Tuesday, August 14, 2007


A couple of sketches from around the house. I've not been feeling too well this week and have hardly stepped outside the door. Luckily I have no problem entertaining myself at home. Everywhere I look I see a new drawing. So I went back to the Everyday Matters list. Above is challenge 58 draw a hat. I really hate this drawing. It just doesn't look right, to me, and lacks any...erm...soul?

I prefer this one. Also, I want to give a little shout out to Atticus Boo, in Buxton, which is one of my favourite shops. I'm guessing it's named after characters from the classic book - and a great film to boot. It's rare that a film lives up to a favourite book, I think, but Too Kill A Mockingbird manages it.

Anyway, Atticus Boo is a tiny gift shop. You can probably get about 5 people in there, at the most, at one time. It is filled choc-a-bloc full of gorgeousness including cards by my fave children's illustrator Lauren Child, fabulous purses and handbags by Orla Kiely (that I drool over and long for the day I can afford) and it even stocks Moleskines. Not only that but it smells wonderful AND it's opposite a handmade chocolate shop. If all that's not enough, you can bet your bottom dollar, that without fail, they'll be playing Rufus Wainwright.

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Blogger brian nelson said...

Awesome drawings! Love the wood grain under the bag! The hat is great!!

7:59 PM  
Blogger Zeke said...

More great drawings! I am always amazed at the shading effects you achieve with your pens.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. The pen I used on Camera Guy was a Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph 4x0. I keep trying the Microns and Prizmacolor pens and still come back to the Rapidographs.


8:00 PM  
Blogger Computerarte said...

I love them! I love your drawings! It's always great to stopping by to appreciate your work.
You are very talented!

8:34 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

Amazing penwork!

9:00 PM  
Blogger MILLY said...

Both drawings are great. You just make everday objects look so good. My favourite is the baseball cap, fantastic penwork.

9:13 PM  
Anonymous wagonized said...

The floor near the bag, which in itself is already sooo well executed, is insane. So beautiful, Andrea.
And about sketching around the house: i can relate.

12:47 AM  
Anonymous jeanette M of L said...

Another Mockingbird fan! I re-read it about every 5 years, and it grows richer with age and understanding.
mistress of longears

1:30 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

now see i love them both. the hat is beautiful. and that floor under the bag - well that is something else.

5:31 AM  
Blogger mrana said...

I love both drawings, I don't think any of your work lacks soul! Love the woodgrain floor and oooh I want to have a good browse in Atticus Boo!

5:58 AM  
Blogger caseytoussaint said...

Oh, every time I look at what you can do with a pen, I'm just green with jealousy - these are wonderful, and no, the first one doesn't lack soul.

2:22 PM  
Blogger juj said...

Oustanding drawing - the way the shadow obscures the wood grain to the right - brilliant.

Harper Lee, Rufus Wainright, and Clarice Bean all in one place - sounds like my version of heaven....

4:16 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

I just love the softness to the shading; you are able to gradate the media so well. Looking forward to seeing more great work of yours.

7:11 PM  
Blogger Claudia said...

I like the bag a n d the hat!

7:43 PM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thank you guys,

It's a real boost to the confidence when you respond so well to something I've had such doubt about posting. I appreciate your support and encouragemnet so much. Thanks.

Juj, I am mad about Clarice Bean! I often re-read her novels - they are such damn fun! If I could have written any book it would have been any one of hers. I didn't know whether she had travelled to the States. They are the best books to take on holiday.

Cheers all.

10:13 PM  
Blogger Teri C said...

I love these Andrea! Something so refreshing about both.

11:27 PM  
Blogger MIguel Herranz said...

I'm sorry, but I love even the cap. (Hope you get better!)

11:47 PM  
Blogger Genine said...

As always absolutly amazing drawings Andrea! The wood floor and bag are outstanding.

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Fricka said...

I prefer the hat aswell, rather than the bag. I notice most people seem to like the floor over the bag also! I know what you mean about the hat, altho i adore the shading you've put into it, there's something not quite right in maybe the composition..? Lacks a little focus perhaps.

Thought a teensy bit of criticism might have been a refreshing change for you :P

still amazing work, hope you're feeling better!! =]

6:05 PM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Cheers guys!

Fricka, I do appreciate all comments - and constructive criticism as much as the complimentary ones. I agree completely about the hat. I think the actual hat is just wrong. Like the peak doesn't look like it's joined to the hat, perhaps? The shape, to me, seems wrong.

I thought I'd post a picture that I was really unhappy with - you know to put it out there and to move on from it. I'm such a perfectionist. I hope that posting some things that I don't like may challenge that mindset.

Thank you all.

7:27 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Andrea - Your work is amazingly wonderful, as always. And thanks for the Clarice Bean link. I've added a couple books to my Amazon cart for my granddaughter.

11:56 PM  
Anonymous melissa said...

Love them all. Oh, Charlie and Lola. I love me some Lauren Child, too!

12:50 PM  
Anonymous linda said...

I absolutely love the picture of one of our little bags Andrea and now I know why you like atticusboo so much - we have lots of shared passions: Rufus, Orla Kiely, Clarice Bean, Moleskine notebooks... I only like unearthing gorgeous things though, you can create them and I'm pretty awe inspired by your work. The shop is actually named after my son Alfie whose middle name is Atticus which was, in part, because I thought Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird was a cool role model for a little boy and partly because of my Greek connection. The Boo bit was because I thought it sounded good but maybe my subconscious mind was thinking of Boo Radley I don't know...

11:36 PM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thanks guys,

Linda, glad you find my site, and yes that is exactly why I love your shop - SO many of my favourite things. Also I've come across some stuff that I didn't know about including Petra Boase (I did a little post about her which you'd find in the May archives)and the Rosie Flo books. I thought, for sure, that your shop name must have been straight out of To Kill A Mockingbird - that must have been your subconcious wiorking! Anyway, it does sound great and Atticus is really a wonderful role model for a little boy. Thanks for visiting.

Cheers everyone.

12:48 PM  

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