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Ponies in pullovers

Ponies in pullovers
Who knew what the world of illustration would throw at me for Christmas 2019?  From my long-running association with client 'Dessin' in Japan, the winter season is all about Shetland and ponies in pullovers - Scotland's National Tourism Organisation's marketing ploy to encourage visitors...
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JAN
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Oscar

Oscar
This is Oscar.  Oscar is my step-grandson.  He's now 9 years old and I have drawn him since he was tiny, so he's completely immune to my attention - often, however, because I choose to draw him when he is transfixed with gaming. There are more drawings of him here in my family sketchbook section.
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DEC
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Game of dominoes at a rumshack in Holetown, Barbados

Game of dominoes at a rumshack in Holetown, Barbados
Just sold this from my Etsy shop and it's winging its way to California for Christmas as I write.  It's watercolour, painted from life while sitting in the hollow of a tree, using Coca-Cola and not in fact water as I recall.  I think I was suffering a violent hangover at the time as well, which I used to find curiously good in terms of al...
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DEC
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Whitby Harbour

Whitby Harbour
Just sold this on Etsy.  I love images of the same scene at different times.  You can see more and buy other images from this series from my Etsy shop 
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NOV
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Art to buy for Christmas: The Times 21 November 2019, Mile End poster by Andrew Bylo

Art to buy for Christmas: The Times 21 November 2019, Mile End poster by Andrew Bylo
Here's a poster commissioned earlier this century by Transport for London in The Times today 21 November 2019 in their 'Art to buy for Christmas' listing.  It's always nice when you find your work picked up by someone else as something special to buy.  It was one of a pair, the other image was 'London's Garden Squares by bus, Tube and riv...
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OCT
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The JUDGES!

The JUDGES!
I love Strictly Come Dancing.  Here are the judges in all their glory, drawn from TV, which is a thing I rather like doing - I've just made a new page here - I can feel plenty more incoming.  The Wall, and the Antiques Roadshow beckon...
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OCT
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Autumn image: map of Shetland for clothing brand 'Dessin' in Japan

Autumn image: map of Shetland for clothing brand 'Dessin' in Japan
​Here we are in autumn, and it's all about wool and The Shetland Islands.  It's the first map I've had commissioned in years and was a pleasure to do.  I've already completed Winter 2019, and as I write, am waiting on approval on my Spring 2020 rough.
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AUG
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Summer 2019 image for clothing brand 'Dessin' in Japan

Summer 2019 image for clothing brand 'Dessin' in Japan
As Summer already looks like turning to Autumn, here's the image my faithful client in Japan commissioned for their summer collection.  I've already completed the Autumn and Winter images and briefing will be turning shortly to Spring 2020...  
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JUL
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I was thinking of a hot summer's day

I was thinking of a hot summer's day
I've always loved painting against the sun when the white paper in front of you almost blinds you.  It forces absolute concentration, and simple tonal & colour decisions, quickly.  Even better if you're in an uncomfortable position and have to get the thing done speedily.  It's only when you look at the result later that you know...
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JUN
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Portrait of my mum

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I've been drawing my mum again - I know she looks sad here, but actually she wasn't - boredom and gravity affect all sitters! She was bright and utterly engaged with the experience of being drawn again - but then, she's no stranger to it. 'You're 88, Mum.' 'Am I REALLY?' she says. 'I suppose that's what I look like.' 
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228 Hits
MAY
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New portfolio

New portfolio
​New to you I'm sure - not quite so new to me - but I've just uploaded a selection of drawings made during 3 weeks in Ukraine staying with my cousins - daughters of my Dad's eldest brother - and their families.
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277 Hits
MAR
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Spring 2019 image for clothing brand 'Dessin' in Japan

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My ever loyal client in Tokyo continues to put more work my way.  As Isaku Omine, President of Dessin, said "Andrew has been a key member in diving deep into what Dessin is and can be, speedily and efficiently. Andrew's work is Dessin's great fortune." See What my clients say for more... 
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DEC
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Winter 2018 image for clothing brand 'Dessin' in Japan

Winter 2018 image for clothing brand 'Dessin' in Japan
The latest image for my devoted and loyal client in Japan to promote their winter campaign, completed - as is normal in this industry - during the heat of a lovely summer!  Predictably enough, the Spring image is already complete and going to print now and the Summer brief is due within a week, so I will shortly be imagining myself in the boil...
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NOV
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The artist's mother

The artist's mother
My mum's 88 years and 7 months old now.  As she gets older, it gets more important to me to draw or paint her as often as I can.  The last portrait I painted of her was about 10 years ago and she is much more frail these days.
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AUG
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Autumn season's image for clothing brand 'Dessin' in Japan

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From my first illustration in 2014 for Dessin via my Far East agent, Cross World Connections in Tokyo, this client has proved remarkably loyal, commissioning 4 illustrations a year from me - quite something in the often fickle world of illustration. What I find most rewarding is how the client relationship builds a mutual understanding and respect,...
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AUG
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Portrait: Cock o' The North

Cock o' The North
I'm really delighted to have sold this portrait - Cock o' The North, painted about 2 years ago - size: 91.5cm x 76cm. Acrylic on canvas, painted partly from life during a 2 hour sitting - mostly working on the face - and subsequently completed in the studio from photographic reference.  The initial stage after about 2 hours is on the right.&nb...
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JUL
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Mile End Park

Mile-End-prelim-and-final
Just sold this image of Mile End from my Etsy shop to a very happy client for whom the location has a special association - it's the preliminary visual I submitted to Transport for London for a poster I did in 2004. The final poster is here too - client made considerable adjustments to the colour and cropped the bottom part as they used it at diffe...
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JUN
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Whitby: West Pier in the sunlight

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When I'm between jobs, I love to lose myself on top of a cliff and do some drawing.  This is one of a series I have available as giclée prints (largely because I used felt pen and Tippex a lot in them and they will degrade very swiftly - I just liked the immediacy of what they can do).  You have to make the most of the sun when it's here....
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MAY
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Great gig: Holy Moly & The Crackers

Great gig: Holy Moly & The Crackers
I do love a bit of drawing out and about: and here's one from a cracking gig last night 27 May 2018 at The Hut in Goathland, near Whitby.   "A bunch of wild gypsy troubadours with more than a touch of magic about them" (Diva Publications).
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MAY
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Summer 2018 seasonal image for Japanese clothing brand 'Dessin'

Summer 2018 seasonal image for Japanese clothing brand 'Dessin'
Commissioned by Dessin, a clothing brand of The World Corporation, Japan, this is the latest in a series of 4 images that have been commissioned each year since 2013. I am asked each season to illustrate the location of their target clientele's travels and each season's theme, the current being Mallorca. Said Isaku Omine, Company President: "Andrew...
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