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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