Friday, 31 October 2008

INFLAMED BLUSHING, 6" x 8", Acrylic, 2008

This was a rare opportunity, as I have noted on the original sketch because I must have been so up close to this guy but I sure he hardly knew it!

I have the developed the painting purely from the sketch. I really wanted to play with colour and texture, just being free.

I sketched him from London Bridge to Woolich Arsenal, that journey takes about 20 mins.

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Red Head, 6" x 8", Acrylic, 2008

This is another sketch of a woman, I sketched her from Waterloo to London Bridge, Must have been the Jubilee line but I have no record of the actual line. What must have interested me was basically, her beautiful profile, it was an elegant combination of curves and angles.

I have made her have red hair as I cannot remember what colour her hair was but I like red haired models anyway, they are rare and interesting. Again, I worked on this one extensively from imagination but borrowed a reference profile from a magazine for some forms and colours.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Melanchonly, 6" x 8", acrylic, 2008

I sketched this woman from London Bridge to Greenwich, I had only 2 stops to capture this woman's features, it was one of the quick ones. Approximately 8-10 minutes, with people looking and the train in motion.............

To try and interpret this in colour wasn't that easy. I could only remember the fact that she was black all the rest had to be invented. This exercise makes me get to stretch my imagination a bit, something that I am not really used to.

Deep BLUE SEA, 8" x 10", Acrylic on canvas board, 2008

This is the second sketch that will come alive in colour. It is quite fun seeing this transformation.

I remember sketching this guy on a 469 bus form Woolwich Arsenal to McLeod Road, where he got off. His wife knew I was sketching him and showed it to him, he was fast asleep. She said she loved art while younger... I guess many of us did.

The Test, 50 x 60cm, Acrylic on linen, 2008

I did this yesterday as an entry in these series of paintings from sketches I do on public transport.

Working like this is quite a test, sometimes I loose the spontaneity of the sketch, sometimes I just can't get the drawing right. Also, without the colour it is a nightmare. But I am up for this challenge!

I might still revisit this one. I just want to get this blog off board.

So here I'll be posting the sketch and the painting for each one.


This is a new blog that I am starting today and would be a continous painting of people I have sketched everyday from my sketch books past and present. It would be a way of taking the sketches I do a step further. Hopefully people interested in purchasing the pieces would be able to. Faces are Powerful and I have sketched so many since 2004!

Hope I won't run out of steam.........