Balazs

Portrait of Balazs Toth

Balazs Toth, Oil on Canvas, 24 x 20 inches

Balazs, Oil on Canvas, 24 x 20 inches

A recent portrait…

Jaya

Portrait of Jaya Nicholas

Jaya Nicholas, Oil on Canvas, 47 x 30 inches

Jaya, Oil on Canvas, 48 x 30 inches

A recent portrait of my friend Jaya, who grew up in the Himalayas, and used to enjoy escaping to the jungle with her elder brother.

She now lives in Barnes, which is not quite the same thing…

(detail)

Brushes

View from Serre-Ratier, iPhone drawing using ‘Brushes’

On a recent trip to the French Alps I packed a sketchpad and some pastels. In the event, I didn’t use them. It was simply to cold (about -15 C at the top of the mountain). I fell back on what is becoming my default sketching medium: my iPhone, and in particular an App made famous by David Hockney called Brushes. It’s really a very simple piece of software, but like with a lot of drawing media, it’s limitations are its strength. When you’re freezing at the top of a mountain you don’t really want loads of choice: it’s nice to have something that forces you to make quick decisions.

Here are a couple more, mostly done very quickly:

Serre-Ratier 2, iphone drawing

View from Serre-Ratier 2, iPhone drawing

And some portraits:

Ilfat, iphone drawing

My Dad, iPhone drawing

On the tube, iPhone drawing