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UK WORKSHOPS: Comprehensive Graphite Pencil Drawing Tuition
Duration :
2-day — — MIKE's STUDIO — FOUNDATION PLUS workshop — APRIL 9th / 10th / 24th

Duration :
2-day — — MIKE's STUDIO — DRAWING ANIMALS workshop — APRIL 23rd / 24th

  All materials and lunches supplied. Times: 10 am to 5 pm daily.

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These informal workshops are designed for artists of all abilities, from novice to advanced, and who have a desire to take their drawing to a new level of realism.

Realism is achieved by closely studying textures, and then mastering the ways to interpret them and commit them to paper. These workshops will provide you with a greater ability to explore and understand textures, the techniques required to render them in a believable way, and you will learn both the "how" and the "why". Whatever your present ability, you will leave with a new-found knowledge of how to draw and use textures to the benefit of your work.

Paper, pencils and all other necessary supplies are included. However, if you prefer to use your own favourite pencils and tools, please bring them with you.

If possible, I'll have a few of my original drawings with me, but prints will be available for you to study in close detail. I will, of course, be happy to answer all queries and demonstrate specific techniques used. Please feel free to bring examples of your own work for critique or advice.


The workshops are limited to about 20 students (6 or 8 for Studio workshops) to ensure individual attention.

Includes lunches (Studio workshops only), refreshments, and Equipment Pack comprising:
  • Sheets of Conqueror Diamond White plate-finish paper (12" x 16") as required
  • 1 each Staedtler Mars Lumograph pencils - 4B, 2B, H, 2H, 4H
  • 1 Staedtler vinyl art eraser
  • 1 pack Blu-Tack
  • 1 Pencil sharpener
  • 1 Blending tortillon
Please note:
  • 15 table-mounted Drawing Boards will be available but please bring your own if possible (not required for Studio workshops).
  • If you prefer to use a desklamp please bring your own. We can't guarantee suitable power points but we'll do our best to provide them.
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Typical 3-day Itinerary

The workshops are flexible to take into account your present level of ability and the typical daily itinerary is as follows:

DAY 1: In the morning, after a short initial drawing session, you will receive tuition on graphite pencil techniques including pencil points and the application of line and tone, and a series of exercises to accustom you to drawing on Mellotex. This will be followed by demonstrations and exercises using blending, layering and creative erasing. The Afternoon will begin with an introduction to Negative Drawing followed by a series of exercises for your enjoyment and instruction, designed to increase your knowledge and handling of the techniques learned so far - including the creation of textures, such as hair and weathered brick.

DAY 2: In the morning, after completion of a short exercise on erasing, three further exercises will explore the negative drawing of textures including a leaf, rusty metal and wood. During this session I will be available to further demonstrate these techniques to small groups. The morning will finish with advice from me on "creating your own world" (or "how not to be a slave to photographs"!)

Late in the afternoon, you and your fellow students will begin working on identical drawings (reference sources and guideline drawing provided for each student).

DAY 3: The day will be spent working on your final drawing. This last day has an informal structure so I can cover any subject you wish to raise at any time during the day - including demonstrations as required. At the close, all the drawings may be displayed for a group critique and discussion - you are not expected to have completed the drawing!

If you wish to complete any workshop exercise at home, send scans or photos to me at any stage for critique and advice in the Workshop Plus online resource, where I will also offer advice or assistance with any aspect relating to the content of your workshop - Your workshop continues after you leave!