Wednesday, 4 January 2017

January term begins on the 10th

A new 10 week term of Fantasy Art begings Tuesday 10th January. 
Swarthmore are taking bookings

Monday, 2 January 2017


the art of representing three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other.

"the theory and practice of perspective"
We see perspective in use every day of our lives, probably without taking any real notice, yet when it comes to putting perspective into practice on paper, it can be a stumbling block for many who are learning to art of visual communication. But it needn't be.

In it's simplest form, to use perspective, you need to identify your horizon line and your vanishing point, from which  your picture's perspective lines will all point to.
This would be a single point perspective.
If you were standing in the middle of a road, or rail track (I am not suggesting you do), you would notice the road or rail tracks disappear off into the distance. The point where the track or road disappears is called a vanishing point and it sits on the horizon.

Here is an everyday scene of a road with building either side.

Here is the same scene  and how single point perspective applies to it.

Put more simply, if you were to take  a simple cube, 

this is how it would look  in single point perspective (looking from above/high angle)

Asingle point perspective was used to create the exercise from week 4

reference material
Anyone who has done Design Technology at school will have come across perspective. If that is not the case here is some more useful  information with regards perspective.

SEPT-DEC 2016. WEEK 6 layout and composition - Jock

Continuing our exploration of composition , Here are some of the images by, Jock, that we discussed.

If you want to find out more about Jock, visit his site
 and buy this book

Saturday, 31 December 2016

SEPT-DEC 2016. WEEK 5 layout and composition.

In the more recent exercises we have expanded from single figure drawing to adding background detail, whether that be scenery or purely background texture and lighting.
Here is a recap of the basics of composition we discussed in calss.
Please bare in mind that what I  put forward here on this blog and in class, are based on my experiences of what I found to work successfully in my own work and also  observed in other artist's work. This is by no meands to be held as a hard and fast rule to composition. Use it as a guide but also search for your own truth, your own way. Think for your self.  It will be more rewarding than simply following every peice of advice I give.  Put what I  teach in class to the test. If you find fault with it, challenge me . Maybe I have something to learn too.

For the most part, the main thing to consider , is ballance. Does the drawing look ballanced. And if not, why not. Does the drawing lead yours, or the viewer's eye, to the main point of interest. Is your drawing communicating what you want it to. Always ask your self these questions with regards your work.
There is an old, tried and tested,  theory, called, the rule of thirds . This is basically a grid comprising of  nine parts.

There are four intersections
These intersections  provide a guide  for placing the main points of interest and creating  interesting and ballanced is most often used for photography but it applies to illustration and most visual arts.

Here are a couple of examples.

Rather than just copy what I have read in books or online and reword it as if it were my own, here are some links that explain, in more detail, the rule of thirds.

However, also check this one out

I tend to agree with Glover.
Just because a rule exists, does not mean that it is the only way. And I also think that rules are meant to be broken. 
Art , in all it's forms,would be so very boring if everyone followed the same rules and never questioned them.

Tke a look at the following images by renowned artists. Does their work always follow the rule of thirds?
The Death Dealer by Frank frazetta

Chained by Frank Frazetta

The Barbarian by Frank Frazetta

By Simone Bianchi

By Adi Granov

Andrew Loomis
Bernie Wrightson

Boris Vallejo

Established rules are great as a foundation for learning but you don't have to let these rules stifle your creativity.

Friday, 21 October 2016

SEPT-DEC 2016. WEEK 4 layout and composition.

This week and the following classes , we will be looking at  how to extend your skills of figure drawing to a wider canvas, incorporating backgrounds and how to ballance them.
Here are the photos from this weeks class.

As you can see, the composition here is very much central, using single point perspective.
Does this make for good or bad composition?
Does this give interesting composition or uninteresting?

 And don't forget!!!
Tuesday 25th October – NO CLASS - HALF TERM
Tuesday 1st November  *The day before my birthday. If you fancy joining me for a drink, I will be     paying a visit to the vic, behind the Town Hall.
Tuesday 8th November
Tuesday 15th November
Tuesday 22nd November
Tuesday 29th November
Tuesday 6th December – End of  term pub  outing if anyone is up for it.

Sunday, 16 October 2016


I meant to post this earlier but what with all the current workload and just general life stuff, I didn't get around to it.
Inktober is an event I have taken part in since 2015. If you want to know more about it , click on this link
 Here are my submissions so far