A short biography...



David Webb was born in East London and, as an artist, is self-taught. On leaving school at 18, in 1980, up until the millennium he worked as an illustrator, mainly for the editorial market on books, magazines and greetings cards. With a lifelong interest in nature it was not surprising that this was to be the area in which he mainly worked.

During this time, he painted mostly small-scale, and very detailed, as is the nature of such work. However, in 2000 he decided to break away from the constraints of illustration. After being inspired by the work of artists such as Edward Wesson, Trevor Chamberlain and William Russell Flint he began working on larger scale paintings in a looser style. It was quite a change from the tighter work he was used to but, after some perseverance, a looser, more painterly style began to emerge. Once he was confident working in the traditional, pure watercolour style of painting, he decided to take a teaching course and began running adult classes and workshops in watercolour painting.

This led to tutoring painting breaks around the country, both studio-based and outdoors, which he continues to do today. Many of the questions, which came up during workshops, spurred David into writing and he soon began contributing articles for Leisure Painter magazine.

Soon after, he was approached by Search Press to write and illustrate his first solo book. Still Life in Watercolour was published in 2003 and has since been reprinted in Italian, Dutch, Spanish and Russian.

David also made a DVD: Still Life in Watercolour, which was produced to coincide with the book.

He was then approached by David & Charles to write and illustrate his second book: Animal Painting Workbook. Published in 2007, it focuses on the two key aspirations for novice animal artists: to paint subjects in a loose yet realistic style; and to capture the essence of animals' characters.

This was soon followed by The Drawing Index, also by David & Charles.

His most recent book -Complete Watercolour, was published by Quarto, and then in Paperback by Search Press. As well as David's own work, the book also includes contributions by a number of other artists. David chose as many different styles as he could, to show just what is achievable with the medium.

Details of all these books, plus others he has contributed to, can be found on the 'Publications' page of the website.

David continues to write for popular painting magazines, teach workshops and courses, and is a regular demonstrator for art clubs and societies.