On Drawing

I have always agreed with the old adage that ‘you have to know the rules so you can break them.’ I draw stylised people in my illustrations, but they are backed up by at least twelve years of learning to draw traditional portraiture. I think it always appealed to my competitive nature because I compete with myself to improve and make the drawing look more like the person or animal or photograph!

Animal portraits are actually much newer to me than people; they started with a commission at the end of 2015 and I’ve had a few since then. But the same rules of observation apply so it was less of a jump than expected.

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