Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Double Trouble!

I managed to fit in two drawing sessions this week in between packing to move house. The first was part of the Brighton festival and was a Drawing Circus hosted by Jake Spicer incorporating three hours of live music and a host of excellent models in a variety of circus themed costumes. Jack's event are always superbly organised and inspiring as was this one. It took place in the Bosco Theatre beside the Spiegeltent on the Old Stein and the steeply tiered seats gave an excellent view of the varying tableaus as they changed and evolved. I had to leave early, unfortunately, so I missed the fabulous Naomi gyrating on a hoop. Great fun!
The following evening I went to my usual life drawing class hosted by Bill Donohoe at the Sussex County Arts Club where our model was the beautiful and statuesque Kate. She liked my drawings so I gave her one! I'll rephrase that- I donated one to her! That's better!

Friday, 28 April 2017


After several months away from the life drawing scene in Brighton I returned to the regular Tueday night session hosted by Bill Donohoe at SCAC in Brighton. OUr model was the excellent Zoe who brought along her extremely well behaved dog. It was a packed class as usual with the usual gaggle of scribblers including Rich Newman, Hamza Arcan, Jeremy Radvan and fellow cartoonist Geo Parkin as well as some newbies. My good friend Alexa came along too after a very long break. It was great to get back into the life drawing saddle. Here are my better efforts.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017


Last night at The Old Market there was another of Jake Spicer's Draw events. These are always fun, inventive and well organised. This time the theme was Cluedo with our four excellent models- Naomi, Frankie, Laura and Amy dressed as characters from the game. I went along with sisters Nadia and Rowena and we all enjoyed it immensely. Here are some of my efforts.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

At the Double

I had two life drawing sessions on the bounce this week. First was at SCAC with artist and model lovely, lissom Laura Ryan then a private session at my bachelor penthouse flat where Alexa Garside and I drew the fabulous Naomi Wood. After a fairly long gap in Mallorca where the life drawing sessions are very thin on the ground it was great to get back in the saddle in arty farty Brighton where we are spoilt rotten for drawing. Her are my best scribblings from the two sessions.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017


Last night I attended my first life drawing class for a while at SCAC in Brighton and our model was titian haired beauty Katie who was a delight to draw. The sparce class (first of the new year and bloody cold outside) was attended by regulars- fellow cartoonist and lover of Mad magazine, Geo Parkin with his newly sprouting full beard and Rich Newman showing off his new iPad to the envious attendees. needless to say, we repaired to the favoured local hostilery afterwards to discuss all and sundry and quaff strange ales. Fun fun fun!

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Laura- the face in the misty light.

Last night I went along to SCAC for my second life drawing session in 5 days. Our model was the lovely, lissom Laura who shares a birthday with me but not in the same year (alas!). I used the session as an excuse to go mad with my new set of watercolours as recommended to me by Jan Irvine. They're fab and made by Ko-i-Noor. Laura liked one of my drawings so I gave it to her. It was a quiet class probably due to the shit weather but very enjoyable nonetheless. The usual suspects repaired to Witherspoon's afterwards to put the world to rights. Here are my best efforts.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Portrait of the artist as a young nude man

I'm back in Brighton briefly and was asked by Amy Squirrel from Draw if she could interview me about my career as an artist for the Draw blog. She was hosting a life drawing session on Thursday night so I braved the wind and rain of mid-summer England and went. There were only a few attendees, probably due to the lousy weather but one of them was Jan Irving whom I've known for a while and always admired her amazing skill at capturing the figure in motion- that's tough! Our model was Ollie who I hadn't drawn before but he was very good. The theme was colour in art so he was posing with a paint brush and palette. Here are my best efforts from a very enjoyable session.