Sunday, 30 September 2012


A couple of drawings done in church today while waiting for it to start... there were two more but they are not worth showing ;). We also had a harvest lunch which was lovely, mmm... potatoes...

Saturday, 29 September 2012


From my sketchbook, a drawing of a very round Jack and some of the stuff from my desk... I love my little LEGO Dalek...
Sometimes I forget how clean the lines with a fineliner are.

If anyone has been wondering why I have been drawing Jack much more than Tilly, it is because he has lovingly chosen to use my room for naps and so is irresistible to draw.

The Seven Ravens

I don't believe I have posted this image other than in my sketchbook right at the end so I imagine that there are friends outside of University who have not yet seen it. It is an illustration for The Seven Ravens from Grimm's Fairy Tales. For those who do not know the tale, it is of a girl who's seven brothers have been turned to ravens through a curse while she was a baby. When she is finally told about this many years later, she goes on an adventurous journey in search of them. She goes to the sun but it wants to burn her and she goes to the moon but it want to eat her and finally goes to the stars who help her and show her where her brothers are. They are reunited and the brothers are turned back into people. 
I loved the scene where she finds the stars and imagined her to be vulnerable and small. The use of bleach with Parker ink was invaluable in creating this glowing soft affect, so that was exciting. So, yes, tell me what you thing. :)

Friday, 28 September 2012

Kate Crackernuts

A little sketch in ball point pen and a touch of watercolours of a scene from Kate Craketnuts by the Brother's Grimm (while I am still on the fairy tales theme here) where the young prince goes at night to dance with the fairies. Too bad I didn't include Kate into the image as she is the main character, maybe next time. Please ignore the rather odd looking fairies in the background. :)

Strange how easy it is to tell that it was off the top of my head rather than having prepared for it as I normally do...

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Sketches in Charcoal

I've been enjoying using charcoal lately and my being home often has allowed me to see my two little kitties more. Here are two of my favourite sketches that I am slowly accumulating. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Cats are amazing.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Grimm's Fairy Tales cover

I know there are some people who did not see this piece or who don't really know much about it as it was until recently merely hidden at the end of my sketchbook. For those who have seen it, I hope you don't mind my posting it again.
This years Puffin Children's Competition was to illustrate a cover for Grimm's Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm. The winner can be viewed on their website as well as a few other artist entries. Personally, it is lovely seeing what everyone else came up with for the same subject as I have been working on.
My version is created using Parker ink and bleach. This was the first illustration in which I had used bleach as until this image, I have resorted to using ink washes to create a similar affect. For those interested in using bleach with Parker Ink, I recommend buying separate pen nibs for this process as the bleach will make them rust and it would be very sad indeed if you destroyed all of your nibs.
I'm afraid that the design on the queens dress is a little difficult to make out but they are the 12 dancing princesses making their way to the dance through the golden forest. And yes, she is holding an apple so she is the queen from Snow White though the roses on the dress suggest she might have some connections to Brier Rose. My main focus for the cover was to try and create a magical and mystical illustration that would support the strange and enchanting fairy tales collected by the Brother's Grimm, something that wouldn't be fixed to any time or place yet be somewhat recognisable and familiar, just as the stories are. So I hope you enjoy it and if you find yourself with nothing to do one day, read some fairy tales.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

My Business Cards

I have business cards!
I used images I created for the cover of Love of Seven Dolls by Paul Gallico. The idea of the puppeteer being hidden behind the dolls is a scary one, from behind his many masks, he watched you.
I also found out that these business cards are great for towers.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Drawing out

I have finally managed to convince myself to go out drawing as I was in bad need for some practice and because I wanted to do some drawings of Plymouth. On the first occasion, I had a dip pen and ink and went all alone to the park that claims to be the highest point in Plymouth. It was a lovely day but drawing buildings, I found out, is rather boring, especially when it began to get a little more windy and I was feeling rather awkward on my own.
On the second day of drawing my mother accompanied me to the Hoe on a lovely sunny day and I took charcoal with me as I remembered how enjoyable and loose the medium can be. It was so much more pleasant having company, someone chatting next to me  and keeping my mind occupied while drawing. In the end, a fun day drawing, I hope you enjoy the outcome.