Face sketches- May 2014

Here’s some more recent face sketches from my sketchbook- and one from my hard drive. I’m a bit obsessed with drawing faces- I doubt it’ll stop anytime soon. Faces May 2014

Wizard on a bike

Wizard on a bike

 “One does not simply cycle into Mordor”- Gandalf the Grey

 “No you bloody well can’t borrow my bike, not after what you did to the car!”- Arthur Weasley

 “Bring brrring” -Jesus

This is a picture of a wizard on a bike. I like bikes. I like wizards. Fell off my bike, broke my wrist- had to do something with the spare time.

Face Sketches- April 2014

A selection of assorted face sketches scanned from my current sketchbook. I tend to do an awful lot of these:

face sketches

Most are from imagination but some are taken from my little sketchbook I always take with me whenever I have to travel by train- it’s a great opportunity to draw people “in the wild”. I find that if you don’t take the time to keep looking at new reference you just end up drawing the same thing over and over again- going through the motions- it’s therapeutic but it doesn’t help you learn! A lot of learning to draw from imagination seems to be fighting your own habits and assumptions.

Laying out all your drawings next to one another like this allows you to easily see what mistakes and habits you most often replicate. I seem to draw a lot of white males of indeterminate age looking uncomfortably to the right. Hmm.

Surf Knight

A Knight on a surfboard

Dear Olympic Comitee,

I watched your last show at London on my telivision and thought it was quite good. However I have some ideas that I think may help you get more people interested in your programme, after all, nobody likes sports these days do they? They’re all inside eatin jaffa cakes and playing mario warriors. That’s why all the kids are so fat isn’t it!

People say that kids these days play too many voilent video games and it isn’t good for thier intellectual and moral development and they shpuld be outside in the fresh air (unless you live in London or somewhere big, where there isn’t any!) playing sports and engaging in physcal activities and stuff like that. I dont mean to boast but Im a very clever and got several Bs at school in subjects that are not dance, drama or cooking. Therefore you should listen to my idea which is this:

More fat children will go outside and play sports and like your olympic advertising shows if you make them more like video games. That is to say- more violent.
Here is one such suggestion i have drawn for you on my computer it is called “Surf Jousting”. It could also be named Joust surfing or Water pole. The object of the sport is for two men riding the sea waves on surf boards to go towards each other very fast with big poles and smack each other right in the melon. The last one to drown wins. it will be more popular with sharks added.

Please let me know if you think this is a good plan and if I can have some money for suggesting it. i have got more suggestion to offer soon
Yours Sincerly

Tom McGrath
Professhunal Artist

P.S This work is copyright 2013 to me. So don’t nick it eh!

Sketchbook August 30th 2013

Here’s a few more sketches from my sketchbook

From the sketchbook of Tom McGrath
This one was drawn with a ballpoint pen with no reference and no guidelines. I’m trying to practice being more confident with my linework.

A wizard and a lab technition From the sketchbook of Tom McGrath

More Face sketches

Here’s two quick sketch paintings of faces I did yesterday. I really love painting faces I do!

The first one is a product of reading “The strange case Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”. He’s no particular character, I just wanted to paint a stern looking victorian.a portrait of a victorian


The second is just because I realised I paint men more often than women, so here’s one to balance that out.a portrait of a girl

Recent Sketches: August 2013

Behold, a selection of  recent sketches from my current sketchbook:

Here’s the preparatory sketches from “Keith & Sue 4 eva!!!”:

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Initial sketches for “Sue and Keith 4 eva!!!”