I don’t usually paint or draw portraits of pets, let alone do commission work, but here is one of a friend’s Staffordshire Terrier in memorial. This has been completed using Pen and Ink, pencil and Uni-ball Pens. Below is an acrylic of another friend’s Jack Russell painted some years ago.
Presently I’m working on a series of sketches of some of my colleagues at North Devon District Hospital at Raleigh Park, Barnstaple. Pen and Ink on thick cartridge paper. So far I’ve drawn ODPs (Operating Department Pratitioners), a member of our Support Staff and Recovery Nurses. I’m also experimenting with Uni-Ball Needle Pens and the moment instead of my usual traditional knib or Staedtler fine draughting pens!
I would love to spend a few days here painting and drawing the North Devon coast at Bucks Mills. I used to surf here on Christmas Day and have many happy memories of summer days here. This is a pen and ink drawing it did a few years ago with a nod towards an old art teacher of mine at Bideford Art College/North Devon College called Jimmy Paterson ARCA. He painted this very scene and I’ve seen it displayed at the Burton Gallery in Bideford. Al
Recently I was having dinner with friends when I noticed a familiar image on their wall. A photograph taken by my host Adrian Beasley of Glen Etive. I recalled drawing this in pen & ink in the 1980s and decided to go in search for it. After half an hour in my attic I discovered it wrapped up with some other Cornwall College of Art work but the original has sadly got some brown foxing on it. After a little work on my laptop this is the old image renewed. I was quite into stippling with a Rotring Inkpen at this time and had to constantly throw my eyes out of focus to unify the overall tones. Quite laborious as you can imagine. I can happily say that I do not use this type of rendering any more due to my aged and decrepit eyes! Al
Pen & Ink drawing of a duck on the Braunton Marsh 320 x 260mm. At the moment this wonderful habitat to wildlife and beautiful area of Braunton is under threat as a dyke has broken down and the sea in moving inland. The Braunton Marshes are a hidden asset of North Devon supporting wildlife of national and international importance. It’s now under imminent serious threat. An environmental disaster is looming on the horizon due to a sea breach of great significance unless immediate action is undertaken by relevant parties.
Please visit the Facebook page, Friends of Braunton Marsh https://www.facebook.com/groups/400589393729546/.
Please also sign the petition please. visit https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-braunton-marshes-from-being-lost-before-it-s-too-late-1?source=facebook-share-button&time=1515353784
After a walk on Exmoor and an iPhone shot this is the result. A pen & ink sketch of a scene along the walk. I loved the stark brightness of the Autumn sun and decided to draw what I saw. The highlights along the path really stand out this time of year. This will be printed as a limited edition as seen below. A few adjustments have been made and the sun’s shine has been made more circular. Al
A commissioned pen and ink drawing of the tunnels beach in Ilfracombe, North Devon. Now with it’s happy owner in Birmingham. More information can be found on their website http://www.tunnelsbeaches.co.uk/. It’s a wonderful suntrap of a beach with a natural rock swimming pool. If you’re ever in Ilfracombe on a sunny day then it’s certainly worth a visit. Al
A pen & ink with a little Bideford Black. An illustration of Mr Gibbons from ZZ Top. Faber Castel ink draughting pens sizes 0.35 & 0.14 on Fisk draughting film. Al
Photograph by Kerry Langford by permission. You should really check out his gig pictures!
Billy Gibbons (Pen & Ink with some Bideford Black coal based pigment) 290mm x320mm. Just a brief travel back to my draughtsman & illustration days to produce this study of the Famous Mr Gibbons from ZZ Top. Managed to see them at this year’s Glastonbury Festival and still rocking! Al
Photograph courtesy of Kerry Langford Photography & thanks for allowing me to draw.