Techniques & Mediums

Peter Barnfield was self taught since his graphic arts training was technical in nature rather than creative. He favoured graphite pencil, coloured pencil, pen & ink, watercolour and acrylics, and most of the humorous pictures are in mixed media.

For these, Pentel clutch pencils with grade B ·9, ·5 and ·3 leads were used and the non water-soluble Faber Castell Polychromos or Caran d’Ache Luminance coloured pencils plus a few of the now discontinued Stabilo Softcolor pencils which were all applied over washes of Winsor & Newton Artists’ watercolour. Pens were a mixture of Rotring technical plus pigment ink Staedtler Mars professional ·25 and ·18, pigment ink Unipin 0·05 or Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens.

All paper based mixed media works have for some years now been on the cotton rag 640 gram Fabriano Artistico HP Traditional or Extra White.

The original tiny sketch of Betony Farm Gate and finished 31 x 44 cm coloured pencil picture.

And here's where it all happened. The studio, and the man himself; at his drawing board working on a book cover.

And yes, it was always that neat and tidy - that's how he worked!