Commissions

Commission: Denny and the Boys

Denny and the Boys drawing

A commissioned portrait of a man called Denny with his three sons. The drawing was done for Denny’s wife, who I work for, as her gift to him for Christmas. I combined several photographs of Denny and the boys into one image to draw from. I used graphite pencils on bristol board paper to create a smooth, realistic drawing.

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Commission: Christmas Cards

christmas cards

The three Christmas cards are commissions I’ve done for my uncle over the past few years. I photographed the religious scenes from stained glass windows in the Church of Saint John the Baptist, in Moy, and then recreated them using watercolour paints and graphite pencil. The first card (left) was completed in 2010, and it depicts ‘The Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple’. The second card (middle) was completed in 2015, and it depicts ‘The Nativity’. The third card (right) was completed in 2016, and it depicts ‘The Flight into Egypt’.

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Commission: Johnnie

Johnnie drawing

A commissioned portrait of a man called Johnnie. The drawing was done for Johnnie’s granddaughter, who was in my primary school class for seven years. She chose an endearing photograph of Johnnie, which captures the personality that his family know him for. I used graphite pencils on bristol board paper to create a smooth, realistic drawing.

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Shooting on Location: Real Estate Photography

I had my first experience with real estate photography over the weekend. I was given the opportunity to explore and photograph a variety of beautiful houses, buildings and landscapes around my local area.

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Commission: Eva

Eva drawing

A commissioned portrait of a woman called Eva. The drawing was done for Eva’s daughter, who chose an old, beautiful black and white photograph of her mother for me to reproduce as a drawing. I used graphite pencils on bristol board paper to create a smooth, realistic drawing.

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WIP #2: Eva

Work in Progress 2

The second work in progress image of my latest commission, Eva. I have now completed the dark hair which contrasts nicely with the lighter tones of the face. After I finish the final section of the drawing, the dark dress at the bottom and the dark hair at the top will frame either side of the lighter, focal point of the drawing – her face – and will create a balance between the tones in the drawing. 

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WIP #1: Eva

Work in Progress 1

This is the first work in progress image of my latest commission, Eva. When I am drawing portraits, I tend to start with the facial features, in particular the eyes, which really make the portrait come to life. When I am satisfied with the face being rendered to an exact likeness of the photograph, I then work on the rest of the head and the upper body to make it all come together.

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Commission: Diarmuid

Diarmuid drawing

A commissioned portrait of a young boy called Diarmuid, which was done using graphite pencils. The drawing was for a work colleague at my previous job, and Diarmuid is his son. I drew from a nursery school photograph taken of Diarmuid at the age of three.

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WIP #3: Diarmuid

Work In Progress 3

I’ve had a very busy week, but eventually found a few hours to make some progress in my latest commission, Diarmuid. I completed half of his jumper, which really starts to balance the drawing through the nice contrast with his lighter toned face. This week I was working in and preparing for the new exhibition, Stray by Paul Gaffney , in Belfast Exposed gallery.

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WIP #2: Diarmuid

Work In Progress 2

In my previous work in progress update I had drawn Diarmuid’s face, I have now drawn his hair to complete his head, making a nice contrast between the darker tones of his hair and lighter tones of his face. I also done his neck and collar, leaving just his jumper and hands left to do.

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