Sunday, July 17, 2016

Paris week deux

The time is going quickly here, I'm over halfway through and so much more to do! Here is a round-up of the week's drawings. I've given less time to it this week as I've been working on some story ideas too, but the weather is hotting up again and I need to get my 5.99€ worth out of my tripod stool, so should be more this week!

I spent today in the Pompidou Centre which has a great retrospective of Paul Klee on, plus the super permanent collection. Here are two of my favourites from the Klee, partly due to their titles:

Portrait of an Emotional Lady. 1906.

Girl, stooping, followed by a snake-like dachshund. 1906.

A bientôt mes amies!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Tor Eiffel encore!

Bonjour! I am in Paris for a month, taking a drawing course at the Studio Escalier in Montmartre. I'd like to write about it properly after its three weeks' duration is over and when I have a better overview - but so far, I am loving it. I am staying in a studio flat Airbnb in Montmartre just down the road, which is completely lovely - but boy is it loud. I'm getting used to that now, and feel I'll be able to sleep through anything after this. Tonight will be the biggest test as the revelry will be up to 11 for the France/Portugal match - fingers crossed for France but either way there'll be drunken shouting and I expect the whole of Paris to be engrossed in their gueules de bois tomorrow. Les pauvres!

Anyway, class runs from 1pm till 7pm each day, and in the mornings I've been wandering round remembering old stomping grounds, and doing some building-drawing again. Paris feels remarkably unchanged in the seven years since I've been here - judging by my yardsticks of favourites cafés and art shops at any rate. A fine way to judge! Yesterday I had lunch at Le Reflet, which had the exact same menu of five different types of croques, as far as I could recall them. I also popped into the Pantheon Cinema to see La Tortue Rouge - it being entirely without dialogue, I was able to watch it in "French"!

I thought I would post my building drawings here and hopefully will see progress over the four weeks! At the moment I don't feel I've got my eye in; they feel pretty jumbled. But it's a lovely way to spend time... I think I wrote about this before, but the power of drawings as aides-mémoires is really something. I can still look at the drawings I did seven years ago here, and mostly remember the kind of day it was, my mood, and what we'd been up to. I think photos can do that a bit, but they are different in that they create their own moods and memories... 

Anyway, drawing ahoy!

I went to rue Rollin, where we lived for about seven months. Our flat was number seven, up on the right a bit from here. 

I realised I'd never tried drawing Shakespeare & Co! This is pretty unfinished as I got hungry for dinner... but I'd like to have another go. Earlier in the afternoon I visited the art shop I'd liked, Dubois in the 5th, hoping to find the sketchbook I'd bought there before. And voila! They had them, in all kinds of lovely colours... I bought two but I'm going back for more. They just feel so pleasingly French. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Stew Magazine

I did an illustration for the "Two Sentence Story" for Stew Magazine, a bi-monthly magazine with articles and illustrations about science, history, art and more for children aged 8-12.  The Two Sentence Story is contributed each issue by a young reader, and the text for this one was: 

'After at last managing to swim a whole length, she looked up at her dad in the spectator stand.
He was studying his phone.'

And this is another short comic about Pomona, this time cooking up a storm!
This was really just as I thought it'd be funny to have a panel where characters are having eyeballs thrown at them. And I finished off the Crying Mushie comic too...

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Poor lil guy!

I'm trying to think of stories for this new little witch character, and it seemed a good unblocker to draw some short stories in panels for her - here's a start! 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Sleepy witch

This is Pomona, a new character I'm working on and trying to think of stories for, in her bedroom.

Thursday, May 12, 2016


I'm working on ideas for new Concertini cards, want to print them on more textured paper this time around...

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Daunt Books Children's Short Story Competition

This was the fourth year of Daunt Books' Children's Short Story Competition, open to children aged between 4 and 15.  The 13 winners had their stories published in a book, and this year I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Last night Daunt had organised a prize-giving in the beautiful setting of Burgh House in Hampstead.

I really enjoyed reading the stories, which were wide-ranging and quite anarchic. Ideas included three of the Seven Dwarfs on the psychiatrist's (the brilliantly named Miss Think-It-Through) couch, the death of Prince Albert by carnivorous plant, mermaid dreams and a playground mishap.

I enjoyed the challenge of representing each story on the cover. Daunt did a beautiful job with the printing, and I think the finished book looks great. Hurrah for 2016's winners!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Bits and bobs round up!

I found some people sketches from a project that didn't happen for me, and I liked them so I'm giving them some colour love! I've had a few projects with people in them lately, and all practise is good...

And a moonlight serenade!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Palazzo d'Accursio

This is my friend Ella and me, checking out the art in Bologna's Palazzo d'Accursio in the centre of the town. Well, it's based on that - not very representational perhaps! Apart from the bit where Ella's a croc and I'm a cat, of course.