Articles, Demos and Materials
I have been very fortunate to have tremendous support and encouragement from so many people along the way and I continue to enjoy sharing and learning more about painting 'in the little'. On this page I have gathered together various resources from magazine articles, interviews, step-by-step demonstrations, videos and blog posts over the years that may be of specific interest if you would like to find out more about my miniature painting techniques and the materials that I use.
Gorilla Miniature Painting Step by Step Article
Painting a Western Lowland Gorilla in miniature, with clear photos of the stages and information on materials and techniques.
This article originally appeared in Leisure Painter magazine, reproduced again here as my pdf scan is a bit fuzzy apparently!
Owl painting in miniature
Ural Owl in Watercolour - video showing the stages from initail drawing to the finished painting. It is not intended as an instructional video, I am not a teacher, it is just a bit of fun. I hope you enjoy!
Quince painting in miniature
Autumn Quince and Comma Butterfly - watercolour painting in miniature. A video showing stills from initital drawing to the finished painting.
Rose Painting in Miniature
Miniature painting of flowers in watercolour. Video showing the stages from initial drawing to the finished painting. It is not intended to be an instructional video, just a bit of fun and to show a little of how I work. I hope you enjoy !
Popular blog post from 2006 outlining a method I use to paint fur and hair in watercolour using layering and opaque paint.
Articles and Step by Steps
Dolls House and Miniature Scene Magazine (Oct 2013)
Dolls House and Miniature Scene Magazine (Nov 2013)
Leisure Painter Magazine (Nov 2013)
Watercolour Flower Painter's Handbook - The illustrations used in a six page chapter entitled 'Learning through detailed sketching' are from my sketchbooks and have never been published before. (Search Press Ltd (Quarto) 2005).
Materials and Suppliers
This is a list of the materials I use for my both my illustration work and miniature fine art and where I get them.
Please remember its a personal choice - what suits me and the way I like to work may not suit you. Neither is it an exhaustive list (and its always fun to try new materials) but I hope its of help to those who ask.
BRUSHES: I use series 33 Kolinsky Sable. Mostly sizes 10/0 to 3, all from Rosemary and Co
MAGNIFIER: Most miniature artists work with the aid of magnification of some kind, which can be anything from reading glasses to lenses fitted onto headbands. Hand-held magnifying glasses and 'gooseneck' magnifiers are also popular. It is worth trying out a variety to find the one that best suits you as it is very much a matter of personal preference. You can order from the range available at Polymers Plus or other online shops supplying craft magnifiers. Alternatively your local optician will have some.
SURFACES: I only use Hot Pressed (HP). It's smooth, which is good for detail.
Crescent Premium Watercolor Board - Crescent
Daler Rowney Saunders Waterford Watercolour Board - Ken Bromley
Arches Paper - Widely available
PAINTS: Only buy Artist quality - it's not that much more expensive and student grade paint is basically just frustrating! I use mainly Winsor and Newton Artist Watercolours and Daniel Smith Watercolors. Both are widely available.
For my miniature paintings I tend to use an antique 'plein air' painting box that was a gift from an elderly artist and dates from the early twentieth century. I'm often asked about it so am mentioning it here! It's a lovely thing and makes it easy to paint almost anywhere.
If you do an internet search for 'pochade box' you will find lots of similar modern boxes. It's not an essential piece of kit, but I do like mine!