, however, beforehand.