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How to develop your own, unique style as an Artist


YouTuber, Katherine Sillaman, contacted me and asked about developing a unique style.

There are no rules really, just hard work, an intelligent approach and a vision. If there was a simple rule book, everyone would be a great artist.

Actually, there is a simple rule book, but very few actually follow the rules! This video gives some of my thoughts.

Drawing the City with Sarah Taylor Silverwood


click to enlarge - ©Sarah Taylor Silverwood

click to enlarge – ©Sarah Taylor Silverwood

Last week I visited Birmingham, England’s second city, where I met up with Sarah Taylor Silverwood, an artist who is making a bit of a name for herself in the world of drawing. We spent the day talking about drawing buildings and cities, just before she goes off to Chicago to start drawing that famous city. Find out more about Sarah here: http://www.sarahsilverwood.com

In this video Sarah explains how she uses tracing paper to build layers and add depth to her drawings. I’m sorry about the sound – I had a failing battery but I’ve done my best to reduce the noisy children in the background!

Sarah Uses these pens in the drawing of Birmingham.

Pastel illustration technique with Lynne Chapman


lynne-chapman-at-deskLynne Chapman is an award-winning children’s illustrator, with over 30 books, and UK correspondent for the international sketching organisation, Urban Sketchers. Based in Sheffield (UK), Lynne creates pastel illustrations for her picture books, which burst with fun and colour, bringing a whole range of characters to life.

Her acclaimed blog: An Illustrator’s Life For Me! – http://lynnechapman.blogspot.com – provides a candid insight into her creative life, including her illustration techniques and the world of children’s publishing, as well as providing a peek inside her many sketchbooks.
Lynne is passionate about drawing and captures her world in pocket sketchbooks. She is founder of Sheffield Sketchcrawl, encouraging others to draw out on-location. She is also a lively performer at schools and festivals, running workshops, doing storytellings and giving lectures on her work.

This video is master class with Lynne, who shows us how to draw the Warthog character from Ian Whybrow’s book, Stinky! which Lynne illustrated. I recorded two further interviews with Lynne. She talks about her works and takes us through the process of creating a children’s book.