Project Code: JKF-1

My friend and published author John Fulton, has written a collection of 9 science fiction short stories and needed some artwork to accompany his writings.

I am pretty excited to be working with him as his artist on this project to see if we can’t get it published on Amazon Kindle.

John has a website where he blogs about his writings and posts some well written book reviews.  Check it out at

To help me organise myself a bit I am going to tag any work I do on this with “JKF-1”.

To get into the swing of things I’m doing a few studies of relevant subjects.

Here’s a study of a rabbit ­čÖé


Master Painting Study: John Singer Sargent – Man Wearing Laurels

So here’s my first master painting study ever! ┬áJohn Singer Sargent’s Man Wearing Laurels.

I’m just beginning to study painting seriously so am still trying to find me feet here.

So what did I learn doing this?

  1. For the initial block-in it was easier to start off with a small canvas (I’m working digitally).
  2. Using a big brush helped my simplify the shapes as I was blocking in.
  3. From a couple of discussions on Discord while I was doing this piece – I decided to learn how to use RGB sliders as this more closely mimics real life physics.
  4. I first estimated the colours and then checked how far I was out with the colour picker.  Turns out the real colours are always darker than I reckoned.
  5. Having been studying light and shadow for a while now I could see where the different types of light and shadows were e.g. there’s a slight terminator/core shadow on the guy’s left cheek, the reflected light underneath his chin.
  6. Sargent seemed to use lots of carefully blended brush strokes as opposed to the large swipes I’ve seen some oil painters use.


And here’s the reference image:

Figure Sketches With Values 6th October

Some more figure sketches – I’m trying to get to grips with lighting the forms.

I’ve also done a study from Michael Hampton’s Figure Drawing Design and Invention – a fantastic book for learning to draw the human figure.