Category: Drawing

Scrappy – A Pastel Sketch of The Most Beloved Jack Russell Terrier

  The Story Scrappy is responsible for my having 2 Jack Russell terriers. For two reasons. Firstly, historically, I had always had big dogs. Didn’t really ‘do’ small dogs. Ankle-biting yapping things that follow big bottomed handsome women of a certain age, as far as I was concerned.  Then I met Scrappy. And within minutes I knew without […]

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Iris – Pastel Portrait of a Young Girl

  Iris, 6 years old, is the youngest of three. Bright, determined, confident, mischievous and with a wonderful mop of hair. I had drawn Gus’ and Honor’s portraits 5 and 3 years ago, respectively, when they were both 6. So their pastel portraits came back with Iris so that I could have them with me while […]

Pastel Portrait of a Young Girl – The Delicious Bella

  I had previously done a pastel head and shoulders of both of Bella’s brothers, and that was what was planned for Bella. But when she walked into my studio dressed in an extraordinary and very carefully chosen outfit: party dress with full veil petticoat, favourite sparkly scuffed shoes (one with a bow missing), silver […]

Mollie and Gracie – Pastel Portrait Drawings of Two Small Dogs

Small in stature, but by no means small in personality – quirky and quite delicious – Gracie and Mollie were a joy to draw. I felt that pastel was the more suitable medium here for these two dogs as their energy, characters and hairy coats are better represented by a pastel portrait drawing. Normally, with dog portraits, I draw just the […]

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How to Improve your Portrait Drawing Skills

  ‘Why Don’t My Portraits Look Like the Sitter?’ This is a familiar cry from my workshops. Everything is more or less in the right place but yet the likeness continues to elude. The answer is that the difference between a good likeness and no likeness lies in the precision of the angles.   The Problem […]

Learning How to Draw – The Old Fashioned Way

BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD Back in 1992, somewhat disenchanted with life in the City, I exchanged suits and meetings for Doc Marten’s and old jeans. Having my practical, marketing head on, I realised that, since I had an affinity with the figure and with portraits but was a little rusty, and that if I […]