Art supplies and other distractions

I am in a kind of software update purgatory today. I haven’t used my desktop machine for a few days,  so pushing the power switch was never going to be pretty. Software updates are like buses – they all seem to arrive at once; maybe it’s some sort of quantum thing.

Still – while the updates are installing I have a good excuse to play with some new art supplies.

Earlier in the week I was mashing up marker pens with coloured pencils. I thought it might be fun to bring some blendable,  alcohol-based markers into my experimenting, too. I haven’t used blendable marker pens before, so I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in and comparing the effects.

Back soon -most likely covered in ink stains! Happy weekend all 🙂

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Happy scribbling

I treated myself to some scribble time. I blocked out some flat colour in an A5 sketchbook first of all, using marker pens. Then I used coloured pencils to add in some light and shade, as well as some variation to the colours. I did this part pretty roughly – I want all those lovely, messy pencil marks to be visible, as they’ll give some nice textures. 


Once scanned this will be the background of a scene; I plan to draw and scan other elements separately before bringing them together to create a digital composition. More on this to follow 🙂

All change!

Starting today, I’ll be trying out a new posting schedule. I’m aiming to bring in some different types of post, as well as making more of those I especially enjoy. My hope is to make the site as interesting, useful and other good stuff as I can – whilst also allowing myself some extra time for study, projects and play 😀

To those of you who have been following along with me – thank you all so much…your support is truly appreciated. Hello and welcome to new friends, too 🙂

Today’s image belongs to a category I’m calling my Doodle Book – these posts will be given over to doodles which help me capture ideas for further development.

For me, this type of playful, free doodling is so important – I try not to worry too much about accurate rendering, and focus on the ‘feel’ of the piece. Sometimes I’ll move straight on to a more finished illustration – and sometimes I leave it to simmer on a low heat!  Either way, the doodle process is a really useful exercise for me. 

Happy new week lovely people 🙂

Little star

I did this sketch whilst thinking about an old favourite nursery rhyme. ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ was originally written as a poem called ‘The Star,’ by author Jane Taylor. It was published in London, in 1806. The original was much longer than versions commonly sung today.

I concentrated on two of the lesser-known couplets from the poem that struck me as particularly interesting – they have a mysterious feel that isn’t (to my mind) as evident in sung versions. I thought I’d try to capture some ideas I might use in a more finished illustration of the verse. I’ll enjoy making a more detailed set of images for this sweet little rhyme 🙂