Large ladies drawn with my left hand

Because, well – why not? I might try some reportage work using my left hand. I think this would be the first time I’ve drawn from my imagination using my left hand. I will definitely be doing it some more. Any suggestions for subject matter?

Nikisi Power Figure

  My sketch today at The Horniman Museum & Gardens does rather look like a furry jacket-wearing man engaged in a very distasteful phone call. In fact it is a 19th century wooden Nikisi Power figure of the Kongo people (as you can see from my notes). The furry jacket is made from nails. Hand made ones, lots of them.Continue reading “Nikisi Power Figure”

Quite Good for a Doodle

Further to the ‘monsters and dogs’ post, I have been doodling the character of Monster – who I think is a little girl canine, some sort of scruffy terrier-whippet mix. I’ve been enjoying creating a form, a character on the page, WITHOUT using line. The form emerging out of tone. I’ve been exploring what IContinue reading “Quite Good for a Doodle”

Monsters and Dogs

My local illustrator’s group meets about once a month and we set each other briefs. Due to being on the MA I’ve been spectacularly bad at completing any of these mini-projects but I am determined to try now that the MA is finished (I got a distinction by the way, I’m pretty chuffed). Anyway ourContinue reading “Monsters and Dogs”

Babies: Spot the difference

Basically this is the same drawing rendered very slightly differently each time. This is the finicky kind of detail that illustrators spend hours obsessing about. I feel line drawing, in the context of book illustration anyway,  is a bit unfashionable at the moment. Unfortunately it’s my strength. Well, not unfortunately; I love line and I am not preparedContinue reading “Babies: Spot the difference”

My Two Again

  Not really much to say, apart from that the boys make good subjects, and I like the technique I’ve used here. I hope to use a similar technique for a project that I am planning for the life story of Anne Naysmith. Link here: https://www.facebook.com/RIPAnneNaysmith?fref=ts I will keep you informed of any progress inContinue reading “My Two Again”

News Update & Infant Nativity

I haven’t posted on here for an absolute age. It’s not because I haven’t been busy, well, obviously… It’s Semester 1, year 2 of my MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge School of Art – and it’s fabulous as ever. I’ve been working on a book aimed at the pre-school age groupContinue reading “News Update & Infant Nativity”

Cacti

  I had fun doing these. I wanted to have a very minimal, paired-down look, especially with the colours and use of line in the background. I think this ‘selectivity’ is part of the reason I like the results, it feels ‘illustrative’ to me, making design-based decisions about my drawing rather than simply drawing forContinue reading “Cacti”

Breasts

  Laura Dodsworth has inspired this sketchbook spread – click here to see Laura’s work in a Guardian article. After a friend sent me a link to this article, I thought I’d like to draw breasts, you know, how you do. I like Laura Dodsworth’s work here because it is important; we are all (menContinue reading “Breasts”