There have been many trees this week. Here are a few, growing out of a sleeping troll woman.
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.
Until the next post!
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.
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).
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.
And the following two pictures are taken from a page of studies for the potential Troll Mountain!
I hope you like trees. See you next week!
This could turn out to be a darker sort of fairytale.
More background development for my troll’s country villa…
Here is another tree, which will hopefully become the background of an adventure with the troll and princess.
Nothing to do with Star Wars, unless this is actually a tree that grows in Yoda’s back garden 😜