Thursday, March 27, 2014

Ian McKellen

Last one for a while, as far as I know, this one from steps 1-6 was done in two hours with cheap gouache which I bought at the university book store having left my paints back home (groan). I have to say that the cheap paint performed very well, 12 tubes for $8.50 not a bad starter set. The final step was done at home in an additional 30 minutes, I was tempted to keep going but that defeats the object.

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Cricketers

Another drawing from my recent trip back to the UK, great pint to be had in this place.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Artichoke

I was back in the UK for a while visiting the folks, had many a pint in here with my parents, I've got many drawings to share, I just have to get back in to the habit of daily blogging, bare with me.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Joel Kinnaman

This was yesterday's demo for my class at FIT, Using washes of transparent gouache allows me to hold onto the drawing whilst building up the values. Each step pushes the values darker and the final stage involves lifting paint back up to create highlights. A simple but effective technique, about 3 hours total painting time.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Jessica Brown Findlay

This was for my class in Montclair, this time I remembered to photograph as I went. The trick with an image like this is that you are dealing with subtle and close values. Using reds and greens to make the skin tones allows for a more harmonious palette.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Elizabeth Olsen

The issue with this one was I got so carried away with the first session I forgot to photograph it. Some times the paint just rolls right. You will also notice that the colors are always richer in the top image, that is due to the fact it's scanned whilst all earlier ones I shoot with my camera in a classroom setting.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Six Degrees Of Kevin Spacey

Another painting demo for my class at FIT. Slowly building the values and refining the details only at the last step. I like to bring the whole painting up at the same time. I had about two and a half hours of painting time in class and finished with another 45 minutes when I got home.
This is from a shot taken during filming the "House Of Cards" a dark character, a dark painting.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

John Hurt Demo

I usually take about 10 steps to do a demo, this one went a great deal faster, only 5 steps, largely because I was using a larger brush and trying merely to match values and spare the details. I've often been accused of missing a few good stopping places, I'm trying to cure that.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014


It's the weather I tell you.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

David Lynch

Pencil Demo, B, 2B and 4B as far as I know what I'm putting my hands on.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Subway Reader

I was very happy with this one.

Sunday, February 9, 2014


Everybody loves a bit of gossip, these two talked all the way from Crown Heights to the Upper East Side, largely about a daughter  who doesn't call or doesn't write unless she needs money that is.
Something like that anyway.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Friday, February 7, 2014

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Subway Reader

This is an old one, you can tell because he's not dressed for the Arctic.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


I'm just sick of this weather, that's all.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Subway Riders

The woman on the left forgot her book,

Monday, February 3, 2014