Wednesday, 26 July 2017

nehemiah grew

proper old school now with nehemiah grew. there's loads to love in the back in the day niche of botanical illustration but grew is as good a place to start as any

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

rene quillivic

you see these all over the place these days. curly waves, wee boats, i've even done some myself. chances are tho, rene quillivic was doing it first. possibly better known for sculpture these woodcuts are beautiful in their simplicity and grace

Monday, 24 July 2017

zdzlislaw beksinski

breathtaking. it's no wonder the likes of guillermo del toro (apparently) cites zdzlislaw beksinski as an influence

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Friday, 21 July 2017


so yes, every once in a while i like to go old school. this should need no explanation! having a browse the other day and cam across this. even all these centuries later the rightness of it just shines out from the image.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

rebecca yanovskaya

ballpoint pen? bit of gold? that's all rebecca yanovskaya needs. and it works....

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

ian miller

and one of the reasons i wanted to draw like i did was very likely ian miller whose green dog trumpet i still have and still have no idea what's really going on. even now - an attack of the pumpkin creatures. whatever ian miller has in head, i'd like some of that!

Monday, 17 July 2017

konstantin kalynovych

i can't get past looking at these images from konstantin kalynovych. i can't draw like this but when i was young and in my drawing phase this is exactly what i wanted to draw. and i'm not going to lie i wish i still could!

Sunday, 16 July 2017

wire scorpion

more finger punishing in this easy to follow video that isn't a bad starter for making something bug like. worth remembering that once you're dialling in your technique you can add in all manner of beadwork etc to fancy it up. ideal for a rainy afternoon!

Saturday, 15 July 2017

wire tree

even the thought makes my fingers hurt but one day i'm going to give it a go

Friday, 14 July 2017

margaret macdonald

after harry clarke here's another favourite. or at least one of a pair of favourites, it being wrong not to mention margaret's prodigiously talented sister frances. always worth a look in to the kelvingrove if you're passing. failing that, if it's still in print, check out jude burkhauser's glasgow girls.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

harry clarke

for me, discovering harry clarke was like opening a door but i can't help feeling that he's underappreciated out there in that there world of art. you can do your wee bit towards sorting that out....

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

edward penkov

there's precious little about edward penkov online but what you do get is acres of images and when you got his set of skills, that's not something to grumble about.