Oliver Cuthbertson Illustration

Natural History Museum, London

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Here is a collection of sketches I did when I visited the Natural History Museum. Some of the sketches did not survive because I was mugged by classes of children who demanded (yes, demanded) that I hand over some of the drawings. It was brutal. 

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This is a Neanderthal skull. Drawing many, many skulls is a good idea if you want to represent human heads with any degree of authority. Here is some good reference

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I didn’t just go to the Natural History Museum to have fun. I went to gather reference and ideas for a painting I am working on for Orbis RPG. In their world there is a beast called the Deathmaw which resembles a kind of T-Rex. I thought a closer study of Dinosaur anatomy might lend some realism to the monster and generate some ideas for it’s design. Also dinosaurs are cool, aren’t they? 

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This is Karolin and her son. They were good people (and flattered me lots!) so I gave them this picture of a prehistoric bear-thing. When i’m dead and famous, they can sell it and buy a small island in the pacific. 

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The Diplodocus in the Great Hall is a real tough task. Since I am dreadful at drawing architecture, I tried to push myself and included some of the lovely gothic arches and balustrades. 

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There is a marvellous display showing the anatomy of mammals (including a human and a dog). While I drew this a small, bewildered looking child would not stop screaming.

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In case anyone wants to try this kind of technique:

1. Buy a Brush Pen (purchase here from Cass Art)

2. Buy some black ink (again, from Cass Art).

3. Fill the brush pen with mainly water and a bit of ink using a little syringe (which my friend kdsh7 gave me).

4. You can use any paper but I find a heavy weight cartridge or watercolour paper works best.

5. Buy a water-based black pen (it’s nice to have a calligraphy pen for varied thickness).

6. Draw straight in with the pen, don’t be shy. You can do a pencil drawing first but I find that you lose the spontaneity.

7. Shade the dark areas with the wash. Stay loose and have fun! If it looks awful you can just tell your friends you were drunk, right?

Have a good weekend! :)

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Work In Progress A0 Commission

This is a work in progress for a lovely private client. I did it a good few months ago and have since changed direction with it but I thought it deserved to be cast out into the Ether. Gives me closure. Here is a close-up of the guy dealing 999 points of damage + Strength bonus:

Ouch!

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"Wolf Brothers" - I did this really quickly with no regrets. I don’t want to get too deep about this because the Internet doesn’t give a damn, but it is about my brothers and I. 
I have two brothers, an elder (Charles) and a younger (Henry). The elder lives in New York and he and his partner are having a baby. The younger lives somewhere closer and is a teacher. I miss them both. 

"Wolf Brothers" - I did this really quickly with no regrets. I don’t want to get too deep about this because the Internet doesn’t give a damn, but it is about my brothers and I. 

I have two brothers, an elder (Charles) and a younger (Henry). The elder lives in New York and he and his partner are having a baby. The younger lives somewhere closer and is a teacher. I miss them both. 

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Drew this way back in 2011. Something for everyone here; Water Sports for you Olympic lovers, Animal Rights Controversy (though none were harmed in the making, promise), Muscular Men, Buxom Wenches, a smattering of sexual tension (for the 99%?) and a Sword for the children. 
Fame and fortune, you elusive scoundrel! 

Drew this way back in 2011. Something for everyone here; Water Sports for you Olympic lovers, Animal Rights Controversy (though none were harmed in the making, promise), Muscular Men, Buxom Wenches, a smattering of sexual tension (for the 99%?) and a Sword for the children. 

Fame and fortune, you elusive scoundrel! 

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Pirate Sketch #3

Pirate Sketch #3

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Pirate Sketch #2

Pirate Sketch #2

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Pirate Sketch #1 (don’t phone in, it’s just for fun)

Pirate Sketch #1 (don’t phone in, it’s just for fun)

Conan “The Edge” Barbarian

I have nothing to say about this one except I had a certain young musician in mind when I did it. He knows who he is. Please apply your own “An Audience with…” to this picture. It works with anyone. “An Audience with The Edge” for example. “An Audience with Philip Glass”. Go crazy and send them to your friends. x

A Feast for Crows

While I wait for feedback on my latest commission I decided to take the bull by the horn and do some personal work. As always it involves beards, swords and birds. The flapping kind this time.

I was bowled over by this fantastic interview with the ridiculously talented Tim Bradstreet. Really inspiring. Maybe in 20 years I will be half as good as that. Maybe.

Also I am reading the latest George R.R. Martin book “A Feast for Crows”. That man knows how to write spectacularly complex, engaging fantasy epics. I have to get through that before I can read the latest Wheel of Time novel, being finished by Brandon Sanderson. I think he is doing a great job of finishing Jordan’s work and i’ll fight any fantasy geek who says otherwise. Come on then!

Comments welcome x

Sample / Peril 2

Another sample I am working on for Pearson Education. Only a few days left until I am homeless. Maybe some of that anxiety found its way into the painting. Or maybe the brief specified an evil looking Lion. Who knows? I do know. And it is the latter.

I am also deeply entrenched in a wonderful fantasy novel called A Song of Ice And Fire by George R. R. Martin. In that link is a fantastic passage from the book and also a cool painting. I believe they are making a film (with Sean Bean no less!). There seems to be a correlation between the level of stress in my life and the amount of time I spend inside fantasy worlds. Right now I can almost hear the jingle of chainmail, the chitter-chatter of elves and the quiet rustling of the eviction notice as it slides through the letter box.

Bugger off reality! You’re not wanted here!

Comments/money welcome as always.