Well, I admire those people who work on architectural drawings and on CAD software. I’ve tried it … using the computer programs to form lines for 3D shapes. My son’s at uni using software and has been creating some fun hats in 3D in preparation for making models.
I, instead, picked up a biro and did a sketch of a building while watching Sherlock. Having seen plans drawn out on CAD by the structural engineers, which are printed out on large sheets of A2 paper and admired the beauty of balastrades and cornices, turrets and pillars I have to remind myself that these were drawn using computer software rather than relying on the eye and hand coordination. Despite my wonky lines, I’m pleased with how this turned out because I don’t plan to study autocad anytime soon!



Sisters! Ten minute biro portrait of my daughter laughing at her sister


My eldest is about to launch her first official exhibition this Friday … she’s so excited that she even had her nails painted by her boyfriend’s sister. I couldn’t resist taking a photograph as bloggers may recall my effort at painting her nails with giraffes before in an earlier blog post. I hand painted each nail, however in this photograph they managed to find some giraffe transfers (I know I’m biased, but I prefer mine!)

Just to remind you of the ones I painted …

There have been times when I wished I had a sister, but I’ve met so many people who didn’t get on with their siblings even when the age difference is close. Therefore, it was lovely to capture in a quick sketch my youngest daughter laughing and giggling with her sister nine years older than she is.

Biro drawing

I’ve been a little distracted today with the arrival of our new kitten, however, I’ve been sifting through my journals and preparing a new one solely for illustration preliminary sketches and gathering of images and ideas. I’m writing a children’s picture book and using the tips found in a book I’ve bought called ‘Illustrating Children’s Books’ by Martin Ursell. Some of the first pieces of advice he gives is how to make mock-up books, dividing the pages and sketching out ideas without relying on observation. I’ve been doing this recently … doodling or drawing objects, animals, items from memory. It’s amazing how focused you become as you begin to ask yourself silly things such as which way does the pupil go – is it a slit or a dot? How many ‘toes’ does a frog have? How big is the head in contrast to the body? Does an octopus even have a visible mouth? How big are an elephant’s ears? These questions enable us as artists to experiment with charicatures and stylised cartoons. Pictures become simplified and even comic, yet the idea is to get the idea down as a point of reference.

I’ve just joined a Summer Journal group via Myfanwy Hart’s Be Creative Facebook Group – she’s also mentioned this on her blog. She will be issuing a series of journal prompts over the summer, which I’m really looking forward to – there’s a buzz in the group already!
There is still time to join in. Visit the blog to find out more about this exciting opportunity!

Today, I came across a drawing by one of my children from when they were at nursery. My 21 year old drew a cat where the head was separate to its body and it had enormous claws. Another of my children drew a striped tabby with a tiny head and large claws. I’m glad I kept them.

For now, here is another of my illustrations … All done in biro
As a source of reference, the little boy in the drawing is my son (who turns 18 next week) 🙂