Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Merle and Rachel

Drawing Merle Hunt and Rachel Rawlings. I always love this stage where it's just the paper and the lines before I apply any colour or washes. Maybe I should do some and not go to the finishing stages of colour or shading. :)

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Good old-fashioned pencils!

I've been enjoying lately drawing with a pencil lately (granted, it is mechanical). I love how soft the lines can be while still retaining the ability to be dark and strong like ink. The down side is that it can smudge while drawing if I'm not careful... I can always pretend I meant to do that...
 I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. :)

Thursday, 10 January 2013

For the love of pen nibs

For my birthday, Merle and Abra gave me a bunch of unique and antique dip pens which are shown in the top drawing. The bottom two sketches are of pen nibs I squired from Jackson's Art with some gift vouchers. Each nib was drawn with itself so that the line quality can be noted. I have to say that the nibs from Merle and Abra are beautiful and work marvellously  but there are a few from Jackson's Art that disappointed me such as the fountain pen nibs which write beautifully but hold so little ink that I don't think I'll be able to use them, or a super thin one that I couldn't even get to work.

PS: The last drawing was done in my sketchbook which decided it did not like the ink I was using and went fuzzy. For the first two drawings I used trusty Parker Ink and Bristol Board. You can also tell that I got bored after drawing the nibs from the girls. :)

Sketchbook drawings

 Drawing in Church

 Playing with dip pens

A quick self portrait

I did have a few more to share but my laptop was having difficulty scanning them and the pencil lines have barely come out. I'll have to try again another time. :)

A Birthday Card

Randomly, here is the birthday card I made for my lovely friend Rachel Rawlings. Obviously she has had it for months but I wanted to share it because I am still quite fond of it's design. :)

Ford Baptist Church

I've been collecting a backlog of drawings of late so you will have to bear with me as I create a few posts to catch up.

I was asked by my father to draw Ford Baptist church in Plymouth, UK, and I don't believe I have ever been so happy drawing a building. My favourite bit, I have to admit, was drawing the great big window in the centre, and to think that I never really realised how beautiful it is. Anyway, I now want to live in the green tower so I might grow my hair and move in there like a little gremlin.