Charcoal and pastel artist
I’ve always had a love of and for art and when I was very young even won a competition for submitting a watercolour to Blue Peter!
After leaving school I went to Hornsey College of Art to do a foundation course with the intention of going to the RCA but finance was tight so I had to settle instead to be a creative product designer and engineer.
In my 20’s I chose to draw in charcoal inspired by a very talented artistic uncle but getting live models was proving to be too expensive so I joined a photographic club. Photography then took over the art and for over a decade I was a professional wedding photographer.
I am now on the cusp of giving up working for a living and now want to pursue my original love of drawing.
Using charcoal and pastels have drawbacks in that smudging is a real problem when drawing. Working on the image, being right handed, I start at the top LH area and slowly make my way down the sheet. Initial laying out of the subject features is critical: eyes, nose and mouth positioning within the face if the drawing is a portrait. I try and choose subjects that are a challenge, like drawing blonde hair on white paper! Adding a little colour to a black and white image can also give it a different dynamic.