Category Archives: The Art of Billy Blog

Jonathan Rea Oil Painting time-lapse of the 5 times World Superbike Champion on the KRT Kawasaki ZX-10RR

Here is my full timelapse of my oil on linen canvas painting of ‘5 Star History Maker’ of Jonathan Rea riding the Factory Kawasaki ZX-10RR Superbike to become the 2019 World Superbike Champion for a history making and record breaking fifth time in succession.

Jonathan made history as the first consecutive Quintuple WorldSBK Champion. The oil painting shows Jonathan piloting his ZX-10RR Superbike on the desert dusty Lagun Seca with the famous ‘Corkscrew’ corner.

The painting is available as a fine art print limited to only 165 copies from my website


How to Draw Hermione Granger – Emma Watson in the Harry Potter films

How to Draw a Portrait of Hermione Granger – Drawing Emma Watson as the young Hermione in the middle of her Hogwarts High School years.

How to draw a portrait of Hermione Granger using simple art techniques.
This portrait drawing is of Emma Watson who plays the young Hermione Granger at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter movies.

You can see in real time and fully narrated how using the simple shapes techniques and a few guide lines you can draw a portrait of anyone. This is not quite a beginners art tutorial but this portrait drawing lesson uses the same techniques that I use in basics and cartoon How to Draw videos. Just to a little higher finished level to encourage you in your drawing progress.

This art tutorial takes you from a blank piece of paper with a 2b and 4b pencil to a full portrait drawing in real time in two hours and forty minutes.

Drawing Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell Thatcher Joe Charleston on Strictly Come Dancing

Here’s my pencil drawing portrait time-lapse of Joe Sugg ‘Thatcher Joe’ and Dianne Buswell doing their Charleston dance on Week 2 of Strictly Come Dancing 2018 on BBC One.

The A4 pencil drawing shows YouTube Star Joe and Diane out Thatching a Roof in the British Sunshine (Joe was an apprentice Thatcher) along with two inserts from their wonderful Charleston routine that they danced on Saturday 29th September 2018 to ‘Cotton Eye Joe’ played by the wonderful Dave Arch and his Orchestra, the Strictly Come Dancing House Band.

Joe has never danced before and has astounded the Stritcly Judges, Craig Revel Horwood, Dame Darcey Bussell, Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli, presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, Zoe Ball on It Takes Two, the live studio audience at Ellstree Studios and millions watching the tv at home as well as himself, with his ability in a few weeks training to do very well attaining 31 points for his second ever dance.

Joe is the first YouTube star to do Strictly and will probably not be the last. Will his sister Zoella, Zoe Sugg, and her partner Alfie Deyes be on Strictly in 2019?..

Drawing Courntey Hadwin Howie Mandel’s Golden Buzzer on America’s Got Talent 2018

Drawing time-lapse of Courntey Hadwin Howie Mandel’s Golden Buzzer on America’s Got Talent 2018

Courtney, from Hartlepool England, came out as a quiet and shy 13 year old and then let rip with a stunning rendition of Hard to Handle by Otis Reading. Courtney’s electric performance and voice was compared to Janis Joplin by Howie. The other judges, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Simon Cowel were all visibly blown away during Courtney’s performance and said so afterwards too. Host Tyra Banks who was off stage with Courney’s Dad was equally blown away.

Judge Howie Mandel told Courtney the story of how Clive Davis once discovered Janis Joplin. “Oh my gosh, you are not from this era. You’re from a whole different era. I’m not Clive Davis, I’m Howie Mandel, and I can’t sign you to a record deal. The only thing I can do for you, young lady, is give you this” then he hit the Golden Buzzer. Courtney was moved to tears by Howie’s words and Golden Buzzer and her dad come on stage to hug her.

After the show was broadcast Courtney posted on Twitter;“I didn’t know what to expect when I auditioned for AGT but the golden buzzer was more than I ever could have dreamed of. Thank you so much Howie Mandel I am so happy and can’t thank you enough xx”

The portrait drawing is A4 and shows Courtney singing Hard to Handle and the elation of the America’s Got Talent Judging panel as Howie presses the Golden Buzzer. Drawing with Faber-Castell series 9000 and TK-Line pencils.

Drawing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle The Royal Wedding 2018

Here is my portrait time-lapse drawing of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after their Royal Wedding in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on 19th May 2018.

After their wonderful wedding in front of the Queen, family, friends and nearly two billion people globally via television and the internet Harry and Meghan became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Prince William was Harry’s best man and Meghan was walked down the isle by Prince Charles. Many celebrities were guests at the wedding including George and Amal Clooney, David and Victoria Beckham and Elton John among many others.

The service was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the ‘Love and Fire’ sermon was delivered from The Most Reverend Michael Curry, primate of the Episcopal Church in the USA.

After which Harry and Meghan went in an open top horse drawn carriage around Windsor in front of the over 100,000 crowd of well wishers from all around the world. THey left for their evening reception in a modified electric classic E Type Jaguar.

Drawing Avicii. Time-lapse drawing of Swedish EDM DJ Tim Bergling

Drawing Avicii time-lapse.

Here is my portrait time-lapse drawing of Swedish DJ Avicii, Tim Bergling, who sadly died aged 28 in April 2018.

Avicii worked with many musicians including Madonna, Chris Martin from Coldplay and Rita Ora with hits including Wake Me Up, Hey Brother and the recent Rita Ora track Lonely Together.

Oil Painting of Jonathan Rea the 2017 Triple WorldSBK Champion Time-lapse by Billy

Here is my full timelapse of my oil on linen canvas painting ofJonathan Rea riding the Factory Kawasaki ZX-10R Superbike to become the 2017 World Superbike Champion for the third time in succession. Jonathan made history as the first consecutive Triple WorldSBK Champion.

The oil painting shows Jonathan piloting his ZX-10R Superbike at the home of World Superbike racing, Donington Park Circuit, about to claim a home win ending Tom Sykes nine straight victories at the circuit.

The painting is available as a fine art print limited to only 165 copies from my website

Jonathan Rea Triple World Superbike Champion Oil Painting by Billy WIP Update 5th March 2018

Detail of Jonathan Rea in his Arai lid and Alpinestars leathers is now complete on my oil painting of him at Donington Park on his way to his first home round win. I use Rosemary and Company Brushes and Winsor and Newton Artist Oils for my painting. 🖌️🎨🏁🏆🏆🏆

Onto his Kawasaki ZX-10R Superbike next 👍😃

Detail of Jonathan Rea, Triple World Superbike Champion, complete on Billy the Artist’s Oil Painting

How to Draw Dug, Hognob, Goona and Lord Nooth from the Early Man Aardman Animation Movie

How to draw Dug, Hognob, Goona and Lord Nooth from Early Man in real time fully narrated. Links to the full videos below and over 90 videos in my How to Draw Playlist.

These beginners art tutorials take you from a blank piece of paper with a 2b pencil to a finished drawing of Dug (voiced by Eddie Redmayne – Newt Scamander in the Fantastic Beasts Movies by J K Rowling), Hognob, Goona (Maisie Williams) and Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) in real time!