2017 has seen Nathan very busy with commisions in his new scribbley pen and ink illustrations. Starting with some well known characters from A Nightmare Before Christmas including Jack Skellington, Sally and Zero the ghost dog, the Banther skull that makes up part of the Star Wars' Mandalorian logo, the Punisher skull and a Goonies key, ready for Swindon's ComicCon in June. Many of these are now available not only as prints but also on a range of items from keyrings to coasters, cushions to t-shirts available on etsy.com or Amazon Handmade.
Pen and ink images (non commissioned)
And for the commissions he hand colours in pastel and pencil to bring the pictures to life
Commissions in pen and ink
Commissions start at 100 for a framed A3 piece.
AN ARTIST who turned his passion into a profession has moved to a new studio and begun teaching workshops as his business goes from strength to strength.
Nathan Pegler left his job at Honda after 20 years to start his own small business as an illustrator, NJP Pastel Art.
After three years of hard graft, he’s had his work showcased in exhibitions and just appeared as a guest at Swindon Comic Con.
He’s currently settling into his new studios in Winterbourne Bassett and looking forward to teaching his second ever workshop.
Nathan said: “The scenery’s fantastic and I have more space here so I’ve been able to start my new workshops, it’s really exciting.
“Teaching was something that I’ve wanted to do as an artist for some time, I want to pass on knowledge, help people get involved in art and find their creative side.
“I was quite naive when I started, I thought I’d get successful very quickly and after three years I’m starting to get the success I envisaged.”
Nathan hopes to eventually diversify from his current workshop group’s age range of seven-to 14-year-olds and teach amateurs and enthusiasts of all ages.
The 44-year-old’s also branching out into pen and ink art after mainly working with pastels to produce landscapes, seascapes and fantastical sci-fi creations.
The latter makes him the ideal guest for comic and sci-fi conventions and he’s preparing to go to several of them across the country over the next few weeks.
He said: “It was a thrill to be at Swindon Comic Con with my own poster above me at my own table, it’s been a fabulous opportunity.
“There’s been more interest and commissions since then and I’m thrilled to get the work and the challenge, it’s all heading in the right direction and going really well.”
Published 9th June 2017 in Swindon Advertiser: http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/15339523.Artist_Nathan_has_more_room_to_manoeuvre/
PUPILS picked up their pastels and paintbrushes at the start of a primary school arts week in Old Town.
Lethbridge Primary School pupils crafted their own masterpieces on Tuesday with the help of two esteemed local artists
Inspired by a recent trip to the Red Ridge activity centre in North Wales, the year six pupils created stunning landscapes under the watchful eye of artists Caroline Day and Nathan Pegler.
Year six teacher Katie Westcott said it was important for children to express their artistic sides. “We want to expose the children to local artists in the area,” she said. “It’s encouraging them to take inspiration from the landscape around them and the beautiful scenery. “It’s capturing your imagination in a way that we normally wouldn’t be able to. “The children have been really excited about getting involved, they were excited today when they knew they weren’t doing maths or English.”
The pupils were treated to tutorials from the artists before they picked up their paintbrushes and chalk to sketch out an award winning design.And the arts lessons received a positive response from the children.
Rhys, 10, who sketched out a sunset inspired scene, said: “It’s fun and it gives us a chance to show what we can do in art.
Paige, 11 added: “It’s something where we can let our imagination run wild.”
Pastel artist Nathan Pegler from Royal Wootton Bassett led a tutorial with the students.
The winning child was awarded a Star Wars or Dr Who limited edition coaster designed by Nathan. “It’s good for them to try their hand at something new,” he said. “They got quite excited when I showed them the Tardis and Star Wars paintings, and they couldn’t wait to get started. “It’s teaching them something where they can be creative, it’s so important, it makes them feel happy and relaxed.
Nathan and Caroline were recruited via Swindon Open Studios, where artists threw open the doors to their studios to give art buffs a glimpse behind the scenes.
Acrylic and oil artist Caroline, known for her work with Old Town Gardens and English Heritage, said “I teach them about natural forms and a sense of place “It’s an exciting and creative subject and while I think academic subjects are important creative subjects are too “It gives them motivation and boosts their self esteem
Later this week parents will be invited into the school to have a look at the children’s art work