• Portrait sketch in Procreate

    Portrait sketch in Procreate

    In this video, I sketch a profile portrait in Procreate using a variation on the Reilly abstraction method.

  • Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Adam Clague

    Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Adam Clague

    This is the tenth in a series of portraits called Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist. Check out the intro post The Self-Taught Myth to read more about it. This post is about one of my most recent teachers, as Adam’s course was only released in October 2019 (in fact the second part of the course is not yet available).…

  • Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Richard Robinson

    Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Richard Robinson

    This is the ninth in a series of portraits called Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist. Check out the intro post The Self-Taught Myth to read more about it. (Note that the banners and some of the links to Richard’s website below are affiliate links, which means that I will receive a commission if you purchase via those links). I…

  • Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Chris Legaspi

    Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Chris Legaspi

    This is the eighth in a series of portraits called Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist. Check out the intro post The Self-Taught Myth to read more about it. Around the same time I started studying figure drawing with Proko, I also came across Chris Legaspi. I don’t remember where I first found him, but I loved the style of…

  • Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Jason Seiler

    Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Jason Seiler

    This is the seventh in a series of portraits called Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist. Check out the intro post The Self-Taught Myth to read more about it. For this post, we’re going all the way back to 2007, when I took my first ever online art course. I had been interested in caricature since I was a teenager,…

  • Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Sean Cheetham

    Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Sean Cheetham

    This is the sixth in a series of portraits called Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist. Check out the intro post The Self-Taught Myth to read more about it. Sean Cheetham has the dubious honour of being the only teacher in this series (so far) who I’ve actually met and studied from in real life. I think I might have…

  • Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Stan Prokopenko

    Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Stan Prokopenko

    This is the fifth in a series of portraits called Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist. Check out the intro post The Self-Taught Myth to read more about it. In early 2017 I decided I needed to get better at drawing. I was always ok at it, but I never practiced that much, and when I did go to the…

  • Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: David Jamieson

    Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: David Jamieson

    This is the fourth in a series of portraits called Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist. Check out the intro post The Self-Taught Myth to read more about it. At the end of 2015, I had been painting mainly landscapes for a couple of years, and I wanted to get back into portraiture, but I felt really out of practice…

  • Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Carol Marine

    Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Carol Marine

    This is the third in a series of portraits called Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist. Check out the intro post The Self-Taught Myth to read more about it. In early 2015, I was struggling with procrastination, often going weeks or months between paintings because I felt some sense of pressure around starting something new, and worried that every attempt…

  • Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Richard Schmid

    Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Richard Schmid

    This is the second in a series of portraits called Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist. Check out the intro post The Self-Taught Myth to read more about it. I recently started talking to a fellow painter about Richard Schmid, and was surprised to find they had never heard of him. I had started to think he was somehow known…

  • Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Jonathan Hardesty

    Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Jonathan Hardesty

    This is the first in a series of portraits called Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist. Check out the intro post The Self-Taught Myth to read more about it. At the end of 2011, I was feeling pretty stuck with painting. I’d been doing it on and off for maybe 5 years, mostly using acrylics, and…

  • The Self-Taught Myth

    Do you ever check an artist’s bio on their website or Instagram, and see the words ‘self-taught’? A lot of artists describe themselves this way (myself previously included). But more and more recently I’ve started questioning the term ‘self-taught artist’, at least when looking at my own artistic development.

  • Studio Clearance Sale

    Studio Clearance Sale

    I mentioned a few months ago that I was planning to have a sale to clear out my studio, which is getting full of paintings. Part of me likes to hang on to them, but I’d much rather they were being enjoyed in someone’s home instead. So I’ve added a handful of paintings for sale…

  • Sean Cheetham Workshop at Menorca Pulsar

    Sean Cheetham Workshop at Menorca Pulsar

    I recently had the great pleasure of attending Sean Cheetham’s 5-day portrait painting workshop on the Spanish island of Menorca.

  • Painting again, and Studio Clearance

    Painting again, and Studio Clearance

    Wow, almost a year since my last post here, and the end of the 100 heads challenge, during which I was solely working on my drawing skills. Almost immediately after that, I started painting again, and it’s been nice getting to grips with colour again.