Saturday, 30 March 2013

Illustration Workshop

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I'm running a 10 week illustration workshop starting in September in my home town of Bath for a small group of people who are interested in having some fun with their drawing and painting.  This will be aimed at individuals of all abilities so whether you are serious about pursuing illustration professionally or just want to develop your skills further then this workshop is definitely for you!

Each session will be designed to explore and develop your own image making skills in which ever medium you feel comfortable with. I will be available to talk with each individual before the workshop starts so I can make sure I can cover the aspects of illustration you are interested in.

These are some of the topics I am looking to explore through the 10 week period:

Media and Techniques
Character Design
Composition and Layout
Sketching and Visualising Ideas
Sequential Narrative
Research and Development
Portfolios and Self-Promotion

The course will start on Wednesday 18th September 2013 and will run for 10 weeks in total. Each session will last two hours on Wednesday mornings from 11am until 1pm. Students will be asked to provide their own art materials that they wish to work with and I will provide a checklist before the course starts to make sure that you will have everything you need for each session. I personally work with both traditional and digital media so can assist you with either of those...or both!

Sessions will all take place at The New Oriel Hall, Brookleaze buildings, Larkhall, Bath BA1 6RA 
(see map below for directions)
The cost for the 10 week workshop will be £180 with concessions for students and senior citizens and the payment structure for the workshop will be this:

£60 to be paid in advance to secure your place on the workshop.
£60 to be paid one week before the workshop commences.
£60 to be paid on week 6 of the workshop.

I hope this helps with spreading out the payments and also allows me to reserve the room at the Oriel Hall for our use.

Places will be limited to enable me to spend time talking to each of you individually about your work and what you would like to achieve over the 10 week period. I have already started taking deposits to secure places on the workshop so hurry if you want to secure a place!

Students will also receive a 10% discount card towards art materials courtesy of the kind people at FJ Harris and Son once they have enrolled and paid their deposit.

To book your place on the course and for further information please email me:

If you have any other questions or suggestions I would be very happy to hear from you. If these particular dates and times aren't possible then please let me know what would work for you as I am planning other courses.

Please check back for more details and information as things shape up.

In the meantime, if you want to see the creative process of a children's picture book (due to be published by Hachette in August 3013) you can have a look on my Behance Portfolio site.  It's in three parts:
The Cat and The Mouse and the Runaway Train - Part1
The Cat and The Mouse and the Runaway Train - Part2
The Cat and The Mouse and the Runaway Train - Part3

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Tuesday, 5 March 2013

The Hunt For Smeagol

Final version 2013 - click on image for closer look

I drew the first version of this in 1983 with a biro in a sketch pad and have only just got around to doing something with it (where does the time go?). Of course Peter Jackson has embedded his own ideas of what Gollum and Gandalf should look like in his films. It's always tricky drawing stuff when you're up against that kind of thing. Anyway, I did the basis of this many, many years before the film was even conceived and based on my ideas I'd visualised when reading Lord of The Rings in my teens.  I might have to do a few more...

Biro version 1983 - click on image for closer look