The Rudiments of Perspective: Part 1. One point. Do you need more?

  Perspective drawing. A huge topic. Probably best explained with a series of drawings. A student confessed to me the other day that whenever she went out sketching, perspective drawing was always a problem. She always sat exactly opposite her subject in order to minimise the perspective. Clever eh? I suggested we ran through some [...]

Millie. Our English Springer Spaniel – watercolour portrait.

Ah, the joys of dog ownership....Millie, our Springer Spaniel is our constant companion whether galloping around the vineyards or lounging in an old armchair in the studio.  She's 3 years old and so long overdue for a proper 'sitting'.  In this digital age it's so easy to take lots of reference photos until you're happy [...]

Venetian gondolas – watercolour (and gouache) tutorial

  Gondolas. It could only be Venice. Here's a tutorial I've put together based on this wonderful photograph courtesy of Google Images.  It's slightly enhanced colour wise but I like it for it's graphic composition. Start with a good horizontal line for the sea level, the rest can be freehand sketching. I've omitted the pontoons [...]