Bird and Scorpion

Stuart Briers: Bird and Scorpion

Working up a new sketchbook drawing.

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Girl and Ribbon

Stuart Briers: Girl and Ribbon

Continuing a series of line and colour images.

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Dark Forces

Stuart Briers: Dark Forces

Not a consciously made illustration but something that more or less grew out of idle drawing. I can only conclude it's some kind of reaction to listening to too many news broadcasts - it's been a terrible year across the world, dark forces gaining ground.

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Stage Actor

Actor on Stage

Faces, portraits, head and shoulders are endlessly compelling but don't crop up too often as subject matter for the commissioned works I receive, so I tend to work on them in my own time. There is so much scope in the abstracting of shapes and features while still retaining the sense of a character. This imagined portrait image developed from a simple pencil outline of a face and evolved into a more mask-like interpretation with echoes of an actor on stage.

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Colour Variations

Colour Variations

Perhaps there is nothing that affects the mood of an image more than colour. I was taught to 'use colour sparingly and only for a special purpose'. It is a maxim that has somehow stuck with me over the years despite it being rendered redundant at the merest glance at any period of art history or indeed contemporary illustration. Nevertheless I do tend to work with a restricted range of colours. This is a little graphic experiment I worked up running a simple image through different colourways to see just how differently it could be perceived.

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