Cute Little Geckos

baby brown gecko

A watercolour sketch of a baby brown gecko

 

Hi there how are you?

Autumn is here, September is over and the nights are drawing in, time to break out the woolly hats, gloves and scarves.

1st of October is pinch punch post day. (A twitter monthly challenge) It slipped my mind completely last month so I forgot to draw or post anything! This month though I’m ready, the theme is gecko.

I drew one, thought it was kind of cute so I drew another. The brown one is a baby gecko not sure what species. The red one is a leaf-tail gecko, looks like he’s found lunch hehehe.

leaf-tail gecko


A watercolour sketch of a leaf-tail gecko

We had a lovely sunny day this week so I took out my little stool some painting gear, and set about painting a pot of pansies.

This pot of pansies is the only one remaining, I’m afraid the slugs got the rest (little perishers!) At least there’s still some colour left in the garden.

This pot used to be full of weeds; I left them in there because I thought they looked pretty and drew it ages ago for a sketchbook skool class I had taken, you can see it here. It was interesting to see the difference in both paintings.

pot of pansies


a watercolour sketch of some pansies planted in a pot in the garden.

It’s October or should I say Inktober,(you can find out about inktober here) I can’t believe it’s been a year since the last one. Where does the time go?

I wasn’t going to participate this year; I’m in a bit of a slump lately and really need to push myself to do anything arty at all, the prompts weren’t filling me with inspiration either so I thought I’d give it a rest this time.

Then I had the idea that I could do a bit of Chinese brush painting (that’s ink right?) and suddenly I’m feeling excited to get going again. I’ve borrowed some books from the library so I’ll follow these and hopefully inspiration won’t be a problem.

It will be interesting to see what the carefully placed intentional brush strokes of Chinese brush painting could do for both my watercolour and drawing skills.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today. Till next time, have fun x

 

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Sometimes I Need To Draw A Frog

strawberry poison dart frog

Strawberry poison dart frog

Hi there how are you?

This week I have mostly been drawing frogs.
I was sitting here looking at my sketchbook thinking “I don’t know what to draw” unfortunately that is not a good way to learn to draw, so I drew frogs.

Looking through images of frogs on the inter-webs I found a little frog called a strawberry poison dart frog, very pretty and also extremely deadly.

strawberry poison dart frogs

Strawberry poison dart frogs

It doesn’t happen often but sometimes I get that brain freeze that stops me in my tracks and keeps me staring at the white page.

There are ways around this;
sometimes I just slap paint all over the page and eureka no white page.
Using different tools, pens coloured pencils etc. can also work,
and sometimes I just need to kick myself up the backside and draw frogs hehehe.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today. Till next time, have fun x

strawberry poison dart frog ribbit

Strawberry poison dart frog ribbit

 

 

 

Pansies – Need To Draw Them fast The Slugs are coming!

watercolour sketch of pansies

Watercolour sketch of pansies

 

Hello peeps how are you?

The garden flowers this year grew and died so quickly and all the colours are fading fast. Pansies are in the garden centres and they are so cheerful to look at I really feel the need to bring them home.

They were all planted in pots around the garden and really do make me happy as they wave in the breeze smiling back at me.

Suddenly there are little notches taken out of the leaves and flower heads missing, the slugs have found them eep!
I decided I had better draw them fast before they turn into little pots of stalks!

The first picture above is of a pansy and a viola. I have to say that the little viola is my favourite out of all of these, it almost painted itself and I managed to get the colours really close to the real flower.

Next I painted lots of pansy heads, all of the colours immortalised in my sketchbook for all time. I had bought a box of mixed colours so hopefully my pots will be a riot of colours throughout the autumn (providing the slugs don’t eat them first that is.)

watercolour sketch of pansies heads

Watercolour sketch of pansies heads

 

This little viola is painted on a watercolour postcard; the card was hiding in the back of my sketch book, and I was interested to see the difference in the colours to the sketchbook pansies.

Postcard of watercolour pansies

Postcard of watercolour pansies

 

Below are pansy doodles drawn whilst watching TV, testing myself to see if I could remember the shapes, they’re outlined with a brush pen, almost cartoony really.

more watercolour pansies and heads

More watercolour pansies and heads

 

I hope you enjoyed a peek these happy little flowers and also that they last a little longer. If it means running around the garden in the dark with a torch picking the rotten things off, It will be worth it for a bit more colour.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today. Till next time, have fun x

 

 

Wolves, More Lessons

wolf head sketch coloured in watercolour side view

Wolf head sketch coloured in watercolour side view

 

Hi there how are you?

Last week I was drawing foxes from the Aaron Blaise course “how to draw wolves’ coyotes and foxes” I had started at the end with foxes because I think they’re cute but felt I was missing something.

At the beginning, in the wolf section he covered bone structure, muscles, legs and feet. I was missing feet! (All those little toes and pads.)This is what I get for starting at the end of the course!

wolf head sketch coloured in watercolour

Wolf head sketch coloured in watercolour

I started with the head, he was drawing digitally using a photo of the skull to draw around and show where everything was in relation to the skull. I should have printed one out it would have been a great help, instead I winged it meh.

I drew everything with a red crayola pencil (not so easy to rub out) you can still see the pencil here and there in the two water-coloured heads.

wolf gesture sketches 1

Wolf gesture sketches 1

I drew along with the video stopping it when I fell behind. There’s certainly a lot of information to take in here and although at the moment I’m using it for wolves and foxes it’s also going to be useful for drawing other animals too, lots of animals have similar bone structure.
The wolf gestures are a bit cartoonish, I’d expect that since he is a big animator and Disney artist.

I haven’t gotten around to colouring them in yet, or maybe I’ll draw them again with a graphite pencil and tidy them up a little.

wolf gesture sketches 2

Wolf gesture sketches 2

They’re a lot of fun to draw, if I can pack all of this information into my head I may be able to draw some wolves of my own, I’m going to need some reference though.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today. Till next time, have fun x

Drawing Foxes

Fox sketch standing coloured with watercolour

Fox sketch standing coloured with watercolour

Hi there how are you?

More foxes but this week I’ve been drawing them. I bought a course by Aaron Blaize. The lessons are all drawn digitally but he does it in a way that you can easily follow along with a pencil and paper. The course is called “how to draw wolves’ coyotes and foxes”. If you follow the last link you can find a free peek at the course where he shows how to draw a wolf. Or watch his youtube channel (no affiliation, just fun stuff)

Since I had been painting tiny fox gestures last week I started at the end with the foxes.

fox gestures in watercolour

Fox gestures in watercolour

They were all drawn in my sketchbook with a red crayola colouring pencil, it’s difficult to rub out and they are nice and soft to draw with. I just drew along with him, listening to the commentary  correcting as I went along, no rubbing out so they were quite scribbly.

sketch of a fox sitting painted with gouache

Sketch of a fox sitting painted with gouache

The top pictures were painted with watercolour, you can’t really tell in the picture but the pencil still shows through. To try to hide the lines I painted the last two pictures with gouache and outlined them with a brush pen.

I normally use watercolour with my drawings I find gouache quite difficult to use, it’s  thicker and flows less so the colours don’t mix on the paper but it worked well to hide the pencil marks.

If I was using watercolour paper I would transfer the image with tracing paper eliminating the need to hide the lines at all.

fox sniffing close to the ground in gouache

Fox sniffing close to the ground in gouache

Aaron Blaise made this quite easy, talking through his thought process and showing why he made the choices he did. Next step is to draw from some photos without help, see if I can do it on my own.

I would try to draw from life but the foxes around here are very shy and only come out at night.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today. Till next time, have fun x

Practising Brush Strokes

foxes painted with brush strokes

Foxes painted with brush strokes

Hi there how are you?

I saw some video of foxes jumping into the snow to catch rodents to eat, it had me mesmerised so when I saw pictures of them doing the same thing I decided to paint them. They are quite tiny (roughly 2 or 3 cm in size)  I was trying to paint them with as few brush strokes as possible.

I have some new paint brushes to try out and this was the perfect project to try them and out see what kinds of marks I could make.

new rosemary's brushes


New rosemary’s brushes

I’d heard about Rosemary’s Brushes and wanted to try them for a while. I bought a #6 series 33 and a #5 series 22. The beauty of this company is they give precise sizes of their brushes in millimetres; I picked these two brushes because the ferrules are similar sizes but the bristles on series 22 are longer. They are both sable.

Not sure which I prefer yet I’ll have to do more painting to work it out but I like the way these little foxes turned out.

The top brush in the picture is a #8 sable/synthetic blend travel brush. The handle comes off and the brush fits inside. I love it, haven’t taken it outside yet but it has a good point. Holds plenty of paint and makes some very nice brush strokes.

At the zoo yesterday, we decided to check out the greenhouses. They’re not huge but they have plenty of tropical plants in there and they are open to the public.

Normally we draw the orchids but for a change we drew cactus. The first is a view from the top of a cactus that hasn’t flowered yet. The second is a cactus that had flowered and was now growing round, bright red seed pods on the top. I love cactus, they are one of the few plants I seem able to grow!

drawing cactus at the zoo

Drawing cactus at the zoo

Half an hour in the greenhouse was enough; it was very humid and hot.
I held the book in front of the cactus I had drawn like some plein air artists do just for fun and instagramed it hehehe

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today. Till next time, have fun x

Puffins

sketch of puffin going off to feed it's chick

Sketch of puffin going off to feed it’s chick

 

Hi there how are you?

Last week I finished world watercolour month. One of the last pictures I had painted was of two little puffins together on a grassy hill. I really enjoyed painting them and wanted to draw a few more.

sketch of a puffin

Sketch of a Puffin

They look like a cross between a parrot and a penguin with the saddest eye markings (people call them ‘clowns of the sea’). They are so interesting to look at and I love the way they walk, plodding along.

I drew one or two larger drawings and then filled a few pages with some smaller studies, just trying to work out the shapes.

sketches of four puffins

Sketch book page of four puffins

They seem surprisingly graceful in the air with a longer wingspan than I thought and are very good at diving for fish.

sketches of flying puffins

Sketches of flying puffins

 

There are puffins in the UK. The ones living on the cliffs Anglesey in Wales would be closest to us or even Skomer Island in Pembrokeshire. Who knows we may need to take a trip there sometime.

It’s been a lot of fun drawing all of these little puffins

Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Till next time, have fun x

A Day At The Horseshoe Pass

sketches of sheep

Shorn the sheep!

Hi there, how are you?

Last week we ventured out on to the horseshoe pass. It’s a pass between two sets of mountains near Llangollen in Wales.

My parents used to take us up there when we were kids to pick whinberries (bilberries) but I haven’t been there for years. There are no berries at the moment; it’s the wrong time of year.

horseshoe pass panorama

A panoramic view of the horseshoe pass

You can walk for miles and see nothing but roaming hills, mounds of slate and sheep that wander over the heather. It’s a great place to get away from it all.

We challenged ourselves to draw a landscape in 15 minutes, this is the best I could muster, it’s only about 2”x3” I thought I would have a better chance of finishing something small. These are some of the hills in the distance.

horseshoe pass 15 minute sketch

Distant hills on the horseshoe pass 15 minute sketch

Once home I tried to paint from one of my photos, this was painted in one colour, perylene green trying to work out the tones.

horseshoe pass tonal sketch

Horseshoe pass tonal sketch

Did I mention the sheep? They had all been shorn recently so it was interesting to see their actual shape, they’re such a different shape with wool, see above for sheep sketches. Have to say most of my photos were of the backside of a sheep as they walked away from us.

This is the one that got away; she escaped the shearer’s clippers hehehe. I hope she doesn’t’ get too hot in this weather!

the one that got away

Avoiding the shearers clippers

It’s world watercolour month as from the 1st July, this is where we all paint lots of lovely watercolours and share our stuff. If you’re not sure what it’s all about hears the link to doodlewashe’s site to tell you all about it  and if you feel like donating, it’s for a good cause.

I’ll post my first seven up together next week to spare your in boxes or you can catch me on instagram if you want to see as they go up.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today. Till next time, have fun x