Following my recent visits to Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, I have a variety of great photos and sketches of birds and mammals - lots of inspiration! When I first started photography, my aim was simply to take my own art reference photos to work from. This means that, as well as focussing on high quality images … Continue reading Raven
Although I've sketched fennec foxes a few times in the last year (being desert animals that sleep most of the day, they make lovely drawing subjects!) I hadn't gotten around to creating a full size drawing of them. The reference photo I used for this drawing was a slightly grainy image I'd taken in 2016 … Continue reading Fennec Foxes
Looking for inspiration on a chilled out Easter Sunday, I went for walk around Banham Zoo with my camera and sketchbook. The zoo was pretty busy, and rain showers kept me ducking for cover for most of the day. Despite this, I got some great photos of some of their newest arrivals (the zoo had … Continue reading Sleepy Sunday Sketching
I started this at an art workshop in Norfolk last week, and I used Instagram and Tumblr to share a couple of 'work in progress' photos which kept me motivated to finish this one in good time! I used my own photo, taken at Colchester Zoo in 2017, as reference for this drawing.
This has taken me a few days, as I kept picking it up and putting it down again, but I finished my line drawing of a bear that I started earlier this week... I do love drawing with pen, though it does take some getting used to, as the lines can sometimes appear very harsh … Continue reading Bear, Pen Drawing
Fox, Derwent Graphik Line Maker 1.0 on unbranded cartridge paper. This started as a doodle, but I got carried away and really quite like the finished picture! Reference photo my own, taken in 2016.
I started a new 365 day challenge on the 1st November (see post: 365 Days of Art!), and although I started well, I seem to have fallen quite a few days behind! Despite that, I am enjoying the challenge and am planning to continue, with the aim of ending up with a total of 365 images. … Continue reading A selection of pen sketches…
Needing a bit of inspiration, I walked around Oulton Broad's Nicholas Everitt Park at the weekend with an idea of taking a few landscape photos of the autumn leaves and ice. As the sky clouded over, and the light faded, I found myself focusing instead on a group of squirrels that were congregating around a … Continue reading Squirrels!
Felt randomly inspired after sorting through my photos from Banham Zoo (See: Leopard Cubs at Banham Zoo), so I did a little sketch of a leopard cub with a ball point pen! I do enjoy sketching in Biro - sometimes the simplest tools are the best!
I visited Banham Zoo in Norfolk at the weekend, hoping to be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of their latest arrivals: a pair of Sri Lankan Leopard cubs that were born at the zoo earlier this month (information at: http://www.banhamzoo.co.uk/endangered-leopards-born-at-banham-zoo/). As they were so tiny, they have mostly been staying indoors in the warm, … Continue reading Leopard Cubs at Banham Zoo