Neil McChrystal Art

Artist and Illustrator


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For some reason this week I have become the target of dozens of spam user registrations every day. It’s either that or I’ve all of a sudden become incredibly popular with people with strange (yet barely plausible) names. For this reason I have disabled user registrations until I can get a better security user registration plugin.

In the meantime, if you want to set up a user, ping me a message via the “contact” form, and I’ll sort that for you.



Drawing eight – lump sanguine

I love lump sanguine. There’s nothing quite like drawing with rock 🙂

day eight


Drawing seven

day seven small


Drawing five

2B Pencil. I always struggle with soft pencil – too soft to be precise but too hard to be expressive (like charcoal)… Good to play with the balance though.

day five


Drawings two, three and four

Sticking with the same dried flower head, moving to fine markers. Drawing two is a quick study in 0.3mm marker.
day two

Drawing three looks more closely at how the petals/leaves grow cyclically. It’s easy to think they’re concentric rings but they’re three

Drawing four – just focusing on the stem in detail; how it grows in segments and how the outer bark has split.

day four


28 Drawings Later 2017 – Day One

After a year of throwing paint at canvases in a fairly expressionistic kind of way, I feel like getting back to basics is in order, so for this year’s February drawing challenge that’s my theme : back to basics. I don’t know where it’s going, and you’ll probably see some disasters that wouldn’t normally see the light of day this month, but anyway, here’s day one.

day one


La Mer

After doing Sibelius’ Third as part of the 28 Songs Later series, I decided to try another three-part classical piece, but this time full size in oils. So where each movement of S3 was an 8″x8″ canvas board in acrylic, each of the movements of La Mer are 20″x20″ canvases in oil. Quite a lot more work required. I think it’s almost done:



The individual parts:

lamer1 - De l'aube à midi sur la mer

La Mer 1 : “De l’aube à midi sur la mer”

lamer2 - Jeux de vagues

La Mer 2 : “Jeux de vagues”

lamer3 - Dialogue du vent et de la mer

La Mer 3 : “Dialogue du vent et de la mer”



RSA Open

I’ve just submitted Sibelius’ Third to the RSA Open Exhibition. Fingers crossed!




Cumulo Carcharinus (now Megaptera!)

More work on the new cloud painting, which has got a lot less shark-like and a lot more whale-like, so I’ve changed the name to Cumulo Megaptera. I’ll try again for a shark for the series. This is turning into a series of sea-life clouds!

cumulo megaptera


Cumulo Carcharhinus (WIP)

Decided to get a new largeish oil on the go. Something that I can potter at for a while. I’ve revisited one of the paintings I did for the 28 Skies Later project back in 2014, but I’m trying to bring a bit of the freedom of the abstracts in – be a bit less smooth and controlled. Still a way to go, but I’m happy with the start.

cumulo Carcharhinus WIP030416