Ogres in Italy

b/w, colour, drawing, exhibition, painting, sketchbook, travel
A piece for the Orchinfabula exhibition at the National Archeological Museum in Paestum, Italy. As part of the Festival of Fairy Tales, the exhibition centered around the theme of myths and ogres.

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Exploring mythology for this piece was a departure from my usual work, it’s nicely timed with the new term I’m teaching at The Prince’s Drawing Clubs as we’re exploring myths and legends too. The exhibition lies just across the road from an incredible archaeological site preserving temples of the Greek gods Athena, Hera and Neptune, I’ve just come back from there and tried my hand at painting its surroundings. Working with colours in watercolour was fun and foreign to me since I paint with black ink mostly. Here’s the muddied result along with a couple other quick drawings done whilst waiting for and on trains.

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Italy-11…and a few panels of my Uffizi tour with Jon. Negronis will feature later if I finish this little strip.

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And one last drawing copied from a painting…from which I cannot recall the name. But I loved the dramatic lighting cast over the majestic figures swooping all over the canvas.

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Paint the Queen Mural

colour, painting

Mural that I painted for the Queen of Hoxton in East London, originally working from my Utopia illustration shown below, I adapted the piece to fit the narrow format I had to work with. Using spray paint and some stencils, I completed this mural in just under a week. Battling with the cold and wind of London’s uncompromising weather, it was a challenging piece and scaling up my original artwork had its own surprises, but the whole experience has been an amazing opportunity to work in such a different environment.

Project Windsor

colour, illustration, painting, process

Spent the last two weekends drawing at Windsor Castle along with classmates from the Prince’s Drawing School. Its been so much fun, I haven’t been there since I was a kid, and being able to go back and look at it with the focus you get when drawing has made me appreciate the castle and its history so much more, plus the staff were so friendly and helpful. I was really tempted to draw all the wonderful objects on display – the ornate detail on everything was incredible, but decided to focus on the spaces instead. This project is still in progress, wrapping it up by the end of this week, but here are several drawings that I made on site, some digital sketches and a gouache painting of a soldier and horse (I took the liberties of removing the plinth they were on).