Archive for the ‘abstract’ Category


Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

New Item for sale in my Etsy Shop:

I mentioned in a previous post that I was thinking of revisiting the patterns I saw in the clusters of mussels found on the rocks on the north coast of Cornwall. This, in addition to the beautiful colours of the Cornish sea provided the inspiration for my abstract drawing ‘Cluster’.

The original drawing ‘Cluster’ is now for sale in my etsy shop here for £30. It measures 7″x10″ in size, is drawn on rough grain mould made cotton watercolour paper and was created using a fountain pen with Noodlers Bulletproof black ink and coloured using Prismacolour pencils. All materials used are of archival quality and should resist fading or discolouring over time.

Pen Testing

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

I have previously mentioned that a while ago I was lucky enough to be sent some samples of Kuretake pens to try out.

For this doodle I used Zig brush writers and Zig Millennium 005 width (0.2mm) pens.

Zig brush writers are very similar to Zig clean colour realbrush pens in that they are water based and blendable and have real brush tips of a similar size. One difference is that the real brush pens seem to be available in slightly more colours though the colours in both ranges are very vibrant. The main difference though is that the brush writers have a large squeezy barrel that holds the ink. This can be squeezed to increase the flow. This can be used well for wet on wet watercolour like techniques, dripping ink into existing washes etc. Also there is a white ink brush writer available for mixing which can be useful. When mixed with the white pen the inks seem to dry with a slightly more glossy finish.

Zig Millennium pens have similar nibs to many other types of drawing pen like Faber Castel Pitt pens or pilot drawing pens. Zig millenniums’ inks are both archival quality and waterproof once dry. Also they are available in 9 different colours and 6 different nib sizes. A lot of the American bloggers I follow seem to hold Pigma Micron Pens in high esteem. I have been wondering what these are like for a while as they are not readily available in the UK and I finally managed to get hold of some this week. I have come to the conclusion that Pigma Microns are virtually identical to Zig Millennium pens except for the barrel and lid shape. The inks seem to be exactly the same except that the blues and reds are very slightly different shades (you have to look very hard to see the difference) and both sets of pens seem to boast the same properties (archival, waterproof etc). The Pigmas appear to be available in some extra colours in the larger size nibs but one less colour in the smallest nib size and the Pigmas are available in an extra nib size and a brush nib version. However, on the website I use, the Zig Millenniums come in a fair bit cheaper.

I am quite impressed with these pens especially the very fine line produced by the Zig Millenniums but I would love it if there was a darker sepia brown ink available for these the same as the pilot drawing pens whos nibs are not as fine as I would like.

Web of Goo

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Finished this gooey mess a little while ago but I have been saving it up for a dry spell. More doodling on a page that had bled through. This took a lot longer than I had anticipated. I was quite glad when it was finally done and I could move on to something else.

Swirly Faces

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Not a lot to say about this one… I used to doodle these kind of faces over everything when I was younger so when I started doodling recently, this came out.

Swirly Man

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

This was a bit of an experiment to cover up more pages where the ink had bled through the paper in my pocket moleskine. The main colour was added by gluing in tissue paper. I then doodled all over it with black Muji brush pen, black Pilot G-Tec C4s, gold and silver fine Posca markers and Posca brush pens. I’m not convinced that I like the result but it was good to try something a bit weird.

Better Out Than In

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

I drew this a month or so ago when I was feeling very bad. Don’t worry though, as the title says, better out than in, the more of this down on paper the less left in my head :)

A friend of mine made a comment when she saw it that really tickled me. “Is that meant to be you Amy? Oh Dear!” She said “You could have drawn yourself with some better shoes though couldn’t you?!”

More Abstract Doodling

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

A wiggly thing that came out of my head ;)


Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

I’ve been having a pretty rubbish winter this year. Feeling very down. The worst thing about it has been that I lost interest in the things that I normally enjoy and that normally lift my spirits. This includes things like writing my blog, seeing my friends, listening to music, reading and of course drawing.

The strangest thing about how my mood effects my drawing and how drawing effects my mood, is that ironically although it becomes one of the harder things to do, if I can get myself into a drawing, it also is one of the greatest helps. When I’m down I find it so hard to think of ideas for new drawings and get started with anything and I have a tendency to be very critical of anything that I do. But to get stuck into a very detailed drawing is a total distraction. There is simply no room in my head for thoughts either negative or positive and the sense of achievement when I finish a piece, whether I like it or not, makes me feel I am spending my time doing something worthwhile.

With that in mind I have recently been trying to do more abstract doodling, as my Mum put it, simply taking a pen for a walk round the page.

The good news is that I am starting to feel a lot better now, however I have realised I have been a bit lax in posting my drawings here and looking back over the last few weeks I now have quite a few drawings that I am quite pleased with. So there will be a few more of these abstract doodly drawings posted here over the next week or so until I am caught up. I’ll try and mix them in with a bit of location sketching too if I can.

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