Wednesday, 21 November 2012

post 100: forest ambush!

Its the little red mech that could again.  This time about to do a forest ambush from the canopy.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

freelance art dump and a baby!

Hi all, I went freelance about 10 months ago and have been having a wonderful old life since!

I have also made a beautiful little baby girl called Martha Belle.  She is amazing and being a dad is magic so far! Here she is:)  

One of the projects I have been contributing on has now been published so I can share the work from it.  I know the compositions are a little odd  in places but that's because these were all background slides and invariable had other things overlaid that were the focal points.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

dragon mech

Been doing this over a few lunches.  It is a mech wrestling a dragon for my frontiersmen project.  He is really red and a bit shiny :)

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Missy Malone Portrait

Hi everyone,

I have just varnished and photographed my latest finished painting.  I upped the size I work at considerably for this piece and it is 50x70cm.  I am proud of this one, it feels like a step forward for my oil painting.
This is another from a series I am working on from a shoot I did with Miss Rain Photography and Missy Malone last year. There is a bit of reflected light catching the canvas grain: I am not set up for photographing large paintings, sorry!

 close up on face

I also finished off this little piece last week.  It was done from one life session and then finished from a photo.  The fabulous moustache has long since been shaved off Dan's face :(  If you are not familiar with Dan's work then check his blog out.  Brilliant stuff: ARTSHAME

Tuesday, 11 September 2012


A little one off piece for the portfolio frontiersmen project:  MOMA BOT by Mutsy.  For babies in space :)

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Dr Sketchy Nottingham August 2012

Hi all.

Yesterday I was graced with the presence of the most excellent Ben Newman. Ben was the guy who first took me under his wing when I started my art career a decade ago.  He is an excellent fellow and a great artist.  He also drinks a LOT of Vodka!

We went with many of the usual gang to Dr Sketchy Nottingham and had a blast!.  Scarlet and Charlotte run a brilliant event and it was great fun.

The models took most of my drawings yesterday but I got crappy photos on my phone of my best two:

This is a 10 minute of the wonderful Coco Malone.  Coco performed 3 songs for us and is supremely talented.  Magic! This drawing is compressed charcoal on newsprint.

The other piece is a whopping 20 minutes of Eliza Delight. Again this drawing is compressed charcoal on newsprint. All 3 of our performers/models were splendid yesterday!

I am just finishing up reading the Art Spirit by Thomas Henri and the book has really helped me with my work in the last few weeks: It is not to heavily involved in technique but it really helps you to clarify for yourself what you are trying to achieve in your images.  Jamie Jones had mentioned it on his blog.  If you do not know Jamie's work then check it: he is a master of digital painting.

Friday, 10 August 2012

Missy Malone fresh of the easel.

This has been in progress for almost a year now! It is hopefully the first of a series from a shoot I did with Miss Rain Photography and Missy Malone last year. It is oil on MDF about 40cm wide and has bevelled edges.  My lovely wife is putting it up on our little gallery on out stairs.  It will be keeping excellent company there:)

Monday, 6 August 2012

Portrait Commission

I recently completed a double portrait commission.  Oil on linen.  Each canvas is about 30cm across I think.

Tuesday, 31 July 2012


I put this up once and took it down again. I have done some tweaks now, got the focal point working a bit better.  Calling it done.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

frontiersmen environment concept

A new environment concept for Frontiersmen.  Oil rigs in the jungle.

Thursday, 28 June 2012


Hi everyone,
These are little speedies to explore key moment illustrations for my portfolio 'Frontiersmen' project.  Trying to do lots of thumbnails to get my compositions stronger before committing to more resolved images.  Had a blast on these playing with new techniques.  Massive thanks to my most excellent Mr Mcoy for sharing the Promethean secrets of the concept art gods with me :)

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

walking tank

A little walking tank from over a few lunches

Thursday, 21 June 2012

The re-animated corpse of jake's blog arises from its grave!

Hi everyone,

I apologise for letting my blog die this year.  I have had so much on my plate that I haven't had time to make much 'just for fun' art.  I will try and get back on the horse and stay there for the rest of the year.  I just grabbed an hour and made this after work today:

The model is the wonderful Miss Malone as usual :). Hope you likey!

Thursday, 23 February 2012

psy-chics, lunchtime speedies and sketcherlingszz

Sorry I have not updated in so long. I have been so very very busy. I have several pieces of exciting news but they have to wait...

For now here are some of the more peripheral bits and bobs that I have been up to lately...

The black and white digital ones are very quick (probably 10 mins a piece) Most of this stuff is from our lunchtime sessions. If you would like to join in look for 'luncharted' on Google+ There are a few of us doing it and we are having some fine art fun!

Whew! See you'al soon space cowboys!