Chris Ashmore GRA

In his own words...
Born in 1952 in the metropolitan borough of Whitechapel in the east end of London. Living in Stepney and Canning town.
I obtained a passion for steam trains having seen the demise of steam trains in the late 60s early 70s. I tend to specialise in transportation subjects mainly railroad locomotives and heavy road vehicles.
My principle interests are heavy electric locomotives. Articulated locomotives and American interurban locomotives.
I joined the guild in 1983 as an associate member hoping to rise through the ranks and eventually become a full member one day. In those early days of the guild I sought information and criticism from other members to try and advance a distinctive style that I wanted to produce and that I could call my own.
Through these times I trained as a draughtsman using both traditional methods and digital methods of drawing.
In the early 1980s I tended to work in black and white using a Rotring pen producing many pen and ink sketches and drawings of smaller types of locomotives. I was very interested in black and white photography and the look and mood that it could portray. I then progressed on from pen and ink drawings to using graphic pencils which gave me the look I was try to achieve. In 2007 I became a full member of the guild having realized the dream. I am currently the co-coordinator for the south east and East Anglia group.