Thursday, 18 April 2013

Video time!

I've been busy busy busy lately doing all sorts of fan art drawings that I will post about on here some time but today I thought I would show you a couple of videos.

Here's one of me inking a cheeky cat & toothy fish.

This one is a quick flip through of some cat pictures in my sketchbook.

You may of noticed I've been using a brown paper sketchbook. I really love the different effect it gives the drawings, although I do have to be careful when using markers as the colours don't always come out as expected.

I'm thinking about some more videos. Maybe of me colouring a picture or a run through of the type of pens I use. Is there anything you would like to see?
Also has anyone got advice on where to have the tripod/camera stood? I don't know how other manage to get such clear shots of their work.

Hope you enjoyed the videos, bye for now :)

Saturday, 16 March 2013


I've been working on more watercolours this week. I actuality started this drawing way back some time last year. I had drawn out the grid sketch all ready for starting the final piece but just couldn't get the markers to work right for it. Suddenly remembered it this week and thought maybe watercolours would work?

Divine photo Divine.jpg

In case you don't know Divine was a famous drag actor in John Waters films. sadly since passed away.

I'm not at all happy with this painting, the hair drove me mad but I posting to keep a record of my progress. Hopefully I will get better in time! I think I need to follow the rule "less in more" with watercolours, so very different to working with markers.

I also draw a silly cartoon version of him from the Pink flamingos film. I really should invest in a watercolour sketchbook as my moleskine paper doesn't really like it.

 Pink flamingos photo d3.jpg

Working in watercolour makes a nice change but makes me realise how much I like the control of maker pens.

Friday, 8 March 2013

The Life Aquatic

Here's the watercolour I promised in the last entry. I am new to using watercolours so this was a nice learning experience. I think I might of built the colour up too much in places and maybe just a wash of colour would have been better but I'll keep that in mind for next time.
I used my little Winsor & Newton pocket box of 12 half pans and watercolour pencils, I found working with the pencils much easier. I wouldn't mind trying to paint a more realistic subject next time.
As usual I had a difficult time trying to match up the colours in photoshop, this was the best I could do but the background is much more of a turquoise colour.

The Life Aquatic photo watercolourcopy.jpg

Here's something a little extra before I go. I found one of my old sketchbooks/art folder from when I was 9 years old and filmed a little movie of me looking through it.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Beautiful Bodies

Some more sketchbook scans, I hope you're not getting too bored of these now ;)
Focusing on different body parts and poses. Feel free to recommend anything else I could draw as I'm always after ideas.

moleskine 7

moleskine 6


moleskine 4

I've been working on a watercolour piece this and hopefully will have it finished it time for Friday fanart.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Friday Fanart

Something a little different for you all today. I decided to join in with the lovely Erin Hunting and do some Friday fan art.
I love Erin's art work and her take on famous cartoon characters are always fun. Check out her blog here, or follow her on tumblr In fact do both!

Well here's my attempt of Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) in The Life Aquatic. I've only recently watched Wes Anderson's films but I am hooked. I definitely recommend you give them a go.

The life aquatic

This is just a straight scan from my moleskine, hence the poor quality. It's the one thing that really bugs about the moleskine paper, that when I use a rubber it takes off the cream/yellow and leave a bright white mark.
I plan to do a coloured digital version of it at some point and hopefully do some more characters from his films.

Monday, 25 February 2013

More moleskine sketches

As the heading says I have some more sketches from my moleskine for you. I've been practising body forms lately as I haven't drawn people in my cartoon style for a long time. I have mainly focused of parts of the body I find the most tricky, hands, feet etc.
Some of these I might work into a finished illustration.

Oh nose! ;)

moleskine 2
I hate feet, I don't even like mine. So drawing this was hard for me ;)

moleskine 1
Shake those hands!

Hope you're all enjoying this sketchbook posts!

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Sketch dump

Hello, Although I haven't been doing any big art lately I have been trying to use my Moleskine sketchbook more often. I've been practising with my new Rotring art pen on one of the bone sketches but sadly the paper doesn't seem to like the ink. It has a slight shiny texture that makes it so easy smudge but on normal paper I am sure it would be fine. Anyway on to the sketches!

Sketches of the Grants museum of zoology, working from photos I took.

More Grant museum sketches but this time using the Rotring art pen instead of my Staedtler pigment liner.

Trap door! I like to do fan art when I can't think what else to draw, I find it relaxing.

Garfield sketch
Garfield. This was done in the middle of the night, I think my subconscious was trying to tell me something hehe!

Looney Tunes Sketch
Looney tunes. I did this one as a request from my niece. I used to draw them so much as a child.

Ok not a sketch but I thought I would leave you with the Valentines day card I made Pete.

Hope you enjoyed the sketches!


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