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I’m still here…honest!

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Oh dear, poor, poor neglected blog. Over 3 months since my last post!


Outside of work I have a habit of getting completely absorbed in new projects. I only seem to have enough room in my head to focus on a few passions at once and when I get into something new this usually means that I start to neglect something else (like this blog).


Over the past few months I have found myself focusing on a few new projects. I will update you on these over the next few posts.



However I have been inspired to start posting here again…



Last Saturday I had to go up to South Yorkshire to work, but once I had finished in the afternoon I had a little time to spare before I needed to head home to London and I remembered reading in Lynne Chapman’s blog that the Sketchcrawl North group was meeting in Sheffield. I couldn’t make most of the day (a visit to a museum in the morning) but I made it in time to join the group and catch the end of the first Dr Sketchy event in Sheffield.


Dr Sketchy’s is a global franchise, they bill themselves as the anti-art school. At their events they get together fabulous (and raunchy) burlesque performers to pose for an audience of sketchers. They also run several competitions during the course of the event in which they ask the performers to choose their favorite drawing of their pose. The Sheffield event had a 1920s theme which carried through the costumes, music and the competition prises.





I only made it for the last 3 poses but my 2nd sketch (above) won me this prize. A fabulous Gin bottle necklace by Tatty Devine!


After all the sketching had finished the group made their way down to the bar to share sketchbooks. I was in for a real treat. There were some fantastic sketchbooks for me to see. I also got the chance to look at not only Lynne’s wonderful sketchbooks full of wonderful loose, fluid colourful sketches but also one of Andrea Joseph‘s beautiful detailed sketch books. I have followed both Lynne’s and Andrea’s blogs for some time and I always look forward to their posts so it was wonderful to not only have the chance to meet them but also to see their fabulous sketches in person! If I’m honest I was probably a little bit starstruck ;)




All in all I had a great day (even if I did have to work on a Saturday) and it was lovely to meet such a talented bunch of people, Hopefully I will have reason to travel up north and join them again sometime in the future.









Scott Baio Gave Me Pinkeye

Friday, May 13th, 2011

As long as I remember I have always been lucky or unlucky enough to have very vivid dreams (lucky or unlucky depending on the dream). However, recently I have been sleeping a lot more lightly, waking several times through the night and remembering more of my dreams.

I am usually aware to some degree that I am dreaming and can therefore sometimes steer the course of my dreams which can be quite fun, like watching a film where you can control the plot.

One of the coolest dreams I ever had has really stuck with me. I have a feeling that I have embelished my memory of the dream somewhat, as my memory of this dream is a lot more polished and makes more sense than my dreams usually do. In this dream I was on the run from some bad guys who were after me because I had super powers and they wanted to find out how they worked. they caught up with me but I could control energy levels and locations of materials at atomic and molecular level. This meant that I could fly, I could create walls of ice from the air, I could boil the ice at will and I could control the weather. In my dream I used all of these powers to fight the bad guys and I won! I could also change my clothing and appearance including my hair colour etc at will. The only thing that I could not change was the striking unatural violet colour of my eyes.

I woke up feeling like I had been inside a very exciting film in full glorious technicolour and that I was the star.

These came out a bit more pink than I had planned, although the scan seems to be closer to the colour I intended, but you get the idea.

Over the last day or two I have added a few links to the sidebar of this site, these are mainly to the blogs of other artists and illustrators who I follow and find very inspiring. Do check them out, there is some beautiful work out there. I will try to keep these up to date but please let me know if you find any broken links.

Horniman Museum Meetup

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

A few weeks ago now (Going to be playing catchup for a while) on Sat 5th Feb. I went to the Horniman Museum with Drawing London on Location.

This is a great little museum with a very eclectic mix of exhibits. Among these, they have a collection of natural history artifacts, a great little aquarium (that only costs £2 entry for an adult!) and a large collection of musical instruments. They also have a beautiful Victorian conservatory outside that is used as additional seating for the cafe.

My main sketch was inside the conservatory. A couple of people drew it from the outside but it was far too cold for me outside. I may go back to try that in the summer.

I also did a few small sketches using new charcoal pencils in the aquarium. The pencils are great for quick sketching but unfortunately, Moleskine paper is a bit too smooth for them so they didn’t work fantastically.

I find aquariums very relaxing and quite hypnotic. My brother’s family have recently set up a tropical fish tank and I think I could spend whole days staring at them.

With 20 minutes left before we were due to meet up again and head to the pub I saw this very complicated brass trumpet like instrument. I loved the look of it and had to attempt to draw it with colour even though I was really short of time. It was really rushed and ended up a quite a quirky interpretation but I was quite pleased with it. In fact I think it may be my favourite of my sketches of the day. I think I need to remind myself to do more of these loose imprecise sketches.

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