Sunday, 31 March 2013

Sunday Sketchblog #55

Happy Easter! I hope the Easter Bunny has left plenty of chocolate eggs under your pillow...

A seasonal sketch - this little chap has been sitting on my desk all week. I have a (convenient, if admittedly slightly indulgent) delivery of little snacks from Graze every week and at certain seasonal times of the year they like to include a little figurine to assemble out of cardboard.

(If anyone has been tempted by my slothlike ways and also fancies having food delivered to their desk, using the code 3GFHMX5 when you sign up will give you a free box and me a pound off, I think!) 

Friday, 29 March 2013

Illustration Friday: Swim

This week's topic is swim, so here are some very aquatic (and probably rather chilly) swimming ladies. 

I must admit that I'm not great with water - I get seasick when on it, and am very worried about eels and drowning when in it.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013


I seem to be very keen on stripes at the moment. I was put off them at an early age after my aunt dressed me and my sister in sailor suits (sort of...) for her wedding, but am now making up for lost time.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Sunday Sketchblog #54

I don't actually paint my nails much. I know it's the current thing, to have nails covered in tiger print or seasonal flowers or made to look like beetles or whatever, but for some reason whenever I paint my nails it makes me look like I have old-lady hands and I find that unnerving. 

Nonetheless, I have some in my desk drawer so that's what I seized upon when looking for something to sketch this week. 

In case anyone's worried, that drip didn't.

Visit Emma and Hayley to see if they've been sketching this week, too.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Illustration Friday: Eye Glasses

Eye glasses to distinguish them from drinking glasses, I suppose. Or field glasses. Or opera glasses? Anyway...

Inspired by the famous saying, which felt needed a slightly more spectacle-positive update. On which subject, when Nick and I were first dating I mentioned in advance that I might be wearing my glasses the next time we met. And he told me not to, as he might not like me as much in them! I can't remember whether I did wear them or not, but I like to remind him of his bad behaviour sometimes and point out he was lucky he got another date at all after that...

Monday, 18 March 2013


I'm afraid the ominous silence around here for the past week has been a result of my being stricken by a terrible lurgy. My view has pretty much consisted of this:

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Sunday Sketchblog #53

Today's sketch was inspired by Danny Gregory, who posted something similar to his blog recently. But I think he must have taken it down as I can't find it anywhere to link to... Anyway, an apple as I ate it.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

New Pens

I had to pop into the art shop for a present earlier this week and couldn't resist treating myself to some new pens. A bit of a departure from my usual black Noodlers ink, but I've quite enjoyed the change and I really like the effect of a grey line.

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Sunday Sketchblog #52

New shoes! (Said in the manner of that Clarks ad from the 90s which apparently doesn't exist anywhere on the internet...) These are from Modcloth and are so pretty they deserved the first page in my new sketchbook.

Remember to visit Emma and Haley to see if they have new shoes, or anything else sketch-worthy this week.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Oh look! February!

February is a short month, so I'm excused for spilling this over into March...

Knobs // Marmalade making
And finishing // New sketchbook

And some pleasing arty things I've seen this month:

Daniel Danger is tumblr-ing the progress of his latest illustration (which I'm hoping is zombies). His commitment to one image is pretty inspiring.

Some useful drawing tutorials.

Loosely related to illustration... it shouldn't really be surprising to learn that Dr. Seuss was an avid hat-collector.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Illustration Friday: Whisper

I'm not sure what these two are whispering about, but it reminds me of being at school. We used to spend most lunchtimes in the library... pretending to study whilst actually eating our lunch and gossiping.