Thursday, 31 July 2014

Sketching the Lurcher

Guess most of you know 
William the lurcher!      
I have just done a short video 
of how I go about sketching him.      

Thought I would share it with you here. 

Most times I pencil in the sketch first, but sometimes (as now) I just go straight in with Ink.  Using my Sailor Calligraphy pen (I bought it here) took a bit of getting used to, but was worth the effort...I love using it - plus the ink is just the right colour for William.  Some inks are too blue or yellow - i.e. with Quink, as it is made up of those colours. The Sailor cartridge ink is great though.

When it dried I added his collar, but did nothing else to it.
As you see, where the ink had got away from me in the video, 
it actually worked for me in the end and it looks as
if William has a stroppy expression if!

Saturday, 26 July 2014

The shoe box project

I bet we have all bought that new pair of shoes and ended up leaving the shop with the shoe box too!...okay, some of us may love the box as much as the new shoes,  I do.     It means that I can hold on to it as a storage item OR a Gift box (when I have re-invented it, as I did with one recently).

This was your standard shoe box, which I covered liberally with acrylic paint....I had fun with this just sploshing it on...

all around...

It was only when I had taken the photos that I noticed the tablecloth beneath has a similar pattern on it!....

I added extra white swirls to the lid...

in the end it turned a plain old shoe box into a decorative
gift box

Monday, 21 July 2014

A La Ronde

Another National Trust property visit, this time the smallest property so far.  The 16 sided A la Ronde

With views across the estuary towards Exmouth

This separate building houses a small room which was the laundry....

I think I prefer my washing machine!

And a sketch of the house during our visit....which I coloured later

Saturday, 19 July 2014

More Jellyfish on the beach........

......I've done a Collage of them, including the previous pictures I showed you.  What an assortment we have seen recently.


we have seen the Barrel Jellyfish

they can be the size of a dustbin lid, but this one was slightly smaller.
They are, apparently, the basking shark of the jellyfish world, the
gentle giant...(although a slight sting can be given it wouldn't cause serious harm).

here with the tennis ball to give you some idea of the size...

....and flipped over this is the other side

Tuesday, 15 July 2014


Lots of jellyfish on the beach today

varying in sizes from about 3" to 8"
(in foreign that's about 0.076m to 0.20m -thanks to metric
which means absolutely nothing to me..
i'm an old fashioned inches sort of girl, lol)

(about 3") ↑

(the one on the left was about 5") ↑

and the next one nearly 8"

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Sketchbook Skool

So pleased I joined Sketchbook Skool
even though I am being taken out of my comfort zone!

We are now drawing faces - ourselves - me - Yikes! Shocker

I am not a portrait person
no way

but the challenge is worth it
(and oh is it a challenge!!)

(the exercise in class is to
look at myself in a mirror or take a snapshot,
then do a sketch -
and where did the turkey neck come from!!!)  lol.