Friday, 11 November 2016

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Sunset quickpic

acrylic on watercolour paper.

Tyne bridge in perspective - Newcastle upon Tyne

Acrylic on watercolour paper

The Canal bridge

Acrylic on canvas

Durham Cathedral

Artists such as Turner have already captured this view, but here is my version using acrylic on sugarpaper:

Manga II

My first attempt at creating my own character.

Belsay Castle

If drawing a picture seen in a book, it is always worth making a note of the books title on the back of your drawing in case you need to revisit the original. On this occasion, I unfortunately did not.


As well as looking at how to draw cartoons I bought a book on Manga to give that a try. The Practical Encyclopedia of Manga contains just about everything you need to start out with the Japanese drawing style of Manga. Here's some of my attempts. Note that I have started adding "some" colouring into my drawings. The outlines of the drawings are using a black Fineliner pen and the colouring with a set of colouring pencils. If you are colour-blind and buying some colouring pencils or are buying for someone who is colour-blind it is most useful if you can get hold of the ones with the colours written on each pencil. Failing this, sticking on a piece of paper with the name of the colour on it on the blunt end of the pencil is really useful. With my set, pictured below, I shaved a little off the blunt end and wrote the colour on. Hot tip: Make sure the person who is telling you what colour is what is NOT colour-blind themselves. I have found these Crayola pencils on Amazon which according to the Q&As have the colour printed on each pencil. (Note to self: Buy a set!)


Hi and welcome to my blog.

Being colour-blind and being able to paint do not mix! Or, so I thought for the first 50 years of my life. But, did you know there is a question mark as to whether one of the most famous artists of time may have been, in fact, colour-blind. You can read more on this at the Smithsonian website in the article, "Was Vincent van Gogh colorblind? It sure looks it."

My own initial negative experience for art and being colour-blind date back to my school years and two particular events stick in my mind.

Whilst aged eight, at junior school, the teacher congratulated me on drawing a fantastic picture of a duck-billed platypus but wanted to know why I had coloured it in with green pencil. The answer was quite simple, being colour-blind I saw no or little difference between the grey in the picture and the colour green on the pencil. It was, I thought, the closest colour. The answer I gave to the teacher was to simply state that I was colour-blind. Her answer shocked me. "No your not!" she said. "But I am!" I said frustrated. "Okay then, what colour is this?" she asked picking up a coloured pencil. "Red," I replied. "And this?" "Blue"... and so it continued through the whole set of pencils with me stating correctly each colour. "Your not colour-blind!" she stated and walked off leaving me feeling very belittled.

Occasion two was similar when I was 12 at senior school. "Great picture," said the Geography teacher, "But why  have your coloured the sea purple?"

And, from then on I avoided anything to do with colour whenever I could. I could not and still cannot explain what it is like to be colour-blind. There are plenty of websites out there that explain why people are colour-blind. The Colour-blind awareness website does a good job of describing colour-blindness and states:
The most common form of colour blindness is known as red/green colour blindness and most colour blind people suffer from this. Although known as red/green colour blindness this does not mean sufferers mix up red and green, it means they mix up all colours which have some red or green as part of the whole colour. For example, a red/green colour blind person will confuse a blue and a purple because they can’t ‘see’ the red element of the colour purple. See the example of pink, purple and blue pen cases below to understand this effect.
This is actually new to me and found out only from a quick search for this blog. I am one of the many red/green colour-blind group and that is the first time I have seen an explanation as to why I have problems with so many other colours!

Moving on, years later, I had some time on my hands and wanted a new hobby to move forward with me in my life, so I bought a book on drawing cartoons (Drawing Cartoons - Colin Shelbourn). What a fantastic book, and I got right into it. Wanting to go further, I decided to sign up for a college course to learn more about drawing, but it was with trepidation that I realised part of it was to also paint!!! I have to be honest though, and say I have not looked back since. Having made the tutors aware of my colour-blindness they were fantastic and helped me initially into painting. That was nearly a year ago now and my hobby continues. I in no way profess to be any good, but at the end of the day it's a hobby and gives back as much as I put in. It gives me pleasure in seeing the end results and allows me a stress free form of relaxation. A great bit of escapism.

So, on with the blog and you'll occasionally see me posting some of my attempts / interpretation of art along with the occasional post (as much as a reminder to myself) of what techniques I learn and from where, along with anything else that fits the bill.

I hope you find my blog of some use.