Doodle 09.09.16


This week I relocated to York. I left my shed, somehow managing to cram all art supplies into this tiny suitcase…

And now, instead of a shed, I have a tiny corner 😀

So, in honour of this newness, I have dedicated this post to a little piece of York. Here is my impression of York Minster:

See you next Friday 😜

Doodle 26.08.16 ft Being Buttons

Hello and welcome to a special Friday post!

Today I would like to introduce you to my good friend Buttons. Buttons likes to go on adventures and explore, whilst sampling the finer things in life, such as food. She writes about the things she finds in a blog, to be found here: Being Buttons. It is a very entertaining and inspiring read. 

A short while back, Buttons went down to the Bristol Balloon Festival and asked me to illustrate a little bit of what she saw there. So, here are some balloons, and a few glimpses of Buttons herself.

“Buttons in the Sky with Balloons” – pen and ink

“Balloons” – pen and ink

“Big Balloons” – pen and ink

“Buttons and the Balloons” – pen and ink

I hope you have enjoyed your glimpse into Buttons’ world – now go outside and enjoy the sunshine 😜

Doodle 05.08.16

Good morning!

I can’t believe it’s August again already! This time last year I was, come to think of it, doing exactly what I have been doing for the past week or so: field sketching. That’s right – a little over exactly a year ago I caught a rickety old bus to the North East coast of England, toting a backpack of art supplies and cereal bars, with the sole intention of capturing nature at its best. And, funnily enough, a year later I took my art backpack on another little adventure, this time to the national park in Snowdonia, to paint me some mountains and seascapes. This time I did not go alone, but was accompanied by my mother, who waited patiently for me to commit these scenes to paper, often waiting for hours as we sat cramped up between a pile of boulders and waited for layers of paint to dry. I commend her patience in this endeavour, and would like to thank her on behalf of all the flora and fauna of Gwynedd who have been enriched by her conversation (as an alternative pair of listening ears to her otherwise-absorbed-in-sketching daughter).

What follows is taken directly from my field sketchbook and encompasses the rough sketches and water colours I made on my various walks around the stunning land of Gwynedd. I’d like to hope they capture some of the essence of the coastline and woods in a way photography often cannot. I’ll let you be the judge.

Barmouth Estuary, water colours and ink. After walking around Barmouth for a bit and soaking up the seaside air, I made my way across stepping stones and rockfaces to sit on a boulder for three hours trying to capture this vista of the Barmouth bridge.

A closer view of the sketch of Barmouth Bridge.

A closer view of Barmouth

The Bay at Borth y Gest, looking over to Harlech castle. Painted whilst snuggled into a crevice halfway up a cliff, using a rockpool for water supply.

Rocks and Seawater, pen and ink.

Harlech Castle in the distance, pen and ink.

A view of Llyn Tegid (Lake Bala) from the caravan porch. Watercolour and indian ink.

Llyn Cynwch, light study in charcoal and ink wash.

Llyn Cynwch, watercolour and ink. Painted whilst balanced on a rock in a field full of sheep, listening to the strange conversations of passing ramblers.

Until the next post!

Doodle 10.06.16

Father’s Day…

(Apparently, it is not Father’s Day tomorrow in the UK, it’s next weekend. Therefore happy Early Father’s Day, Kenneth!)

Happy Friday, once again. This week’s post is for Father’s Day (which I think is this weekend!). 

When I was little we used to go on holiday on a canal boat called The Odyssey. Lots of adventures happened aboard this boat, and in the woods on the canal bank, and I have been remembering them this week. The following series of drawings and sketches are based on my memories of one particular time aboard The Odyssey when my Dad gave us each a matchbox and told us to fill it with as many interesting things as we could find lying around. The pictures are of my sister and I as we went in search of treasure along the canal bank.

This week’s studio, which has moved into the living room to escape the mess of packing. All credit for the arm goes to Hodel Herlihy.

The captain of The Odyssey was always my dad. That makes the captain’s daughter my sister. And the Boson’s boy belonged to whichever family was with us on the boat. He is an amalgamation of all our various friends aboard ship.

The Boson’s Boy.

The Captain’s Daughter

The Boson’s boy and the Caotain’s daughter find treasure in the hedgerow!

Going into the woods to look for treasure.

Whilst my sister was off adventuring, I was off looking for fairies…

Little Sister sketch

Little Sister sits in the woods and talks to the fairies.

Thinking aboard the Odyssey…

Seeing faces in the trees.

And down there on the bank are my parents, just between those trees at the bottom. Although they’re not in the foreground of this adventure, they were always waiting back at the boat, usually with dinner waiting. Hats off to the Captain and Quartermaster, and Happy Father’s Day!

Doodle 03.06.25

Trees in Woods…

Hello! It’s Friday again, which means more doodles. 

This week I have been drawing many things, in many different styles. I have organised some of them into a series of woodland scenes, especially for you to look at.
This first woodlandish scene is taken from a page of preliminary sketches for a short story about looking for treasure in the woods. You can see some tiny people stretching to get the treasure from the trees.

Black ink, at various levels of dilution, applied with a paintbrush.

blue watercolours

water colours

The watercolour sketch above is also a part of the doodle research that will end up in some illustrations for the same story about finding treasure in the woods.

This sketch, however, is taken from my outdoor sketchbook. It is the view of the back of my apartment block in Spain and is the result of half an hour spent sitting on an anthill (not intentionally).

fine point marker, washable ink pen, watercolour

Now we have reached the sketches of the Troll’s kingdom, where one day the princess and the troll will have an adventure of their own.

a load of black ink

And the following two pictures are taken from a page of studies for the potential Troll Mountain!

many many sorts of black ink, applies in strange and wonderful ways

I hope you like trees. See you next week!