Gallery examples part 6 (Pencil. Ink. Colour stages)

Finished Artwork (Book Cover)
At the HoBB, many visiting authors have enjoyed the run of our studio and gardens where they have explored book image ideas and cover design/s.
Author visits can be arranged through literary agents, publishers, book packagers or directly with us.
Strand of Hair ice crystal formation
We have a large image library, which includes the WoW Picture archive.
We pencil sketch at live meeting, do colour samples in studio, inkwork by hand – either on paper or digitally. Colour render digitally.
Left: Inking service. Right: Colour Render Service
Pencilwork used as school colouring sheet
Mascot toon. Ebano.
Ink Sketching (no prior pencil stage)
Colour Rendering (Photoshop)

Metamorphic images

“Something’s happening and it’s happening right now” sang the Stranglers in “Something Better Change”

Some people are still too blind to see it but others grapple with change to make sure it’s for the better.

We grapple at The HoBB.

We grapple over breakfast, through each day, and by the log fires deep into the night. We grapple with ways to communicate change and to help people understand change. We grapple with changes that are hard to stomach and those that themselves need changing.

We do this by thinking of the unexpected, flying in the face of the normal, diving into ever new action and ever-moving forward.  As change can be a slow boat, we research and find ways to speed it up. Over one fast-moving morning, we focused on metamorphic image and here’s about 5% of the results:

We’re here for the open-minded and very practical grapplers. Change your views with us and work to change ours.

Green Worc. by Grant



The *HoBB Gallery regularly exhibits the works of artists who visit the HoBB and once every year or so, we exhibit works created here at the HoBB Studio.

As full-time host at the HoBB, some of Grant’s own drawings go on display in the Wood Bod and farmhouse to provide a changing backdrop for visitors.

At an early age, Grant read that Picasso had said “To me there is no past or future in art. If a work of art cannot live always in the present it must not be considered at all” . How right he was – as history shows us.

It has been said that “the works of Grant form the scaffolding of an unrestrictable future where time returns to haunt us and our history fades into insignificance.”  His designs, paintings, drawings and projects combine to unlock the influences around him so that he may communicate his inner understanding of the World, the Universe and everything.

At the age of 4, he created his first chalk and charcoal drawings and at 8 he insisted on learning Latin and illustrating all the characters in the rhyme “This is the House that Jack Built”.

At 11, he designed greetings cards that were sold at ‘Cobweb & Strange and at 21 he opened his first art studio in Ardrishaig, Scotland with craftworker John Hamilton.

Following that, he moved to South Wales to open a visitor centre and gallery  where he started painting watercolours as backdrops to exhibitions. One of the exhibitions was so popular that it toured the UK with the West Midlands Area Museum service  after being hosted by the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Grant continues to visualise building and other design led projects Read more >

There’s a natural evolution to my art, giving it a recorded past along with its moment of shared present whilst making its contribution to a future beyond my reach, but possibly, not beyond the reach of my art.” (Grant. From an opening speech at ‘Plant Crossing’ (Joint exhibition) held at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens Art Gallery)
  • Grant got his inspiration for the above painting whilst drawing this building in Worcester, UK for its architects: