Sketchbook: Café Drawing Again

So today I took some time out (I had to go to the bank) to draw in a cafe again. I tried out a new medium I came across in an art shop in Bologna – a lovely pastel stuff that comes in a flat palette and can be applied very smoothly if you wish. IContinue reading “Sketchbook: Café Drawing Again”

Sketchbook: Little Chimney Houses

From our apartment in Bologna I could see rooftops. Well, mainly one rooftop. I noticed, not immediately, this delightful way of making the chimneys. Perhaps it is a peculiarly Bolognese thing, I don’t know. Presumably it was done to prevent birds nesting on top of the chimney – except they look rather like inviting little housesContinue reading “Sketchbook: Little Chimney Houses”

Donuts and Plastic Chairs

I’ve not been doing so well with updating this blog recently. I suppose there’s been the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, a wedding to illustrate (see previous post on being a ‘jobbing’ artist) and the small matter of a floundering dissertation. Then Grotsby (another previous post) and the new ideas that I have for two books (one for olderContinue reading “Donuts and Plastic Chairs”

That Butcher’s Shop Again

Progress with architecture – still that Butcher’s shop! But am I making progress? I think I am. The final Butcher’s shop in this series has been created with more clarity as to what I wanted to achieve. And I think it is subtler, with less emphasis on line to sort out tonal issues. Not thatContinue reading “That Butcher’s Shop Again”

3ft People Festival 2014

The following few images are those drawn ‘live’ and on the scene… (This one took all day and I don’t even like it!). It would’ve been nice to be there longer, the whole day, but my own commitments as a school mum meant that I was required to drop off the children first, and attendContinue reading “3ft People Festival 2014”