Another quick sketch

Another quick portrait. You know, I think it's time that I started taking more time over these. Check measurements, aim for a likeness, that kind of thing.

They're fun, though




One from the other day




New book

This is a truly inspiring book – even though it’s the kind of book that makes you want to throw your pencils away in self disgust. Or is that just me?

It explains chiaroscuro (GREAT word), value, form, shadow – and how to represent these on coloured paper with a dark and a light pastel pencil. It feels so different from starting on white paper and laying all tonal values down with graphite, and it does make you stop and think a bit.

I haven’t been able to get hold of the pastel pencil the author recommends, and I’m finding my white a bit hard to blend. Whether it should be, or whether it’s my particular make of pencil, I’m not sure. And I’m still finding the proportions of the face REALLY hard to get right. How long before this comes naturally?

Anyway, here’s my first attempt

Pastel Drawing


Hen party gift

I’m so pleased to be able to share this at last. I drew this a couple of weeks ago as a gift for a friend who is getting married very soon. I was unable to go to the hen party but I was able to contribute to the keepsake book.

Because it was a secret for the bride-to-be, I haven’t be able to share it on here. But the time has now come for me to be able to post it.

It’s very loosely based on zentangle ( but as ever with my own twist.

I was really happy with the way this one turned out. What do you think?


Mum and daughter

My cold has meant a couple of days stuck in bed, so I’ve been doodling a picture of a mum and daughter.


Wedding doodle

A rather familiar scene, but in a different style. I’m so pressed for time at the moment that I’m finding black and white ‘doodling’ style – in pen and soft pencil on heavyweight cartridge – to be really convenient as I can take it with me and work on it in so many more places than, say, paint. Or even coloured pencils.

I really like the style of these. I find the contrast of the hard pen and the soft pencil, combined with the richness of the doodled textures, really appealing.

I think this would make a great wedding card or even an invitation for a less formal wedding. I’ll be adding it to my Etsy shop soon.


Cutsie girls

I don’t normally do the cutsie thing. I’ve tried in the past, and my doodles haven’t quite come out in the cutsie style I was looking for, and I’ve probably given up.

So I was a bit surprised when two cutsie girls appeared out of my recent doodles.

What do you think? A bit too cutsie?


A hill and a tree… and a baby

I thought it would be a good time to return to the old ‘hill and a tree’ series of paintings, this time in watercolour.

I find watercolours challenging and therefore I rarely use them. I learned a lot by doing this one, though – next time I’ll get the masking fluid out for sure…


Some more weekend sketches

Some more quick sketches from the weekend. Still haven’t found one I want to work up to a painting.


Bank Holiday sketches