Category Archives: How To

Vibrant Watercolours DVD


The DVD Vibrant Watercolours, designed to accompany my book of the same title, is now available from me, from Amazon or via the publisher, Search Press.

Taking risks and making a glorious mess should remain part of your painting process, because it is from such results that you will find the next step in your thinking and in your painting. This DVD and the book are intended as guides to being ‘fearless’ about how you can use colour to create excitement in your paintings.



Lively Abstracts

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‘Lively Abstracts’ is the title of an illustrated article I wrote for the June issue of The Artist magazine. It’s out now so be sure to get your copy!

Vibrant Watercolours

I’m pleased to report that my new book Vibrant Watercolours: How to paint with drama and intensity is selling well. Picture above of my first happy customer!

You can get it from me for £14.99 plus postage, or find it on Amazon. It’s published by Search Press, ISBN 97817782212942.

Catching the Essence

Look out for my article shortly appearing in The Artist and Illustrator magazine: ‘Catching the Essence’. The following illustrations of small figures are taken from that article, which includes descriptions of how to construct them and apply the techniques in your own work.

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How to Draw the Eye

Eye Drawings 1 & 2_sm Always draw the skull first then:
Draw the shape of the eye sockets
Draw the eyeball
Then the eyelids

Bone never changes nor does the eyeball, but the skin/eyelids do change and move. A common mistake is to draw the eyelid and iris first.

Always draw from the inside out.

Eye Drawings 3 & 4_sm


The eyes are placed on a horizontal midline across the shape of the front of the face/skull, called the facial plane.
The width of the facial plane is approximately the size of three orbital (eye) sockets.
The outer edge of each orbital socket defines the facial as it becomes the side of the skull.

These spherical shapes are divided into four equal sections. This allows you to correctly place the shape of the eye in the orbital socket.

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Eyelids: cover the eyeball (closed or open etc).
Iris: multiple colours with one dominant colour.
Colour and light: skin tones and light reflects off the eyeball.

Light reflects off the edge of the lower lid.
Shadow defines the edge of the upper lid as it meets the surface of the eyeball.
The deepest shadow on the facial plane is in the inner top part of the eye socket situated either side of the nose up to the eyebrow.

Click on any of the images above to see a larger version.