Embracing the wobble

I’m really into just drawing at the moment. Watercolours have been my go to for years and to be honest I find it easy to fudge a drawing by just splodging on some paint. So I’m going back to basics and am avoiding paint. I’m aiming to use just fountain pen (my fave Pelikan M200)…

ipad drawing

Learning how to draw on ipad with procreate

It’s been a while….

I haven’t posted on this site for quite a while. I found instagram a quicker and easier way to share my work. But I’m back and hope to post something fairly regularly. Pen and ink drawing while out on a bike ride

Inktober

Day 1 Using Midori as my sketchbook. The paper is great for most media and I carry it with me everywhere as it’s my diary – so no excuse not to do at least one drawing a day! Day 2 My favourite field – part trees, part grass, part freshly tilled earth.

Inktober drawing kit

Thought I should give it ago this year….an ink drawing every day for month of October. Interesting challenge to resist the watercolours! So got out my fountain pens, gave them a clean. Then found that my favourite vintage Mont Blanc is broken – the threaded part of the barrel is breaking away – so that…

Dogs

Difficult to capture the differences between six Jack Russell mutts….Mona and Smudge

Snail ate my Irises

Went out this morning and these Iris flower heads were lying on the ground. Stems nibbled through by naughty snails (or slugs)! So put them in a glass of water hoping they’ll flower and took the opportunity to draw them. This time in pencil, watercolour, colour pencils and some ink at the end. Really like…

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.

Twingling Twingley

Any of you out there know the work of Jonathan Twingley? I’m in need of new ideas and insights so decided to take an online klass at Sketchbook Skool. Mr Twingley is one of the fakulty and his klass is an absolute hoot – totally liberating – would highly recommend this for anyone feeling stuck…

Twitter Header

New Year, new Twitter header. Thought I’d make my Twitter header all drawings – some buildings, a man, a bottle. After I put it together I realise there isn’t one watercolour – all done in either colour pencil or brushpens…I think it’s telling me something!  

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.

Carbon pen

Poursac Church – platinum carbon pen and brush pens. The church is lovely and has a timber shingle tower.  Trying to finish up my small Fabriano sketchbook.

New vibrant colours in watercolour palette

I’ve been getting bored with my usual watercolour palette. Partly due I think to having too many choices in it. So I’ve created another box, from a simple Muji plastic box, with just eight colours – three of which are greens. I’ve never ever used a ready mixed green in a palette but I’m starting…

Drawing people

It’s a challenge for sure, but I keep trying. Experimented with a white pen, pentel brush pen and toned paper to try and find a way of drawing lots of people in the distance! I’m finding the more I try to make them not look like people, the more they sort of look like people!

Angouleme door

  An ink sketch with Lamy Safari pen, done sitting in the car after Christmas lunch with friends. It was cold and my car was totally boxed in…so what else could I do but draw!

Noodlers Ahab fountain pen

  Messing about with the Ahab fountain pen and getting used to it’s flexible nib. Needs quite a lot of pressure to get a really heavy line, which makes for slower drawing and makes me draw more abstractly which I really like. Somehow it forces me to be more loose with the lines and definitely…

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.

Instant sketching responses

It’s hard work trying to keep up to speed with a blog – and sadly this one has taken a back seat for a month or two while I work on my book. How can it take so long to get the words to say exactly what you mean?! That’s why drawing is probably more…

Chateau – ink sketch

Mostly drawn on location at La Rochefoucauld Chateau. Finished with brush pens at home when rain got too heavy to see! &lt

The line revisited

These black and white “line” drawings are from several years ago – nice to revisit them and to see some of this old way of working remerging.

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!

Capper Street sketch

Tiny (smaller than A5) pen sketch from a few years ago when I used to cycle around London stopping to sketch whenever I saw a building I liked.

Welcome to my drawing blog

I’ve decided to separate out my drawings from my writings, so have set up this blog for drawings. My writing and interiors related blog will continue on http://www.jennygrove.com The first of many drawings to come – one I did several years ago of the Commonwealth Institute in London – now The Design Museum.