What shall I draw today?

It’s National Drawing Day, which leads me to the old question – what shall I draw? If you find yourself wondering this, it can be helpful – really! – to think about things you don’t usually draw. It’s always good to practice doing studies of new subjects.

Today, I found myself thinking about moths; though I may sometimes include a distant moth in a picture I’m making, I never really draw them in any detail. I don’t know why – they’re every bit as lovely as butterflies when you look at them closely.

I decided to make them my focus for today by doing some moth studies. These were drawn in the Autodesk Sketchbook app on my tablet.

I think I may have found a new favourite thing to draw 🙂

Happy drawing all!




Wild Botanicals

A pattern swatch today. While I designed it with my art nouveau project in mind, I’m liking the idea of this as a fabric print – perhaps fashioned into an elegant tea dress for a summer afternoon.

I feel the sewing machine calling 🙂


Little boxes

Some more vector brushes.

The moth pattern uses the same hand-drawn beastie I used for the repeating pattern.

The leaf and fence patterns below are drawn digitally. I’ll be adding some hand-drawn ‘finials’ to these, which will occupy any corners when using the brush to draw boxes and borders.


Decorative notions

Today I’ve made some decorative vector brushes to use in my projects – they’ll make nice page borders and dividers. To make them, I start with hand drawn elements, then convert them to vector format before defining how the brush will work.


There’s also a simple acorn pattern, continuing with the natural elements I’ve been including in this week’s designs. Like the brushes, I’ve been making this week’s patterns from simple, hand-drawn elements, which I then digitise to make a seamless repeat.

Happy Saturday 🙂


A little shade, please…

While yesterday’s little crab characters may like to come up for some sunshine, not everyone feels the same way. The ancestors of the Manatee are believed to have forsaken the land in order to set up home in the ocean. They’re sometimes called Sea Cows.