Sunday, 27 June 2010

Etching of Banners Restaurant

My latest print, from an original drawing of Banners Restaurant in London. Its a really crazy Jamaican/French/ad hoc sort of restaurant in Crouch End.
The print is 40x16cm. The little prints are done by masking certain areas to get a fragment of the scene. It took me right back to doing pre-photoshop tricks at college in 1990.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Scary pollarded trees

This is a conte pastel drawing of the pollarded willows in Gray's Court, York. The building itself is approximately 400 years old, and has a yard with angular stunted willow trees. As I kept looking they became increasingly sinister and imposing...

The drawing is 48cm wide and will hopefully become an etching.

Friday, 18 June 2010

Back garden trees

The back garden at mum and dad's home.

Embankment etching

This is the latest print, made this week, of the Victoria Embankment Gardens in London. If you follow this blog you might know that this is a favourite spot of mine, between the Strand and the river.
The print is 25x25cm, and has aquatint and some good accidental stippling, probably done with foul bite.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Hull Trains

I've always loved drawings people have made while travelling, so here is my exciting journey on Hull Trains Selby to London.

Monday, 14 June 2010

Small drawing of tree masses

This image was running around in my head for a week, so I decided to exorcise it by putting it on paper...

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Garden in York

This is the beautiful garden of the print studio. It has a giant pine tree, and lots of rare species apple trees; and not forgetting the 14 chickens and loads of sheep.

Thursday, 10 June 2010


This is a print version of the La Perla cocktail bar drawing posted in May. Its size is about 30x13cm. A little more work will be done to the hands at the bottom left edge, and darkening to the fans in the centre.

London drawings, now in colour

I've just returned from a short stay in London, it was very hot and so spent my time in the shade. These drawings are coloured with watercolour and Neocolour I crayons. I wanted to show the beautiful bright colours of summer in London, especially the unbelievably strong green of the leaves in Victoria Embankment Park.

Primrose Bakery, Tavistock Street, (7mins walk from Victoria Embankment Gardens)

How to find the gardens:

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Busy drawing in London

Friday, after enjoying some cake and tea with my good friend Smiljka at the Primrose Bakery in Tavistock Street, Covent Garden.
As it was such a lovely weekend in London, I decided to sit in Embankment Gardens, behind the Strand, and grapple with the huge linden trees. (the musical entertainment was a brass band playing a fantastic medley of all things Cockerney. Bill Bailey would have been proud, they even had the cockney trombone!

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Etching process explained, as promised.

Here are my adventures in printmaking explained. Hope you understand it, I've kept it simple but if you'd like to know more feel free to email me.

Nb, I forgot to say that before you put the soft ground (stage 1) you should gently clean the plate with water and a gentle degreaser, such as Flash general purpose cleaner (liquid, not the slightly abrasive white Cif or Jif cream type). It can be done with a clean household paintbrush and water so it has a slight lather to it and make a gentle circular brushing movement across the plate. If you are doing an aquatint the plate needs to be degreased before again in the same way.