M and O

I finished a commission last week, of M and O. It was a lot fo fun to do. It’s currently travelling over the Atlantic to the USA. This is the first time I’ve posted an A3 drawing overseas and I’m a little nervous about it. There is so much that can go wrong with a large and delicate pencil drawing in the course of such a long journey.

M & O. Mitsubishi Hi-Uni pencils on Derwent heavyweight cartridge paper, A3

No matter how much I play around with light and post-processing, I’m never happy with how photos of my drawings come out.

I’m now working on a new double portrait. If you’d like to follow this drawing’s progress you can do so on Instagram (@penspaperpencils), where I post pictures of work in progress to my story.

Lyme Regis Cobb

I started this picture back in the spring but only just finished it last week. In part this was because I have a lot of other things to do during the summer; in part it was due to needing to complete a couple of commissions first; and in part it was because large parts of it took so long to do I would have gone a little loopy if I hadn’t taken a break now and then.

My aim when I began was to try to capture the light in the sky and on the sea and to evoke a sense of place and space. The location is the Cobb at Lyme Regis in Dorset. In the background is part of the famous Jurassic Coast, stretching off into the distance. Lyme Regis is famous for its fossils and the Cobb (a harbour wall) is famous from its starring roles in Jane Austen’s Persuasion and John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman.

Lyme Regis Cobb. Mitsubishi Hi-Uni pencils on Derwent heavyweight cartridge paper, A3

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