Unique Gifts: Artwork by Dave Harris

Star Wars: Foes of Endor by Dave Harris
Star Wars: Foes of Endor by Dave Harris

Welcome, my name is Dave Harris and I am an artist living in Cardiff in the United kingdom. I produce a wide range of pencil drawings including commissioned portraits, movie scenes, wildlife, sports and movie star portraits, film montages and my current collection of World War Two artwork.

These make great gifts for any occasion, from Christmas to birthday presents, that special anniversary gift or just a piece of unique artwork for that space on the wall you've been wanting to fill.

My artwork can be found on my website where you can browse at leisure at the artwork on offer. You may even like to commission me to do a portrait for you or a scene from your own imagination that you may like me to produce.

Self portrait by thr artist Dave Harris
Self portrait by thr artist Dave Harris
Launceston Castle, Cornwall
Launceston Castle, Cornwall
Falmouth, Cornwall, U.K.
Falmouth, Cornwall, U.K.

About the artist

I was born in April 1973 in Bradford-upon-Avon, Wiltshire and raised on the whole by my grandparents in Devon and then Cornwall, who aided me continually in my passion for creating my own art from an early age.

I went to secondary school in Launceston, Cornwall where I progressed reasonably well and on the whole, enjoyed my school life in rural surroundings at a highly sports-orientated school.

I managed to obtain the required qualifications to gain entry to Falmouth School of Art & Design in Cornwall, where I initially enrolled on a First Diploma in Design course and then onto a two year OND course in Graphic Design.

I spent three great years in the beautiful scenic coastal surroundings around Falmouth in Cornwall, to which I will always feel privileged to have had experienced.

In 1999 my son Ethan was born and the art career took a back seat for a few years. I, like many, had to find a 'day job' employed in various mundane jobs, until now that is, where I hope to re-ignite my passion for art.

I generally specialise in detailed pencil portraits from photos as well as my latest venture in producing my own series of World War 2 pictures.

From an early age I’ve had an almost fanatical interest in the various military operations and campaigns throughout World War 2 and therefore felt that the time was right to focus my own artwork in the military art field.

Rats Against The Fox
Rats Against The Fox
The Dams Await
The Dams Await
Night of Nights
Night of Nights
My pencil of choice - the Faber Castell 9000 design range
My pencil of choice - the Faber Castell 9000 design range

My New Venture

I am currently focusing my efforts in the genre of World War 2 art, producing a piece specific to each year of the conflict.

The first three World War Two pictures seen here relate to the momentous battle between Montgomery’s Desert Rats and Rommel’s Afrika Korps, the famous 617 squadron, the Dambusters of RAF Bomber Command, and Easy Company of the 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division of the US Army as depicted in the landmark television series, Band of Brothers.

In my youth, the world of the RAF in partcular, was a constant influence on me, with my father in the service his whole working life, regular visits to RAF bases were the norm, as we spent many a year going to air shows and social events.

It was probably no great surprise then, that this childhood upbringing, coupled with an almost fanatical following of World War 2 movies and a passion for art would result in my working in this field of art.

I aim to focus not only on the mechanical side of the second world war, the tanks, the planes and the vehicles, but above all else, the people, the forces and the civilians. I aim to portray both the highs and lows of one of the darkest periods of the twentieth century, from the despair of the outbreak of the war, to the joyous celebrations of V.E. Day and some of the most important and heroic missions therein.

I will also be providing readers with some of the history that goes with each of the pictures that I have drawn.

Previous Commissions

How to commission a portrait

I generally recommend that the client sends 3 well detailed and focused portrait photographs. The more detail and definition there is in the photographs, the better, as I can only draw what I can see in them.

If you are at all unsure about your photos, you can always e-mail them to me and I will be only too pleased to offer my opinion/advice on the suitability of them.

If you feel you may like me to draw you a portrait or any other type of drawing, please don't hesitate to contact me via the contact page of my website.

Please provide as much detail as possible of what you would like done and your contact details and I shall get back to you as soon as possible by phone or e-mail (please state your preference).

Generally a portrait of a single person would take me between one or two weeks to complete, depending on how much detail is required and whether or not the client would require any specific kind of background.

Please bear in mind that any portraits with more than one subject may take a little while longer as do portraits of animals due to the complexity of drawing fur.

The length of time the portrait will take would be discussed with the client before the portrait is commissioned and will also depend on my workload at the time (typically 10 days - 6 weeks).

The prices page on my website will give you an accurate idea of the cost of a portrait, but this can be discussed further with the client once theyve decided what they want in the picture.

Full payment is required on approval of a scan of your portrait by email. Payment is required via my secure PayPal account or by cheque.

If you are paying by cheque the portrait will be sent to you once the payment clears. No deposit is required.

All A4 and A3 portraits are mounted in a card frame and packaged on a backing board inside a boarded envelope.

All A2 portraits are packaged in a postal tube. I would recommend the portrait is laid out on a smooth flat surface as soon as possible when you receive the portrait.

All portraits are sent unframed as frames can be too easily damaged in the post.

For delivery within the UK I mainly use Royal Mail Special Delivery.

You can view all past commissions and the client's kind comments on the website.

Sports Star Portraits

Below are a selection of sports star portraits that I have also drawn over the years from the England Ashes winning squad of 2005 to current Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button with his team Brawn car with which he one the championship.

There is also a selection of football and Welsh rugby union stars on show.

The Ashes squad of 2005
The Ashes squad of 2005
Old Traffordians
Old Traffordians
Shane Williams
Shane Williams
Gavin Henson
Gavin Henson
Jenson Button
Jenson Button
Steve McQueen montage
Steve McQueen montage
Shadows of Mordor
Shadows of Mordor
Angela Jolie/Tomb Raider montage
Angela Jolie/Tomb Raider montage
James Bond
James Bond

Movie stars and montages

Here you will find a selection of my movie artwork including portraits of well-known stars as well as scenes from my favourite movies including The Great Escape, The Lord of The Rings and the Tomb Raider franchise.

As a huge fan of war movies in general and in particular the Great Escape, I felt I had to draw the iconic moment of 'that jump' by Steve McQueen in the film and thought i would tie it in with another of his classic iconic movies Bullit.

Another great favourite of mine is the Lord of The Rings trilogy and I felt with a slight sense of ghoulish self-indulgence that I would produce a montage of all the evil charachters from the trilogy.

Although I admire Angelina jolie's films, the montage I have drawn here is really more of a homage to the love I had years back for the Tomb Raider video games.

Long hours spent at the controls of Playstations fuelled this gaming passion which although is dwindling in myself, seems to be growing in my son Ethan who looks to have been bitten by the gaming bug too!

I am also a big fan of the James Bond series of movies and so decided to produce a piece depicting the latest incumbant Daniel Craig with a version of the famous Aston Martin sports car and the MI6 building in London.

Perhaps in time I may get around to drawing those other Bond favourites Connery, Moore, Brosnan and Dalton, though i may give George Lazenby a miss.....sorry George!

Finally, I have produced this intimate portrait of the timeless screen icon Audrey Hepburn.

I have watched some of her films recently and all I can say is wow, what a star and what a beautiful woman she was.

Remembered more for her role as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's, she also starred in Charade and was an ambassador for both UNICEF and her own children's fund.

Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn

Well, I do hope you have enjoyed this little insight in to my life and work and you have liked the selection of work that I have chosen to display here. I haven't been able to show all of my works of course and you would probably be bored of trawling through them all if I did!

If you have any enquiries regarding purchasing any of these Limited edition Giclee prints you have seen here or any of the others on my website or if you would like to take up my services for a special gift for you or that special someone, please don't hesitate to contact me via the website.

Thanks for reading!

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Dave Harris 6 years ago from Cardiff, UK Author

Thankyou so very much Penny, really appreciate your comments, thanks for stopping by!


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beverly_balentine 6 years ago from Arkansas

Love your work...(:


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Dave Harris 6 years ago from Cardiff, UK Author

Thankyou Beverly, like your's too, only been doing this for a living for 18 months, so still early days. Thanks for stopping by!


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

Dave;

This is a fine portfolio.

As a recovering portrait artist (!) I would only suggest you endeavor to flatter your subjects ever so slightly while maintaining the likeness. You'll gain far more commissions and profits.

You have encouraged me to produce a hub showing some of my work. When I publish it you may get a better idea of what I am talking about.

You are very talented...continue.

CP


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Dave Harris 6 years ago from Cardiff, UK Author

Thankyou Christopher, I really appreciate both your kind comments and your advice. I will certainly check out your hub when it's published, thanks again!


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L a d y f a c e 6 years ago from Canada

Excellent work, Dave! Your shading and highlighting are awesome. The shading and highlighting in the one of the old man and the dog - magnificent. Love the montages too. Also, great job with the hair!

I've been drawing a long time, and love seeing other peoples' work.


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Dave Harris 6 years ago from Cardiff, UK Author

Hi L a d y f a c e , thanks for your kind comments, hair and eyes are pretty tricky at times, but I think if you get the eyes right, the rest will fall in to place. Thanks for following me too!


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L a d y f a c e 6 years ago from Canada

You sure are right there, Dave. It took me awhile to get the eyes down pat, but I finally did. Hair is still something I'm working on. Not quite at your hair level yet :)


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Dave Harris 6 years ago from Cardiff, UK Author

I always start filling in a portrait with the eyes, hair is tough, but you just need to be patient with it. I tend to walk away from a portrait a lot too, which for some strange reason seems to help, don't feel so bogged down in it that way. Hope that makes sense. :)


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L a d y f a c e 6 years ago from Canada

I'll take that suggestion. Sometimes I find myself so frustrated, and then frustrated because of the quality of paper that's left due to the constant erasing. Lol


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Dave Harris 6 years ago from Cardiff, UK Author

Ah you'll get there I'm sure, I only started doing portraits a few years ago and I had a lot of disasters in the begin. As long as you enjoy it and are happy with it, that's all that counts in the end. Life drawing classes helped me too, by the way!

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