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the artist

Real name Ian Strange and born in 1966 (UK). Art has been a life-long hobby. The large majority of my artwork has been done with pencils or coloured pencils, which are ideal for the very detailed artwork that I enjoy. I used to specialise in classic car portraits (and the occasional railway drawing) which gave me plenty of experience of doing intricate detail. Apart from a few art classes at school, I have not had any formal training.

Coloured pencils are also ideal for reproducing soft skin textures of people. The delicacy of the shading can't be fully appreciated on a computer monitor.

I am currently self-employed as an artist and sound-recordist.

A few other details/trivia relating to "Ianardo":

Born: January 1966

Height: 6ft (183cm)

Family origins: England/Sri Lanka

Religion: Atheist

Education: Up to A' Level (Physics) plus some college studies (electronics and motor engineering)

Eye colour: Brown


Light drinker

Marital status: Divorced

Star sign: Capricorn

Favourite musicians: Rondo Veneziano

Favourite food: Anything sweet!

Favourite sports car: AC Cobra (the real thing!)

Favourite film star: Harold Lloyd

Favourite quotes:

"I was in a tight spot, but I managed to wiggle out of it". (Mae West).
"Failure is the only thing I've ever been a success at". (Bob Hope).
"If I had any brains, I'd have known I wasn't a genius". (Phil Silvers).
"'ve got the brain of a 4 year old boy, and I bet he was glad to get rid of it". (Groucho Marx).
"HEY, don't drink that poison. That's 4 dollars an ounce!". (Groucho Marx).
"...we lost our corkscrew. We were compelled to live on food and water for several days". (W. C. Fields).
"I heard that remark and I resemble it!" (Jimmy Durante).
"They laughed at me when I said I wanted to be a comedian. Well, they're not laughing now!" (Bob Monkhouse).

"If music be the food of love... then give me a jam doughnut" ("jelly donut" for American readers). (ianardo).
"Follow your heart and you’ll never get lost." (Unknown).

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