I’m an observational (and quite possibly OCD!) pen & ink military artist/illustrator, currently freelancing for History of War magazine.
I work with the finest of fine 0.1 nibs to achieve highly detailed black and white military drawings in my own distinctive style. I’ve also started branching out into coloured ink pen & brush images and I’m really enjoying the effect.
Clients include Pen & Sword Books and Helion Books, as well as many private commissions.
I’m never happier than when up to my eyeballs in wheels, gears, levers, struts… from an ink-on-paper perspective, at least. I used to repair – and draw – clocks, so that might have something to do with it…
It’s not all mechanical stuff, though; portraits feature high on my list of “love-to-draws” too, particularly the faces of the soldiers who never made it home. There is something very poignant about tracing the curves and shadows of the face of someone who bravely made the ultimate sacrifice.
I also really enjoy recreating regimental insignia in pen & ink. These are the images that inspired immense loyalty – symbols of brotherhood and shared experience. I love to capture the 3 dimensional quality of the cap badges, the reflective quality of the metal surface.