I draw in pencil simply as a hobby. I started drawing at the end of 2009 after a break of getting on for 50 years, since O-Level at school.
When I started I drew portraits from newspapers, magazines and TV, and progressed to include nudes from the same sources.
When I went onto the Internet in late 2011, I had access to better quality photos and took inspiration from the fantastic drawings I saw on sites such as DeviantART, which prompted me to improve my drawings.
For my drawings I use fine surface heavyweight cartridge paper, graphite pencils from 5H to 9B, tortillion, kneadable eraser and occasionally the handle of a small paintbrush sharpened to a point. I sharpen the pencils with a helical sharpener and glasspaper block.
More recently I have used extra smooth surface Bristol board for most of my drawings, and added a battery operated eraser, eraser pencil, paper tissues and a small synthetic bristle paintbrush to my drawing equipment.
In October 2011 I started to attend a self-help, untutored, life-drawing class.
I listen to a lot of classical music, from CD, radio and live concerts.
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Period insrument baroque orchestras such as The Academy of Ancient Music; Symphony orchestras, Solo artists, all too numerous to mention, playing music from the baroque to the present day.
Lolita (Nabokov); Never let me go (Ishiguro); Lucky Jim (Amis); The God of small things (Roy)
Tools of the Trade
Making bread and richly-fruited yeast buns.