I am professional illustrator with over 40 years experience. Some years ago, I was responsible for revamping Thomas the Tank Engine’s image and for creating all the artwork for the worldwide merchandise, including over 30 books, for Random House (NY) and Heinemann (UK). This work was done under the pseudonym ‘Owain Bell’ and some examples can still be found on the Net. I worked on this character between the years 1984 and 1994.
I have been working exclusively digitally for around 15 years. I work in a ‘photorealistic’ style, using Corel Painter (vX) in conjunction with a Wacom Touch tablet and pressure sensitive stylus. Although my work is often mistaken for photographs, I do not use photographs for anything other than reference. All artwork is painted in the same way as with traditional media.

My other main interest is music, both listening and playing. I taught myself to play fiddle and Swedish nyckelharpa. I play mostly English Country dance music and some Irish, Scottish, American and European. If you are interested to see and hear me playing, search for me on Youtube or my Facebook page entitled ‘No Airs’.

For a quick way to see my artwork available for sale on RB, please visit my Bubblesite Here

  • Joined: August 2009

Journal

DILETTANTO'S INTERVIEW ON ABC1's 7:30WA

Hey Folks, / The interview the ABC did of me following the Corel win, aired in WA last night but I don’t think it goes nationwide until Sunday night on ABC24 at 22:30. So if you’d like to see it, here’s the link. / \http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-04-13/a-perth-digital-artist-creates-award-winning-images/3949882 / Hope you approve of the shirt. It was the one I bought to get mar…
Posted over 4 years – 31 comments

DIGITALLY PAINTING EGRETS : A BREAKDOWN

Well, now that the Egret ‘slideshow’ is FINALLY working, I felt I should give you a breakdown of what you are seeing. / So where do I start? ( People always ask that) / As you will see, I start with a blank ‘canvas’ with the ref pic above. Then I create a line drawing. In fact, in this instance, it’s 2 line drawings, because each bird is on a separate layer. Layers …
Posted over 6 years – 16 comments

EGRETS: HOW THEY WERE PAINTED (UMPTEENTH TAKE)

I put this link up a moment ago to see if it worked, decided it didn’t and took it down, assuming no-one else had had a chance to try it. However, it seems like a couple of you did, and it did…so I’m posting it again and will leave it there a bit longer, even though I don’t really know how it worked…Click this link and it will take you to an FTP site called Yousendit…
Posted over 6 years – 14 comments

REGRETTABLY, I HAVE NO EGRETS ( APOLOGIES TO EDITH PIAF)

Due to a mystery glitch on Photobucket, I am unable to post the animation of the egret painting as planned. I’ll keep trying but for some reason, it just won’t u/l tonight. Sorry about that.
Posted over 6 years – 1 comments
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