About Katherine Tyrrell

Katherine Tyrrell's main interests are:
  1. Drawing - fine art drawings and sketches
  2. Writing - one book, four blogs and various articles and publications
  3. Sharing - advice and information for artists and art lovers
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The  foundations of my art are threefold. 

  1. a commitment to the value of drawing, sketching and working from life 'en plein air' where possible
  2. a fascination with the power, complexities and subtleties of colour
  3. a love of the mark-making scope offered by dry media, specifically soft pastels and coloured pencils.
Whether an internal or external landscape, whether it is about natural or  constructed forms, all of my work is stimulated by repetition and variation in shapes, patterns and motifs and by the impact of light on colour and form.  I frequently use hatching and scumbling to develop broken colour.  
I very much enjoy working from life and in public places - as you can see from my sketchbook pages

Much of my figurative work is either initially developed from life or completed in front of the subject.  
Collections: My artwork has generated much praise in relation to my drawing skills and use of colour and is in private collections in the UK, Australia and the USA.  It can also be seen on my portfolio website Pastels and Pencils 
ExhibitionsMy work has been exhibited her work in the UK, the USA and Canada and in juried exhibitions of national art societies (see Exhibition details).
Art Societies: I write a lot about art societies and art competitions on my blog 'Making A Mark' and I'm also writing a book about art societies! I've decided not to belong to art societies any more. My preference is for supporting them by taking a friendly but wholly independent perspective.
Note: I exhibit on a regular basis with the Society of Botanical Artists. In the past I achieved signature member status with the UK Coloured Pencil Society  and have been an Associate Member of the Society of Graphic Fine Art (a fine art drawing society) and the Society of Feline Artists. In 2006 I was elected as a member of the SGFA Council.  I was also the UKCPS blogmaster for a time.
My four blogs and portfolio website provide an insight into how I work from initial sketch to completed painting

I write about
  • Influences on developing both artwork and art careers
  • Information about resources for artists and art lovers  
  • Other artists - both historical and modern
  • Sketching and my travels with a sketchbook
  • Drawing and making marks with pastels, pencils and pen and ink
  • Creating new drawings and paintings.
  • reviews of art instructions books and other books for artists and art lovers
  • product reviews
My first book about drawing and sketching which will be published in January 2015 in three different editions in different parts of the world.

The titles and publishers of the books are:

Making A Mark - http://makingamark.blogspot.com 
More than 2.8 million visitors to date and 6.5 million pageviews to date. 
Rated #3 in Top 25 UK Arts & Culture Blogs and in the top 10 in the world

Travels with a sketchbook in......

(featured in The Times Newspaper)


I'm also:

UK: Sketching 365: Build your confidence and skills with a tip a day
- published by Quarto (Apple Press) 
(8 January 2015)

Making A Mark Reviews......


The Art of the Landscape

I've also periodically contributed to group blogs - and was the blogmaster for an art society blog.

Making A Mark Publications

See Making A Mark Publications for my FREE and priced guides available for download as pdf documents

I'm also working (slowly) on two other books.

USA: Drawing 365: Tips and Techniques to Build Your Confidence and Skills
- published by North Light Books 
(1 January 2015)

Asia (English) : 365 Hints and Tips for Drawing and Sketching -published by Page One Group
Lectures, Talks and Workshops: I deliver Talks, Lectures and Workshops for arts organisations and art societies about drawing, getting online as an artist and writing a book. If you're interested in commissioning a lecture, talk or workshop please contact me to discuss your needs and ideas. I'll be happy to consider them and I can also give you an idea of fees. All travel and accommodation expenses are charged at cost.
Examples include:
    • Ulster Festival of Art and Design:
      'From Artist to Author' - a talk about the experience of producing my first book about drawing - with an opportunity to ask questions about the process.
Drawing Together - a panel discussion
    • Mall Galleries: Workshop - How to get your art seen online
    • Richmond Art Society: Lecture - Social Media and the Artist


  • I'm currently revising the websites I've set up to share information. These include
    • Art Business for Artists. For those wondering about my interest in matters financial and broader business management topics, I qualified as an accountant, have an MBA from the London Business School, worked as a consultant for some top consultancy firms and used to be a senior manager in very large organisations before I retired.  I now find it interesting to apply my expertise in financial and business management to a very different field of interest.
    • Botanical Art and Artists - A compendium about botanical art past and present for botanical artists and illustrators of today and tomorrow
  • This website includes extensive information about the art materials I use (See Art materials and resources ) Plus I've created a set of information websites about art media, art subjects and the art business
  • I'm also developing a number of websites about various artists and art movements in art history that I'm interested in.  (see About Artists)

Teaching: I have a degree in Education and am a qualified teacher with a particular interest in sketching. I've lead workshops and written articles and guides about sketching.  I regularly share information and write about sketching on my two popular art blogs and in publications on this website. see  How to Sketch and Making A Mark Publications

Numbers for Artists

Learning: I love learning about art and sharing that learning.  I believe that all those with a talent and/or interest in art will benefit from some guidance - and although I don't have a degree in fine art I have studied widely and enjoy passing on what I've learned.

Alumni I'm an alumni of drawing classes at the Royal Drawing School and the University of Arts, London (Central St Martins College of Art).  I've also taken workshops with a number of professional artists in the USA and UK.
Further Information
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Sales & Licencing

The following are available for purchase by arrangement:

  • Original paintings and drawings
  • Images in transparency, printed or electronic form
  • Licencing rights for publication of either drawings or articles or guides

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EXAMPLE:  In 2007, the Cumberland Pencil Company (Derwent Pencils) commissioned Katherine to produce a drawing of Ashness Bridge - a landmark image which has long associations with their Artist's Pencils.  This featured in their 2008 catalogue and on their website.Commissions
Occasional commissions are undertaken - contact Katherine for further details.
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