the art of ruddell


Using a 0.5mm HB pencil, a Staedtler eraser and tissue to smudge the pencil, most of these sketches were done in one sitting, usually between 1 - 2 hours . . . .


sketched in 2B and HB . . scaled directly from a magazine ad with a ruler, and a bit of old school draughtsmanship . .


sketched in 2B pencil in about one and a half hours . . . Marie Helvin with her circa 80s hair!!!


HB and 2B pencils. Trying the cindypressart method - fast sketching, not too tight. Quite pleased with the result . .


HB pencil only. Copy of one of the wonderful Cindy Press pictures, trying to figure out how she creates so much from so little


sketched on the beach in Alvor. There was nice sense of perspective as the reed parasols disappeared along the empty beach


spotted in Spanish Vogue . . trying to capture Blanca Padilla's wonderful sneer. Nearly got it . .

hidden in the hills above Llafranc. . the beautiful Mont Ras Church side door

Liz Hurley . . . copied out of a magazine . . . guess I was fed up with buildings that day

what is there to draw by the poolside? . . ah - the poolside . . .

taking an early morning stroll down through the woods

new sketch pad - I am liking this paper, smoother . . . pots on a wall, copied from the September issue of Maisons Cote Sud

small house behind the cliffs in Lagos, with a moorish feel to it . . .

some seriously bent aleppo pine trees on the costal path near La Forsca

morning light on the coastal path gate and gateway

a more detailed study of the far end of the platja Castell - the hill which includes an archeological dig

the El Far Hotel entrance - adjoining a medieval church this hotel sits in the shade of the Llafranc lighthouse

the platja Castell - contains some interesting ruins

the Costa Brava is a great coastline, with rocky coastal paths and hidden fishing villages
old Catalan buildings, scorching weather and lazy days

returning to the Costa Brava in 2008, the small towns are still pretty unspoilt.

our quiet little beach in Kefalonia . . steps, gates, steps, more gates . . delightful!

the church in Brem Sur Mer, a small sleepy town by the ocean in the Vendee

en route with caravan - even the rest stops are sun drenched . . . . sketched in 20 minutes

dreaming . . . drawn on a windy English campsite, copied from a book . . . .

Swiss chalet we used when ski-ing in Feb 2001, a wonderful rickety wood structure

windswept Furteventura - a desolate and beautiful island

a mysterious house, no doubt belonging to a gangster

the sun and the shadows make the picture

Spanish interlude 1999 - 2000; many of the developments on Mallorca are limited to three or four stories to preserve the environment; drawn from my ground floor balcony in two sittings . .

venturing further south - into Provence, to find quiet mountain lakes and woodsmoke snack bars

one of the Dordogne's many Chateau

a church built into the cliff face opposite the Dordogne . . .

Domme, the magical old town perched on top of a mountain, with commanding views of the Dordogne

looking through the tall trees on the Soleil Plage campsite

on the Soleil Plage campsite you look out directly across the Dordogne River, on the far side of which the cliffs are lined with boxwood trees

the church in Vitrac, a little hidden village in the hillside woods outside Sarlat

a church in La Roque Geraq on the Dordogne

quite a few sketches from the French period . . . right by the campsite at Logis du Brueil

this was late afternoon on a freezing November day catching the last of the sunlight through the trees, I was working in pencil, my daughter was working in pastels: our hands were getting cold

the lake and Manor at Berkswell, near my home . . nothing has changed here for 40 years . . .

a hotel in the Amazon, drawn in biro, a local child wrote her name on the top of the sketch for me . .

as the Costa Brava undergoes development this is a regular scene - the old and the not so attractive new .


the remains of a house that perched right on the edge of the cliffs with a fantastic view . . .


Costa Brava; at the far end of the enchanting Tossa de Mar is the old walled town - and hidden behind the ancient tower is this dusty courtyard, sketched in one sitting in about 90 minutes