Excerpts from the most recent 15 blog posts can be seen below. Click on any post to read it in full. You can also access the archives via the drop down below or visit the home page and click on one of the collections to see all themed posts.
Portrait Challenge 14, June, 2019 - Every Thursday over on Twitter @StudioTeaBreak posts a painting, sculpture or other artwork from the past featuring people / portraits and invites anyone who wants to take part to create their own interpretation. Some participants try to reproduce a good likeness in their favourite media, others create caricatures or switch the person for some other […]
Cartooning the Tory Leadership Contest 8, June, 2019 - Contest background Yesterday, Theresa May’s resignation as Conservative Party leader officially took effect. She’ll now remain in office as Prime Minister only until her successor is chosen. This will happen via party leadership elections from now until July. on Monday at 5pm, those candidates who have been nominated and have enough official backers will go […]
Green Shield Bug 3, June, 2019 - I made a little friend in the garden today. This is a green shield bug, also called a stink bug since they produce a horrible odour if you upset them. None of that today though, he very much liked being drawn and kept quite still :)
Wash Monster 29, May, 2019 - The wash monsters are a pair of ex-US Army Light Amphibious Resupply Crafts (LARC), who now spend their days taking tourists on trips around Hunstanton. This one is called “Wizzy” and was used during the Vietnam war. I started out thinking this would be a watercolour but quickly changed my mind:
Alios Delectare Iuvat 28, May, 2019 - Alios Delectare Iuvat is the motto of Hunstanton and means something along the lines of “it is our pleasure to please others” I saw this written on the coat of arms that is part of the Hunstanton village sign. The sign is a wooden and (I think) metal (it’s hard to tell) double sided sign […]
Wesley church 27, May, 2019 - This is a little Methodist church on the outskirts of Hunstanton. A lot of the buildings in this area have the same red and white two tone effect of the cliffs, so I guess it’s all local stone. I’ve managed to get this one to look exactly like a watercolour sketch I would normally do […]
Lighthouse 26, May, 2019 - An old lighthouse that is now a holiday cottage on the cliffs. There was an awesome camper van parked nearby painted in myriad designs that I wanted to paint but it was gone when I went back in the afternoon so just this, shadows on white, sketch instead. I’m still working on the digital watercolour […]
Hunstanton Cliffs 25, May, 2019 - Holidays! Lovely sunny day on the beach today. Here is a (digital) watercolour of the striking two tone cliffs between old and new Hunstanton.
Wet in wet 24, May, 2019 - Much more like watercolour now! Less is definitely more with this digital watercolour stuff. So difficult to resist fiddling with it though – very much like learning to use real watercolours except when it all turns to mud on the iPad, you can undo :) We are moving in the right direction and this is […]
Limerick 21, May, 2019 - This is an illustration for a limerick for an illustration course I’m taking. I didn’t get to choose the poem and The requirements were that the words needed to be presented along with the illustration and it should be in only black and white. I struggled for a long time to come up with an […]
Ballet 20, May, 2019 - This is a little illustration for the prompt angler fish + ballet set by @studioteabreak over on Twitter. See the trouble I had drawing her shoulders and head in the speed paint below! I’d also be super interested to know what you think of the framing with my details. I’ve become much more sensitive to […]
Thornback Cowfish 20, May, 2019 - T is for Thornback Cowfish This fish is a sort of box with bits stuck on for eyes and mouth… Wikipedia tells me it actually has “hexagonal, plate-like scales which are fused together”. So there you go. It is a poisonous box fish that has variable colour to match the environment. I think this means […]
Quillfin Blenny 19, May, 2019 - Q is for quillfin blenny. Catching up with some sea life animal alphabets. Also here is a red lipped batfish and sea sheep. These two are weird. Seriously. These sketches look like some sort of Pathetic cartoon nightmare but this is what they actually look like – do a google search on the red lipped […]
Farmer’s market 18, May, 2019 - I spent this morning with the Reading urban sketchers at the Thames Valley Farmer’s Market, which takes over the Reading cattle market, on the outskirts of the town centre every third Saturday of the month. I came away with a few sketch, some cheese, butter and coffee beans :) I’d planned on some ink and […]
Tomato 17, May, 2019 - A sketch of a sliced tomato, inspired by the pale geranium lake colour collective prompt. I was interested in playing around with background tints and textures. This is a nice papery spiral bound effect I came up with. I thought it would be nice to have a sort of digital sketchbook.