Thursday, August 28, 2014

Louise WIP 2

I've done some more work on the preliminary sketch, trying to get as much likeness as possible. How do you think it's going? See a likeness?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New Commission - Louise WIP 1

A random lovely lady from Costa Rica contacted me on WetCanvas to draw her lovely dog, Louise, who was a street dog that she took in. He is a very sweet looking pooch who reminds me a lot of my old dog, Snappy, whom I miss very much.

Due to my many issues, she's said I can take as long as I want to do the portrait, but obviously I don't want to leave her hanging for too long, so I made a start last night. I am going to take a lot of time to ensure a likeness with Louise so he gets the portrait he deserves.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014

July A&W Challenge Gallery

I am so pleased and happy to be included in the gallery for the July A&W challenge even though my picture was unfinished.
Here is the full gallery for you to enjoy. So much amazing talent on WetCanvas!!

View the whole challenge here.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

String 049 Finished

I'll be honest. I don't like it. I think I made a massive mistake putting in the big black crosses. But you live and learn, eh?

Monday, July 28, 2014

String 049 WIP

I found a tangle challenge thing on this amazing blog, Tickled to Tangle, and I thought that it might be a good thing to get me going. So here's my interpretation so far. I haven't limited myself to the 5 patterns beginning with C that the challenge required, but I have only used C patterns. I need to finish the big centre portion (which is a particularly tricky pattern) and do all my shading etc and it will be done!
I'll be honest, a lot of this could've ben done much neater and more precise, but hey, I'm still learning!

Thursday, July 24, 2014


May have lost my mojo with this...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Scavenger Hunt

Damn I've got skills (!!!!!!!!)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Animal challenge update

I am actually drawing!! This is so amazing to me. I never thought I'd draw again!!!
Not finished but looking good.

humph, it won't let me turn it....

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Right, July Animal and Wildlife challenge is go!

Pretty happy so far (how long will that last??)

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

organising tangle patterns

this is fun! Trying out a load of different patterns with the help of squared paper. I can see how this is addictive!

First Finished Zentangle

Thursday, June 26, 2014

First Tangle in progress

It's rough and ready and I'm not taking too much care over the lines, and tbh, I'm not even sure I like it! But it's a start and feels quite freeing.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Right, a new challenge

Doodling is fun right and you don't need to get too hung up on perfection?

Sooooo, I have bought a book on Zentangles, something I've always fancied a go at, and some shiny new Moleskine books to try this out.

Let's hope it opens a creative door for me!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Inspiration? Help? Frustration?

I am having terrible trouble finding any creative feelings within me at all. I guess a lot of this stems from the fact that I am tired all the time, and generally feel shattered, due to having a little boy who still doesn't sleep very well.
I was hoping that having a child would add something new to my creative life; some new inspiration or subject matter. But what I've actually got is a blank brain that cannot seem to do or make anything.
It's depressing. It's a major struggle. I just don't know how to get out of this funk.
I sit down with paper and pencil and nothing happens. I'm not even crocheting or knitting or doing anything that doesn't even require me to follow someone else's pattern. There is simply nothing there to come out.

How do I get past this? I don't know. I have all the best will in the world to do something every day. I buy new sketch books and materials to try and jog something in my mind but nothing happens.
Will I ever be properly creative again???

Monday, June 16, 2014

Beep beep

A desperate attempt to get back into drawing: my son's toy bus.
I spent far too long on this and it's not even finished.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I must just give up

No inspiration. Hate my limited ability. Don't know how to progress.
Sigh. I hate feeling like this.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014

Polly WIP 7

I've hit a brick wall. Reached a total impass on that bastard of a beak. Not sure what to do now. Humph.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Polly WIP 6

I'm feeling pretty good about this. I'm taking a huge amount of artistic liberties with the beak as it's very complicated in his scratches and general state, so I'm simplifying it as much as possible while maintaining the effect of how messed up it is!
I think he's really gaining some personality now.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Polly WIP 5

I've started the feathery bit on the bird's cheek and I'm having problems with getting the short dark feathers real definition. My Prisma Verithin doesn't seem to be doing it, and I can't sharpen my normal Prisma to a sharp enough point. Hmm....

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Polly WIP 4

Who knew parrots were so freaking ugly up close???

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Polly - WIP 2

So here we are back to my beloved Prismas. I'm so much happier! And I think it already looks a million times better. Good stuff. Let's hope I can keep  it up.

Polly WIP 2

Really not loving these pencils at all! Plus I've realised that I've done the eye far too big for the whole beak to fit on the paper.Oh dear. Looks like I'll have to start again.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Polly WIP 1

Now that I feel like I'm back in the groove, here we go with a coloured pencil piece. I'm going to try out my posh Bristol Board paper and the new Derwent Coloursoft pencils I bought ages ago and never opened.
Not loving the pencils I must say.  They don't lay down very well and blending them is hard. They feel quite pastelly rather than CP. We'll see how it goes.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Self portrait finished

I've kind of left this sketchy and didn't want to go into too much detail (Maybe because that's what I find the hardest!). Pleased with the end result.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Self portrait wip 2

This isn't going  too badly! It actually kinda looks like me!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Self portrait wip 1

I've never really had a go at drawing myself before so here's the start of an attempt. I really need to get used to drawing again!