Thursday, 19 May 2016

Art prints for sale on Society 6

Art Prints for sale

I have recently been slowly uploading a lot of my drawings, sketches and illustrations to the online site Society 6. You can browse through and order my work as art prints in various formats. Feel free to browse through. I will be adding more very soon.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Weddings, artwork and thumbprints

Keepsake and Memory tree that was used at the wedding

Wedding Tree - Keepsake gift


This is an ink drawing I did for a wedding recently. I drew the tree on a large piece of card. The idea is for the guests at the wedding to apply their own thumbprint to make the leaves of the tree and write their name with it. It really makes for a nice keepsake memory of the day. I imagine this could also work for big family occasions or get togethers too.

If you would like something similar creating for your own wedding or celebration then contact me for more information. I have seen this idea done before but also using different images to convey the thumbprints.


11 black and whites sketches I created for a wedding

Glastonbury Sketches


The wedding was quite a busy affair as I was also asked to produce images for the tables and table plans. The couple wanted their wedding to be based off the theme of Glastonbury, as they will be going there as part of their honeymoon.

Example of Glastonbury stage sketch used for one of the wedding tables

They asked for several sketches of the main music stages at Glastonbury such as the Pyramid stage and West Holts stage. I produced 11 sketches in black and white and also created a table plan based off the drawings.

Wedding Table Plan based off sketches I did of Glastonbury

Wedding - Live sketching


The other role I had at the wedding was to sketch the events of the whole day. The wedding couple asked me to capture as many moments throughout the day as possible. This was a very difficult task, mainly due to the pace of what was going on. But I managed to produce 23 very quick sketches. Below is one I did of the camper van they used as the arrival car for the wedding. The rest you can check on my Facebook Page here 

The whole day was a very enjoyable experience and although I was under a lot of pressure to produce the sketches, it was a great way of making a keepsake present of the day. If you would like anything similar producing, based off what I have done on the blog post then you can contact me 








Monday, 4 April 2016

Self Portrait

After a busy couple of weeks painting commissions for a new album, I didn't have very much time left to produce this self portrait that is my entry for the Sky arts portrait of the year competition. Luckily they extended the deadline for entries. I wanted to try something a little different this time around, I have always loved creating monochrome style paintings, there is a wealth of 'colour' in black and white, and you can produce some lovely light and shade using just black an white. 

I wanted to change the composition slightly, so rather than me looking at the viewer, I decided to look at my own reflection. For me this created an eery feeling which posed a lot of questions while painting it. I have recently been learning about eastern philosophy based of Tao and Buddhism which opens the door to how we look at ourselves in relation to the world we live in. The question is, are we connected as one or is it our own ego that creates the illusion that we are separate from nature? I think people are at varying levels and understandings of this concept. I like to feel that this comes through in the painting. In a society where vanity and how we present ourselves seem to dominate our everyday lives, how does this effect the way we look at the world we live in.

The painting took just over 6 hours to do and I do wish I had longer, but I think the added pressure helped me push through the idea. I shall wait and see what happens with the entry.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Art Classes in Nottingham


Would you like to learn how to draw and paint? Or maybe you have limited drawing experience and would like to improve on your skills in a friendly group setting? I am currently tutoring and organising art lessons (daytime and evening), at Razzle Dazzle Pots, Mapperley Top in Nottingham


I will also be soon holding classes in Sherwood and Ruddington. Each 2 hour session is £10. A lot of people want to pursue it as a hobby or eventually develop this towards a further education qualification. But sometimes they tend to fall at the first hurdle which is confidence.

A lot of the mishaps when drawing and painting comes with self doubt and even the fear of picking up a pencil. We all have the ability to draw and all have the ability to express. I like to think that I am part of that process in guiding you through to awaken the potential of drawing and painting.

If you are interested in some basic lessons and ongoing group activity, then get in contact with meI have been a practicing artist and designer for many years now and have a wealth of experience in the field. I have also taught night school group sessions and workshops on the subject in a non-vocational setting.

I also do private tuition if there is anything specific you want to work on. I charge £20 per hour for private sessions.

For more information on the sessions, then you can email me: Click here to email.
or telephone me on 07962 865 453. I also have a Facebook that you can join if you want to attend the classes: https://www.facebook.com/ants.artclass/

UPDATE: Here are the events I set up for this coming Tuesday and Wednesdays arts session.
Click on them if you want to attend. 
https://www.facebook.com/ants.artclass/events

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Drawing and Painting Lessons, Nottingham


I'm currently hosting drawing and painting art lessons for beginners and improvers in the Nottingham area. Razzle Dazzle Pots is where I have been holding the sessions so far. I have created a Morning and Evening session every Tuesday. Eventually I may add more sessions and create a Children's workshop, depending on the interest. At the moment I am going through the very basics of drawing and each week I will cover the different areas before evolving onto other mediums such as paints and watercolours etc. If you fancy joining one of the classes, it is £10 for the 2 hour session every week. For more information you can 'email here' or phone me on 07962 865453.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Sketches of my daughters

My Daughters have always been and still are, a great source for sketching. I have put together a selection of the sketches that I have done over the years so far of the three of them. Most were live sketches and when I look at them, they show more of a visual diary capturing moments in time and development. 

The first block of sketches below is of my youngest daughter Poppy. I tend to use pencil or ink for my sketches and occasionally some watercolour over the top if I get time.



The second series of sketches below is of my daughter Olivia. Some of them range from 10 - 20 minute sketches. 





The last set of sketches below is of my step daughter Chelsi. 


I am looking forward to drawing more of them as they get older, though they are starting to get a little fed up of me sketching them all the time!

Monday, 4 January 2016

Painting and Drawing Classes, Nottingham

Painting and Drawing classes. For anybody in the Nottingham area who would like to learn painting and drawing, I am currently getting numbers together for a 2 hour weekly session.

I am still in the process of sorting a venue out in the Arnold area. The session is £15 for the 2 hours every week. This applies to all adults of varying abilities.

In the meantime if you are interested, then contact me for more information at ants2772@gmail.com