I enjoyed drawing from a young age and continued to study Art throughout school and college to feed this habit further and went on to study design at University for a creative career. As can happen my life turned off into a different direction and I lost the time to enjoy my passion for art until I took up the pencil once more and realised how much I missed being creative every day. I’ve never looked back since.
To use an old cliché, the past couple of years since picking up a pencil again has a bit of a self discovery, pushing myself to try and learn new techniques, explore new materials I’d never tried before and exploring scales of pieces so that I could find out how I liked to work and express myself all over again. There has been much paint and charcoal scattering the walls in this time!
Although I enjoy exploring and using all types of mediums I always take the most pleasure in pencil and ink drawings, I always find there is something so striking about a strong black and white image created with a simple pencil that can capture beautiful details. When drawing I often use and blend photographs as my reference images and recreating that image in pencil can lift it to so much more, highlighting new parts of an image you wouldn’t normally look at or focus on for so long. It’s nice to take the time to really study and become immersed in a drawing.
Illustration work has also allowed me to explore the use of inks much more and I enjoy the line work involved in illustrations, it is soothing to produce and yet I think can be some of the most striking images.
There’s nothing that gives me more pleasure than to see people enjoying my work and it will forever keep me hunched over the drawing board.
Most importantly? This is my hobby and I do this for fun and enjoyment.
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”