Computers!

He’s frustrated by trying to set up email in an old computer!

Landrover Defender

Otherwise known as the dog bus in our household – transports six naughty mutts very comfortably! Broad nib Rotring Artpen, Mont Blanc waterproof ink cartridges and a couple of brush pens in A5 Seawhite sketchbook. Took about an hour sitting in the cool windy sunshine.

2016

Not the first sketch of the year, but one I quite like of the man taking it quietly after New Years Eve. Trying out the sketchbook paper in Midori Traveler’s Notebook. Have to say it is absolutely superb for pen, brush pens, colour pencil and watercolour.  Lovely to work on.

Colour Pencils

Messing with colour pencils while watching the Rugby World Cup Final. Not convinced about them, but therapeutic to be colouring in! Much less stressful than watercolour but prefer the results of watercolour…..   

Kunst + Papier sketchbook

Starting new sketchbook – Kunst + Papier – a gift from my stepdaughter in Berlin. It’s thinner paper than I normally like, so not so good for watercolour, but will just about hold it. Very nice quality paper – natural colour, not bright white with a bit of tooth. So think I’ll use it for…

Orange sweater watercolour

  Was about to add colour to face, hair and background, then decided that the focus on orange is much more powerful. Very juicy splodgy watercolour in Seawhite sketchbook. Lines with Noodlers Ahab pen – love it for it’s line weight variability.

Noodlers Ahab

 This tin is a dream to draw. Every time I draw it, I get different reflections. This was done with my Noodlers Ahab pen and ink. I’m really enjoying my Ahab and love the flexibility of the nib that gives me some line variation – makes for lively sketching.

Christmas colour pencil

I realise I haven’t even posted my Christmas drawings – so here are a few – only three months late!

Trusty suitcase

I seem to spend a lot of time with this suitcase at the moment. It’s travelled on Ryanair and Eurostar more than any suitcase has a right to! But it does it’s job and is fun to draw on the Stansted Express..

Books and wine watercolour

A slower drawing than usual in set up. I think it makes for a tighter drawing, it loses a little life…had fun with the shadows – especially the glass of wine (where strangely the level kept going down)!

Brush pens

I’ve been having some fun with brush pens. Trying to keep sketches loose and lively. Simple everyday objects in my small Fabriano Classic Artist’s Journal – white and cream ingres paper.

Watercolour vs brush pen

Watercolour on the left, brush pen on the right. Like the pens but love the watercolour. What do you think?

The harvest – colour pencil

Driving home from a “tasting” market in La Rochefoucauld. The maize looks dead, perfect for harvesting. The combine harvesters are out in force like prehistoric monsters eating it all up. And the grain silos are waiting to receive it all. Boiling hot day – weird for October….

Enjoying the line

I’ve always been slightly nervous of drawing people doing their thing. But Melanie Reim has been an inspiration. She teaches on Sketchbook Skool and is based in New York City and has the most amazing ability to draw reportage. She demonstrates that a line can capture so much. So I’ve been experimenting and thinking that…

Ink drawing – iron bird

  Iron bird – made of scrap metal bits and pieces. He lives outside on our garden table – checking out the rather large round courgette!