Ode to Lamps

lamp comic together

I feel like I have so many sketchbook drawings piling up clamouring to be posted… and I keep not getting round to cleaning them up and helping them hop onto this blog. While I get onto scrubbing up those patiently waiting images, here is a classic tale of brightness in the face of shadowy forces and the joys of not having to move the one lamp in the room to wherever it’s needed. Hurray for lamps!

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Fixing things like wings

ebb 1 T and E and the house

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!

ebb small park scenesebb 8 Dinner

 

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ebb 9 At the zoo

 

Story belongs to Anitia B.; Images belong to Beatrijs Brouwer

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Stuart the Apple Tree

I had the pleasure of making this illustration for a story by Tracy Wang, creator of the lovely I am the First Bite website, filled with stories for children that are accompanied by delicious looking recipes.

Nilo and Stuart garden scene illustration 3

You can read the full story of Nilo, the boy in the illustration above, and his friend Stuart the apple tree sapling as well as gaze at the beautiful apple tart recipe here on I am the First Bite.

studies for nilo and stuart

 

 

I find myself working with ink so often that it had been a while since I did a full-watercolour illustration of this size.

Here are some warm up studies I did before launching in, with a few new plants for practice too.

A very sweet and restful scene to paint!

Thanks again for this commission, Tracy!

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Sketchbook Sunbathers

Sunbathing Bristol park peopleIt’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.Sunbathing cormorant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also spotted: a dashing cormorant hard at work preening and drying its wings by the harbour side.

Hope the sun is treating you well!

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Around the river-bend

tree and river sketch

 

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.

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Dance of the watercolour blob critters

easter chicks

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!

 

 

 

Easter chicks gif

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Actual beaver

A few days ago while on a walk I saw a wild beaver for the first time!

beaversA 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.

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