Monday, 11 May 2015

Getting all technical

Done it!
Enrolled in Mike Sibley's advanced drawing online course.
I figured that after all these years of self-learning it was time to let someone else deal with my stubborn mind to get to grips with the technical side of drawing that I have quite happily dodged for too long!
One week in and there is nothing more invigorating than being put in the spotlight and up against oneself and the clock.
I'm a slow worker and there is not time for dillydallying. A lot is packed into each week (I swear I've witnessed a wee bit of smoke coming out of the old grey matter!) plus the summer holidays are just round the corner ;)
Speeding up is good.
It has me way more focused and not so hooked-up on the trivial (although still miles away from working loose!)
The result so far are three OK drawings (One that I put off for 15 years!)
The mistakes priceless, welcomed and never to be repeated.
Watch this space more to come.
The course runs 8 weeks!

Exercise in finding the clues to various textures: here old weathered wood, rusty nails and wood split and applying them to paper.

Exercise in understanding and how to render reflection. 

Study of my own choice. 
Using visual clues to describe any object or surface. 
Here old leather, metal, old name tag and rust.


Monday, 4 May 2015

Going Right...

Going right is what you get when a powerful combination of precision, speed and strength fuse.

This stunning equine athlete had to be drawn, highlighted, brought to paper.
The harmony between horse, jockey and gravity eternalised.
Pencils sculpted and moulded the graphite into shape.
An amazing experience!

Going Right
Pencil on Paper
43x56 cm
Reference courtesy of Juliette harrison

p.s ( a very loud p.s!) Once again a million thank-yous go out to Juliette Harrison for the fabulous reference photograph which is at the source of "Going Right".
Make sure to check out her black and white world. It's beautiful!

Thursday, 2 April 2015


This "in-between commission" drawing has been fantastic learning curve.
Very intense.
I pushed myself out of the very comfy zone I always draw in into a new dimension.
Gave myself the challenge of portraying a stunning horse in all its beauty and strength through a dramatic cropped composition.
All I had to play with loads of textures, light and lines.
Very addictive way of working.
Can't wait to re-offend!

34 x 54 cm
Pencil on Paper
Sheona Hamilton-Grant. All rights reserved.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Wee peek into new studio

Now all  the boxes are gone thought you might like to have a wee insider peek of one of my favorite places.

The drawing board

This is where I stand and scribble for hours with passion.
Behind on the windowsill are Kim Santini's beautiful portraits of Jess.
On the back of the board Sallie Gardner at a gallop
Sequence of photographs taken 1878 by Eadweard Muybridge.
Always loved these photographs and was thrilled to find a wall Tattoo to liven up my small all important drawing board.


Adored yellow sofa.  

This is where the sun shines and the inspiration and knowledge fed (piles of art books and sketch pads on and under table).  
Usually shared with a cat and other family members ;)


It had to be big so it's U shaped. 
Decided to not stage a shot and this is usually the way it looks just before starting a new drawing, after having finished, invoiced and catalogued a completed one. 
Really it looks like this for a very short period of time ;) usually there's a special "bomb effect" that hides the white surface....   
Many describe it as clutter! 

Printing and scanning dock

Both mean machines sit in harmony opposite the desk and get linked and hooked up when needed.  
They lived on the desk for ages and really took up tooooooo much room. 
The cupboard is on wheels and is easily rolled over to the edge of the desk when scan or prints or both are needed.
Hanging behind them my limited edition print of "All that Glitters" by photographer Juliette Harrison. This lady is a wiz with her camera

Designer cat bed

My granddad would be shocked happy to see how useful, loved and comfortable the old leather traveling case has become.  
What better way to travel to lala land?

Cat paradise

The two studio cats are quite clearly into antics! 
A nice Louis XV chair makes for an ideal back drop and observation tower (direct view out of the main window). Who knew!

Wilbur and Bernadette

are still going strong. 
By the looks of things not totally sure they trust Ikea's Kallaxs' stability!
Read more about the rascals here and here.

Wall deco (lack of)

Still have not got round to decorating the walls. 
Ideas are there. Time missing. 
These posters and very pertinent quote had to go up (with blue-tack). 
Love the work by the "Glasgow Boys" and totally adore the "Glasgow Girls" especially this painting by Eleanor Allen Moore, The Silk Dress 1918 (Self portrait), as for the quote: 'nough said ;)

Let there be light

Finally after over 4 years of working in a dark dingy environment, the sun now shines invitingly (for hours) in the front area of the room directly onto the sofa. 
The warmth and glow: irresistible .

To quote an old cliche (sorry!) 
"home is where the heart is" 
I'll be darned!
It so really is!

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Random post ... a "just because"

This "Out the box thinking"
So last season!

In the peppers box is new unconventional way of beefing up creativity...

Honestly, I believe a wee someone is learning to read and write? 
If so: must inform asap that cat is spelled C.A.T and not P.E.P.P.E.R.S...!

Saturday, 7 March 2015


Been a good week.
Pencils were on form. (Has to be down to the imminent start of spring: it affects us all!)
Their form was such that they rustled up this portrait of beautiful Fiona effortlessly, composed, working untiringly with a steady daily tempo.
A rarity of late.
It felt exceptional.

Pencil on Paper
23 x 27 cm

Thursday, 5 March 2015


Massive mistake! I never introduced you to Cherry.
I had the pleasure of spending time with her image in the studio at the end of last year.
The wee lass is an amazing 32 years young.
An impressive fact that qualifies her as the oldest horse I have had the honour of drawing.
This mare's honest, charming and friendly nature were a joy to render.

Quite frankly, interpreting and immortalising this gentle soul is what makes my job plain fantastic.

Pencil on Paper

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Front Window...

Last week-end was unexpected, well not the week-end itself but the turn of events!
The Hug, Chinese Whispers and Bricks & Stones have unexpectedly made front page row and are sitting in the Heinrich Friederichs Museum's "Alten Apotheke" Equine Gallery show windows in Warendorf, Germany.  Pull Forth and a few framed prints are holding up the fort inside.

Very exciting to have been able to bring these special drawings out of hiding and straight into the limelight.