I had an incredibly sweet commission for a gift for Father’s Day recently: drawings for a story written by Anitia, the mother of these two little girls, featuring her family and a hapless little dino, unable to fly home with a hurt wing. Luckily the girls take care of the sad critter and their dad manages to fix things.
Thank you Anitia for this inspired and super sweet commission for a personal family story!
Posted in Commissions, Critters!, Illustration, painting
Tagged art, arts, children's books, commission, critters, dragon, dragons, drawing, family, girls, house, Illustration, ink, kidlit, kidlit art, kids, leaves, owls, pen, picture books, plants, red panda, red pandas, story, watercolour
It’s been a busy time, and I’ve been neglecting WordPress a bit because of it..! Here’s a sketchbook page of some straight-to-ink summery sunbathers I drew in the park a while ago.
Also spotted: a dashing cormorant hard at work preening and drying its wings by the harbour side.
Hope the sun is treating you well!
Posted in BIRDS and their secrets, Doodling, Illustration, Sketchbook, travel
Tagged aalscholver, art, arts, bird, Birds, Bristol, brushpen, cormorant, drawing, Illustration, life drawing, painting, pen, People of Bristol, sketch, sketchbook, sketching, summer, sun, warm days, watercolour
I did some outdoors sketching during a brief glimmer of sunshine, but the on-flowing mysteries past the broad river-bend were barred by a beaked guardian.
Posted in BIRDS and their secrets, Illustration, Sketchbook
Tagged art, arts, bird, Birds, drawing, giant birds, Illustration, landscapes with giant birds, London, nature, outdoors, paint, painting, park, pen, plants, plein air, river, sketch, sketchbook, sketching, straight to ink, trees, water, watercolour
It’s a little late, but hope you had a very happy Easter time!
After drawing these straight-to-pen, flower-sprouting chicks onto watercolour blobs I had a go at some gif making practice (my second so far!). Part of me wishes I could keep at it ’til everything is very smooth, but I kind of like their slightly dubious dancing too. Hope the rest of your week includes some kindly creatures, good flowers & a fun dance-like quality!
Posted in BIRDS and their secrets, Critters!, Doodling, Illustration
Tagged animals, animation, art, arts, Birds, chickens, chicks, cute, dance, doodling, drawing, Easter, flowers, gif, gifs, Happy Easter, Illustration, kuikens, kuikentjes, lente, Pasen, silly, spring, watercolor, watercolour
A few days ago while on a walk I saw a wild beaver for the first time!
A real live actual wild beaver, in the wild, being all beaver-like. I mean no big deal I wasn’t totally over-awed and straining my eyes and memory to notice every detail for later drawing times or anything but it was a REAL WILD BEAVER.
Having stared at the water by what we’d just discovered was a beaver fort for some time, we were about to leave when it swam right past us, clambered onto land just a couple of meters away, gnawed on some branches and slipped into the water again, quiet and massive and far too busy to concern itself with gaping, awestruck humans.
Posted in Illustration, Sketchbook
Tagged animals, art, arts, beaver, beavers, bevers, brushpen, drawing, fauna, Illustration, lakes, nature, Nederland, pen, rivers, sketch, sketchbook, sketching, the netherlands, walking
The live action Beauty and the Beast film was really enjoyable! It was fun to paint these two reading and glancing too, so I tried making it into a little animated gif : >
Posted in Illustration, painting
Tagged animation, art, arts, beauty and the beast, beauty and the beast 2017, books, chip, drawing, fairytale, fairytales, fan art, films, gif, Illustration, libraries, library, movies, reading, stories, teacup, watercolor, watercolour