Monday, 25 November 2013

Departures: Pescara airport, Italy

Drawn from the departure lounge of Pescara airport, Italy, looking out on the low clouds and snowy mountains of Abruzzo, and thinking of my late friend, Jon Young, and his family who I had just visited, a few hours away to the north.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Discover Art: out soon

Discover Art, a brand new 116-page magazine for artists, is available in WHSmith and all good newsagents from 15 November — or maybe you've already picked up a copy at the Art Materials Live show at Birmingham's NEC, which runs from 7 to 10 November 2013.
This issue, edited by me and available through much of next year, includes interviews with BP Portrait Award winner Susanne du Toit and Olympic digital artist Tim Vyner, highlights the work of a variety of artists in different media, offers advice by top blogger Katherine Tyrrell on social media for the artist, looks inside the studios of a variety of artists, and gives the opportunity to win a five-day painting holiday. All — and more — for £4.99.
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Saturday, 2 November 2013

Sketch Your World: coming soon

UK cover...
An advance copy of Sketch Your World has arrived at my door. It contains the work of about 60 international artists, including mine, and is due to be published in the UK and US in January (they have different covers, shown here).

It focuses on the way a variety of artists go about drawing on location and what they do with those drawings: urban, rural, night-time, digital, people, architecture, in cafes, sketchcrawls, blogging...

I'll say this more than once, but my thanks again to the artists who kindly let me use images from their sketchbooks. A few of them are familiar faces from Urban Sketchers, but most are not. One of the most enjoyable elements of writing the book was selecting drawings by some of my favourite sketchbook artists. I will post a list of links to all the contributing artists in time.

...and the US cover
Did I say how happy I am with the way it has turned out? I have now. My thanks to the great team at RotoVision who made this come about. I'll blog and tweet more about the book nearer to publication time.