King Fisher

jeremywade-3Here we have Jeremy Wade, biologist, angler, explorer and host of River Monsters, which has recently been doing the rounds on ITV. Having never gone fishing in my life, such a programme would not be considered standard fare for me at all – I can’t even remember how I discovered it, but it’s surely testament to Wade’s unbridled passion, and skill as presenter and teacher, that I’ve found myself returning many times. His decades of adventures and research, undertaken long before the cameras started rolling, are the bedrock of the show; there’s much to listen to and learn from, in many aspects.

With this unexpected pleasure, and noting our man’s piercing blue eyes and striking appearance (which certainly is an additional pull… I shan’t make any crude comments about rods or tackle, though) I thought he’d make a fine portrait, and noting that I’ve not done one for a few weeks now, why ever not?

This is the third (serious) attempt, across as many days, at trying to capture Jeremy. There were many hurdles – actually, I think just about every area was troublesome this time. Curse Jezza for having such a distinctive mug! I think the biggest challenges were the lines, and nailing the surrounding values – the features look great on Jeremy, but I was having a very difficult time keeping him from looking twice his sixty years. This sort of thing often (always) happens, suggesting I need to focus on it more than I am… in the end, I not only went over crazily with highlights but also had to rely on adjustments, tweaking values to try and remedy the contrast as much as I could, to throw less of an insult at the poor man. It worked a wonder of a rescue, really; though he’s still not as handsome as the real deal, I can see a lot more of Jeremy Wade and not Alan Sugar, who to my horror I feared was coming through at one early stage.

While in confession mode, I also cheated a bit more, utilising Photoshop’s ever amusing Liquify tool to move bits and basically give Jeremy a nose and chin job; his facial shape was slightly but off-puttingly out, and so needed fixing, lest it drove me bonkers. In summing up all this wittering: thank goodness for Photoshop. And Jeremy Wade is charming.

I shall retire in the hope that my drawing has satisfied the alumni of the Jeremy Wade Is Sexy Facebook group.

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32 comments
    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Catherine! Haha – the spectre of Sugar was a worry, and hounded me for much of the drawing… I was hugely relieved when Jeremy started to come through!

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  1. Cheat or no cheat, this is really wow! Looks like a lot of work. Jeremy Wade … hmm, nice to meet him through your artwork and blog!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks so much, Cynthia! I’ve been chipping away at it over a few days now, much longer than normal, but it’s been a lot of fun! He’s a great subject, as I expected.

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  2. Geke Hop-Wassink said:

    Looks great and love to watch him on Discovery channel 😆

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Geke – I knew you had good taste! He’s great, isn’t he?

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Laura! Lots of fun had here. The extra hours really paid off.

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  3. You did great, I could see it was him in an instant, I have watched river monsters many many times, I often ask myself why as I Do NOT fish, but he makes it all so appealing, and there is so much excitement as they bring in some gigantic beast, it’s like I am right next to them.

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    • Jacob said:

      Glad you recognised him, Rebecca! It’s nice to see others in the same boat (as it were!) with regards the show. Jeremy’s enthusiasm is so obvious that he’s able to pull in even the most casual viewer. It’s a great show.

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      • Jacob said:

        Ha, I didn’t know until a few days ago that it’s been on for seven years!!! Lots of Jeremy to catch up on. 😉

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  4. Rebecca said:

    It’s definitely not Sugar – lovely job Jacob. The stare is very good indeed. On a technical note, do you use a tablet and pen with your computer? I’m thinking of investing in one, but not sure what to go for. My budget isn’t big… 🙂

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    • Jacob said:

      Phew! Thanks Rebecca.

      I do indeed have a tablet, which I use in combination with the mouse when making these. I have a Bamboo ‘Pen and Touch’ tablet, which must’ve been pretty cheap as I got it for my birthday ;). I think Bamboo tablets are generally more basic/less expensive models, but I could be wrong. They’re fine though; I’ve had mine for six years and it has always worked a dream, even putting up with cats drowning it in tea!

      Hope that’s some help!

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      • Rebecca said:

        Really helpful, thank you Jacob. I’ll get on with investigating… 🙂

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  5. Nah, no Lord Sugar there I’m pleased to say! This is a lovely drawing, even though I don’t know him it’s certainly the man in the video clip. Do you think his favourite song is “Wade in the Water”? Has to be, really. I’ll stop now, I need to set up a Michael Richards is Sexy FB group…

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    • Jacob said:

      Ha ha! Perhaps Wade in the Water ought to be the spinoff show?

      And obviously I would so join that Facebook group!

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  6. Looks amazing Jacob! Stellar job! That gaze is really captivating… hadn’t heard of him before, but he seems like an amazing guy. You’ve certainly made him look amazing at least, so well done!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks Charlie – he is something of an enigma, certainly captivating. I think he should be the next James Bond!

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  7. Excellent portrait :-). I think you did a wonderful job with his eyes and wrinkles. He has a really interesting presence.

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Myriam! I’m pleased that comes across, as I get that feeling of presence when watching him.

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  8. Lee Hesketh said:

    I love Jeremy, he so knows what he’s talking about and really sucks you in. Your drawing does that too Jay! He’s great! 😀

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    • Jacob said:

      Thank you Lee, yes, he is certainly a very good presenter, making a niche subject accessible. Glad you enjoyed!

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  9. Woah! To be honest, i know nothing about this Jeremy Wade guy, but holy crapoli, this is a brilliant drawing. So Much DEPTH. Like , jeez. When i see your monochrome drawings, i’m always impressed by how much depth you’re able to achieve with that limited palette. Well done.
    Ok, so i’m watching the piranha vid now…WHY IS HE IN THE WATER WITH THEM?!! Feckin’ hell. I’m glad we didn’t get to see what happened. Although i assume he was ok. Anyway, but yes, i kinda see the sex appeal there. Something about a fit healthy older guy with a nice voice and a lust for life ( and..swimming with piranhas..?). I could be convinced to watch more. Not sure i need to though; been watching British comedy all weekend and being frustrated by the amount of hot comedians you guys have over there. Not fair .Very not fair.
    Anyhoos, general thumbs up!

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    • Jacob said:

      Aw, well that’s lovely – thank you! The only real secret – besides a generous amount of patience – is working on an extremely low opacity/flow rate when drawing/painting, like working with a hard pencil. I enjoy laying the shade on so delicately, especially when it works out!

      Jeremy is certainly charming and exciting in many ways (glad you mentioned the voice – I love it too!). I do think it’s seeing him do what he so obviously loves and passing that on that’s the key, though. Basically what I’m trying to make clear is that I don’t watch just to leer at Jeremy. Honest. 😉

      Hmm! I wonder who these hot comedians are? 😉 I suppose there are quite a few handsome ones, thinking about it.

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      • No worries! I’m just so terrible with computery stuff, so it’s genuinely astonishing to me how one could possibly create such a lifelike portrait using digital media. A lot of digital work LOOKS like digital work..but yours always look like pencil drawings. Talent!
        Yeah, voices can make all the difference! And people who are passionate about what they’re doing = win. Haha, i’m 100% positive that you don’t watch just to leer at Jeremy. It’s your insatiable thirst for fish related knowledge that keeps you glued to the screen. I believe you 😉
        Haha, well you have Richard Ayoade over there, for starters! I’d watch the launch of a paper bag on a puddle if it were presented by that man. SO ridiculously witty. And clever, creative, tall, handsome. I don’t know. I just have a thing for intelligent, witty men with a silly sense of humour, so i pretty much harbour creepy crushes on most British comedians. Maybe it’s partly the accent, too. As a person from the country with the least sexy accent in the world (Australia :/ ), British accents sound pretty hot to us. Add a great sense of humour, and a brilliant mind…and i’m gone. I spent the weekend feeling quite depressed, so put on a few episodes ( well, y’know, ALL) of That Mitchell and Webb look, and not only did it cheer me up, but i developed a renewed crush on Robert Webb. Honestly, both of them are so bloody hilarious. I can’t really think of any Australian men that i enjoy watching that much. New Zealand at least has Jemaine Clement ( rowr). Oh, and Taika Waititi. He is a very handsome and silly man. ( if you haven’t heard of him, please google). But yeah. The hotties seem to be from places other than Aus, IMO. My favourite ones always seem to be from the UK!

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      • Jacob said:

        Oh, actually that’s probably another ‘secret’ – custom pencil effect brushes. They probably do most of the work, in fairness!

        Ah, well, Ayaode and Webb are certainly handsome, and a wicked sense of humour is the best aphrodisiac going. They have it in spades, the lucky beggars! 😉 Though I’m not much of a fan of his routine, Russell Howard is one that jumps out to me as rather cute.

        And it just goes to show, doesn’t it – I find Aussie accents to be attractive and fun! Especially on chaps… but then I suppose that’s to be expected. I’m the same with several American accents, too – not too many fly the flag for those, I find. I guess it’s due to the unfamiliarity; there aren’t very many Australians nor Americans wandering around Norfolk (and what we have around here, the stereotypical Norfolk farmer voice… that really is unsexy, to the greatest extreme).

        In summary: yay for sexy, funny men!

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      • Nah, even the bestest pencil must be wielded by artistic hands in order to do any good in the world! But your humble stance is admirable 🙂
        Oh, man. Ayoade and Webb are hotties of the highest degree. Yep; a great sense of humour is like magic. Seals the deal!
        I had to google Russell Howard. Will have to seek out a vid or something so as to better assess his sexiness level, haha. For science!
        Well there you go. Must be the novelty appeal of accents we don’t get to hear much in our day to day that makes them interesting and therefore attractive. Maybe I need to move to the UK, where my awful accent may be used to my advantage! I’ll hang out in comedy clubs and sweet talk pommy comedians. Could be a winning plan. Hmmm!
        Very true; the American accents don’t seem too popular, do they? I’m unfamiliar with a Norfolk farmer accent, but I bet if i heard it, I’d still find it much cooler than an Aussie accent! It’s funny how different our perceptions of such things can be. It’s nice. Reminds me that there are always many ways of looking at something.
        Yep, I concur. Yay indeed!

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      • Jacob said:

        Haha, science. Science indeed. I hope you enjoy him as much as I do! 😉

        Indeed, variation is pleasing. It’s the words and slang that come with the accents I enjoy aswell, particularly Aussie. Everything’s just so colourful. “Bonzer” wouldn’t sound nearly as joyous coming from an English tongue! Feeling rather lonely, I had a similar fleeting aspiration to travel to the US, to see if people found my daft British-ness charming. Apparently, they rather enjoy them. I’m sure we’d both have them eating from our hands.

        Behold, Norfolk speak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2bHBmXXdJo I don’t speak like this, I hasten to add… well, I don’t think I do!

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      • That video cracked me up! I really don’t mind it at all as an accent! Still sounds better than Aussie, IMO! Someone should do an aussie one.
        Yeah, i love hearing the various slang words too. Haha-It’s funny- i don’t think i’ve ever actually heard anyone say “bonza” except in ads! It’s not a word i ever use. Same with things like “crikey”, or “strewth”, or “true blue”! I think only Steve Irwin spoke like that! Don’t get me wrong, some of us do sound pretty Steve Irwin-ish in accent, but i never really hear those words spoken! Maybe the older generations use them a bit. My dad says “cripes” sometimes…but mostly he uses ruder words, haha. I’ll admit to throwing “G’day” around a fair bit ;). And i often refer to people as “mate”. And who can forget “no worries”. I say that ALL the time!
        Yep, i think that’s a good plan; let’s go where our accents are appreciated!

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      • Jacob said:

        Haha, well, I guess that’s proof of the novelty beyond any doubt! Though I agree, it’s a hilarious video. For me, because it’s so accurate.

        I realise I may have formed my opinions on Australian lingo entirely from Steve Irwin and episodes of Neighbours. I probably could do more research. (I LOVE ‘strewth’, though… it’s such a great exclamation, as is ‘rack off’. I need to try and throw those in more often. I say ‘crikey’ quite a bit, often in a frightfully poor excuse for an Aussie accent.)

        I think what you say about older generations could be applied to what you hear on that Norfolk video – very few young people speak that way. I suppose before, dialects and slang were more localised and concentrated.

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      • Haha, yeah, it’s funny how influential the media can be! In the same way that you play around with words like “crikey” in an Irwinian way, i *try* to do a Scottish accent based purely on episodes of Hamish Macbeth 😉 .
        I bet your pretend Aus accent still sounds better than the real thing! Even my daughter cracks up when i try to sound exaggeratedly ocker.
        Yep, novelty is probably something like rose coloured glasses, i guess? Not a bad thing, really. It gives everyone a chance!

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