Carl Syres - Artist, Harrogate, Pencil Drawings


My earliest memory of drawing, takes me back to when I was around nine years of age. I recall with some strange fascination,
how my class mates and teachers were impressed with what I was able to draw.

In my younger years I generally did not consider what I could do as being anything of significance, moreover I felt that being able to create a
likeness on paper as 'just a case of drawing what you see'. Time has taught me that whilst this statement may be partly true there has to be
some degree of 'skill' present to interpret the object onto the paper with a level of accuracy that attracts attention.

School afforded me two really good friends; drawing companions - I felt our abilities were equal. It was with these
fellow class mates, that, as the teacher read a story to the class at the end of each day, we would sit quietly drawing,
learning and honing our skills - mostly drawing animals.

"Art, to me is an opportunity to escape and be absorbed in a single piece of work. To look closer at something than
I would normally do. The pride in the finished piece and the pleasure it brings to others."

As I came to the end of Secondary school I can recall the day I had to visit the Careers person. Having heard that most of my class
mates had had dull experiences I held little hope of an interesting and useful outcome - how wrong I was.
The Careers Persons' opening question was to see if I had already decided on a career path - I had not.
I had thought about becoming an architect and had based my subject choices thus, but had since gone off the idea.
The teacher enquired as to what I would like to do or what I was good at. That was easy - "I like drawing and painting, but there is no way
I can make a career out of that" I said. She then passed me a brochure for a local Art College and my career path was laid out.

I studied Graphic Design. It afforded me a commercial outlet for being creative. As well as graphic design, I learnt about typography, photography, print,
printing, and how to open the mind to trying new and different ideas (think outside the box). I met a few good friends who I still see to this day. I tried new
techniques such as Airbrush - Athena Posters were big in the 80's and provided a style that Airbrush worked well for.

"Owning art is about enjoying the piece everytime you pass by it. To enjoy from a distance and to relish in the
marks and strokes of the artist when you delve in for a closer look."

I worked for many years in Graphic Design Studios and enjoyed and learnt so much. It provided a creative output in more ways than
I can think to write here. Building a career, getting a home and starting a family all conspired to distract me from
painting or drawing; save the odd picture every few years.

So here we are today. I have a full satchel of creative skills; painting, drawing, photography, video and filming, website design and have even done
some interior design and several years producing Embroidery designs. My long time dream in life was to find a nice old lighthouse or house
on the top of a cliff with studio that had 360 degree views from which to paint, draw, and hopefully make a comfortable living.
Whilst I may not ever find that place to work from, I have now found myself in a position where I can draw on a regular basis.
This means I can improve my skills and see what a wider audience makes of what I draw.

"I don't produce prints - to me a print is a little like wall decoration and is chosen with much less care
and a lot less HEART than a unique piece of art."

As well as producing Commisioned pieces of Pencil Drawn Artwork, I also have a catalogue of ready finished and framed works to purchase.

Simply click the link below to see my current selection for Sale.



I have over 30 years of commercial Graphic Design experience which enables me to be able to provide design services for most print needs.
I have also been producing
websites since 1997, am a keen photographer and also film and edit beautiful wedding videos, and commercial video for clients each year in addition to my drawings.


If you would like to ask a question, purchase a picture or enquire about
a commissioned piece of artwork, please contact me:

07717 500 678

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