Doodle 23.09.16

Happy Friday 🙂

My arm is getting better, and can draw in short snatches before it starts to protest.

This week I’ve been trying something new. A little involuntary, due to my weak arminess, but these doodles are much less overworked than usual. Also note that the black and white photocopiness of these pictures is intentional, and is a prelude to a possible zine I’ll be working on. 

I’d love to know what you think! -Drake

“Troll Hitchhiker”, pen and ink, sketchbook


“Mr Grumpy”, pen and ink, sketchbook


“Mr Sleepy”, pen and ink, sketchbook

Doodle 02.09.16

Look! A monster!


Yes, there are monsters here. In fact, here is the entire monster…


Welcome to a scene from The Princess and the Troll. Clearly, the princess is using a giant hand monster sea creature thing to dislodge an oversized star from the sky (or is it the sea?) I had a lot of fun painting this, mostly because it involved a lot of paint splattering and peeling off masking fluid (think how fun peeling PVA glue off the back of your hand used to be and double it).

And here is the concept sketch in lots of lovely black ink!



So, there is proof that princesses, trolls, and odd-looking monster are still in the mix.

And, if you haven’t already seen it, check out this wonderful post by my mate Buttons, about balloons: Buttons and the balloons.

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!
Doodle-pip!

Doodle 16.05.16

Some more ideas for my little fairytale. I’ve been experimenting with all the ways to use black!


The Princess has become trapped beneath the earth with the trolls, and she is imagining a Prince who will come to her rescue…


Indian ink, coffee wash, fine point pen.


Water soluable marker, indian ink, coffee wash, fine point pen.


But the Troll sees that the Princess is unhappy, and is sad…

Coffee wash, indian ink, water soluable pen, water soluable pencil, scratchy stick.

Doodle 06.05.16

This could turn out to be a darker sort of fairytale. 

More background development for my troll’s country villa…

A tree full of ravens.


Ravens ink splodge.


Gnarly tree.