I quite often start drawings and then put them to one side for a while before going back and finishing them. I started this drawing earlier this year at a local pastels workshop, using my own reference photos that I'd taken of a black swan cygnet in Dawlish in 2017.
Most of the stuff in my sketchbooks are scribbles for ideas and inspirations, but quite often I’ll find something will start as a doodle or a rough sketch, then evolve into a 'proper' drawing! This was based on a photo and some sketches from a recent Colchester Zoo visit. I used Windsor and Newton Indian … Continue reading Doodling with a dip pen…
I had to wait to share this as it was a gift for a friend's birthday! This was drawn using my dip pen and Indian ink, drawing inspiration from a few photographs on Pixabay, and I built up the tones gradually using watercolours. It took quite a bit of building up to get to the … Continue reading Stonehenge, pen and watercolours
After falling a little bit behind with my 365-drawing challenge (365 Days of Art!), I've decided to participate in the online Inktober challenge. For anyone who hasn't heard of it, Inktober is a month long drawing challenge that was initiated by artist Jake Parker. I'd heard of it before, but this is the first time … Continue reading Inktober Challenge
Something a bit different! As I hadn't drawn giraffes before, I first visited a local zoo to do some sketches and reference photos. While drawing, I noticed the strongest features of a giraffe were the huge eyes and incredibly long eyelashes. I also noticed that they have a very oddly shaped head and nose, which was … Continue reading Technicolour Giraffe
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