Thursday, 18 April 2013

Video time!

I've been busy busy busy lately doing all sorts of fan art drawings that I will post about on here some time but today I thought I would show you a couple of videos.

Here's one of me inking a cheeky cat & toothy fish.

This one is a quick flip through of some cat pictures in my sketchbook.

You may of noticed I've been using a brown paper sketchbook. I really love the different effect it gives the drawings, although I do have to be careful when using markers as the colours don't always come out as expected.

I'm thinking about some more videos. Maybe of me colouring a picture or a run through of the type of pens I use. Is there anything you would like to see?
Also has anyone got advice on where to have the tripod/camera stood? I don't know how other manage to get such clear shots of their work.

Hope you enjoyed the videos, bye for now :)

Saturday, 16 March 2013


I've been working on more watercolours this week. I actuality started this drawing way back some time last year. I had drawn out the grid sketch all ready for starting the final piece but just couldn't get the markers to work right for it. Suddenly remembered it this week and thought maybe watercolours would work?

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In case you don't know Divine was a famous drag actor in John Waters films. sadly since passed away.

I'm not at all happy with this painting, the hair drove me mad but I posting to keep a record of my progress. Hopefully I will get better in time! I think I need to follow the rule "less in more" with watercolours, so very different to working with markers.

I also draw a silly cartoon version of him from the Pink flamingos film. I really should invest in a watercolour sketchbook as my moleskine paper doesn't really like it.

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Working in watercolour makes a nice change but makes me realise how much I like the control of maker pens.

Friday, 8 March 2013

The Life Aquatic

Here's the watercolour I promised in the last entry. I am new to using watercolours so this was a nice learning experience. I think I might of built the colour up too much in places and maybe just a wash of colour would have been better but I'll keep that in mind for next time.
I used my little Winsor & Newton pocket box of 12 half pans and watercolour pencils, I found working with the pencils much easier. I wouldn't mind trying to paint a more realistic subject next time.
As usual I had a difficult time trying to match up the colours in photoshop, this was the best I could do but the background is much more of a turquoise colour.

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Here's something a little extra before I go. I found one of my old sketchbooks/art folder from when I was 9 years old and filmed a little movie of me looking through it.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Beautiful Bodies

Some more sketchbook scans, I hope you're not getting too bored of these now ;)
Focusing on different body parts and poses. Feel free to recommend anything else I could draw as I'm always after ideas.

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I've been working on a watercolour piece this and hopefully will have it finished it time for Friday fanart.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Friday Fanart

Something a little different for you all today. I decided to join in with the lovely Erin Hunting and do some Friday fan art.
I love Erin's art work and her take on famous cartoon characters are always fun. Check out her blog here, or follow her on tumblr In fact do both!

Well here's my attempt of Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) in The Life Aquatic. I've only recently watched Wes Anderson's films but I am hooked. I definitely recommend you give them a go.

The life aquatic

This is just a straight scan from my moleskine, hence the poor quality. It's the one thing that really bugs about the moleskine paper, that when I use a rubber it takes off the cream/yellow and leave a bright white mark.
I plan to do a coloured digital version of it at some point and hopefully do some more characters from his films.

Monday, 25 February 2013

More moleskine sketches

As the heading says I have some more sketches from my moleskine for you. I've been practising body forms lately as I haven't drawn people in my cartoon style for a long time. I have mainly focused of parts of the body I find the most tricky, hands, feet etc.
Some of these I might work into a finished illustration.

Oh nose! ;)

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I hate feet, I don't even like mine. So drawing this was hard for me ;)

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Shake those hands!

Hope you're all enjoying this sketchbook posts!

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Sketch dump

Hello, Although I haven't been doing any big art lately I have been trying to use my Moleskine sketchbook more often. I've been practising with my new Rotring art pen on one of the bone sketches but sadly the paper doesn't seem to like the ink. It has a slight shiny texture that makes it so easy smudge but on normal paper I am sure it would be fine. Anyway on to the sketches!

Sketches of the Grants museum of zoology, working from photos I took.

More Grant museum sketches but this time using the Rotring art pen instead of my Staedtler pigment liner.

Trap door! I like to do fan art when I can't think what else to draw, I find it relaxing.

Garfield sketch
Garfield. This was done in the middle of the night, I think my subconscious was trying to tell me something hehe!

Looney Tunes Sketch
Looney tunes. I did this one as a request from my niece. I used to draw them so much as a child.

Ok not a sketch but I thought I would leave you with the Valentines day card I made Pete.

Hope you enjoyed the sketches!

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Grant museum of zoology


Hello, it was my birthday on Sunday! Pete booked off the Monday from work and we went to the Grant museum of Zoology for a day out. I thought I would share some of the photos I took with you all. Sorry about the quality, my camera doesn't seem to like glass.

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grant museum of zoology

grant museum of zoology

grant museum of zoology

grant museum of zoology

grant museum of zoology

grant museum of zoology

grant museum of zoology

grant museum of zoology

It is only a small museum but as you can see it is filled to the brim with a wonderful collection. I would love to go back and spend time drawing there, I am planning on doing some sketches from the photos I took.
I will leave you with my birthday present haul off Pete, book goodness!


Saturday, 2 February 2013

Hourly Comic Day

Hello all, yesterday was hourly comic day. I haven't joined in it for a couple of years so I thought it was about time I did.
These are drawn so roughly because otherwise it would of taken me an hour just to complete each panel.I ended up using my pentel brush pen and I find it very tricky for small work (A5 sketchbook) but it's quick!
I cheated a little bit by completing the last panels today but I think it still counts right? ;)

Enjoy! Oh and if you did your own hourly comics yesterday please leave me a link to them so I can see them!







Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Books of 2012 roundup!

First off Happy New year! I was pretty exhausted NYE so I welcomed in the year with a nice cup of tea. 


I can't believe how many books I managed to read last year, 86! Ok some were on the short side but even still that is a mighty number. I've challenged myself to read 50 books this year on Goodreads Anyone else on there? I am already off to a good start by reading one of my favourite Russian authors yesterday, "A Country Doctor's Notebook by Mikhail Bulgakov" and I have started reading "Ulysses by James Joyce" I think this one will be a struggle as almost every page I stop and think what the hell am I reading?! I'm hoping it will make more sense as I work through it.

Books read in 2012


The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The  Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
Perfume by Partrick Suskind
The color Purple by Alice Walker
The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
A Streetcar Named Desire and Other Plays by Tennessee Williams
Babylon Revisited by F. Scott Fitzgerald
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Garcia Gabriel Marquez
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Tales of Terror by Louis Robert Stevenson
The Chorus Girl and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Inferno by Dante

Science Fiction

The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
Galápagos by Kurt Vonnegut
Metropole by Ferenc Karinthy
The Boys from Brazil by Ira Levin
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A.Abbott
Timescape by Gregory Benford
The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick 5: We Can Remember It for You Wholesale by Philip K. Dick
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
We'll Always Have Paris by Ray Bradbury
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams
So Long and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams
The End Specialist by Drew Magary   
Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick
2001 by Arthur C. Clarke
Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle
2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke
Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons by Gardner R. Dozois


Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine by Simon Singh
Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut by Mike Mullane
Paranormality: Why We See What Isn't There by Rochard Wiseman
How Mumbo Jumbo Conquered The World by Francis Wheen
Moondust: In Search Of The Men Who Fell To Earth by Andrew Smith
God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens
Confessions of a Conjuror by Derren Brown
Quantum Evolution by John McFadden
The Quantum Universe: Everything That Can Happen Does Happen by Brian Cox
Genome by Matt Ridley
Massive: The Hunt for the God Particle by Ian Simple
The Mating Mind: How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature by Geoffrey Miller
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
Them by Jon Ronson
The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
Reasons To Be Cheerful by Mark Steel
The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
The End Of Faith: Religion, Terror, And The Future Of Reason by Sam Harris
Your Inner Fish: The Amazing Discovery of Our 375-Million-Year-Old Ancestor by Neil Shubin
Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon by Daniel C. Dennett
Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life by Nick Lane
Parallel Worlds: The Science of Alternative Universes & Our Future in the Cosmos by Michio Kaku
The Self Illusion: Why There is No 'You' Inside Your Head by Bruce M. Hood
Antimatter by Frank Close
The Blank Slate by Steven Pinker
The Red Queen: Sex And The Evolution Of Human Nature by Matt Ridley
Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements by Hugh Aldersey-Williams
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution by Richard Dawkins
Virolution by Frank Ryan
Why Evolution Is True by Jerry A. Coyne
Parasite Rex : Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures by Carl Zimmer
On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
Survivors; the Animals and Plants that Time has Left Behind by Richard Fortey
Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution by Nick Lane
Cosmos by Carl Sagan
The Ancestor's Tale by Richard Dawkins
Life: An Unauthorised Biography: A Natural History of the First Four Thousand Million Years of Life on Earth by Richard Fortey
Graphic Novel

Marvel Zombies 3 by Fred Van Lante
Marvel Zombies: Dead Days by Greg Land
The Accidental Salad by Joe Decie
Batman: Year One by Frank Miller
Batman: Hush by Jeph Loeb
Batman: Under the Hood by Judd Winick
Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis
Marvel Zombies 4 by Fred Van Lente
Wolverine: Not Dead Yet by Warren Ellis
The Walking Dead Book Four by Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead Book Five by Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead Book Six by Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead Book Seven by Robert Kirkman
Black Window: Deathly Origin by Paul Cornell
Marvel Zombies 5 by Fred Van Lente

It is hard to pick favourites out of so many books but I'll try a name a few that I really loved.  "A Streetcar Named Desire and Other Plays by Tennessee Williams", "Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky" and"Survivors; the Animals and Plants that Time has Left Behind by Richard Fortey"  but honestly so many more could be named as they were brilliant.

This was my Xmas book haul and I've already read two of them so far hehe. Can't wait to start on the others!

Here's to 2013, hopefully a year of happy reading!


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