Mike Smith (Illustrator)


Dungeness lighthouse painting

Pencil sketch of a house at Dungeness

Dungeness lighthouse and nuclear power station painting

While we were on the south coast I did some sketching at Dungeness. It’s got to be one of the best places in the UK to go with a pad and pencil. It’s got everything, including loads of messy telegraph poles, which I particularly love drawing.

Caz’s dad is responsible for the design of part of the nuclear power station, but I can’t remember which bit.


  1. Posted September 5, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    Wow. These are superb! I love Dungeness it is such a unique place.

  2. Pam
    Posted September 6, 2011 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    These are beautiful. I love the scale of the lighthouse against the shacks and telegraph wires. Makes me want to go and visit. Pam

  3. Posted September 6, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    These are very fine. I was there just last week. Did you find Derek Jarman’s beach house and garden?

  4. Mike
    Posted September 6, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    Thank you! It’s a lovely place, with a great alien atmosphere.

    Yes we got some photos of Derek Jarman’s garden. Last time I was there, years ago, a friend of mine took home some pebbles for her garden, and a few weeks later one of those giant sea cabbage things was growing in her flower bed. It died down completely but still comes back every year.

    I drew some pictures of crumbling boats too, but they were so bad I was embarrassed to post them here.

  5. Posted September 7, 2011 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    I was there last week with Thomas and seeing these makes me want to go back with pencils and sketchbook and without two small boys, lovely though they are!

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