About Katherine Tyrrell

Katherine Tyrrell's main interests are:

Drawing - fine art drawings and sketches

Writing - one book, four blogs and various articles and publications

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).
My first book about drawing and sketching was published in January 2015 in three different editions in different parts of the world. The titles and publishers of the books are:
I'm also working (slowly) on one other books with two more in the planning stage.
UK: Sketching 365: Build your confidence and skills with a tip a day
- published by Quarto (Apple Press) 
(8 January 2015)

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

My sketches appear in
A further sketch will appear in Lynne Chapman's book Sketching People (2016)

I write one of the most popular art blogs in the UK. It also has a significant international readership in countries all over the world.

Making A Mark - http://makingamark.blogspot.com has had more than 3.3 million visitors to date and 8.2 million pageviews to date. It's also been rated #3 in Top 25 UK Arts & Culture Blogs and in the top 10 in the world

I write about
  • Major Art Exhibitions in the UK: blog posts typically cover those
    • at major art galleries in London and
    • by the national art societies in the UK
  • Major Art Competitions - primarily in the UK but also ones open to international artists. In addition you can view my YouTube videos of the exhibitions of major national art competitions such as the BP Portrait Award - and other art competitions
  • Artists - both historical and contemporary. View my interviews with prizewinners on my YouTube channel
  • Information about resources for artists and art lovers
    • Influences on developing both artwork and art careers
    • practical aspects of art business
  • Drawing and making marks with pastels, pencils and pen and ink

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

My other three blogs are:

Travels with a sketchbook in......

This blog and my portfolio website provide an insight into how I work from initial sketch to completed drawing.

I'm also:

Making A Mark Reviews......

Reviews of art instructions books and other books for artists and art lovers and product reviews

The Art of the Landscape

  • NEW! I've been commissioned by Sally Bulgin, Editor of "The Artist" to write a series of articles for publication in 2016.
The Artist Magazine

WH Smith blog (March 31, 2015)
  • Social media and the artist (pages 109,110 and 112)

"Many artists have discovered the value of using social media to raise the profile of their work. Katherine Tyrrell, renowned for her Making a Mark art blog, provides an overview of how to use some of the variety of options for getting your work seen and maybe sold"

Launch issue of Discover Art - digital magazine
The Good Web Guide (July 2012)
LovePencils (The Derwent blog - March 2011)
See Making A Mark Publications for my FREE and priced guides available for download as pdf documents.
Art Societies

I am (I hope) a constructive but critical friend of art societies. I support them by taking a friendly, but wholly independent, perspective on their exhibitions and other activities and to that end I am no longer a member of any art societies other than as a Friend. 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 also give talks to art societies (see below).

Note: I exhibit on a regular basis with the Society of Botanical Artists and Florum. In the past I achieved signature member status with the UK Coloured Pencil Society and was 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.

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. 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

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.


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.  It also includes a developing section of material relating to a "numbers for artists" theme.
  • 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 Advice about Art Materials) 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.

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

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 & Licensing

The following are available for purchase by arrangement:

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

For further information and a price list

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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