Thursday, 2 August 2012

Pencil Drawings Of Leaves
Pencil Drawings Of Leaves Biography

here are many animal artists around and it would not be fair to compare them but in MIKE SIBLEY we have something different.   After leaving Leeds College of Art in 1970 he met his wife Jenny who bred and exhibited horses and dogs. It was this that turned his talents in that direction. A professional artist now for over twenty five years, he often spends over two hundred hours on a single drawing.   Mike's work is special in its fine detail. The only tool for this is the pencil. He doesn't like colour, he says colour gets in the way.

Mike's art sells in many countries including America, Australia and Scandinavia. His first limited edition print, an edition of fifty Irish Water Spaniel prints, sold out at its Crufts release in just three and a half hours. He now rarely accepts private commissions - only when time permits and a four-year wait is not unusual.  The work is stunning, make a point of looking out for his prints and original drawings. You will be impressed.

    Peter Tamblyn-Embling - Art Critic

(Condensed and updated from Our Dogs)

...up to 1965
I was born in 1948 in the Essex country village of Orsett, England but at the age of five my father's work took us north to the town of Sale in the county of Cheshire. This is the only piece of work remaining from my days at Sale Grammar School and I have always been rather pleased with this ballpoint pen study. The drawing shows the school's copse - a small patch of woodland surrounding a pond - which was behind the school in a corner of the athletics field.

Even in those days I preferred to work in monochrome - studying the underlying essence of an object rather than its superficial colour.

At 18-years old, having graduated from school, I attended Manchester College of Art & Design for my pre-Diploma year. Here we were introduced to a large array of materials and techniques - I learned to gas weld, for example - whilst traditional skills were also encouraged. This hyacinth bulb pencil drawing (16" x 9") is one result of that period.


From the turn of the year (1966-67) are these two large 20" x 14" pen & ink drawings of pine cones.
I was also fascinated by comic images - many resulted in sculptures >>

1967 to 1970
Leeds College of Art & Design - Little work remains of this period. The route I explored began with painting and drawing, quickly moved into sculpture then progressed into electronic music (before the birth of the Moog synthesiser so I had to hand-build all my equipment). I had designed a kinetic sculpture that included a simple electronic sound generator - I built the generator, found that I couldn't afford to build the sculpture, then became fascinated by the "shapes" and "textures" that sound could create. My major project (a controlled environment designed to counter all senses except responses to sound and light) was never constructed due to cost although the extensive plans still exist.

Later, after leaving College, I found many parallels between my drawing techniques and my method of building up electronic music - layer on layer, finally re-applying the "bright" highlights that the process consistently muddied.

1979 on...The art goes commercial
In 1978 my wife Jenny asked if I would draw a motif for her dogs pedigree forms... she never got it but our business had begun. I drew nothing but dogs over the next three weeks - each night I would plan the next day's drawing and each morning I was enthusiastic to begin. Gradually the work improved - this unsigned drawing of a Chihuahua was the first to succeed beyond my expectations. I tried other media including Scraperboard (Scratchboard), but nothing transferred my thoughts to paper more accurately than pencil.

Commissions soon came from Jenny's friends in the world of dogs and the word gradually spread (I have never advertised) until I had enough commission work to think about taking the business seriously. Until then I had been supporting myself, Jenny and my stepson Steve as a cab driver. An 84-hour, 7-day working week didn't leave a lot of time for art but by working the 2pm to 2am shift I had the late mornings free. By 1980 we owned our own taxi, which I drove at night and rented out afternoons to free more time for drawing. In that year I turned professional and didn't renew my taxi licence.

Pencil Drawings Of Leaves
Pencil Drawings Of Leaves
Pencil Drawings Of Leaves
Pencil Drawings Of Leaves
Pencil Drawings Of Leaves
Pencil Drawings Of Leaves
Pencil Drawings Of Leaves
Pencil Drawings Of Leaves
Pencil Drawings Of Leaves
Autumn Leaves Drawing

Leaves Speedpainting 

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