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Alan Woollett - artist extraordinaire

Alan Woollett is an accomplished artist, creating beautiful realistic drawings. He has won two of our competitions already, and his work is incredibly popular with the team here (as well as you readers out there on Facebook land).

Alan Woollett__Flamingo_drawingHow long have you been an artist, and what got you started?

I have been an artist for about 20 years now, being the stay at home parent when we had kids gave me plenty of time to practice! I have always drawn since childhood and stuck to it as I seemed quite good at it and found it enjoyable.

Where do you paint mostly?

I have a studio now at the top of the garden I can escape to, but over the years I have worked in various rooms around the house, including the children’s playroom.

 Do you sketch every day?

I don't really sketch everyday but I sure wish I could, my inspiration has always come from nature in one form or another, the shapes colours and textures etc,

Wildlife is a subject you are completely awesome at, what is it about nature that inspires you and is one of your subjects of choice?

Nature has always been something I have been interested in but I came to drawing it after leaving art college where I had studied graphic design.

Alan Woollett_Stag_and_Magpie_drawingWhat materials do you use for drawing, which pens, pencils, brushes, paints, etc you prefer?

For drawing in colour I use Faber Castell Polychromos pencils, for my graphite work I use Mars Lumograph pencils, for watercolour I use Winsor and Newton paints.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m currently working on a large colour pencil piece, all will be revealed!

One thing in your studio what means the most, if there was a fire what would you grab first?

Hmmm..that’s a good question, I think it would be several older bird books, nothing of any cash value, but ones that fill me with happy memories of childhood birdwatching with my mother.

Alan Woollett_Heron_drawingA bit of fun we always ask, if you were a Strathmore paper, which would you be?

Hmmm..well I do like the Strathmore Bristol Vellum, a friend sent me some samples (more always appreciated! [Noted! Hope your prize arrived ok, Ed.]).

Alan Woollett_DrawingWhat’s your website and Facebook, Twitter handles?

My facebook page is alanwoollettbirdart, and twitter.. plain old @awoollett

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Alan Woollett_Sparrow_and_architecture

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