Portraiture & Fine Art Oil and Coloured Pencil

David Sandell


I have decided to start a blog to support the work on my website, so here goes: I have worked in pencil for as long as I can remember, both as a child and as a professional designer. It seems to me there is something primeval about making a mark on paper.

For many years I have also used coloured pencils to rough out ideas as well as finished illustrations in their own right. My working life in the main involves managing a professional design practice, which involves managing a digital design studio whose job is to design for the ever changing technology; iPad, web etc. 

The rest of my free time is taken up with oil painting and drawing. In truth I have always been interested in technology as a design and art tool, however away from professional practice and by contrast, painting and drawing appeals to me because the medium and resulting art work has essentially been the same for centuries. 

There is an enduring quality to the work, whereas digital work tends to be transient. So there we are, that's the reason I have two approaches to art and design and I love them both. 

My next blog will expand on my painting and drawing portraits and if nobody reads it then at least it will provide me with a journal of sorts to reflect on at some point in the future.