The art bug bites again!!
29 August 2016
Its been ages since I have had any inspiration to start drawing again, however along came the ipad pro and the apple pencil and if you combine this with the Concvepts app you get a relatively quick and easy way to create vector drawings. Whereas vector drawings used to take me weeks/months the new technology means I can create detailed paintings in days or hours.
Here are my first four attempts, if the bug stays with me a while then I'll post more as I go....
The Hacker published by Smashwords
25 August 2013
The Hacker column has now been published in a free compilation ebook by Smashwords. The fifteen columns are published in their full forms (nor the reduced version published by Golf Monthly for their blog) along with the first 5 chapters of The Orbury Way allowing readers to read almost a third of the book before they have to buy it.
Click on the image below to go to the book page and download a copy FREE!!
The Orbury Way Published
21 August 2013
My novel, The Orbury Way, based on the trials and tribulations of a fictitious historic golf club was published yesterday by Smashwords. It is available for download in all major digital formats including kindle, iBooks, pdf and many others at: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/349323
The price is $5.99 (it will taken out of your bank in £ at the latest conversion rate - approx £3.80)
It will also be available for purchase from Amazon (for kindle edition), Apple (iBooks) and other major online retailers in approx 7-10 days. I will post further news when it is launched in these stores.
Click on the front cover to go to its sales page on Smashwords:
22 March 2013
Back on the 8th January 2011 I posted news that I had started work on a book -The Orbury Way. Well just over 2 years later, at last, I can announce that it is finished.
Currently on the look out for a literary agent who is interested in representing me for publication so if anyone has any good contacts then please let me know. Click here for the first chapter as a taster.......
Fancy a cuppa?
22 March 2013
No sooner is the book finished but I was dying to get on to doing some art. Inspired by the current retrospective of Roy Lichtenstein I wanted to start dabbling in the comic style using bold black outlines and block colours. Quite pleased with the first result, more to follow.....
The Hacker returns soon....
12 February 2011
The new golfing season is just around the corner and so is the return of The Hacker who will be back on 1st March 2011 with those pesky BANDITS in his sights....
New Project Underway - The Orbury Way
08 January 2011
New artistic output into my site is likely to be few and far between over the next months/year as I have decided to bite the bullet and use any spare time I get into writing a new novel. This story has been screaming to get out for a long while and it seems cannot wait any longer. Having said that, my last novel took nearly 3 years and I had more time on my hands then so not sure how long it will take this time.
Depending on how things go I may put little snippets on to the site as I go along, however given that my last novel tended to get a life of its own as it went along, the beginnings often need alot of editing and changing once you have finished.
What I do know is that it will be based on one of my favourtie past-times, golf and will tell the story of an ancient, traditional golf club, The Orbury, being shook to its core as it has to face changing and emerging into the modern world.
The working title is: The Orbury Way. My first task has been to design the golf course and the design is shown below. Next will be the layout of the club house, sketch out the main charaters and then start putting pen to paper. Watch this space for news, but don't hold your breath as it may be sometime.......
NEW ARTWORK COMPLETED
23 October 2010
I have finally completed my latest piece of art. This is a vexel portrait of the club captain at Surrey Downs Golf Club, Neil "Boycie" Colwill.
It is based on a photograph I took of him in the bar after a round of golf and he had just played over his handicap and gone up point one.
The painting was started in August 2010 and completed in October 2010. The original has been painted in A1 size.
As the painting is so big the quality deteriotes a fair bit to fit on the web, however the download PDF is a bit better.....
Latest Hacker Column On-line
02 August 2010
This months Hacker column can be found on The Hacker page.
SIR ALAN SUGAR PORTRAIT
21 March 2010
Hot off my digital easel is my latest piece of digital art. Once again it is a vexel work done in Photoshop and this one hopefully you realise is off Sir Alan Sugar.
The Hacker Joins Golf Monthly
01 March 2010
I am pleased to say that Golf Monthly has decided to publish The Hacker as a blog on their website. Each column will be edited down by myself to around 400 words and then it will be posted to the Golf Monthly 'OPINION' section.
21 February 2010
I've now finished the re-recording of the LUST track by one of my former bands Nevertheless.
New Music On-Line!
28 January 2010
Anyone who has known me since my teens or is familair with this site will know that I have always been interested in playing music. As you will see from the music page the short biog gives the bands i was in and a little further information.
Originally this site was all about getting all my old art together including trying to get copies of the music by my bands on line as well. Due to poor quality recordings I'm still working on that one, however once I got involved with music I got the bug again and with the use of Logic Studio set about writing some new material.
This is the first new music track I have written in full for probably 20 years! In order to allow people to listen to it I have opened up a music page on myspace so please click on the button below and have a listen to World Still Turning. I hope you like it and I will hopefully start adding more new material as time goes by.
Space Boy Launches In
03 January 2010
Much of my time over the last few weeks has been to try and concentrate on getting all my writing and painting into digital format for posting onto this site. My novel Cow Green is getting close to be ready to be posted and almost all of the sketches & paintings are now uploaded.