I work from a series of photographs, detailed notes and any customer's
detailed instructions from a special briefing sheet. Starting with
a pencil sketch, I establish the size, set out the page and work
out the perspective.
The next step is to pick up the important lines from the sketch
in ink and then remove all pencil lines.
The base paint is colour washed on. This needs to be done before
any detailed drawing to avoid the ink bleeding. As such it is not
possible to add colour to a completed pen and ink original.
Back to the pens and add the tiles, bricks, leaves etc. I like the
picture to be as accurate as possible whilst accommodating customer
requests and usually missing out all wires, aerials, cars, road
Now for the work that brings the picture alive; the different shades
of green in the bushes, the flowers, the imperfections in the tiles
and bricks and of course, the shadows. I often work with the pens
and paint together at this stage.
THE ELITE RANGE
The Elite Range have two more stages before mounting. With additional
drawing and painting the foreground is brought forward and the whole
picture is made to look more three dimensional.
NEW PRODUCT **
All of the above
but in pencil not in ink producing a softer image at a reduced cost.
See Private Commissions or
Artist Impressions for more