Sunday, December 31, 2006
Saturday, December 30, 2006
Friday, December 29, 2006
Thursday, December 28, 2006
I first posted this onion (above) some time ago, actually I think it was my first post, or at least my first EDM challenge. Back then I was just getting to grips with the scanner and so the picture was blurred and cropped far too close. I've just uploaded it for Flickr so I thought I'd post it here again. Also another little offering from just over 10 years ago. A decade of drawing onions!
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Saturday, December 23, 2006
I drew this, in one hour, last night while watching (well, listening to) a documentary on Edith Piaf. From now on, every time I see this drawing, I will think of Edith Piaf. There is something that really intrigues me about those random associations.
Friday, December 22, 2006
I want to thank France for this gift. I will treasure it always.
Click here to see her drawing on Flickr .
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
- River - Joni Mitchell (maybe not a traditional Christmas song but it's MY favourite, and it does start with Jingle Bells!)
- Little Drummer Boy - Bing Crosby & David Bowie (just lovely and such a cute video)
- The Fairytale of New York - the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl (a perfect song).
- So This is Christmas - John Lennon.
- 2000 Miles - the Pretenders.
I'm going to pass the tag on, back over the ocean, to Suzanne. Look forward to seeing her selection.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
This is a coal scuttle. I have drawn this many times. Mainly because I am lazy and it lives directly opposite my armchair. I have never once got the shape right - and it still isn't. But I love the colours; the contrast between the metal and the coal. I like the way the inside becomes SO black. I think that these two 'materials' (is that the right word?) work perfectly in graphite pencil.
And now for another question. I am never sure which of these works better when scanning and posting pencil drawings. The top one was scanned in 'colour' the bottom 'grey scale'. Which looks the best? Any opinions or advice would be much appreciated.
Friday, December 15, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Well, I have absolutely been dying to post this for days .I don't know how I've managed to stop myself. So I've stayed up till after midnight so that I could post it. I'm very proud of this one which combines the EDM challenge with my love of illustration for children.
AND... Happy Birthday beautiful girl. xxx
Sunday, December 10, 2006
I'm coming out! I am a 'Strictly Come Dancing' fan. I believe this is what Saturday night TV is made - sequins and sparkles. And, I love it!
If I thought that the picture of the ballpoints took a long time, well, that was nothing compared to this one. The perspective is all over the place and I'm not sure what has happened with the orange in the scanning process - I can assure you it is blended perfectly on the original. But balls to that, it took so long it is being posted.
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Monday, December 04, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
I'm off to Macynlleth today, where one of my pictures is being exhibited at The Tabernacle, the Museum of Modern Art, Wales. The exhibition is called Not Just For Children and I'm there for the opening. The picture I have on show is from The Princess and the Pea. Unfortunately I did not scan or take any photos of it, as it was submitted months ago - before I began this blog. However, I did find this original drawing from one of my sketchbooks - it is quite light I'm afraid, you'll need to click on the image for a better view. The exhibition is running until the 6th of January so if anyone happens to be in Machynlleth (I can't imagine that there'll be many of you!) go and take a look.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Saturday, November 25, 2006
I don't know why I draw the things I do, I don't have any idea where the characters come from, they just refuse to go away. All the above books are in various stages of completion - some have pictures, some have stories, some both. Two are at the stage where they can be sent out to prospective publishers and that's what I'll be doing in the New Year. And, I'll persevere; because now I believe again.
(I draw this picture in every one of my sketchbooks - just to remind myself of the goal - so it seems fitting that it makes an appearance in this 'sketchbook' too.)
Friday, November 24, 2006
Well, I'm not too sure how I feel about this so I'll just post it before I change my mind. It certainly isn't how I envisaged it when I began, but hey, I guess that's what happens when you get lost in a drawing!
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
Sunday, November 19, 2006
I bought this little ceramic Welsh dragon while on holiday in Snowdonia. I was going to post it for the 'souvenir' challenge but I have a whole list of souvenirs that I intend to draw. I do like to come home from everywhere I visit with at least one piece of tat.
And, in answer to a question I was once asked when holiday in the States; NO, there are not still dragons in Wales!
Friday, November 17, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Saturday, November 11, 2006
This was painted in inks and watercolour.
20cm x 20cm.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Pen and colour pencil.
22cm x 20cm.
Monday, November 06, 2006
With this picture, though, I am quite pleased with whatever happened during the whole scanning process. It was painted on a plain white board but hey! A 'happy accident' as dear old Bob Ross would have said.