Drawing Drury Lane

Theatre Royal Drury Lane Stage Door

Theatre Royal Drury Lane Stage Door

What an assemblage of performers has gone through either this or previous incarnations of this entry way (known as the Theatre Royal Drury Lane stage door) right here dating back to the 1600s. David Garrick, Ginger Rogers, Nijinsky, Grimaldi and the legendry successful actor Edmund Keen who in 1814 walked from Plymouth (where I’m from) to perform on his opening night!

Do you still remember the performance of someone here? They came in and out of this door on Russell Street. While this may not be a drawing of the actual production you saw, just seeing this flowery side door is just a way to remind you of that special night out, and who you saw. Or maybe it’s something to spur you on to go to the theatre again. But don’t leave it too late, this 9.5” x 13” size which fits in store bought frames for 8” x 10” pictures is an edition of only 24.

Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Perfect present for Russian Wolfhound homes

Of all the dog breeds to be able to draw, the Russian Wolfhound has to be one of the most aesthetically pleasing. The form and movement of the noble borzoi just lends itself to a flowing delineated charcoal.

And the style of my borzoi drawing and the tiny size of one of the prints, connects this art in a way, to the history of Russian Wolfhounds.

Borzoi

Borzoi

Don’t be silly, be Dopey

I won’t make a fuss, but my work that went into the ‘untidy,’ half charcoal and half oil pastel drawing of this little man opened a little door for me to exhibit at Disney dealer events over the past five years.

I hope you will take a moment to watch me explain how this came about; the possible sea-faring inspiration for my mixed media style, and the reveal of my second of the Seven Dwarfs I’m about to release as a Limited Edition Art Print.

Dopey Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Dopey Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Dopey Dwarf

Dopey Dwarf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First photo: Behold, the 2.5” x 3.5” “Charcoal and Oil – Dopey” ACEO card. Second photo: Iridescent white mixed with orange ochre oil pastel touches to a Limited Edition version (top); my Art Buyer’s photos of his display including the 2002 Fall Premiere Event, Walt Disney Classics Collection piece, “Bedazzled,” by Chris Peterson (above center); at a Castle China event (below center) and the 13” x 19” (inch) “Charcoal and Oil – Dopey” fine art print (bottom).

Dopey drawing by Douglas Rickard

Dopey drawing by Douglas Rickard

For details, check out “Charcoal and Oil – Dopey.”

Seeing the special in French Bulldogs

My seeing something ‘more’ like the shadowy hues of blue on white fur, appear as a classic almost Wedgwood tone in my strong-outlined and pastel-colored, new portrait of a Frenchie.

Douglas Rickard French Bulldog art print

Douglas Rickard French Bulldog art print

French Bulldog drawing in progress

French Bulldog drawing in progress

Just today I spotted one of these popular breeds chasing after, and retrieving a Frisbee; an exploit which makes me realize despite looking a little pug-like, French Bulldogs have a very different temperament. (The pug I know, would just happily watch a Frisbee.)

But what I’m also ‘seeing’ through the desirable personality traits specific to one dog breed and yet another characteristic nature always part of another breed, is something fun yet profound. As I explain in the video below, I like to think that the “Creator of all those reliable companions known as Frenchies,” inserted a touch of His nature in them, and that’s a reason why so many of us appreciate man’s best friend.

French Bulldog art

French Bulldog art

Lyceum Theatre, London

West End Theatre drawing in progress

West End Theatre drawing in progress

Lyceum Stage Door

Lyceum Stage Door


 
Have you ever meandered through the side streets of Covent Garden? These crisscrossing rows of London streets will take you past, what I find to be, fascinating back doors of West End theatres… stage doors of course. I wanted to draw one of London’s theatres, and held back from drawing the front. I thought the unassuming stage door in down-to-earth charcoal, could be an equally exciting piece of showbiz art as a colorful oil pastel of the opulent building front.

Lyceum Theatre exterior drawing

Lyceum Theatre exterior drawing

Whenever I have walked past a stage door, and I don’t know if you’re the same, I always take a look at anyone going in or coming out. I’m actually a little in awe of the talent and creativity that goes into the choreography, musical scores and performances I’ve seen in the West End. And I enjoy the idea of how actors for example, appear out of the city in their everyday clothes and slip into these stage doors and the vast, dark auditoriums beyond to come together and perform under the bright lights and whisk us away to another place. I hope my simple Lyceum Theatre drawing somehow captures a little piece of that wonder of London’s West End.

West End cityscape by Douglas Rickard

Summer of dogs, drawings and friends

Douglas Rickard with friend from art college and pug on Brighton Beach

Douglas Rickard with friend from art college and pug on Brighton Beach

Even dogs seem to prefer the summer – wanting double the walks per day. And I displayed double the art at my dog drawings exhibition in Muswell Hill, London. Halfway through, I changed out my charcoals to color, by unleashing some oil pastel art.

A vist to the dog art exhibition by Douglas Rickard with friends and 'niece' Grace

A vist to the dog art exhibition by Douglas Rickard with friends and ‘niece’ Grace

German Shepherd, Pug and Staffordshire Bull Terrier oil pastel art

German Shepherd, Pug and Staffordshire Bull Terrier oil pastel art

Despite using sometimes only minimal markings, a friend who came to visit, kindly praised my charcoal drawings for still capturing the dogs’ personalities. It was rewarding to get to see a room full of just charcoal giclée prints too. The larger versions, 13” x 19” sizes of the German Shepherd, dachshund, whippet, bulldog, French Bulldog, poodle, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Chihuahua Mix, Yorkshire Terrier and boxer greeted everyone at La Miel café with a bright and brawny show.

Planning Dog Drawings Exhibition

Planning Dog Drawings Exhibition

On display, the Borzoi is a new dog drawing by Douglas Rickard

On display, the Borzoi is a new dog drawing by Douglas Rickard

Cane Corso drawing

Cane Corso drawing

Borzoi

Borzoi

Pug day trip to Brighton with Douglas Rickard

Pug day trip to Brighton with Douglas Rickard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I débuted two new dog drawings, at my exhibition, of the Cane Corso and the Borzoi. The more I create dog drawings, the more I’m astounded by these much doted upon denizens of Creation. Who would think the Cane Corso would have the protective traits of a children’s nanny. And what about the Borzoi behaving a little like the family cat?

If it weren’t for a friend of 27 years from back in art college, who plumped on buying a pug (before getting pregnant,) I wouldn’t have been drawing dogs at all. I met up with Gizmo, and my friend and her boyfriend on a day trip to Brighton. And in this video (below,) I’m amazed again, this time, at how a little dog who hasn’t seen me in months, could recognize me as I arrive at the station among dozens of people.

So whether it’s black and white or full color drawings like those of the German Shepherd, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Chihuahua, pug, Yorkshire Terrier, boxer and Doberman – there are plenty of dog days of summer left to buy some pedigree art!

Maleficent – a sculpture and drawing, Angelina in the flesh, the movie, props and costumes

Creating the new, (such as the Disney “Maleficent” movie, or my own drawing of that “Evil Enchantress”) while preserving the essence of the old. I used heavy, black charcoal strokes and just four types of green in my latest “Where Pictures Shine” release, a Numbered Limited Edition of 24.

Four Caran d'Ache Neopastel colors used in Maleficent art by Douglas Rickard

Four Caran d’Ache Neopastel colors used in Maleficent art by Douglas Rickard

Drawing Maleficent by Douglas Rickard

Drawing Maleficent by Douglas Rickard

Walt Disney Classics Collection Maleficent figurine by Kent Melton

Walt Disney Classics Collection Maleficent figurine by Kent Melton

I think that I have captured not only Kent Melton’s 1999 Walt Disney Classic Collection 10” piece with this minimalist portrait; but also I hope, the original Marc Davis “Sleeping Beauty” animated character, which the sculpture brought from two dimensions to three, before I brought it back again, to a line drawing.

Maleficent Numbered Limited Edition Art by Douglas Rickard

Maleficent Numbered Limited Edition Art by Douglas Rickard

Maleficent art

Maleficent art

In “Maleficent” Angelina Jolie channels the 1950s movie villainess’ ink and paint, especially when she smiles. She actually gave me a wave you know, (along with a dozen others) on her way in for a “Maleficent” costume event at Kensington Palace. Fortunately I saw that exhibit later… (outside royal grounds).

The palace scenery for me, in “Maleficent” was even more breathtaking than the magical moors. Modernist colors in “Sleeping Beauty” bled out from those stylized characters in the medieval Walt Disney story. In “Maleficent,” the richest, seemingly ancient and long-lost colors surround you in three dimensions, literally, depending upon which screening you choose.

“Maleficent” wonders why King Stefan and even Flora, Fauna and Merryweather already knew the uninvited fairy would be bad news. It’s fascinating to trek into what could have been their pasts. But as even Angelina Jolie said “there is not just simply good and bad,” I wished the good weren’t painted quite so simply bad in this story.

The actors with their amazing costumes, even the crowds in the castle halls reminded me of realistic illustrations of fairy tales by Eric Winter in original British Ladybird books; a delight to behold. But I enjoyed the live-action re-interpreting of, and nods to, the original “Sleeping Beauty” animated movie most, whether it be a cottage, a lopsided cake or an edge of your seat Christening exchange.

Maleficent Aurora's cradle

Maleficent Aurora’s cradle

Ladybird book Well Loved Tales Sleeping Beauty retold by Vera Southgate, Eric Winter illustrations

Ladybird book Well Loved Tales Sleeping Beauty retold by Vera Southgate, Eric Winter illustrations

Maleficent Aurora Costume and the Spinning Wheel

Maleficent Aurora Costume and the Spinning Wheel

Maleficent Spinning Wheel

Maleficent Spinning Wheel

Maleficent Horns Headdress

Maleficent Horns Headdress