Sketching Fish – The Next Adventure

goldfish Sketch

Some sketches of goldfish.

Hi there, how are you?

Here are some goldfish sketches drawn from random photos off the internet. I drew one in with my pentel brush pen during inktober, (you can click on inktober in the keyword cloud for posts on #inktober.) I wanted to sketch a few and add some colour.

I’m getting in practice you see because next year (January to be precise) our zoo year pass runs out. We could just renew it and we may but we don’t fancy standing around in the cold drawing stuff. Yes I know were light-weights.

We do want to draw something during the winter months so we decided the local aquarium was the answer. It’s a lot cheaper than the zoo and it’s indoors, so warm.

This is me saying there will probably be lots of fishy drawings next year. Lots. Maybe in the spring or summer we’ll get another zoo pass maybe something else, who knows.

There are also plenty of parks and places of interest to visit; next year could be a very interesting one. It’s something to look forward to.

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


It’s Done 31 Days Whoot!


Tha last o the #inktober drawings

Hello again. It’s been a busy week. Inktober is finished, whoot! The hardest part about it was thinking up things to draw every day. Here is the last batch 26-31, see them all together here on instagram.

I’m happy I got through it and now I have a healthy respect for my new brush pen. It’s not a pen I use a lot because the ink leaks through the page but I think I may buy some paper that can handle it.


The sketch kit i usually take with me when I go out to draw.

Sketchbook Skool continues and this week we had the amazing Roz Stendahl teaching us how to draw animals both from models and real life.

I have to admit Roz was the reason I wanted to take this class in the first place. I’d seen her blog and some of her work on-line and thought I would like to take a class with her. It was a very good week, so much information I’m still working through it, all of it useful to any kind of drawing, not just animals.

We discussed sketch tools, I drew my sketching kit. This is what I usually take out with me, contained inside a clear pencil-case. Plus an A5 sized sketch book.


Sketches of an ornamental cow from different points of view.

We also picked a model (mine was a small ornamental cow) and drew it from lots of different angles. I quite often draw from photo’s because the real thing doesn’t keep still (I’m not fast enough) so it was very interesting to pick something up and have a 360 degree view of it.

One more week left to go. I’m thinking this will be another challenging week. hopefully I’ll find time for other stuff too.

Well that’s it from me this week. Thanks for stopping by. Till next time have fun x


A Little Pot Of Weeds.


The border around this little pot really brings the page together.

Hi there, how are you.

Autumn is finally here. The clocks went back which means darker nights and seemingly shorter days. The weather gets increasingly colder and we all crave heart warming stews.

I’m still continuing with the sketchbook skool class. This week we worked on composition.

My sketch book is usually pretty scruffy and composition is the last thing on my mind, after the weeks classes though I can see how it finishes off the page and I do like the effect it gives.

This is a pot from the back of my garden, it looks quite pretty but it’s actually full of weeds. I was going to rip them all out and start again but I like the look of it with the moss dripping down the sides and the grasses sticking out, so I’ve left it alone.


A little sycamore composition study

#inktober 2016 21-26

More inktober 2016 numbers 21 – 26

The painting turned out ok considering it’s not on watercolour paper and putting a little border around it has definitely tidied up the page.
This one is based on a grid. It’s based around sycamore seeds, again beautifully composed and making a very tidy page. These pages would look lovely in a journal of some kind and maybe as my drawing improves I might think about keeping one.

Inktober continues these are the next six #21 – 26 if you want to see the others in one place they are here on my instagram. Just a few days left to go and it will all be over.


A sketch of some sycamore seeds found in the garden.

These are the sycamore seeds I drew for inktober 21. All of my inktober’s but this on are in their own sketchbook, I drew them in ink in my sketchbook so used them for day 21 and coloured them because well, why wouldn’t you?


Tortoise drawn from photo’s taken at the zoo.

After drawing the tortoise in black and white on day 22 I decided I wanted to have another go again with a little colour.

Again art wise it’s been a very busy week but also interesting and very enjoyable.

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



Inktober Continues. Are We There Yet?


The next six #inktober pictures 15-20

Hi there how are you?
Inktober is still going. It is interesting to see us both flailing around at the last minute saying OMG what will I do today! We’re past half way now, just over a week to go. Will we make it? I hope so.

You can see them all together here on instagram.


Paintings of skies on watercolour paper

I’m also still doing my sketchbook skool klass. I’m doing things I usually avoid, so it’s probably doing me a lot of good!

This week I broke out the watercolour paper to paint skies.

I like my sketch book. The paper is terrible but I’m used to it, the way I need very little paint and less water to make my little sketches.  Watercolour paper however reacts very differently. The water floats on the top and I should use more pigment in my water. As you can see I did not use enough pigment and they look a little washed out, so note to self, use more paint.


sketch of some flowers from the butterfly house.

This is a sketch drawn from a photo taken at the butterfly house in the zoo.

When we go to the zoo we set aside days to sit and sketch and others to take our cameras. We go to the zoo usually to practice drawing live things, either flowers or animals, we’re not fussy. The hope is drawing live things will improve our abilities and because animals don’t wait around for long, speed our drawing up.  I’m rubbish at this, unless it’s something really slow (frogs, lizards etc.)

On other days we take cameras and take pictures so we can draw from them at home. This is my preferred way to do things at the moment. Yes, I know keep practicing.

So that’s my week, there’s more inktober and more class homework. It’s a struggle to fit it all in but I’m enjoying it so much and learning lots too.

I hope you’re all having a productive week. Thanks for stopping by. Till next time, have fun x


Rockhoppers, Frogs And More Inktober


Frogs and a lizard drawn in the reptile house.

Hi there. How is every one?

There has been much arting at out house this week. The sketchbook skool class continues. I’ve picked up new tips and played with old supplies.

We were supposed to go outside, somewhere public and draw something. Since we go to the zoo a lot I decided to do my exercise there. Unfortunately it rained so we nipped into the reptile house (still public right?) to draw frogs and lizards.

The man giving a talk on frogs complemented us on our drawing which was very nice of him. Usually my drawing of live beings is pretty bad but frogs etc. don’t tend to move around too much so it didn’t turn out too bad.


Inktober 11 – 14

Inktober is still a thing, both my daughter and I are still doing it but finding ideas is sometimes hard. I’ve taken a snapshot of my Instagram to show here and if any ones interested they can check them all out here.


Rockhopper penguin sketch

I was frantically searching for something to do for Inktober #12 and thought “penguins” mainly because they were black and white.

I found some pictures of Rockhopper penguins; their shaggy eyebrows and the scraggy feathers sticking out of their heads are brilliant. I sketched some out in my sketchbook to get a feel for them, and then did a small penguin in my Inktober book.

It’s a small A6 sized Windsor and Newton sketchbook, the pages aren’t that good for fine lines and ink work, the ink feathers and absorbs into the page but it’s one of the few books I have that the ink doesn’t soak through to the other side of the page.

This week has been a busy week, we’ve had birthdays and visiting and lots of arting. I’m really happy I managed to fit everything in.

Thank you for stopping by. I wish you all a happy week. Till next time, have fun x


Trying New Skills


First drawing for sketchbook skool

Hi there, how are you?

I have signed up for an on-line klass with Sketchbook Skool. It’s an online art skool. They have lots of different kourses and each week you’re taught by a different teacher. I’m trying “beginning”, hoping to learn some new techniques and maybe even gain a bit of confidence in my drawing.

Above is a drawing from one of the first exercises. I have to admit I put it off for three days wondering where to start. Then thought, just take it slowly and do a little at a time, and follow the instructions maybe it’ll work out.

It came out a lot better than I thought; I’m actually quite pleased with it.

I’m on week two of sketchbook skool and it is really pushing me out of my comfort zone! This could be just what I need.

#inktober-days 3 - 8

#inktober days 3 – 8

I’ve also been doing inktober. I’m doing it with my daughter and we seem to be keeping each other accountable. So far we’re up Day eight. I’ve been uploading them to instagram here.

I want to practice using my (pentel) brush pen. I’ve had it six months and not used it much; it’s very pressure sensitive and a bit of a learning curve so I’m keeping the drawings simple.

Is anyone else doing inktober?

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



Leaves Ladybirds And Inktober!


Sketching strawberry leaves and ladybirds from the garden.

Hi, how are you? It’s October already, can you believe it?

The strawberry leaves are changing so I stood outside in the sunshine and did a quick sketch. I love the colours of the leaves in autumn.

There are loads of ladybirds in the garden this year and they’re all different colours. I’m used to seeing them in the summer but by now they have usually disappeared. I took a few photos so I could draw them as they are too small for me to draw from life, I have to blow them up a little on the computer.

flying ladybird-sketches

Ladybirds taking off.

I wanted to draw some flying ladybirds, I’m not a good enough photographer to capture them flying so a google image search will have to do.

It’s October and my lovely daughter decided she wants to do inktober. ( Every October, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month.)

She also decided she wants me to do it with her, Eeep. I’ve made a start on the first two. I will post the pictures every day on instagram. (providing I can keep it up) I’ll probably collect the whole week together in one post and save everybody’s in-boxes. If anybody’s interested feel free to check them out on my instagram page here,


Day 1 #inktober 2016 #inktober bird

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This is a little coloured version I did in my sketchbook.

Day 2 #inktober #inktober2016 flamingos

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The lines are a bit wobbly as I’m using a pentel brush pen. It’s a pen my daughter gave my a while ago and till now I haven’t really used it. Hopefully after 30 days I’ll know what I’m doing.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy inking,  till next time, have fun x