Welcome to Profile of the Week! We are delighted to present Mark Bedwell from Huddersfield, UK.

Mark creates strikingly realistic art that is full of detail. To see more of Mark's artwork, visit his gallery: http://community.art-is-fun.com/photo/photo/listForContributor?scre...

When you view his portfolio, be sure to click on the images to view them larger!

Please join us for this interview with Mark:

How would you describe your art?

I wouldn't describe what I do as art really... more art-work than art I think.

How long have you been an artist and how did you become an artist?

I've been lucky enough to be born with the ability to draw/paint, and I've been doing so since I was first able to hold a crayon... around sixty years then.

What is your favorite medium and why?

I can't say as I have a favourite medium as such, because I love both of my chosen mediums equally.

​But if push came to shove, then I'd have to say Indian ink... especially pen & ink drawing, which I find very satisfying.

Anyway I think that your medium preference can change. Like I used nothing but coloured pencils for around forty years, but just recently I've gone right off 'em, and now use gouache instead.

One of the things which I never liked with coloured pencils is the shiny burnished finish that they give to your pics, and gouache gives you such a delicious matte finish.

Pick one work of art from your Art Colony portfolio and tell us the story behind it. Why does this piece have meaning to you? What steps did you take to create the piece?

"The Masterpiece" (shown above) was only my second attempt at a pen & ink crosshatch drawing, and it made me realise that I'd got a pretty good handle on the technique. Maybe it's not done using the accepted method, but the pic turned out to be more than I was hoping to achieve.

I also find crosshatching a very satisfying and absorbing technique, and I'm very chuffed with this pic. As it was only my second attempt at crosshatching, I spent a long time thinking about this pic before I even put the Bristol board on my drawing table... what canvas to use, what type of pen, the right subject etc. I also drew a lot of practice sketches in graphite, so's to see how something would look... you can't erase ink!

Tell us about one medium, technique or style that you would like to try working with (that you have not tried before) and why you would like to try this.

I'd like to try something using pastels because I love their rich colours. But I have a problem with them, in that the feel they give, combined with the sound they make, sets my teeth on edge real bad, so I can't use them (I can't use charcoal either, for the same reason).

However, Jen Knight has just given me a little tip on using a velour surface to draw on. Apparently velour gives the pastels a much smoother feel, and you don't get any of that mind-warping scritchy-scratchy noise either. :o)

Is there an element of making art that you enjoy the most, and why?

I love working with fineliner pens because of their clean simplicity. All you need is a pen, and you just click the top off and start drawing... there aren't even any pencil shavings to get rid of!

I also enjoy seeing a gouache pic take shape when slowly adding colours and tones. This can be a little... erm... intense, because it's very easy to mess up with gouache, but thankfully it's also easy to correct... and when I'm sat at my drawing table, I'm at peace with the world... it's my fave place.

If you could imagine the “perfect art day” for yourself, what would it be like?

That's easy... I'd love to spend just one day without having anything else to do but my pic... and that includes having to stop to eat as well. :o)

If you could spend 24 hours with one artist, living or historical, who would you want to spend the day with and why? What would the two of you do?

I'd like to spend a day with Damien Hirst, to see whether he's taking the huge Mickey out of the whole art snobbery thing, or if he's actually serious... (I reckon it's the former).

Do you have any tips or advice for aspiring artists?

Experiment... see what works, and don't think that you have to stick to the "correct" techniques... do what works for you.

Who's your favorite artist?

Caravaggio... I love what he did, and we have similar personalities. :o)

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Many congrats Mark....lovely interview and your art work is just stunning.....well deserved ...enjoy your week as POTW....xx

To say I'm envious that I'll never attain this level of proficiency is not a moot point.  What detail!

Congratulations Mark! It was a pleasure to read your interview and your art is outstanding!! Oh, and btw, I have the same issue using pastel and charcoal, I just can't bear it because of the feel it gives; thank goodness there are so many more media we can use :-D Enjoy your week, Mark!!!

Congrats Mark!  You were def born with the gift, outstanding art you create...You know I'm a big fan of yours.

Congratulations Mark, I loved reading your interview and you know how much I absolutely love your work! I have been really wanting to try velour paper and pastels as well,  so let me know how you get on, I love the soft appearance it is meant to give. Velour paper is hard to buy here in oz, but I found a cheap substitute to play with - which seems to work with cps, so now I just need a little more time in the day so I can play with it. All the best, can't wait to see more of your wonderful creations

Congratulations!  Enjoyed reading your interview and your work is simply amazing.  Enjoy your week ~ it's well deserved!

Congratulations Mark on being our POTW! Your interview was great and loved looking back at many off your art  pieces, that I loved. Seeing more was a treat! Have a wonderful, fun filled week! You deserve this honor! :)

Thank you Mark for sharing yourself with us. Appreciate your style and the detail work you do is beyond me. Congratulations on being POTW! ~~Wray~~

...it was only a matter of time before your art came up on POW Mark -- well deserved. Each of your drawings are incredible and your chosen pick The Masterpiece IS INDEED. Your attention to detail and able to depict it in your drawings so excellently is re-MARK-able! Oh and the finale covered wagon too is amazing. Hats off to you Mark!

well done, Mark

well deserved recognition for a truly talented artist. I enjoyed reading your interview and totally agree with your "advice" to other artists, try to be yourself in your art not another Bob Ross or whoever (although I must say I enjoyed BR's work). Thanks for sharing, my friend, and good luck in all your future efforts and thanks for your help in my own.

Ed

You are an amazingly talented artist, Mark, so I am glad to read your profile and see your work featured. If you get the answer from Hirst, whisper it here :)

Congratulations Mark. These are really amazing.

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