How strange, sometimes whilst going along in life and doing what is you do, looking up now and then, you suddenly stop and realise wow, I have been doing this for a long time now.
I have been gathering drawings and sketchbooks for preparation material for this year’s art fair and also upgrading my garden studio as a proper place to work too. In amongst all of the sorting out I found my sketchbooks.
Just like discovering old photos, these sketchbooks are a treasure to me as they were the start of my obsession and fascination of drawing the figure. I started these sketchbooks in 1993 and went two or whenever possible, three times a week to life drawing at the Sussex County Arts Club in Bond Street Brighton. I was hooked, I was reading about anatomy, doing drawings in various styles and media and just hoping to capture the figure in any way I could. I had no idea that I would go on to do what I do now. I had found my passion, I applied to go to college in 1996 and they accepted me on the basis of my sketchbooks.
Still rummaging about I found a few more drawings, here is one of my brother in 1984 in pen.
So now I feel really old but I still feel excited about drawing of the figure, it is such a challenge, is always different and never let’s me rest. So this year at the Brighton Art Fair my paintings are all based on the love of drawing people.
Brighton Art Fair 26 – 28 September, Brighton Dome, Corn Exchange