Horned sheep

Another profile! Another challenge to get the personality across with only one eye to work with and when it comes to sheep there is also a somewhat stern nose to contend with too.


This was him after the first session. I was happy with the eye but not the horn or nose.


Then it all got too heavy and contrasting (too much white charcoal). Time to strip back and simplify. 


Subsequent sessions later…… 


I spent a lot of time on the fine details of horns and curls to bring character and texture to him. In the end I was really pleased but I learnt that

a sheep nose is niether straight forward….nor straight! 


Pre-Shrunk glory

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Now this has been a fun project. Drawing 4×5 inch pieces for the Pre-shrunk show at Argyle Gallery in Halifax.

These pieces will be hard to see go as I’ve become quite attached to their little faces and it’s such a pleasure to work on them and see speedy results.

They will be available as limited addition prints so they aren’t leaving my life completely.

I chose metallic gold for the sides of the blocks.

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When I put them all together they are almost like an interactive art installation. 

Love them!


The mysterious Ram

It all starts with a blank piece of paper and a head full of ideas!

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The eyes come first and everything bleeds out from there.

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Almost every piece gets to that horrible point where I think I’ve lost it,

that it’s all been a waste of time.

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Then as if by magic it starts turning around and I don’t quite know how I got there?

The whole thing is a bit of a mystery and it remains a mystery.


The Wild Ram

I’ve never worked on such a small-scale! 

This is a piece I’m going to be submitting to Argyle Gallery for their Preshrunk show where all art has to be 4×5 inches (about the size of my hand). It’s actually really refreshing to work on something of this scale because it progresses quickly. 

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I now have a dinning room wall which is being taken over by potential Preshrunk pieces.


Here is the time line for this little wild ram.

It’s all in the eyes, if they aren’t right then nothings right!


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