As the year draws to an end, I've found myself enjoying a daily sketching project. For the past 10 days I've drawn a bearded hero of mine. I'm not entirely sure why they have to be bearded - they jut kind enforced itself on me (although my desire to draw Beatrix Potter may well stem the beards shortly) - but it's proving a great deal of fun. Writing a bit of blurb proves enjoyable too. It's nice to be reminded who helped form the way you you have turned out so far. I'm not entirely sure how long I'll keep it up, but I am certainly enjoying the journey.
Earlier this year I designed a Charity Christmas Card in my continued support of the British Lung Foundation. Now with 115 days looming before the big day, the design is now available to purchase through their website - with all proceeds going directly to the good work the charity do. A link to their site is available below of through the shop section of this website.
My acting and drawing careers collide this month. To coincide with the first episodes of "Victoria" on ITV, I was commissioned to produce several illustration of Jenna Coleman in her role as Queen Victoria. If you follow ITV via social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc...) you shall undoubtedly see a number of my ink sketches. You can then watch the show from episode 3, and see me without a pen in hand!
2016 has been a particular thrilling year for me as an artist. When I became a professional actor I lost perhaps my greatest hobby. I greatly enjoy my professional life, but there is no denying that acting becoming work has taken a little of the sheen away - mostly due to the nature of art becoming a business. Subsequently, my drawing has deliberately been kept as a hobby - rarely, and only really lately, publicly exposed. To exhibit my work was a decision I was always dubious about. It took the cajoling of my friend Sarah Hamilton - a fantastic artist and designer - to convince me to display alongside her as part of the Dulwich Open House Arts Festival and to set up this website. Subsequently, surprisingly, people I never expected have ended up seeing my work... Most notably to this update, the art department of the TV show I have recently finished shooting - ITV's "Victoria". My character, Prince Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha - or Ernest for short - draws another character in a scene of the show. I was hugely flattered to be asked to draw the sketch used on-screen, and cannot wait to see it up there. In a funny way, I'm more excited at the prospect of seeing my scribbled art up there than my performance art! What a wonderful rare treat of cross-polination!
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