Wayfarer Sailing. Sakura Pigma Micron pens on unbranded paper. © C L Grasby
I love experimenting and drawing with different mediums, but quite often enjoy drawing with an everyday ballpoint pen! This started as a doodle in my sketchbook, and is based on my own reference photos of a binturong that I'd seen at Colchester Zoo.
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…
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
I love magpies, and I enjoyed capturing the character of this one on paper! Using one of my own photos for inspiration, I first sketched the outline in pencil before completing the drawing using Sakura Pigma Micron pens. I then decided that it needed some colour, so used Winsor and Newton watercolours to make the … Continue reading Magpie, pen and watercolours
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
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.
My latest pen drawing is of a snow leopard I saw at Banham Zoo recently: My daily drawing project seems to have shifted somewhat from it's original plan. It started with the goal of completing one drawing each day for a year, then shifted to having the aim of doing at least some drawing each … Continue reading Snow leopard
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