Allotment Shed

My latest imaginary allotment drawing. I’ve got a few of my allotment sketches (both imaginary and observed/drawn on location) on exhibition in Wivenhoe Bookshop during September. I’ll be honest, I’d really like to sell a few even though I am pretty attached to them! It’s no good just having your own work, in your own house.

I like this one despite the fact the cat should be looking at the bird! I have ideas to do something a little different with the next few, by introducing my fav material – various grey emulsions. I also wish to draw a crazy tree house, in a fabulous tree.

Allotment Sketches

Windy, sunny and rainy today. The light was constantly changing. I think I’ve managed to make the allotment look kind of threatening in this drawing. But I like it.

A pumpkin patch. I have to say it was lovely drawing at the allotments today. I met a expert ‘allotmenteer’ called Fred, he’s had his patch for 50 years. I came away with a box of purple beans, tomatoes, a cucumber and a commission to come back and draw his patch. Really decent bloke too. Makes me want an allotment.

The Garden

I believe a garden is an important space. I love gardening and I find it very good for my mental & physical health. I have been struggling to begin on a project that requires me to draw trains, so I procrastinated by drawing something I love – plants and gardens.

I have also included a few images to demonstrate the hours of work put into actually making a final image – an insight, hopefully, into the unseen work, planning, researching, sketching of related forms and structures. Of course, there is the quickly drawn thing (think Quentin Blake) but mostly – and at least for me – creating an ‘illustration’ (as opposed to an observational study) takes thinking about. Considering where, and how, to ‘bend’ reality.

Anyway I enjoyed this and I’m pleased with it. Gicleé prints are available. Currently you would need to order by contacting me, via e-mail. Commissions considered.

F**k-It Sue

Most recently I’ve been working on a model. I used to work as a model maker for Aardman, Bumper Films & Limbs & Things Ltd, so I guess it makes sense. I’ve made models before – but why now?

I have just chosen to end a particularly unproductive relationship with an agent. I was clinging onto that link to ‘success’ purely for the sake of my ego and it has been liberating to discover I have the courage to be un-agented.

Why make a model? I don’t know precisely. It has something to do with the development of the character but mostly because making things feels good. Handling materials in the real world, combining different media and skills, selecting the best material or method to make something – I find therapeutic and exciting. (Not to imply it was all just a breeze to make! See my next post to find out more about that).

So here are some pictures of the completed model.

And here’s a picture of the original concept sketch (quite a long story, drawn with my left hand).

Hopefully it’s a good story, to come…

Next post will be pictures of how she was made. I’m working up to doing YouTube Videos. Let me know in the comments section if you’d be interested in this.

Recent Work

I’m just leaving this here because I’ve unintentionally updated my blog’s theme (the old one now being lost forever). I am not used to it! I want my visitors to see a range of my work, not just the latest blog post (hairy, biker blokes in this particular instance) and so here are a few images from recent months. I have to leave it as it is here I’m afraid – for now – because my main website is offline (this is bad planning on my part, I’ll admit that). So once main site is up and running, I can come back here and get this right.

Blokes with Beards & Bikes

I have a friend, who has a friend, who has a bike. And this friend took some pics at a biker event she went to – and I drew these fellas from her pics.

I love all the badges. I like drawing beards too.

And I am excited about the method I am using here (also here and here), so I am just going to see where it leads.

I guess I’ll have to tackle the bikes next.