Here is a quick little update on my new Valentino Rossi ‘The Doctor’ oil painting of him on the 2017 Yamaha YZR M1 MotoGP prototype race bike.
This little shot shows the pencil line, then turps in first with a brown line to seal the graphite and then washed in with very thin oil colour to give the canvas a tooth for me to add the background and detail layers to the painting.
Valentino Rossi 2017 Yamaha YZR M1 MotoGP oil painting by Billy WIP 1
Just for fun here is my drawing of Cheryl taken from the 2017 L’oréal February photoshoot.
This was a lovely drawing to produce as it shows Cheryl glowing in her pregnancy. Cheryl and Liam Payne from One Direction are expecting their first child around Mothers Day in the UK, 26th March 2017.
Cheryl who has been a regular Judge on the X-Factor alongside Simon Cowell is also a highly successful solo singing artist as well as being part of the hugely successful girl group ‘Girls Aloud’.
Lovely day today with some new STAEDTLER pencils from The Art Department Stoke Ltd (& tote bag for the wifey Sharon Bill). Plus my replacement Emma May Bailey Ceramics Art Dept mug WITH A LID & my logo hand painted on for my PG tips (which Monkey happily demonstrates to keep the tea hot until you I can drink it).
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PG Tips Monkey showing off my new Emma Bailey Ceramics Fine Bone China hand painted The Art Dept Stoke LTD mug along with my new Staedtler Pencils.
Drawing Michael Dunlop ‘The Bull’ 2016 Southern 100 Work in Progress teaser time-lapse.
This full HD time-lapse shows the detailing up of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Banner (who sponsor the Southern 100 races), Ivy and kerbstones from my full art of Michael Dunlop aboard the Hawk Racing BMW S1000RR Superstock bike on his way to victory in the 2016 Southern 100 Races.
In October 2016 I was contacted by Craig Watson, UK Sales Director of Kawasaki UK, about a possible painting of Jonathan Rea as it was looking ever likely that Jonathan would win back to back World Superbike championship titles on the ZX-10R.
When it came to the last race weekend at Local International Circuit in Qatar Jonathan secured the WSB title in the first race and the secret project began.
Billy the Artist with the finished Jonathan Rea 2016 World Superbike Champion oil on linen canvas painting commissioned by Craig Watson, UK Sales Director, for Kawasaki UK
Kawasaki UK commissioned this oil on linen canvas painting of Jonathan Rea riding the Factory Kawasaki ZX-10R Superbike when he became the 2016 World Superbike Champion.
The oil painting shows Jonathan piloting his ZX-10R Superbike at the Losail International Circuit in his custom double WSBK Champion Gold Arai crash helmet.
I then had to work 12-15 hour days to complete the art to dry in time to be given to Jonathan. The oil painting was presented to Jonathan Rea at the Cornmarket Motorcycle Awards on January 27th 2017. Where Howard Dale , General Manager of Kawasaki UK and Craig Watson the UK Sales Director, also presented him with an ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ as he was the first rider in World Superbikes to win back to back titles for 17 years since Carl Fogarty. Jonathan also won the Joey Dunlop Trophy, for Irish Motorcyclist of the Year, back to back and for the fourth time in total.
My beginners art tutorial ‘How to Draw Anything! The Basics Part 1 Using Shapes’ on youtube has now had over 200,000 views (As of February 15th 2017).
I produced this video in 2014 showing simple techniques that I learned from many books over 30 years ago about drawing and distilling them into a short 22 minute real time video to simply encourage people to have a go at drawing and to enjoy art.
Since then it has been lovely getting lots of comments that this simple art lesson has helped many people to enjoy drawing and develop their artistic creativity.
Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne limited edition of 100 fine art prints.
This brand new limited edition fine art print of Shakey taken from my pencil drawing shows Shane riding the 2016 Paul Bird Motorsport Be Wiser Ducati Panigale in the British Superbike Championship. Shakey made BSB history by winning the British Superbike Championship for a 5th time on the PBM Ducati.
The print is available in A4, A3 and A2 and is embossed and signed with free UK post and packing.