Medium: Pencil (leads F H 3H 4H 5H 6H 7H & 2B)
Paper: white acid free cartridge 140gsm
Size: A4 size – 297mm x 210mm (11.7″ × 8.3″)
Duration: 2-3 hours approximately

This is what I set my students in my drawing class this week, they despaired at the brickwork, so as their teacher I had to show them how I would tackle this subject, and this is the result.

My first love (after the wife and family of course!) is, without question my art and in the ranking of things I love, gardening definitely comes last, hence the title.

The reference, is a photo I took of my garage/stables which I’m currently converting into my new art studio which you can read about here I decided that the evening light was casting some magnificent contrasting shadows onto the old brick wall and I just had to capture it (mainly before the walls get insulated).

Here are a few close ups of this finished piece:

I`m really a self taught artist. A Geordie lad, hailing from a small mining village called Pegswood in Northumberland, originally, from Polish parents. I now live in Stannington, Northumberland, where I’m enjoying all that retirement has to offer.

I am available for commissions, including portraiture, animals and also for one off caricatures, for hire to wedding receptions, parties, local schools, fun fairs and fetes etc.

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  • carss66
    carss66about 3 years ago

    beautiful work jan.well done

  • Cheers mate, hope you weren’t talking about my actual gardening LOL!

    – Jan Szymczuk

  • Simon Aberle
    Simon Aberleabout 3 years ago

    Outstanding Work!!

  • Luigi Biancaniello
    Luigi Biancani...about 3 years ago

    great work

  • Thanks Luigi, thank you.

    – Jan Szymczuk

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedmanabout 3 years ago

    The way in which you have captured the light is superb…..

  • Thank you so much Heather, I’m happy you liked my work enough to comment.

    – Jan Szymczuk

  • Michele Filoscia
    Michele Filosciaabout 3 years ago

    Great skills and technique.

  • Thank you Michele, we pencil folk have stick together LOL!

    – Jan Szymczuk

    GEORGE SANDERSONabout 3 years ago

    Sup[erb !!!
    Shame about the garden, Jan It ranks just below Family and slightly above Art, for me !

  • Cheers George, your more than welcome to come round anytime and practice in mine LOL

    – Jan Szymczuk

  • MoniqueGeurts
    MoniqueGeurtsabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful!! How can you do that in 2-3 hours?

  • Thank you Monique, that, I’m afraid is the cross I have to bear, I cannot for the life of me take my time! It’s as if I have a lot of catching up to do LOL!

    – Jan Szymczuk

    GEORGE SANDERSONabout 3 years ago

    I wish I had a quid for everyone who’s asked me to carry on and do their garden. I’d be a millionaire ! lol

  • Hmmm being a penniless artist or Millionaire? tough one that LOL

    – Jan Szymczuk

  • Mark  Reep
    Mark Reepabout 3 years ago

    Great light, contrast, textures, surfaces. Especially impressed you got these rich darks with graphite.

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful work Jan, congratulations on the feature

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