Wednesday, 23 November 2011


Hey all! Ok for once my lack of posting isn't down to me having art block. I've been a busy festive bee, making Christmas presents for my friends. Unfortunately that does mean I cant show you my work till after Christmas. If I have enough time I will be making some tree hangers like last year, my Snow men and gingerbread men but maybe I'll come up with a different design.

So instead today I wanted to show you some of the colorization art Pete has been doing. I cant remember if I've mentioned before but he's a big vintage film fan. I really love these colourized pictures he's done, I hope you do too.

There's some more plus all his gorgeous photography on his deviantart page

Friday, 4 November 2011


Sorry for the lack of Halloween posts I promised, Once again life got in the way of drawing. I do have a lot of spooky sketches to finish so hopefully I will have some drawings to show you next time. But how would you like to see some scary make up instead?

Me putting on my everyday make-up, ho ho!

My lovely dead boy. I'm actually working on a drawing of this.

I wanted to read something in keeping with the scary season so finally got round to reading "Dracula by Bram Stoker". Enjoyed it but was surprised about the amount of gushing the characters did over each other. I could hardly go a sentence without them declaring their platonic love for each other. Van Helsing broken English did get a bit annoying and I expected a lot more Dracula vampire goodness but oh well.

I'm now making my way through "The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Stories by Edgar Allan Poe"

I shall leave you with a few links from past Halloween craft makes and a sketch I've been working on.

Boo cat
Spooky cupcakes

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Gruesome Girlies

I finished the colouring of the two sketches I showed in the last post. I used the new Tria markers for theses and they make such a difference to the blending. I am not that happy with how these two drawings came out, but that's nothing to do with the pens, I love using them.

Wednesday Addams. I know I've messed up the likeness a bit but I happy with the hair.

Bride of Frankenstein. This one was going so well until I used the black, I should of used a smaller fine liner for the eye lashes too. I might do a green coloured version as I really liked the sketch.

I don't know if I will get much drawing done this week as I'm a bit busy with other things, but as soon as I can I will do more horror drawings to show you.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Great Scott!

I've been trying to get the hang of skin tones this week. I do own a lot of skin coloured markers but it is still so hard to achieve a realistic colour. I ended up laying down a light grey for the shadows and then going over that with the palest pink & yellow shades. Had to be careful not to build too many layers as I ended up with some crazy skin shades by mistake, though if I ever draw an umpa lumpa I'll know what to do.

Marty Mcfly
Marty Mcfly from Back to the future part II. I'm not that happy with the likeness but it was good practice.

As it is Halloween this month I decided some spooky drawings were in order! I have the sketches done for Wednesday Addams (Christina Ricci version) and the bride of Frankenstein. They haven't been coloured yet as both my light grey pens have ran out but as luck would have it, the set of Tria grey markers turned up today so I can get to work on them soon.

A sneaky peak of the drawings

If you have any spooky ideas of what else I could draw for Halloween, feel free to comment :D

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Drawing friends

Making the most of a few sleepless night I've been trying to draw a picture of one of my friends, the beautiful Sophie. Check out her art and the amazing accessories here.
I used my ice grey markers, It's hard to get a perfect colour match with the original when scanning it in but this was as close as I could get it. I've ordered a set of 12 tria markers in grey and the brush pen will make the blending at lot easier when moving between the different sections of the face, it's easy to leave marks when using the promarkers but I think I'm improving :)

sophie grey
The scanner has made it look a bit streaky, doesn't look like that in person.

Used the grid method and then traced the image on to marker paper. Why I didn't think of doing that for the cupcakes instead of spending forever trying to rub out the grid, I don't know ;)

Also look what came in the post! oooh they're so pretty

Bye till next time!

Sunday, 25 September 2011


As promised some more marker practice drawings. I wanted to try an get a much more realistic look so tried a new method called the grid method. The name is pretty self explanatory, you put a grid over the image you want to draw and then draw a grid on paper and copy the image square by square. It is a laborious way of drawing but it does get good results. I found this great site for teaching Photorealism, It's something I would really like to get good at so be prepared for lots of photorealism attempts in the upcoming posts!

cupcake 2
I wanted to give colour a try, its so much harder than greys but I'm pleased with my first try.

cupcake  3
This was my first go using the grid method, I made it a little big whoops.

The few used Tria pens I won on ebay turned up and I used two of them for the cupcake's case. I didnt think there would be much different between them & promarkers as they are the same brand. I was wrong, the brush pen on the Tria blends like a dream! I was so impressed I ordered a set of 12 on ebay brand new and half the normal price too, bargain :)

Well that's enough pen talk from me, I will leave with a beautiful photograph of Suki taken by the very talented Pete.


Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Ice Ice Baby

I'm updating a bit early this week as I already have few sketches to show and thought it would be better to break them up over a few posts rather than a mammoth one.

I've been using my new ice grey promarkers I picked up last week for these sketches. I really like the finished results I get with these markers but I've found it is much easier to make mistakes with the ice greys than the cool greys I was using before. Mainly because the colour builds up more quickly and I end up laying down too much of a dark shade.

a couple of heavy made up eyes plus circles showing the five shades of the ice greys. It wasn't until I stuck them in my sketchbook I remembered I have a little thingy-me-bob for cutting perfect circles whoops!

I'm really pleased with these mouths, especially the second one. The open mouth was such a pain to do what with the tongue but I like the gum bit.

You may remember from my last post that I had bought some used Touch Twin markers off ebay. After giving the a bit of a try out I decided they weren't for me. I couldn't get them to blend as easily as promarkers. Maybe I could if I had stuck it out longer but as my promarkers blend so beautifully I didn't see the point, So I've popped them back on ebay. I've won a few used Tria markers that hopefully turn up soon. They are the same brand as promarkers but are the next step up in the price range. I am interested to see if there is much different between the two.

I want to do some coloured drawings but I don't think I'll get good results until I get the fine nib add on as I'm not able to tiny detail with the normal nibs. I have a black fine liner for the grey ones.

Hope you liked the sketches, I've had such lovely comments off people about the last ones :)

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Marker Practice

After watching some amazing time lapse marker drawing videos. You can watch them here! I was inspired to break out my good old marker pens and get doodling.

Drawn on marker paper & glued into my sketchbook.


I tried and failed to do some coloured faces sketches but I didn't have the right shades. Also some shading practice in the circles.

I'm really pleased with how these are coming along and it has awakened my love of markers again. So much so I had a little pen shopping spree! I was in London for a day out this week so I popped over to cowling and wilcox and stocked up on some new shades. There's another set I am still after, plus letraset have brought out a new Ultra-Fine nib that can be attached to the promarkers. As sad as it sounds I'm very excited about that hehe, but will have to order them online because the shop had none in stock.
Here's what I bought though,

Also picked up a letraset marker pad just to see if it was better than the marker paper I already have

That's not all, I won an auction on ebay for 44 Touch Twin marker pens. They are used but I got them for a right bargain. I wanted to see if they were as good as I've heard. To be honest I'm not so sure I like them. I've only tested them out a little bit so far but they dont seem to blend as well as the promarkers. I've give the another play but if I'm not happy I can always sell them on.

touch twins
They do look pretty though right? ;)

I might do a marker pen review youtube video. I know, awful geeky but its one thing I am always looking for and the only ones I find are about Copic markers or Prismacolor. I do own some Prismacolor so I could do a video stating the pro & cons of Promarkers, Prismacolor and Touch Twin. I think some people might find it helpful, what do you all think?

Anyway that's me done for this week, I have lots of pens to go play with now, bye!

Monday, 5 September 2011

Vintage nudes

As the title suggest this post might not be safe for work, but it's nothing too risqué. I haven't drawn anything for way over a month so it was really nice to break out the pencils last night when I couldn't sleep.

I used vintage photo stock from Deviantart for reference. I really like how in vintage nude photographs the models are so relaxed, almost a sleepy style to their poses and that slight cheeky smile. So very different from today's! It puts me in mind of the women in Joseph Heller's Catch 22.


I like the woman in the top right hand corner, I think I will play around with some watercolours with her.

something a little different here, but don't ask me what exactly.

I have been crocheting something for Pete's birthday but I don't think I will be able to finish it in time so it'll have to become a Christmas present instead.
There's lots of projects I want to make for birthday & Christmas presents but I wont be able to post about them of course until after the events.

I' started reading "Atlas Shrugged by Ana Rand" last month. It is a huge book of 1168 pages so it's taking me a while. I am about half way through now and really enjoying it.

Monday, 22 August 2011

London Riots

I'm sorry I've missed a few updates. I am in a bit of a slump lately and unfortunately that seems to drain all creativity out of me. Hopefully I will be back to my old arty self soon enough until then please bare with me.
Also it's been brought to my attention that my blog isn't letting some people comment? If you are having this problem please PM me about it.

As I have no artwork I thought I would show you some of Pete's latest photos. I'm sure all of you will of heard of this months rioting in the UK. One of the most hardest places hit by rioting is the town I live in, Croydon. Although most of the rioting happened on the other side to where I live, it was still a little too close for comfort. We could see the smoke from the burning of Reeves corner store. Film of the store on fire seemed to become the iconic symbol of the riots and was splashed all over the news. Very strange to see your town like that on the news. My heart goes out to all those who have lost loves ones, homes and businesses because of the rioting.

Pete took some photos of the aftermath of the rioting.




More can be seen on his Flickr page

I will leave you on a happier note, this is a page from my very talented friend Amy's art journal.
It really cheered me up seeing this today <3 Check out her other amazing work on here blog>

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

something to Read

EDIT: sorry to post this again but there was a problem with not allowing comments in last nights version. Hopefully it's working now! :)

I'm afraid I dont have any arty stuff to show you this week. Instead I thought I would tell you the books I've read this year so far.

Animal Farm A Fairy Story by George Orwell
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
Vive La Revolution by Mark Steel
The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking
What Remains to be Discovered by John Maddox
The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
Marvel Zombies by Robert Kirkman
Tricks of the Mind by Derren Brown
Superstrings and the Search for the Theory of Everything by F. Peat
Why Does E=MC2? by Brian Cox, J. R. Forshaw
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Intriguing Scientific Mysteries of Our Time by Michael Brooks
Phantoms in the Brain by V.S. Ramachandran
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick
Martian Time-Slip by Philip K. Dick
Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
Ubik by Philip K. Dick
Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
Ghost World by Daniel Clowes
Batman: Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller
Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again by Frank Miller
Batman: Face the Face by James Robinson
The Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov
Tank Girl (v. 1) by Alan Martin
Batman: R.I.P. by Grant Morrison, Tony Daniel
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
Valis by Philip K. Dick
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
Faust by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Batman: Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb
Batman: Arkham Asylum Anniversary Edition by Grant Morrison
The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Into the Silent Land: Travels in Neuropsychology by Paul Broks
Freaks of Nature by Mark S. Blumberg (in the middle of reading)

I hadnt realised I've read so many, 45 books so far. That's 12 more than I read in total last year already. A lot of brilliant books, I've really become a fan of scifi and Batman hehe. Talking of scifi, HMV are selling lots scfi masterworks books at the moment for 2 & 3 pound each, I picked up these babies last week.

Sorry for the rather dull update, I was going to do some reviews but my mind is mush tonight. hopefully I'll do some art this week!

Monday, 25 July 2011

Watercolour & Ink practice

Hello! Well like the title says, I've been practicing with my watercolour paints and inks. I know I said I would have sketches from my days out in London but it turns out I'm not a very good sketcher on the go hehe! Also geese dont like to pose for drawing. Maybe I'll have some next week, if not I might work from the photos I took.
I've done these in my normal A5 sketchbook, I know it's not the right kind of paper but I didnt want to break out my expensive watercolour paper for just playing around. I really should get a watercolour sketchbook but untill then this will have to do.

Im using Winsor & Newton sketches pocket box.

I saw a tutorial for putting salt on for a nice effect. I think it would look a lot better if I had used rock salt. I soaked up a bit too much of the paint up.

This got me thinking, I wonder if I can do the same with inks? I used my Winsor & Newton drawing inks. I tried the salt too but I didnt work the same.

I wanted to try out these effects on a real picture. The watercolours make much softer effect and blend together easily, I really like the blue one. The inks on the right come out much more vibrant than the watercolours. The white spots are gel pen.

I've really enoyed playing about with these, I much prefer using the watercolour pans than when I've tried the tube paints in the past. I want to do lots more experimenting now!

See you next week.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011


Hello all, sorry that I am a day late with updating this week. Pete is on holiday for the next two weeks and yesterday we went adventuring over London. Of course I had to pop into my favourite art shop Cowling and Wilcox. Picked up some new nibs, a set of speedball ones, same make as my hunt 102 nib. Also got some brushes, nothing too fancy and they had this nice set in the sale.

We came across an art show on are way there. The apart summer show, it was a mix of pop and street art. Some really nice work in there, some of my favourites were, Joe Black, John Parkin, Sean Alexander and Conrad Roset. Definitely worth a look if you're near Great Marborugh street.

I have lots of sketches to show you this week. I've been practicing drawing facal expressions, noses and men as they are all things a find a bit tricky. I did do a lot more but I'll save them for another time.

I am really pleased with how a lot of these faces turned out. Used my dip pen for most of them too.

testing out different poses and pens. I like the girl in the glasses, think I will do more of her.



I think these two would make good characters.

Hoping to have some nice days out over the coming two weeks, I'll be taking my sketchbook with me so next update time I might have some London scenes to show you.

I haven't talked about what I've been reading lately. I am still making my way through the huge pile of books I bought a couple of months ago. Right now I'm reading "Catch-22 by Joseph Heller" and I got this two gems from a charity shop yesterday "Freaks of Nature by Mark S Blumberg" It's all about evolution and "Into the Silent Land by Paul Broks" thats about neurology, looks to be a bit like Oliver Sacks work.

Oh before I go remember last week I told you about my art trade with lokijki of Well I did a guest comic for him in the week, I tried to make it look more like his style and use the character of me, that he drew. Take a look here, guest comic.
See you next week!

Monday, 11 July 2011

Art-tastic friends

I have been busy this last week trying to make a dread kit. so I don't have any sketches to show but instead I thought I would post about a few talented people I am lucky to know.
First off I did an art trade with my twitter friend lokijki. My very first art trade! I drew a couple of his characters in my style and he drew me as a monster! Im not entirely happy with how my drawing came out in the editing, my scanner doesn't seem to like promarker greys. Click here to see my drawing.

And here's the awesome drawing he did of me as a monster, isn't it great!

My friend and illustrator Michelle Last has opened an online store. Her Blog is also filled with lovely photographs.

shop open!
Give a visit as her work is beautiful.

Lastly the super talented artist & crafter Sophie Adamson. Lately she has been making the most beautiful gothic fascinator's but be sure to check out other work on deviantart as its all stunning. There is even a couple of drawings of me in there! ;)

Mink Skull Fascinator, Purple by ~Sophie-Adamson on deviantART

I hope to have some artwork of my own to show you next time. If not that at least a finished dread kit, but gosh it does take me forever to make them. I've really felt like sewing but just haven't had the time. So many geeky ideas for plushie's have been popping into my head, I blame Pete for having a Stargate and Star trek telly weekend.

Oh I almost forgot! Theres a new comic site on tumblr called This sums it up best "Comics drawn by people with a story to tell about living with long-term mental and physical illnesses". I'm super pleased that they accepted one of my strips, "Brain zaps" there. A few of you may remember me posting that sometime last year? anyway I hope to do one on living with ME/CFS and Fibro as they effect my life a whole lot more. Really interested to see more from this site.

Thats me done for today but I'll leave on a silly note, here's my Suki "helping" me with a jigsaw puzzle.

Monday, 4 July 2011

And the winner is...

Natasha Paige!

Congratulations! Please leave your email address in the comment so I can sort out posting the batman plushie to you :D

Friday, 1 July 2011

bones bones bones

Posting at little earlier than normal as Monday I will be announcing the winner of my Batman giveaway.
I have been doing something a bit different this week, quick scribbly skecthes. They look ugly but I've really enjoyed drawiing them. I mainly used a 0.05 fineliner but I did try out some red ink with the dip pen but I found it too watery to work with.


Ok this is going to sound a bit odd but I love medical oddities, so this a mix of demformed skeletons, mainly fetal.

Animal skeletons

And finally some a few more deformed skeletons.

Remember there still is time to enter my Batman plushie giveaway!

Batman giveaway
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Monday, 27 June 2011

Guns, Girls and Zombies!

Happy Monday all, phew it's hot one today! Remember last week I showed you the new art supplies I bought? Well I've been testing out my new pens this week in my sketchbook.
I've been using a hunt 102 crow quill nib dip pen, Pentel's pocket brush pen and Staedtler pigment fineliners. I absolutely love the fineliners and find them much nicer to work with than faber castell's fineliners. I am finding dip & brush pen a lot harder to use but its been really enjoyable learning how. I want to try some different nibs to see what effects I can make, I also really like how the ink is raised slightly from the page. I think I should try using it on some different paper as although my sketchbook paper says its ok for ink, I keep scratching up the surface by mistake. I didnt expect the brush pen to be so inky? hehe sorry it's hard to explain what I mean by that, it really puts the faber castell pitt brush pen to shame.

tank girl
Felt like doing a bit of tank girl fan art. Her style is perfect for the dip & brush pen. I use fineliners too for the sunglasses picture but the rest are dip & brush pens.

The three zombies on the left are all done with the dip pen, I really liked the roughness it gave to them. I like the screaming zombie too as I felt it showed me improving with the brush pen.

gun girls
Left: My first go with the brush pen & its shows! hehe. Right: All done in fineliners, I really like how this one turned out, I think should do a finished version of her.

ink cat
Finally this was my first go with the dip pen. All was going fine untill I decided to colour it with an ink wash. I was using a far too small brush & forgot to get out a palette to water the ink down into, instead was doing it all on the paper. Live and learn!

Thats me done for another week and oh yeah don't forget to enter my blogspot Batman plushie giveaway!

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