Thursday, 22 December 2016
All my recent Beatling around led to this. I'm happy with the likenesses but perhaps I was a little too reverential and should have further exaggerated their facial features. I particularly like John and Ringo (John's nose is good), I haven't quite captured Paul to my satisfaction, and of all the Fab Four, George was the most difficult to get right, hence the countless attempts at a likeness in recent posts. The 'finished' illustration is in colour and can be seen over on the website, but I quite like the black and white version which goes some way to capture the Beatles in 1963/1964 (before colour was invented).
TWSBI Diamond 580 with Platinum Carbon ink on Stillman and Birn Alpha Series paper. Digital colour.
Posted by Mike Chester at 9:04 am
Wednesday, 21 December 2016
Tuesday, 20 December 2016
Sunday, 18 December 2016
Friday, 16 December 2016
Three portraits from the college's Christmas conference yesterday. From left to right: some bloke I've never seen before, the back of Annabel Waterman's head and a portrait of Sue Sanders who sat opposite me as we conferred about a great number of things.
Unpin fineliner on photocopier paper.
Posted by Mike Chester at 9:47 am
Thursday, 15 December 2016
Lock up your daughters menfolk! These four stud muffins from Balliol College, Oxford graced our screens on Monday night's University Challenge...
TWSBI Diamond 580 with Platinum Carbon ink in A4 Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook.
Posted by Mike Chester at 8:49 pm
Tuesday, 13 December 2016
Monday, 12 December 2016
Thursday, 8 December 2016
Wednesday, 7 December 2016
First in a series highlighting some of the more malodorous views of the President Elect. I'm not sure how universally the word Trump is used to describe a fart (would Americans get this reference for instance, or is it exclusively an English slang word?) but I couldn't resist the pun and it seems entirely appropriate given Mr Trump's history of talking out of his arse.
At the same time as I was working on this, my daughter was drawing at the table next to me.
"I can draw better xxxxx [whatever it was she was drawing at the time] than you", she said.
"Oh, yeah?" I said. "Well, I can draw Donald Trump better than you".
"No, you can't", she said, and promptly dashed off the following sketch. With perhaps, the tiniest bit of coercion from me, she added a poo and some wee to the top of his head, thus making her father doubly proud.
(Mine) TWSBI Diamond 580 with Platinum Carbon ink on Stillman and Birn Alpha Series paper. Digital colour.
(Hers) Koh-I-Noor Polycolour coloured pencil on photocopy paper.
Posted by Mike Chester at 11:20 pm