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Hi there and welcome to my blog! I'm a traditional artist from the UK. I specialise in detailed pencil drawings. I draw many things, including people and portrait drawings, gothic and fantasy art, animals, landscapes, fan art and more. 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 - deansidwellart.weebly.com

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Work in progress - Jessica Alba.

Work in progress - Jessica Alba WIP 2.
A little more progress on this drawing, still loads to do though. I’ve started doing some work on the background.
Still not done anything to the bottom half of the drawing.
Still looks a bit rough at this stage, should start looking better when I start adding more detail.
Working on another drawing as well so I’m trying to do bits to this when I can.

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Jessica Alba - WIP 1.
This is one of the drawings I’m working on at the moment.
Loads still to do to this, as you can see, and this is only half the drawing, not started the bottom half yet.
Not much in the way of detail yet, still much work to do on it. Full size of the finished drawing will be A3 (297mm x 420mm).
I am still busy working on other drawings and commissions at the moment too, I will keep you updated with the progress of things.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Re-post: A couple of recent commissioned drawings.

Sorry about the re-submitting of this, I accidentally deleted the post when I was trying to replace the old pictures with the watermarked ones. Anyway here it is again.

Here are just a couple of commission drawings I have done for people recently.
I can't always show all my commission pieces but here's two that I can show you. 
I've been very busy with commissions lately but most are done now, so I will be able to get back to doing more of my own drawings for a while. 


Commissioned drawing: Joshua.


A drawing that I was recently commissioned to do.
The client wanted me to draw her little boy for a Birthday present for her partner.
She was pleased with the drawing and I am told that her partner liked his present and had a good Birthday. 

Size is A3 (420mm x 297mm), drawn on Bristol board 250gsm smooth paper. Mainly done with HB and 2B mechanical pencil (0.5mm), but used a few other grades of normal pencil too. For blending I used blending stumps cotton buds and tissues. Also used normal & kneaded erasers. 
Had to scan it in two halves, also it didn't seem to scan too well for some reason.


Commissioned drawing: Kian.


This is another of the recent drawings that I was commissioned to do.
The client wanted her Grandchild drawing. She only had a small, low resolution photo for me to use as a reference. She was very happy with the finished drawing.

Size is A4 (210mm x297mm), drawn on 220 gsm smooth surface cartridge paper. I used 2B & HB mechanical pencils(0.5 mm), various other grades of pencil ranging from3H to 5B, blending stumps, cotton buds, tissues, normal & kneaded erasers.

Monday, 4 July 2011

A case of on-line art theft (update).

I had case of someone stealing my art recently (Friday 1st July). It was my Eliza Dushku drawing, and it was posted onto Eliza's official facebook page.  This is the second time that somebody has done this but this time someone put a fake signature on it. Unbelievable!
People told me about it and luckily the picture was removed very quickly.

It makes me mad to think that people steal art like this! Hours of hard work go into my drawings and it's horrible to see somebody else trying to claim my work as theirs.

I am now thinking that I am going to have to change the watermarks on my work, may have to put a larger and more prominent watermark on them.

I must say a big THANK YOU to the good people that alerted me about what happened!
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UPDATE - 
It happened to another artist on the same site - https://www.facebook.com/OfficialElizaDushku?sk=wall&filter=1.
On Eliza's official facebook page she asked people to send in fan art of her, the winning artwork would then be featured as her profile picture for a while. 
The winning piece was a great painting by the artist Paul Burrow, trouble is that Paul did not submit it, somebody else posted it without his permission and claimed credit for it.
It was eventually sorted out, many people (including Paul himself) spotted what had happened and a large amount of comments were posted saying it was Pauls work.
Paul Burrow did eventually get credit for his drawing and Paul has said that his website hits have shot through the roof. 
You can check out Paul Burrows website here - http://www.scifiartist.com/, his artwork is superb.


It's just a shame that some of Eliza's fans seem that desperate to get noticed that they resort to art theft! 


Anyway because of what happened with my artwork being stolen twice now, I am in the process of changing the watermarks on all of my drawings in the hope of deterring people from stealing my work.  I don't like watermarks very much but I think I have no choice but to use them.
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I'm sorry for my lack of activity recently.

Things haven't quite been going to plan and I've had a difficult time with things lately.
It's been a tough year for me in many ways.
I got way behind with everything lately but hopefully things are getting back to normal now and I will be able to get back on schedule with the things I want to do. Still got commissions to finish but trying to work on completing my own drawings too.

I will try to keep this blog updated a bit more from now on.