14 March 2014

Spotlight on .... Bird in The Hand

              This week we talk to sam from Bird in The Hand 

Where did your artist name come from?

Bird In The Hand just seemed appropriate to the subject matter and slightly humorous. Plus it's the name of a quaint pub that I see almost daily so it must have subconsciously slipped into mind!

Handmade framed Goldfinch print | Objets de Désir

How did you get into it?

I've always enjoyed drawing from a young age. I did a couple of years of Art School but decided drawing was more of a hobby so changed courses. After not drawing for a while I wanted to re discover my talent so started drawing birds. They seemed like the obvious thing to draw at the time as I see most of the birds I draw during my daily commute to Bath on the cycle path. I started selling my work at the Harbourside Market in Bristol and have moved from there into local pop up shops. (Mostly because it was freezing!)

Handmade Framed Jay Print, Bird in The Hand | Objets de Désir

Describe your products and what makes them unique?

I draw intricate and detailed birds using watercolour pencils, Biro's and anything else I can find in my pencil case. I try to capture the character of the birds and present them on a plain background so they are the main focus. 

Handmade Framed Kingfisher, Bird in The Hand | Objets de Désir

What is your biggest achievement so far?

In terms of my art it has been great from going to drawing in my spare time to selling it to the public. But I think my biggest achievement is the individual commissions I've worked on. It's a great feeling when someone likes something you do so much they're prepared to pay a lot of money for it. It always takes me by surprise. 

Do you have a favourite piece out of your work?

For some reason I like my drawing of a common Pigeon. I'm usually very critical of things I've produced after looking at them for too long but I always enjoy the Pigeon. People are often negative about pigeons but I think they are rather beautiful and misunderstood. I think I drew one because I felt like someone had to fight their corner. I don't think it's my best work but it never fails to make me smile. 

What do you think the future of digital/traditional art looks like?

I'm not sure where I think the future of art is going but the ease of access to amazing programs like photoshop can only open up some fascinating possibilities. I don't really consider my work very cutting edge but one day I'd like to put my drawings into the computer and play around with them. Who knows, maybe I'm the future of digital/traditional art? 


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