David Hockney

Overview David Hockney was an icon in the pop art movement of the 1960s, “one of the most important painters of the 20th century” (Tate Kids, nd), and broke the record for the most expensive painting sold by a living artist in 2018 when his Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) sold for … More David Hockney

What is Drawing?

Had I not listened to Alison Carlier’s Jerwood Drawing Prize entry (an audio description), I might have included “marks” or “visual” in my definition. However, she blew apart all such ideas. Her drawing does not require information to be acquired through the optic nerve. So more general words, such as “depiction” or “visualisation” seem more … More What is Drawing?

Timorous Beasties

Artist Overview The Timorous Beasties are Alistair McCauly and Paul Simmons, textile design graduates from Glasgow University. They formed their company in 1990, and have since become a beloved Scottish icon. They make a very strong link to their floral and nature-based imagery: “The art critic John Ruskin related a universal connection between nature, art … More Timorous Beasties

Exercise 1.8 Portraying by Drawing

Exercise 1.8 Portray your visual source through your own self-directed drawing approach. Purpose/Outcome The over-arching purpose my approach will be to create a floral design for wallpaper or furnishing fabric. This roots the task in textile design considerations. Methodology My overall approach is: * to gain familiarity with my subject by producing drawings of the … More Exercise 1.8 Portraying by Drawing


Research Why are floral/leaf motifs so important, dominant or recurring in this artist’s work? Zoffany was founded in 1983 for the meticulous restoration of historic wallpapers from mere fragments for Temple Newsam House in Yorkshire (John Sandoe Books, 2017). The company has gone on to collect an archive of 17th and 18th century designs which … More Zoffany

Elizabeth Blackadder

Research Why are floral/leaf motifs so important, dominant or recurring in this artist’s work? Iris Oncocylus, 1996 Elizabeth Blackadder is a Scottish artist born in Falkirk in 1931. She is one of the “most prominent Scottish artists alive today” (Browse and Derby) and the first woman to be elected to both the Royal Scottish Academy … More Elizabeth Blackadder