The portraits are influenced by the illustrator's fascination with the elegant art-deco illustrations of the early 20th century – especially the work of Russian-born French artist Erté (1892-1990). Using colour pencils (and sometimes a little bit of glitter to brighten things up even more), he creates portraits of either imaginary characters or actual people he knows. His trademark is the way he stylises human hair in long, delicate pencil-strokes to create flowing beards and haircuts. His patience, craftsmanship and dedication are evident in the details, textures and colour shades in his portraits which are hand drawn using good, old fashioned well-sharpened pencils.
By Geoffrey Guillin.