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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great works Mark!! good to see your artist of the week.

Just now saw this, Mark. I am so glad you were chosen. You are such a remarkable artist and you deserve to be recognized.Your interview was awesome as I knew it would be. Congrats again. Cath

hi mark...i seem to be friends with the best artists! congratulations! your art is incredible. i love all of it but i think, if i had to choose, it would be your animals! only because i love animals but i love boats too so hmmmm...

anyway, it is all so excellent, you really are a talented one!

did i tell you i'm starting Fine Art at Uni in a few short weeks? eek!

good luck - i am off to read your interview, and look for even MORE inspiration for my own journey. i love nothing better than to enjoy someone else's slipstream and yours is very cool my friend!

shell xx

Congratulations Mark. I'm so glad you got POW. You certainly deserve it! I always look forward to seeing your next artwork. Each one is a masterpiece.

Fabulous work Mark. Love all of it. Thanks for sharing.

Outstanding Work and an honor well deserved, Mark.

Mark Congrats!!  I enjoyed reading your profile....and viewing your artwork....your talent is awe-inspiring...I love your work it is breathtaking....I can see why your favorite artist is Caravaggio is work was masterful and he had an intense level of realism just like you do....however I can't believe you share his personal traits ha ha ...just read his bio!!  Again thank you for sharing your beautiful art!

Love your work Mark, the details are so well handled. Thank you for sharing! You are an amazing artist!

Amazing work throughout!Well deserved feature artist!  jean

Wow Mark ... I guess genius comes with lots of transgressions...at least in the younger years!  You art is truly outstanding.

Huge congratulations Mark, I absolutely love your work, you are exceptionally gifted!! I had to laugh at your comment about your teeth being set on edge, hahahahaha, im the same, even if it's chalk on a blackboard or even my fork on my plate ... eeeeeecckkkk lol!!! Your special piece "The Masterpiece is amazing to say the least, all cross hatching? Incredible!! So realistic :) Enjoy Mark you are truly deserving of this! :D

Congratulations! Your work is exceptional!!!

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