Life Drawing 19/07/18

A new model I hadn’t drawn before modelled for this session back in July. She was a great model to draw and I can see her poses coming in handy for future work, possibly mermaids.
Unfortunately, my blue pencil broke part way through drawing the second image, so I had to use a regular HB pencil to finish it. I quite like the mixture though.


Life Drawing 31/05/18 and 02/08/18

I’ve been meaning to post these for a while now, but I’ve only just got around to editing them. These drawings are of the same model but from two separate sessions, one from June and the other from August.
I’ve drawn this model before and find her really interesting to draw, I particularly like the sitting poses. The model herself has quite a few tattoos which I didn’t really detail in my drawings, however, if I were to draw her in a longer pose, I think the tattoos would be a really interesting thing to focus on.

Life Drawing 24/05/18, 07/06/18 and 21/06/18

These life drawings are from three separate sessions way back in May and June. I decided to compile them all into one post as it was the same model for each of the sessions.

I’ve gotten quite used to drawing this particular model now, I think she is one of the models I’ve drawn the most, and I’m pretty happy with the outcome of the first four drawings. However, I did struggle with the last two drawings and I’m not quite sure why.


I hadn’t realised that this hadn’t been posted here yet. Anyway, I finished this a few weeks ago and it was one of the paintings that was on display at the Ardent Gallery in Brecon. The painting itself is only A4 in size but it took me a surprisingly long time to finish due to all the small details that were featured.
I really wanted to fill the painting with as much plants and flowers as possibly but I admittedly found it quite tedious to paint at times and I found myself leaving the painting for ages before finally retiring to continue it. I’m just glad it’s finished for now.
As with a lot of my work, you can buy prints etc of it on my society6 and Redbubble pages.

Summer Exhibitions

The Unicorn and The Frog Prince, currently at The Albany Gallery, Cardiff

I been a bit busy lately and haven’t posted on here as much as I would have liked. I’ve been continuing to work on several different things and have a lot to post here, hopefully during this week. In the meantime I thought it would share the news that I have been a part of two group exhibitions this summer which has been amazing!

I had three of my paintings displayed at The Ardent Gallery in Brecon in July as part of their open art exhibition, and I currently have two paintings at The Albany Gallery’s Summer Exhibition which runs until the 18th August.

Romanov Icon

It has now been 100 years since Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra, their five children and four of their servants were murdered in the Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg. I’ve often seen Romanov icons during my research and have wanted to paint my own for a long time now.
This is a work I progress, I’ve got plenty more to finish, mainly a border around the family, but I though that I would try my best to finish the family in time for this anniversary. Look out for the finished painting soon.

Wonderland: The End

“Told that they were being moved downstairs
for their safety from unrest and artillery fire in
the city, they complied without question.”

(Rappaport, H. 2009 p. 376)

“there were no tears, no sobs and no questions”

(Radzinsky, E. 1992 p. 336)

The final image for Wonderland is something that I had in mind for a while and the idea was not only to conclude Alice’s story but also the story of the Romanov family as well. I knew a few things I wanted to include such as the opposing sides of the revolution clashing, Alice in the centre of the image to represent the death of the Romanovs as well as their later sainthood, and finally for it to be set in a religious place in order to emphasise the family’s religious nature as well as their sainthood and martyrdom.

Originally I wanted to base the building on the Church of All Saints or Church on the Blood which was built over the area where the Ipatiev House once stood, however this wasn’t working out very well in terms of composition and so I ended up being a more general looking Russian building with onion dome towers. With the composition however I was very inspired by many of the medieval imagery I had been researching throughout the year and I thought that this worked very well for the images. As with many of these images I screen-printed the red before adding detail with ink, watercolour and pencil. In conclusion this image basically sums up the end of the revolution, shown within the terror of the characters and the chaos of the falling building while Alice, a representation of the Romanov family, is at the centre of all of it and is in a position of prayer to illustration the ideas mentioned earlier.

Rappaport, H. (2014). Four Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses. London, UK: Macmillan

Radzinsky, E. (1992). The Last Tsar: The Life and Death of Nicholas II. Great Britain: BCA

Wonderland: Court of Hearts

“For a nation reading catastrophe into every unfortunate incident in this ill-fated reign it was further proof that the autocracy was doomed”

(Rappaport, H. 2009 p. 92)

As I was working on this project I found it difficult to come up with compositions that were different from the original Alice illustrations by John Tenniel, however as the project progressed I decided that nods to the original illustrations and the iconic images of Alice may work well as it will create a sense of familiarity for audiences. I also became more confident in doing this as I continued my research and realised that it is not only the story of Alice I’m telling but that of the Romanovs as well and so my interpretation of the story will still be fairly original.

This image was created by once again screen-printing all of the red before working back into it with ink, watercolour and pencil. It is a depiction of the trail scene and I decided to include several references to the Russian Revolution such as the opposing sides of the nobility and peasantry, the power of the imperial family and the Romanov double headed eagle which I modified to create a symbol for Wonderland, a double headed flamingo with a heart.

Rappaport, H. (2014). Four Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses. London, UK: Macmillan

Wonderland: Quadrille

“For their part the crew, who relished the prestige of serving in the Shtandart, loved the four sisters, and found them enchanting.”

(Rappaport, H. 2009 p. 92)

This image is a continuation of the previous scene, this time focusing on the Lobster Quadrille that the Gryphon and Mock Turtle inform Alice of before taking part in it themselves. This scene also continues the previous ideas behind the imagery, the relationships between the Romanov children and their tutors and the sailors aboard the Shtandart.

Rappaport, H. (2014). Four Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses. London, UK: Macmillan

Wonderland: Mock Turtle’s Story

“The children loved the Shtandart”

(Rappaport, H. 2009 p. 97)

Illustrating the Mock Turtle and Gryphon proved to be very difficult as I really struggled for a way to approach this without simply copying previous interpretations of the scene. As the two characters are the least hostile to Alice in the story and the scene takes place at the sea, I decided to base the Gryphon and Mock Turtle on the sailors and soldiers of the imperial yacht the Shtandart and also one of the Romanov children’s tutors Pierre Gilliard due to the Mock Turtle giving Alice a lesson. I also wanted these images to be more relaxed and open than the previous ones and so focused on the characters and their pose within the composition of the image in order to make the come alive and by contrast kept the backgrounds and surroundings simple.

Rappaport, H. (2014). Four Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses. London, UK: Macmillan