Saturday, July 30, 2011


What a constructive Saturday. I cleaned the bathroom, dyed some clothes and got a haircut. Then I finally sat down and had a go at drawing the view from my bedroom. It's been a lovely evening out, bright and clear. I sat with my feet up and tried not to get totally confused about which window went where - it's certainly more impressionistic than accurate. I don't do location drawing near as often as I ought to, but when I do I remember how peaceful it is, and how absorbing when I manage to concentrate.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Temple of Doom

I've been trying out working just in Photoshop, I love it and find time passes. Through Twitter yesterday I came across this site, Stumpy Pencil, with wonderful new brushes to play with. I'm always so amazed and thrilled by the generosity of people sharing their time and effort online. I'll keep on drawing in analogue pencil too though, as don't want that skill to go downhill due to neglect.

I followed a link yesterday to Drew Struzan's website - I hadn't known his name, but am a long time admirer of his wonderful posters. 

Of the three movies (the fourth doesn't count to me, nor I imagine to lots of other fans) the second one was my favourite when I was little. Nowadays I'd pick Raiders or The Last Crusade always, but something about this one - maybe the kid Data, the bugs, the bit where the baddie snatches out a guy's still beating heart - all appealed to a younger me. 

I've got to get away from cats for a bit though, going to try my hand some more at drawing people, and not let myself get demoralised by initial rubbish efforts...

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Opera cat

I'm having a busy few weeks, trying to get a lot done before going to Venice in August, where I've booked an illustration course. I'm seriously excited, and will try to take good pictures and blog about it when I'm back.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Captain Haddock

My friend's first love was Captain Haddock, and a very fine specimen of a man he was.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Illustration Friday: Stay(s)

The topic is actually "stay" but it made me think of corset stays, I've been reading Georgette Heyer so I'm under the influence of period costume...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Monday, July 4, 2011

Card ideas...


I want to get together a small card range to hoick round some shops. I wonder if this one has lost something in the translation to colour though, maybe he doesn't look as pleased with himself. 
Or maybe I'm just being distracted by his gorilla boobs (goobs).