Saturday, 3 December 2016

Out now in The Artist

I have a three-page article about drawing with marker pens in the January 2017 edition of The Artist magazine, which has been available since 2 December 2016. Find out more about getting a copy here, or cycle down to your newsagent.

My book Pen and Ink gets reviewed in the same edition. Do they trash it? Get a copy to find out.

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Saturday, 12 November 2016

View from the campus

I've recently started a masters in Library and Information Science at City, University of London, and with a new heap of deadlines to meet and new areas to immerse myself in, finding time to draw has become both more difficult, and more necessary, than ever. Finding new challenges and discovering under-utilised parts of my own brain is fantastically invigorating; the academic environment is an exciting one to find myself in. Long reading lists, hours in the libraries, new technologies and an interesting, diverse cohort have been an introduction to a new world. But it is also a world that reinforces just how much the act of simply putting ink on paper is one that is vital to me.
This drawing isn't a view from the City campus at all – only these words are. The drawing is of Finsbury Park, north London, not far up the road from where I live, and drawn during a break from having my head in books for perhaps too long.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Caneta e Tinta published now

And, perhaps finally, the Portuguese edition of Pen and Ink is also out now, hot on the heels of the Spanish version. It's published in Brazil by Editora GGBrasil. It's also available in English, French and German.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Pen and Ink now in Spanish

Cue the fanfare. Pen and Ink – Dibujo a Tinta – is out now in Spanish, published by Editorial Gustavo Gili. It's available online, and in those lovely local bookshops. (The English edition of Pen and Ink can also be found in a variety of museums and galleries, so look for Dibujo a Tinta there too, just in case.)

Whose work is featured in it? You'll find the full list of 34 artists here.

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Out now in Artists & Illustrators

I've written an article about working with pen and ink for the September 2016 issue of Artists & Illustrators (the magazine I edited a little while ago). It's available in the UK and Ireland now.

To buy a copy or find out more, follow this link.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

In the colours of Italy

We travelled out to Siena to meet up with elder daughter, who has been inter-railing through Europe. It's a relaxing few days in the sun, swimming in rivers, reading, sitting in town squares, missing the Olympics and wishing our stay was longer. The bottles of ink I had carefully wrapped so they wouldn't spill in the suitcase have been overlooked and left at home so I devote myself to the range of Posca water-based colour pens I have managed not to forget.

The pens encourage experimentation, and because they contain what is in effect acrylic paint, it's possible to layer the colours over each other in ways I haven't tried before. It's a bit hit and miss in places, but it's enjoyable trying them out. As well as the 0.9-1.3mm version, I took the thicker 1.8-2.5mm range, which I've yet to really test.

If the pens dry, as is possible in the Tuscan heat, they can be primed by shaking and pressing them on to rough paper to restore the flow. This means I create rather looser marks at times than I intended but I rather like this effect. In fact, I'd rather like to try out a broader range of their colours.

There are more of my drawings using the pens on Instagram.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

A Ford Cortina for Florian Afflerbach

I've had my eye on this 1970 Ford Cortina, which is parked outside a house around the corner, for a while since I heard the dreadful news about Florian Afflerbach. Florian was a German architect involved with the Urban Sketchers movement who was killed in a traffic accident in May aged 35. He made sensitive pencil and watercolour works of cars, among other things. A tribute to him can be found on the Urban Sketchers blog. There's going to be an exhibition of car drawings by Urban Sketchers around the world as a tribute to him at next week's USk symposium in Manchester, and I'm taking this one.

I never met Florian, and didn't know him, but I feel that I got a bit closer to him by sitting on the kerb to draw this. My parents had a Cortina in the 1970s, and just to look closely at this crumbling example took me back. I admire Florian's drawings even more now too; this doesn't look anything like a Ford Cortina.