"Biggles" by Woodie

James Bigglesworth, nicknamed Biggles, was the creation of “Captain” WE Johns, ex RFC pilot in WW1 (1914-18).
See here for all the details.
I don’t know if he did have a RAF style handlebar moustache?!
This is drawn in cheap coloured pencils on A4+ paper for our local ART Club’s, monthly competition of a character from fiction. This was my obvious choice !!LOL
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My main interest is painting Aviation Art.
I get a lot of enjoyment researching the historical background behind the picture I’ve been commissioned to paint.
I work in acrylic on my big paintings on canvas board but use water colors, pastels, soft and oil, for smaller pieces.
I also enjoy doing pet portraits in soft pastels on tinted paper, from photographs. Ideal presents for Xmas and birthdays.

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  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 3 years ago

    Oh, just way too good, Neil!! Biggles in the flesh, to be sure. I love this, cheap coloured pencils & all.

  • Thanks Sheila,
    I don’t know if he had a handlebar tash or not but he ought to of. Cheap children’s coloured pencils bought to try something different. I think I’ll go back to pastel!
    Cheers neil

    – Woodie

  • Thanks for fave, Sheila- Neil

    – Woodie

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 3 years ago

    Brilliant, used to adore Biggles books, love it x

  • Thanks Pauline
    I think Biggles was the first proper “Boys” book I read just after the war 1946/7. I joined the RAF in1952.
    I’ve only got one Biggles book and that is a 2nd edition printed in 1952.
    Cheers Neil

    – Woodie

  • Margaret Sanderson
    Margaret Sande...over 3 years ago

    By the chin, I thought it was Bruce Forsyth in another life. What a delightful portrait Neil!

  • Thanks Margaret,
    I was trying to drawn like you but these cheap pencils don’t seem to give the same effect.
    (A poor workman always blames his tools, !!! LOL)
    Cheers Neil

    – Woodie

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonover 3 years ago

    Wizard prang and all that! wonderful piece of work Neil

  • Yes wizard prang ol’ boy !!
    Got one Fokker and the other f****r was a Me109 !!
    Cheers Neil

    – Woodie

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 3 years ago

    By jove Neil. What a picture. – Ted
    Have read EVERY Biggles book except the one Johns never finished (his last) he died whilst writing it. Learnt a lot from his books. Just recived a book about W.E. Johns as a birthday present.

  • Thanks Ted
    I learnt a lot about both Biggles and Johns after reading this in wikipedia.
    Cheers Neil

    – Woodie

    GEORGE SANDERSONover 3 years ago

    Great stuff mate, I had him in mind too, I used to get his books as Christmas presents when I was a boy !!!

  • Thanks for Fave Mate.
    I can remember getting them from the library just after the war. Couldn’t afford to buy books in those days. Just got an annual for Xmas !!LOL
    Cheers Neil

    – Woodie

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 3 years ago

    OCTOBER 19th, 2011
    Your participation with works/votes it is greatly appreciated

  • Thank you Mary,
    Cheers Neil

    – Woodie

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 3 years ago

  • Thanks Rene!
    Cheers N

    – Woodie

  • AnnaAsche
    AnnaAsche11 months ago

    Congratulations from in-between

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  • Thanks Anna, I think this is my first feature in “In-between” Cheers

    – Woodie

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