Drawing Sheep

2 sheeps grazing
2 watercolour sheeps grazing

Hi there, how are you?

This week I came across a video of Glenn Vilppu drawing animals. I’ve seen videos of him drawing before and always found them fascinating, I decided to have a go myself following his lesson.

He was drawing live goats, I wanted to use photos I’d taken but goats are quite hairy and it’s hard to see the bone structure so I’ve used some photos of sheep I’d taken a few years back. The sheep had all been sheared which made it a little easier to see the shapes.

I drew a few in pencil trying to work out the shapes, these are not finished so the construction lines and mistakes are all here. I’m leaving it like this so that future me can see how I drew them and work out how I did it.

sheeps under construction
Sheeps under construction

Then I coloured a few with watercolour. (top image and the one directly below) The scanner doesn’t like the colours but they look OK I think.

sheep head
Sheep head

I also drew and inked some with brown ink; I used a water brush to pull out some of the ink for the shadows. I think I like the inky ones best.

sheeps drawn in brown ink
Sheeps drawn in brown ink

I think maybe I’ll have to look up some skeletons to really get the benefit if this way of drawing to learn where everything is supposed to be. More practice me thinks.

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

Hares To 2020

hare's to 2020
Hare’s to 2020

Hi there, how are you?

Christmas has come and gone in a heartbeat as it does and now everyone is racing around getting ready for New Year, phew!

Not a lot of arting happening here at the moment except for a brief moment of I need to draw hares?

Brains are weird right, so here are some hares to take us bounding into 2020.

hare ahead
Hare ahead

I can’t believe we’re into another decade already, wow. Where does the time go!

Over on instagram I did the best nine thing again I always find the results fascinating.

Five are from the Victoria Johnson and bonnie Christine classes I had taken in November and December. Fennel painted from a class by Jean Lurssen. The little sparrow in the middle, love a sparrow. Magpies from waay back in January and top prize goes to a cyclamen I had forgotten even drawing, again in January.

No inktobers at all, *sad face*.

top nine
top nine

Algorithms aside here are a few of my favourites (in no particular order) from this year, none of which made it into the top nine but hey, they made me happy and that’s the point of doing them in the first place I think.

my top nine
My top nine

Well 2020 beckons; I wish you health, love and happiness. I hope we all go out and experiment, play and learn stuff.

My main wish is that there will be more kindness in the coming year, divisions are healed and the world becomes a friendlier place to live in once more.

I would like to thank each and every person that has visited (for however short a time), liked or commented, you’re encouraging and kind words are always appreciated. Thank you.

Onward to the New Year ❤

Drawing Pretty Birdies

blue bird with pink leaves
Blue bird with pink leaves

Hi there how are you?

This week I have been drawing birds. I found some interesting birds on the interwebs and decided they would be fun to draw. I was right!

I don’t know the names unfortunately because they weren’t labelled which is sad because I would have liked to look them up.

The yellow bird below looks a little more subdued in my sketch book but my printer and scanner are currently not talking to each other, some disagreement over wireless and updates I assume and though I have tried mediating they refuse to cooperate! This means some colours will be a little off for the foreseeable future. I’ll keep trying.

yellow bird
A yellow bird, he’s very bright.

The second two birdies are what I call puff-ball birds. They are round and fluffy and I love their sticky up tails.

First is a variegated fairy wren, so cute and colourful and look at that tail hehehe.

variegated fairy wren
A variegated fairy wren

The second is a long tailed tit. I’m particularly happy with the mossy branch in this one, I have a hard time painting branches and this one looked like a long muddy mess when it was first painted. Once dried though suddenly the colours show up and look quite mossy, (for me that is).

long tailed tit
A long tailed tit

I’ve been drawing lots of birds lately, I’m not sure why. Through out inktober I noticed quite a few birds cropping up, it’s probably a phase I’m going through, I’ll go with it.

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



Hi there how are you?

It’s December already! The last month has flown by.

Last week of the Victoria Johnson course I drew a stag beetle, it was supposed to go with last weeks images but didn’t seem to fit so I embellished it a little more and it sits nicely with the other beetles now.

We all did beetles as part of the course and it was the part I was least looking forward to, all of those creepy little legs.

Well something I never thought I’d say,”I’ve spent the whole week drawing beetles and enjoying every minute of it! The beetles I’ve seen on–line are amazing with all of the lovely patterns and colours suddenly I drew a whole page of them. Who would have thought?

They’re a bit wonky, coloured with watercolour and outlined with various gell pens. I’ve even used some gold markers but that doesn’t show up in the scan. They do look quite fancy when they catch the light though.

I am working digitally for this course because it was the only way to keep the colours consistent and work quickly enough to keep up with the rest of the class.

I pulled my little beetles into illustrator and drew out all of the shapes and turned them into various patterns.

Here are my two finished collections. (I don’t have fancy names for them) The first one is birds, butterflies and flowers. I’ve tinkered around with them since last week, changed colours, added stuff and they’re looking a lot better.

Collection1 flowers butterflies and birds
Collection 1

The second collection; Beetles, they are much better all together. The patterns made from my ropey little drawings came our quite well.

Collection2 beetles
Collection 2 Beetles

The beauty of illustrator, I clicked the screen by accident and changed the whole colour of the orange beetle. Oooooo I like this one too hehehe

blue beetle
Orange beetle turned blue.

The reason I had taken this class was to give me a change from inktober and stop the burn out I usually have after a monthly challenge, boy did it ever! It’s probably the hardest course I’ve taken; it was a huge task just to keep up with everything.

If you’re an illustrator, designer or professional artist selling to companies this is the lady to see, so much useful information (so much!) for me I’m glad to have completed it and now I can get back to my drawing although maybe in the back of my mind some of this epic information will stick. You never know how these things will affect you till they do.

Now the class is finished its time to start getting ready for the day, only 24 more days to go so I better get a move on!

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

Lots Of Little Birds

Week three 2nd page.
Week three 2nd page. Too pink?

Hi there how are you?

What a week! I’ve been concentrating on the course I enrolled in (create collections by Victoria Johnson)

It doesn’t look like much but that one pink page has taken all week too put together.

I drew all the bits and they were placed in photoshop. I think I spent far too long in front of a computer this week.

I’ve painted a few other blue tits along side this one, not sure they will be used in this class yet so I’m going to wait and decide nearer the end.

I’m still not sure about the colour, it’s a little bright. I’m sure some one will have some kindly advice and I’ll be able to fix it later.

To get away from the computer I painted some little watercolour birds. I’m trying to be a little more illustrative, I think. Normally I paint or draw what I see, more the way the little blue tit is painted above, and I suppose I’m taking inspiration from the other artists in the group and trying something different.

Where ever will it end!

little bird 1
little bird 1

They were based on photos on pinterest but didn’t copy them but “took inspiration” and changed the colours. I think the background colour needs to change a bit because they’re all a bit bland, maybe if I get time I’ll have another play with them.

little bird 2
little bird 2
little bird 3
little bird 3

I have more pages and even patterns to make next week so no playtime for me if I don’t get my homework done hehehe

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

Inktober 2019 Final Week

28 iguana

28 iguana

Hi there how are you?
Inktober is done, happy November!

It’s been an interesting and very enjoyable month, I liked the way brown paper looked when other people used it and wanted to see if I could get a similar effect.
I have used tons of pieces of paper drawing, sketching and working out ideas, hopefully it’s had impact on my drawing abilities.

1. iguana – (above)I took a photo of this iguana at the zoo, it was a bit blurry but good enough to draw from.

2. iguana – once I’d posted the iguana in instagram I realised it wasn’t quite done and needed more work, so I used my brush pen to give it a dark background and lightened the rock a little with a white gell pen, I like it a lot more now.

29 iguana 2

29 iguana 2

3. pigeons – this one made me chuckle, it was actually a photo of pigeons eating seed but once I’d drawn them it looked like two ladies having a cheery chat hehehe.

30 pigeons

30 pigeons

4. magpie – I love the way this one came out, I should have drawn more magpies, they look great on this paper. This was day 31 the last day of inktober

31 magpie

31 magpie

5. testers – although inktober was finished I had missed one day in the middle so I used some of the little test pieces. They were 3×3” off-cuts from the bigger pieces of paper. The two little bees were drawn with gell pens, I was missing colour and I hoped I could use the gell pens but meh, it wasn’t quite working for me. I used watercolour for two of the hummingbirds; it worked a lot better than I thought it would.

testers last ones

testers, last ones

I didn’t use the prompts this year; I haven’t found a way to incorporate them into my drawings without turning out a lot of art that I feel no connection to. I have enjoyed other people’s interpretation of them though.

I enjoy the inktober challenge; somewhere in the middle I always get that low feeling of “how many more is there left to do!” If I can push through that it’s usually OK.

I never know how this month will impact on the future arty stuff I do, it’s always fascinating to see it crop up when I’m not thinking about it.

If you participated no matter how many you did congratulations and here’s to next year.

(too soon? hehehe)

Next week hopefully I will be using colour again, yay!

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

Watercolour Fish And Jellyfish Doodles

gold marble veiltail angelfish watercolour painting

A gold marble veiltail angelfish painting on watercolour paper.

Hi there, how are you?
I’ve borrowed a different book from the library this week; it’s a DK book about aquarium and pond fish. I like DK books, they’re chock full of information and have lots of really good pictures to draw. The only problem is which one to do first.

Top of the post is a gold marble veiltail angelfish, (that’s what you call a name). There are a few angel fish but this one is so pretty and I wanted to see if I could make the tail and fins look as delicate as the ones in the photo. They didn’t come out too bad although I did have to paint them twice because they were far to pale to scan the first time.

Below is a paradise fish; I love the colours of this one. It seems to look more brown than the brilliant orange in the book but overall I was happy with the way it turned out, especially the fins and tail.

paradise fish watercolour painting

A paradise fish painting on watercolour paper.

The last two are what I call “envelope doodles”. When I’m in the kitchen and have just a minute or two to wait whilst things cook I grab an envelope from the recycling box and practice a few brush strokes, nothing grand just blobs and lines, then later sometimes if I like the marks made I turn them into things. Sometimes roses or butterflies, this time they are jellyfish. It’s all good practice.

watercolour envelope jellyfish 1

Jellyfish 1 painted with watercolour on the back of an envelope.

They were finished off with some jelly roll pens whilst watching the TV.
Jellyfish have been floating inside my head for a while now (was that pun intended hmmm) now they’re on a page so there’s more room in my head for other things.

watercolour envelope jellyfish 2

Jellyfish 2 painted with watercolour on the back of an envelope.

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

Chicken – Some Interesting Head Wear

single comb sussex

A Sussex chicken with a single comb

Hi there, how are you?
Recently I borrowed a book from the library about chicken keeping. The other half was a little worried when he saw it, nudged the daughter and said “we’re not getting chickens are we, where will we put them!” she reassured him that there would be no chickens in our tiny garden, mum just wants to draw from the pictures hehehe.

rose comb bantam

A Bantam chicken with a rose comb

It’s true, this book has loads of good chicken pictures with chickens of all different breeds plus ducks and geese too! I may have to renew it. It’s quite interesting and informative.

horned comb la fletch

A La Fletch with a horned comb

It would be easy to type chicken into google, lots of images would turn up in the results but I don’t always want to be stuck in front of screens and devices, books are a lot easier on the eyes.

pea comb sumatra

A Sumatra chicken with a pea comb

I had planned on drawing whole chickens but there are several pages concerning their combs, feet feathers, and bird anatomy. There are so many breeds and differences.

buttercup comb sicillian

A sicillian chicken with a buttercup comb

I think this book will keep me busy for a while.
Chickens are fascinating birds.

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