Thursday, December 08, 2011

More Ink

More open mic nights from the past week; I've filled a sketchbook in a month. This guy was great, and a brilliant character to draw;
I also tried a folk club, where I ended up drawing by tea-lights on the table. Great backdrop for the figures..

Funnily enough these guys asked me If I'd draw them together after seeing me at work at the other pub. Tough getting them all done in time.

Thursday, December 01, 2011


A5 Seawhite sketchbook, fountain pen. One song, one drawing in some cases.
These open mic nights are a great way to get poses to draw; a ready-made life class.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Open Mic

I take my little A5 sketchbook to open mic nights. It's better when I sit near the front, but I imagine some bloke drawing you puts you off..

I misspelt superstitious to show I'm human.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Watching paint dry.. though listening to the fab four.

Monday, June 06, 2011

En Plein Air

Took myself away for a few days, to try a bit of plein air painting in Lyme Regis. I normally invent the general backgrounds and figures in my work but as in life, you learn most from direct experience of something. By missing what you don't know you're trapped within your own limitations.

Here's a demonstration of why 'downhill bus drawings' aren't a genre in art history;

After exhaustive research, the best Cream Tea award goes to Mill View...You've got to love the public. I think my favourite comment came from a youngster who appeared next to me almost as soon as I'd discreetly set painting. Regarding me with the same kind of incredulity as if I'd smeared mustard over myself and was singing in Latvian, she asked; "But.. Why are you doing it?"

I spent two afternoons on this, maybe four hours in total.
I hope Douglas and Bette would have liked that someone painted from their bench;
On Chesil Beach I noticed the tones of the rocks were perfect reflections of those in my lunch;
I also ate in Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's place in Axminster, which was very good.

Lessons learnt;
For plein air, working sight-size is probably best.
Smaller is more manageable.
A landscape is probably easier.
Harbours are visually busy; go for a boat and its reflection instead.
Take a decent, opaque white.
The walk up Golden Cap is relentlessly steep, but well worth it.
You can buy a Pith Helmet in Bridport, though I didn't.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Royal Wedding

A nice full-pager from last month for a feature on brands using the 'Big Day' as a merchandising opportunity.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Cusick is Live!

Ladies and Gennermen; Celebs, Debs, and Plebs. I welcome you to the longest post in history.

If you're looking to bring memorable humour to a wedding and give your guests a unique gift from the day, why not book me to draw caricatures? Above are some examples for you to examine whilst pressing your nose against the window of my emporium.

Saturday, March 19, 2011


I made a short film of a sketchbook drawing. It's a good job I did it after the Oscars, isn't it? Gave everyone else a chance. You should be able to click on the bottom right to make it full screen. There's no sound; just profound, monastic silence.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Figure sketches, done direct with a fountain pen in my A4 sketchbook. Between 5 seconds and a few minutes, trying to focus on gesture rather than a perfect drawing.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Saturday, February 05, 2011

The King's Peach

Ooh, a film about Royal fruit.