A sketchbook sketch, taken out of the sketchbook. I was struggling with the complexity of the scene but I used a combination of ‘blind’ contour drawing and using a slightly blunter pencil than usual. It seemed to work.
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 patchContinue reading “Allotment Sketches”
Latest illustration based on an observed sketch drawn at Wivenhoe allotments. these will form part of an exhibition at Wivenhoe Bookshop in September, alongside a few quick observational sketches.
Just a range of sketches from recent trips out and about. I really like drawing people (and giant fantasy people in rocks, obvs).
I’ve just come back from a 2/3 day sketching trip to Naples. My mum’s friend visited Naples and described it as ‘a shit hole’. I can see her point. Naples is busy, polluted, dirty and smelly. Yet – there’s something incredible about it. It feels very foreign for a European city. It’s not particularly touristy.Continue reading “Naples Feb 2019”
I managed some more drawings from the window of my current fav cafe. This time mostly with biro… there are definitely some characters here. In the new year, I’m going to try to develop some of these using various (as yet undecided) printmaking techniques.
So I did some more sketching from my comfortable, safe window. With coffee (and maybe cake). I added a little colour here and there. I used Tombow bush pens again, which are fabulous (because not all brush pens are created equal), and pencil which (perhaps surprisingly) isn’t the quickest of drawing mediums. There are moreContinue reading “People from the Window 2”
As usual, it’s hard to find the time to draw. With kids, single-parenthood and a teaching job… but today I treated myself to a coffee in a large-windowed cafe with a view onto a popular street. People were walking up and down this little street, affording me a few seconds to try and capture them.Continue reading “People from the Window”
I just came back from a short trip to visit a friend who lives high in the Swiss Alps. My children skied on snow for the first time (and I marvelled at how fearless they were) and I skied – terrified and slowly – and despite all this activity (clearing paths, trying to build igloos)Continue reading “Saas Fee”
I’m blogging about these because I have been enjoying doing sketchbook-diary pages as a way back into working on my stories and picture books; after having recently moved house and my aunty dying in early June. It’s been a hectic summer and my children and I have been left a little with the feeling thatContinue reading “The Fading Light of Summer”