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Hi there and welcome to my blog! I'm Dean and I love drawing. I am a pencil artist from the Midlands in the United Kingdom. I draw many things including people, animals and landscapes but I especially enjoy drawing people and portraits. I always aim to capture a high level of realism in all my works. On this blog I will post all my latest finished drawings. I will also keep you updated with work in progress pictures of the latest art that I am working on and keep you informed with any news regarding me and my artwork. My website -

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

New drawing - Jessica Alba

Finally finished this, It's a drawing of Jessica Alba, I started this last year but kept putting it on hold. I'm glad to have it completed at last. 
I used various grades of pencil ranging from 5H to 5B, HB & 2B mechanical pencils(0.5mm), blending stumps, tissues, cotton buds and erasers. Nothing special about the paper, just 130gsm cartridge paper.
Size is A3(42x29.7cm), had to scan it in two halves and piece it back together.

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Alice - A portrait of a pet dog.

Hi. Just want to say sorry for not updating my blog for such a long time.
Anyway, here's a drawing that I did a while ago of a pet dog that I was asked to draw.
I will also have another new drawing to show you very soon.


This is a portrait of a pet dog that I was asked to draw.
I hadn't drawn an animal for a while and it was nice to draw something a bit different for a change. 
I really enjoyed doing this.
It's drawn on A3 (42 x 29.7cm) 250gsm extra smooth Bristol board.
I used various grades of pencil ranging from 4H to 5B, 
HB and 2B mechanical pencils (0.5mm), blending stumps, tissues, cotton buds, putty and normal erasers.

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Saturday, 1 September 2012

Work in progress: Rush trio part 1 - Geddy Lee

Work in progress:
Geddy Lee - Rush trio part 1

Part of a three piece project I'm working on, there will be two more drawings to go with it. This is a WIP of the first of one. It is Geddy Lee from the prog rock band Rush, he's the lead singer, bass player and plays the keyboards for the band.
Still needs plenty of work yet, you can now see where one of the guitars I drew the other day fits into it.
The idea for the background comes from Rush's current Time Machine tour.
Still got something else to add to it in that blank space.
The other two drawings to go with this will be Alex Lifeson ( lead guitar) and Neil Peart ( Drums).
I have not given up on the Jessica Alba drawing, just rested it for a little while and will be getting back to it soon.

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Thursday, 8 March 2012

Prints of my drawings available from my store.

A selection of my drawings are available to buy as prints at my Society6 store. 
These are high quality prints and are available in various sizes.
Click on an image to go to the product.




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Friday, 24 February 2012

New finished drawing.

Keeping secrets.
Keeping secrets
Lots of dark and black in this, I went through so much pencil lead doing it.
I used a photo reference from SaligiaStock on deviantart –
I liked the contrast between the light and dark and thought it would make an interesting drawing.
Size is A4 (210mm x 297mm) 220gsm smooth cartridge paper, HB and 2B 5mm mechanical pencil, 

various grades of pencil ranging from 4h to 5B, tissues, cotton buds, blending stumps and erasers.

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Tuesday, 24 January 2012

A selection of prints of my art can be purchased at my Society6 store >>
There's FREE shipping worldwide on Society6 orders until Sunday 29th January (offer excludes framed art prints and stretched canvases).

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Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Hope you all enjoyed the holidays!

I took a break from drawing over the holidays but I'm back to it today.

Got a few drawings that I need to get finished, so hopefully will have some new completed art to show you soon.

I've got quite a few ideas going around in my head for other things to draw this year too, hope you're going to like what I come up with in 2012.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Happy new year!

I wish everyone a very happy new year and I hope 2012 will be a fantastic year for you all!

Friday, 16 December 2011

Happy Holidays to you!

A quick pastel drawing I did to wish you all the best this holiday season and hope you all have a happy new year. 
I also want to say thank you very much to everyone who has enjoyed my artwork and for all your support! :)

Friday, 9 December 2011

Work in progress update

Here's a bit more progress on this drawing.
It's starting to get there now but still got work to do yet, got to add some more detail, shading and blending yet.
Photo reference is from saligiastock on deviantart - 
I'm trying to get this finished as soon as poss but I am also working on a large dog portrait for someone too.
I'm looking forward to showing you the finished piece! 

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Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Preview of some upcoming drawings.

Work in progress of a commissioned dog portrait - Alice.
The person I'm doing this for has very kindly been given permission to show you the progress of this drawing. Still much to do, shading blending and fine details will be done next, then it should really start to come together.
I'm enjoying drawing it and it's nice to be drawing an animal for a change.
It's quite large, drawn on size A3 smooth Bristol board.
So far I've used HB and 2B mechanical pencils.
I'm still trying to do bits on my other drawings in between doing it but mainly concentrating on this at the moment.


 This is another of the pieces that I'm working on, just doing bits on this in between other drawings. Quite a lot still to do on it yet.
Reference for this comes from SaligiaStock on Deviantart -
I liked the contrast from dark to light. The black in the background really is that dark, I've gone through so much pencil lead doing it so far.
It's drawn on A4 220gsm smooth cartridge paper, so far using HB, 2B mechanical pencils(0.5mm) and 5B pencil.
I've not been too well recently and drawing progress has been slow, sorry for not keeping my blog updated,  but I'm much better now and am back in the swing of things.

Have not gotten round to finishing the Geddy Lee drawing that I showed you in my last post but plan to get it finished during this week.

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Sunday, 30 October 2011

Gremlin pumpkin sculpture.

Thought I would show you the pumpkin that I've done for this year. Couldn't decide what to do this year but then remembered the movie Gremlins and thought it would make a good pumpkin.
Spent ages sculpting into this using all sorts of stuff but it was fun to do.
Happy Halloween to you all!

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Saturday, 29 October 2011

Halloween drawing.

Decided to draw something a bit different for Halloween this year and this is what I came up with, quite a dark drawing.
Hope you like it!
I used this stock photo - by LinzStock on Deviantart as a reference.
No reference used for the background.
Size A4, so far I've used HB and 2B mechanical pencils, various other grades of pencil, blending stumps, cotton buds and erasers.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Work in progress: A couple of guitars.

Work in progress: 
I thought I would let you see a bit of something else I’m working on, part of a three piece project I’m doing.
These are actually two different drawings on two different sheets of A4 paper, but I joined them together to show you on here.
Still need a bit of tidying up and both guitars will also eventually have a portrait and something else drawn next to them.There will be a third drawing which will have a drum kit in it.Can you guess which band I’m drawing?
Still working on the Jessica Alba drawing and other stuff. Quite busy with drawings at the moment.

Monday, 15 August 2011

Work in progress - Jessica Alba WIP 3

Sorry about the lack of updates recently, got a bit behind with things lately.
Here’s the third work in progress picture of the Jessica Alba drawing I’m working on.
Making a bit more progress on this now.
Still got plenty to do but it’s starting to come together and now I’ve finally done some work on the bottom half of the drawing too.
Going to be starting on the details and shading next, should start to look better then.

Size is A3 so had to scan this in two pieces.
It appears that congratulations are in order for Jessica Alba, not long after I posted this I heard that she has announced the birth of a daughter.