Damian Callan is a practising figurative painter based in Edinburgh. He teaches classes for adults and children at his studio near Haymarket. He is the author of Paint Like Degas and Paint Like Renoir. His work is exhibited widely in the UK and is held in collections across the world. He has written articles for Artist & Illustrators Magazine and The Artist Magazine and regularly demonstrates drawing and painting techniques at public events in Edinburgh.
"I try to make my pictures as dramatic as possible, full of movement and strong, contrasting light.
I enjoy drawing and painting athletes and swimmers in motion because this requires an energetic technique: the charcoal or paint hitting the paper or canvas at speed.
Similarly my portraits, although the figures may be static, I attempt to inject as much vitality into the image as I can through the way I handle the paint, the pose and the light effects."