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It’s all about lines……..

Doodles. Scribbles. Sketches. Napkins……yes, I use all of these, and more, to get and develop ideas (and sometimes the finished work).

Hello – my name’s John – John Harrison – Yorkshire born and bred, and proud of it. My home county, especially the wonderful town and villages along its East coast, is the inspiration for much of my recent work, seen and drawn with a different view of familiar places.

Rupert the Bear, the Eagle, Dandy & Beano, Superman, Batman…

These, and many more, were early influences…in fact, the very first time I read a Rupert Bear story, I just knew I wanted to draw (and be in)those wonderful scenes of an idyllic world. Here’s a sketch from early this year -a comment on the Flickr post said it looked just like Nutwood!

the way out of the woods

The pen and ink style of all this childhood reading influenced me to a greater extent than I realised – after trying out most other media,I have come full circle and for the last few years have worked almost exclusively in a line and wash style. It feels the most natural thing in the world to me, and I hope that feeling comes through in my work.

I’ve been involved in creative endeavours of one form or another
for most of my adult life: I had a long period where I earned my living as a professional drummer, and sketched and drew constantly: sadly, I no longer have those sketchbooks, which I’m sure, contained many illustrations I’d be proud to show.

A graphic designer with a real passion for typography, I love using ink and watercolour wash, with buildings, townscapes and coastal scenes my favourite subject matter.

Thanks for dropping by, and please have a look around my site…

I’ve just added a new section with lots of original paintings for sale…

just ask away if you need any more information or are interested in a commission, or prints……

12 Replies to “About me”

  1. Hi John,
    my mother would love one of your framed paintings for a Christmas gift. Please could you tell me where I can see what you have available and the prices. It will be a very difficult decision – we love everything we’ve seen!

  2. john your5 demo at bingley art soc last week was brilliant;entertaining and informative,thanks again jean lancaster

    1. Hello Lesley, thanks for looking -the short answer to your question is ‘no’I’ve never used oil, although I her often thought I would love to have a go someday

  3. Hello John.
    A friend of mine turns 50 next week and I’ve been looking for a special card to send him with a picture of St Ives – his favourite place. I came across your work through a google search and it stands out to me the most – Do you have any cards? Or small prints of St Ives that I could use to create a card/keepsake?
    Many thanks

    1. Hi Laura,
      thanks for writing: I don’t have many images of St Ives, but we did holiday there last summer so |I’ll have a look through my sketchbooks and see if there’s anything there…I’ll come back to you later on today
      best wishes

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