The blog of David Michael Wright - Freelance Illustrator

Hello, and welcome to my humble blog!

If you too like the drag of Graphite on Paper, can appreciate the flick of a well executed Brushstroke, and like I favour subjects of the Dark and the Monstrous, the Weird and the Wonderful, the Abominable, Diabolical, Fantastic, Dramatic, Adventurous, Ghastly, Nightmarish and Phantasmagorical!

…Or like myself, seek to devour all sources of the Technical, Practical, Methodical and Inspirational!

Then perhaps this blog is for you.

It is (I hope) to become a progressive ongoing account of my endeavours as a Freelance Illustrator specialising in mainly the Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Horror art genres. As is always the case (except perhaps on Sundays) I will do my very best and veritably strain heart and nerve and sinew to write a faithful accounting of all my latest Discoveries, Resources, Technical Explorations and Inspirations, in addition of course to featuring regular posts of my current Creative Exploits and Works in Progress.


Monday, 17 January 2011

(New) Tea-Break Sketches (A.K.A - The Good, the bad and the Ugly!)

I remember once reading a quote somewhere whilst studying at art college (I can't seem to find the source), It went something like... "Draw regularly with the pen - It will make you a master". It might have been by Durer. Anyhow - I remember being quite struck by this statement, and seeing the merit in it. My thinking prior to being exposed to this quote went… I don't like Pen - Pen is permanent - It makes indelible marks - that is scary - I will most likely screw up somewhere and I won't be able to rub out any of my mistakes - I don't like Pen.
So that quote ultimately confronted me with my own artistic cowardice. I guess sometimes you don’t see the walls you’ve put up to protect your pride/self respect until you are forced to go right up to them. This quote did that. So I have since then onward tried to fearlessly make it a point to draw with pen regularly regardless of whatever mess I happen produce and Dare to Fail!

I'm afraid I've neglected this reasoning a little of late though. And have crept back to my comfort zone drawing predominately in pencil - pencil is versatile, it can be experimental (as its erasable) and so it is very practical when it comes to my work (which is fine). However, I think when it comes to Quick Sketching pen is just Great! It forces you to think on the spot, be decisive, and commit - It's all or nothing! Who dares wins! You either nail it or you don't, and so ultimately I think it is an Extremely good way to practice. So! In the spirit of instilling the above into a regular daily habit I shall be introducing to my humble blog... Ta da-da ta-ta da darrr!

Tea-Break Sketches.

Tea break sketches are to be very quick sketches done in pen while I drink my cup of tea on a break. I'll be posting them up here per A3 Sheet as they accumulate. I'm not going to commit to a daily slot though, as with the 'Sketches of the week' (which I will continue) I've found life often has a habit of getting in the way of the best laid plans, and I don't want to put myself on a downer if I happen to miss a slot : )

Already I'm realising exciting new things like - Jeez! Do I really drink 7 cups of tea a day!

Anyhow hope you enjoy my new slot. Please feel free to comment, constructively criticise, offer up any tea break drawing suggestions, ideas etc. ‘Owt to keep me on my toes!’

P.S I think I’m going to start adding the odd inspirational quote to the bottom of my posts here and there when I happen across ones that I like in the future too...

"It's the most exciting thing in the world, if you can just absolutely let go."

- Jeffrey Jones, Artist (1944 – Present)


  1. Nice stuff, I like your style!

  2. Thanks Kiwi! More tea-break sketches coming soon! :)