Lady eating soup.

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If you draw a lot, you may notice unexpected connections or patterns pop up in your work—happy accidents if you like. While drawing the above lady enjoying her soup on the top-floor café of Halifax Public Library, I noticed a construction crane operating in the background. All of a sudden, they seemed to be working in tandem; as the lady carefully lifted the soup to her lips, the crane would heave its building materials. This revelation drove the drawing across the sketchbook, and the whole thing took on a life of its own.

Media: Fine brush pen.

Scenes from Parliament: Theresa May

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I’m fascinated by Mrs May’s voluminous hair, it seems to have a life of its own. Painted here, in all it’s glory, from a recent Prime Minister’s Questions. It must take hours to sculpt this Thatcheresque helmet of hair every morning—how does the Prime Minister find the time? Perhaps Number 10 has an in-house hairdresser, and it’s all done while Theresa is munching her Cornflakes…

Media: Gouache.