Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Travis, 16" x 12", Oil on Board, 2016 (Commission)

Travis, 16" x 12", Oil on Board, 2016 (Commission) 
This is a commission completed recently. It's the beloved dog of one of my greatest collectors in Spain. I went into a little bit more detail with this piece.

SPECIAL QUOTE: Whatever you paint make sure you enjoy painting it, somehow if the work is executed with joy, it kind of shines through"- Adebanji Alade

Two Portrait Commissions (S.Boys)

The Amazonian Adventure (S.Boys), 30" x 24", Oil on Canvas, 2016
These are 2 commissions that I completed recently for the lovely parents of these two boys.
I really enjoyed the whole process and I thought it would be worth sharing the finished result of both.

The Formal Sitting (S.Boys) 24" x 30", Oil on Canvas, 2016
SPECIAL QUOTE: "Portraits are very demanding and I feel it's a great adventure to get along with a client from the beginning of a commission to the end. After it all, a great affinity and relationship is formed that goes beyond the picture."-Adebanji Alade

Friday, April 01, 2016

Remain Hungry, Mixed Media on Paper, 11" x 8"

This is one of my experiments with Charcoal dust, a black coloured pencil and graphite on Mixed media paper.

The process starts when I sketch in graphite first, then I add tone washes with the charcoal dust mixed with water, just as I would approach a watercolour painting.

After the washes are all in and the tones are right. I add the darker tones and accents with a very black coloured pencil.

Remain Hungry, 11" x 8", Mixed Media on Paper
If interested in purchasing this piece, please click HERE

After which  I remove the highlights with an electronic eraser.

I have used 250 gsm CassArt Mixed media paper.

The work is based on one of sayings of the Late Steve Jobs, who said "Remain Hungry, Remain Foolish.." Two great ingredients to keep one alert, full of desire and out of the comfort zone.

"When I was a child he would say to me, "Try not to think of what the thing is. If you are painting a tree forget it's a tree and look at it as a series of shapes, tones and colours, and try and draw it as an object. It must be hardest to do that with a human face because your psychology is fighting against it.-Charlotte Hepburne-Scott, recorded interview with Jenny Perry, June 2010 on ANDREW FESTING

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Experimenting with Derwent Graphik Line Maker and Derwent Soft Drawing Pencils

I have been experimenting with Derwent Graphik Line Maker and Derwent Soft Drawing pencils for my sketches on Public Transport.

Graphik Line Maker and TOMBOW wash Pens

I have been used to using a ball point pen and it's always nice to try out something new!


The Derwent Graphik Line Maker was great to use for my regular sketches. It has three sizes 0.1, 0.3 and 0.5. I used the Sepia colour for all of  the sketches featured in this post.
Derwent graphik line maker and TOMBOW

I was more comfortable with the 0.3 and then I used the 0.1 for more details and the 0.5 for thicker lines.

Derwent Soft Colouring Pencils

At first it felt a bit odd because I have always used a ball point pen but after a while of using them I got used to them and I noticed I loved the way the ink flowed on the paper. The lines just flowed with ease and there were no breaks in the ink marks. it really just felt like an extension of my sketching hand.
Derwent soft Colouring Pencils

 I used them to sketch on Daler Rowney Cartridge Sketchbook paper (150 grams) and it worked really well on it. There's nothing like when a pen feels just right on a particular paper.

Derwent Sodt Colouring Pencils

I am very sensitive with my lines as I feel that's what helps me to capture the mood and emotions on the faces of the people I sketch. One line rightly pulled off successfully, can be all that matters on  someones lips or eyebrows.....the graphik line makers are just great for that!

Derwent Soft Coloring Pencils & Graphik Line Maker

I am a big fan of TOMBOW wash pens for the wash effect when I use lines for my sketches. I was also really impressed by the way they worked with the TOMBOW wash pens. There were no blot marks.
Graphik Line Maker and TOMBOW wash Pens

When I used the 0.1 as in this sketch above I noticed that I couldn't move as fast as I wanted to, because the lights were too thin and I couldn't cover much ground quickly.

Graphik Line Maker and TOMBOW wash Pens

The sketch above is one of the best I have done with the Graphik Line Maker, I think when I am in full concentration mode, with no distractions, I 'll be able to use this pen to it's full potential. Observing the lines and then pulling the exact angles and tilts of the lines one sees with these pens is the best way to use them. I find it easier to sketch this way.

Graphik Line Maker and TOMBOW wash Pens

The other drawing tool I tried out was the Derwent Soft Colouring Pencils. Now they are really soft and I loved the feel it had on the cartridge paper in my Daler Rowney Sketchbook (150grams) Almost too soft for my rapid movements but it has such a delicate feel.

Graphik Line Maker 

Graphik Line Maker and TOMBOW wash Pens

Graphik Line Maker 

Graphik Line Maker and TOMBOW wash Pens

Graphik Line Maker and TOMBOW Wash Pens


"There's only one way to improve your sketching skills, that way is by sketching, not talking about it, not dreaming about it, not reading about it BUT just simply SKETCHING!!!!!!!!- Addictive Sketcher

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Plein air Painting at Westfield Park, Chelsea...

It was such a great feeling yesterday when the first rays of the spring sun came up!!

I raced out of the studio to capture the feeling of the warm springlight.

I was so thrilled to go out that I forgot my paints the first time, I had to run back and tell a stranger to stay looking at my set up!

When I finally got down to business it was such a great relief to be painting outdoor again! And now it can only get better!

These are some of the pictures:

Spring Morninglight Westfield Park, Chelsea, 10" x 8", Oil on Board

If  you are interested in purchasing this piece please click HERE
The set up with my colours arranged with the light Stradamini
The location 
Halfway through-notice the abstract feel.
Addding the finishing touches
"Life begats life-If you want to add life to paintings get out into the real life and do it!!-Addictive Sketcher

Friday, February 26, 2016

Sketches on Public Transport February II

All insights into my daily habit of sketching.

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"It doesn't really matter how long we look at something or someone, it won't make much difference or effect on us as artists, if we don't sketch it out or draw it or best of all paint it. Sketch, Draw and Paint to solve problems around you."- Adebanji Alade

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Street Side Market, Lagos I, Oil on Board, 10" x 8"

This is another painting from my trip to Nigeria.

While at Lagos, most of the ​sub-urban streets all have sales people who sell whatever they can to keep body and soul together.

I just love the colours! It's what makes painting Nigerian scenes interesting!!

Street Side Market, Lagos I, Oil on Board, 10" x 8"

If interested purchasing this piece, please click HERE

This was a street Side Market in Lagos where plantains are being sold and green leaf vegetables.

There is so much to paint in Nigeria, going around was like a revelation, it was like I just got a new set of eyes! 

Special Quote
"I'm willing to bet there are a lot of people you run into daily who don't even know you are an artist. If correct, you have to do something about it. If you want to be know as an artist, you have to tell people. And you start with everyone you know. Then, after all your current contacts know you are an artist, you have to get out there and meet more people."-Alyson B. Stanfield.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Crazy Rain & Reflections, City of London II, 8" x 8", Oil on Board

This is a little painting rain painting of London.

I love the reflections!

I love the buzz and the rush of the city!

People form all works of life, with umbrellas, determined to go into their offices for the start of a new day. They are soaked and cold in the London Rain!

The Iconic Red Bus splatters it's colours on the shiny pavements and there is a fair share of pollution in the air!

Crazy Rain & Reflections, City of London II, 8" x 8", Oil on Board, 2016

If interested in purchasing this piece, please click HERE

But I love it, so I paint it!

I have decided to bring the force of a "sketch" into it!

I worked on a small surface and it was tricky but in the end, I triumphed!

"Somebody needs to look at you and see who you really are, you are more than this, greater than this, don't define yourself because of your present doesn't work that way.

Vision is the most dominant force lacking in today's shortsighted society.

Don't be locked up in your past, step back and breath in and now walk into the calling that has been tugging at your heart since you were a baby. You are responsible and you are going to give an account if you remain there.

Don't live a phony, fake, delusional life, cease from yesterday, be a today person, this is it!" -Triple A .

Friday, February 05, 2016

Sleet & Grey Day, Greenwich, 15" x 8", Oil on Board

I love London when it rains!!

There's so much too see, the car lights reflect on the wet pavements creating nice warm reflections!

The skeletal trees peep through the atmosphere!

The people are all warmly clad with darks!

The wind blows and the sleet flows.

This is the London I love!!

So I paint these scenes with joy!!

Sleet & Grey Day, Greenwich, 15" x 8", Oil on Board, 2016
If interested in purchasing this piece, please click HERE

"What you love is what you should paint!"-Adebanji Alade

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Sketches on Public Transport February I

These are some more sketches that I normally do on Public Transport in London.....more to follow.
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"Sketch, Sketch, Sketch.....just do it everyday!!!

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Dawn, Abuja I, 10" x 8", Oil on Board

I traveled to Nigeria over the Christmas holidays last year and it was fantastic!

Going back home to see the landscapes, was captivating!

It seemed as if I had a new set of eyes.

So, hence the paintings from the trip.

This is the first one, Dawn around Abuja at 6.15am-the light was beautiful! some sort of harmattan was still eerie in the air! It was a sublime feeling!

Dawn, Abuja I,  10" x 8", Oil on Board, 2016
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Keep watching this space for more paintings and sketches from The Addictive Sketcher.

"You must feed your mind even as you feed your body, and to make your mind healthy you must feed it nourishing, wholesome thoughts."-Norman V. Peale

Saturday, January 30, 2016

A Quick Review of a Great year-2015!

This is a quick review of some of last years highlights in my little world of painting and sketching!

This was my first appearance in the group exhibition with Guild of Fine Art, Nigeria.

African Doll, 39" x 39", oil on Canvas

Adebanji stands beside African Doll
The Guild of Fine Art Nigeria Artists with Anshu and other Gallery representatives.
Adebanji is part of the panel during the Transcending Boundaries Discussion.

This was a great opportunity to produce a triptych of the Cadogan Buildings at Chelsea. Hugh Seaborn, The CEO was pleased with the final result.

Adebanji and Hugh Seaborn at the Cadogan Offices

Cadogan Buildings Triptych 16" x 16"

I had another great opportunity to perform on the One Show on Chris Evans last day.

On the Set at the One Show

I really enjoyed taking part in this competition. Even though I didn't win, it was a great experience and it was pure fun. I got a commission from this appearance of the same scene I painted on the series.

Lyme Park on a grey Day, 36" x 24", Oil on Canvas

Adebanji with his painting that got him into the Series.

Adebanji and Joan Bakewell

Adebanji and Frank Skinner

A short Film titled, "Adebanji Alade-The Addictive Sketcher was featured on TV!

I did two demonstrations in a wonderful gathering of plein air painters at The Brush With The Broads

Adebanji working as the participants watch.

Adebanji attacking the canvas

Adebanji with finished Demo 

I was happy to have my work selected for this prestigious exhibition, it was also purchased by the Ruth Borchard Collection as part of their Next Generation Collection

SKIN, 12" x 12", Oil on Board SOLD

This was one of the days I forgot my white oil tube and had to paint without white, it was a great experience! Teddy Heywood allowed me to paint from his balcony that overlooks the Bridge.

Battersea Bridge without Titanium White, 18" x 9", Oil on Board SOLD

I visited Vienna for the first time to deliver some inspirational workshops at the International School, Vienna. I also did some sketching and a painting of The Royal Opera House.

Summerlight, The Royal Opera House, 9" x 12", Oil on Board

Sketching The Royal Opera House

Study of the Royal Opera House

A great day in which I took on a commission to cover a wedding as the chief sketchographer!!! It was at Lucy and Joshua Hayes Wedding on the 22nd of August, 2015.

Having fun while working on the sketches at the wedding

My materials at the Wedding

Full Concentration while sketching at The Wedding

Finally I completed the illustrations for this lovely, interesting and practical book written by John and Bella Lane.

One of the pages of the book, "First Steps in The Enchanted Forest of Stitches"

Bella Lane (author) and Kezia (my daughter) at the Book Launch

Kezia, my daughter reading the book

After a very long wait since being made a Provisional Member in 2009, I finally get elected to full membership with The Royal Institute of Oil Painters. A great feeling!!!

Driszzly Day, Green Park, 8" x 10", Oil on Board. SOLD

Colour, Rain and Reflections, 8" x 10", Oil on Board SOLD

Rain and Reflections Cannon Street II, 8" x 10", Oil on Board.

Adebanji with 2 of his paintings at the ROI Annual Show.

Adebanji demonstrating at The Mall Galleries

The Demo, The picture Reference and the palette

Adebanji with finished demo

Painting Ronald Morgan on the Painting Evening at The Mall Galleries

I visited Nigeria for the first time after 12 years. The Society of Nigeria Artist, Lagos Chapter have been following my progress here in the United Kingdom for a while and this year they presented me  with a Masters Award for Distinguished Achievement.

The President SNA Lagos Chapter Chief Dotun Alabi Presenting the Award.

That capped up a great year and by God's Grace I am looking forward to a wonderful 2016! Great things have started happening already!!! Lets Do it!! IT IS POSSIBLE!!!