I didn’t realise its been that long since I last wrote a post!  I am just soooooo busy all the time with digital illustration work. I haven’t uploaded much to the website recently but I have put some new pieces on my Behance site: https://www.behance.net/Mike-Hughes



I have been incredibly busy with illustration work recently, which has meant less time to work on my paintings. Although below is my latest piece, as yet untitled! Its based on the golden section in proportions and I am painting some clevers that will roughly follow the line of the golden section within the composition. Its a painting of a Devon hedgerow, it is mainly hazel leaves, but I will add more species as I think its looking a little too sparse at present. Originally I had intended to have a pair of goldfinch in the hedge to contrast against the green background, but after a great deal of deliberating I chose a chiffchaff, so the whole thing is made up of tones of green.





The golden ratio on which the composition is based.



Below I have put on some of the illustration work I have been working on recently.


These are a series of murals for 7 Sisters Country Park, drawn digitally on the computer they are to be printed on to 6ft panels.



Below are some hand painted ID images for the Axe Estuary Wetllands.



This is a panel I am working on for a community project, still work in progress.



I have been working with Norfolk Wildlife Trust on various projects, below are some images I have produced for them.




Below is part of an illustration which is going to be made into a carved wooden panel.



I am also in the early stages of a commission for China of a deer, which sounds quite an interesting job! and my hare drawing is going to be used on a new book coming out next year, will upload the cover when I get final confirmation.

I have added some images of my new Little Owl painting. I have spent quite a bit of time on it over the past week and it is starting to come together. I have added lots of lichens and mosses and made the branch with the owl on more interesting by adding a few splits and cracks. I have also widened the tree in the background and painted the bark much thinner, hopefully to make it look older. I have still to add some thorny twigs in the top left and I am thinking about adding some foreground interest, maybe some long grass, not sure yet.

Little Owl 3


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I am artist of the day tomorrow 24th Feb!


I’ve got a very busy start to the New Year with lots of illustration work, below is another woodcut style illustration i have just finished.



Also working on a new painting at the moment, it’s of a Little Owl in a misty woodland. It’s quite a large piece and is going well so far. Originally I started painting it with just the primary colours and white, but I have now started to increase the range of my palette. All the main forms of the composition are in place and I am beginning to add some texture on the bark. The tree in the foreground is going to be a Hawthorn tree, it’s spiky twigs will break up the strong trunk, which at the moment is too dominating. I will also add tufts of grass in front of the Hawthorn, again to add another layer of interest. I will update here as the painting progresses.

Little Owl

Well I have decided to embrace the world of new media and got a Facebook page. Not quite sure yet how to run it but I have managed to put up some image and an event. Which is the ISCA Gallery in Budleigh Salterton are exhibiting my work through into 2013. As for my Facebook page, I think if you click on this it will take you there:


Hope that works!

Check out Mark Gregory’s latest dinosaur pics:

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Just finished a new interp panel for Colyton:A1 Colyton sign

I painted most of the illustrations for this on gesso’d board, I found it so much better than illustration board. Below is a close up of the Kingfisher:kingfisher

Unique Wildlife art prints for Christmas

I am selling my wildlife mandala prints for £40 for two until the end of the year. Usually they are £30 each. If you buy through the website as usual and then contact me saying which two you would like. Options are:


British Birds


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Butterfly Circle

British Butterflies



I have been getting ready for this years Bird Fair, just finishing off a couple of small drawings for the event. Below is a Pied fly, 20cms x 20cms £80.

I’ve also been doing quite a bit of outdoor work. When sketching I tend not to draw first but go straight on with the acrylic paint. For me this kind of field work is not to produce a finish piece but to help with colours when I am back in my studio working on larger paintings.