Some recent portraits of my four nephews and John's nephew (with a curl right in the middle of his forehead), including a few work-in-progress shots that seem to reveal that my portraits of children often start out looking like creepy dolls in horror movies! I always begin with a very rough sketch and 'sculpt' and adjust as I go along.
Boy and cat
Sketching ideas for a story without text about the special bond between my little nephew and the family cat Branwell.
On the easel
Lately I have been copying myself a lot - this is the third version of the figure-in-bird. We moved into our house about three months ago and are living in the sitting room and kitchen while doing it up. So my current studio is the kitchen table. The reason I have a framed painting on the easel is because I am recycling an old painting I no longer liked. I do this a lot, which means I don't have much of an archive!
I am putting the finishing touches to the illustrations for the children's book by Amie Nolan Ryan. This has been such a lovely project to work on. The book will be hardcover, so we are playing around with ideas for the endpaper, a detail I am obsessed with. We cannot wait to see the end result!
Sketch to colour
Four works-in-progress, featuring people and animals I know and actual places (1,2 and 4; 3 is an exception).
On the easels