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Sea life animal alphabet illustration Sea Life Animal Alphabet 23, June, 2019 - Each Monday, over on Twitter, people share their drawings, sketches and paintings of a specific animal that was announced the week before. Starting at A, each week is a different animal starting with the next letter of the alphabet on a specific theme. It takes six months to get through the whole alphabet (26 weeks!) […]
Medea, painted in 1868 by Frederick Sandy 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 […]
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 […]
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.
Old lady 10, May, 2019 - An old lady concentrating as she walks down an uneven street. With a (king’s light) blue rinse perm for this week’s colour collective challenge.
Arrival 8, May, 2019 - Almost here…