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…
With the nights drawing in a lot quicker and the leaves still falling from the trees, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to get a few long exposure shots along Norwich’s river and of the Cathedral with the lights on!
I love seeing Norwich's annual firework display, the 'Big Boom'. One of my favourite places to view it is on Mousehold Heath, near Café Britannia, as it has a fabulous view overlooking the city. There were a lot of people out on the heath this year, and it was quite difficult to get clear shots, but … Continue reading Norwich’s ‘Big Boom’
For the past few years now I have carved a pumpkin for Halloween (Hallowe’en Pumpkins and Pyrography…, A Trick and a Treat!). This year's one was a bit more ambitious and I even gave it a title! I had to use a couple of sneakily placed pins to keep the tree from collapsing inwards (oops), … Continue reading Hallowe’en – Attempted Murder
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
At the weekend I joined some friends to do some winter boat maintenance in Brightlingsea, Essex. It's been a few years since I last visited the area, and I was surprised at how much it had changed (or that I'd forgotten!). I had a couple of opportunities to pop out with my camera, and although … Continue reading High Tide at Brightlingsea
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