Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Christmas Eve

Something bold and bright for Chistmas Eve.

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Eating Cake

The joy of using Pinterest is that I can gather lots of pics I like and find loads of inspiration. This is a quick 50 minute sketch that sort of went somewhere but I don't like the cat.

Cat Pattern 2

More pattern playing with iDraw on the iPad.

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Cat pattern

Cat pattern. I am trying to do a few more pattern designs at the moment.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Tree pattern

Just been playing around with iDraw, a new app I've just acquired for my IPad. Wanted to see how good it was for drawing patterns. It is like a trimmed down version of Illustrator, but still quite versatile and enables me to use a grid structure that isn't so easy to get in Procreate.


Amongst other things, trees seem to be on my mind at the moment. My creativity seems to be diverging in different directions. My artistic side is striking off in two different directions: developing my personal character style for which I now think I have something that I am excited to be working with, and a desire to enter the world of pattern making and strengthen my skills in surface pattern techniques. I began doing some daily journalling a couple of weeks ago and that has tapped into my spiritual side that has lain dormant for a while. Trees have figured in that significantly and, although I am not wiling to divulge much here, I feel a renewed sense of a need to go out and explore.


Deep around me is the song of the trees in the winter's wind that pushes over the hillside and is caught by the tall, leafless bodies. I sit on a fallen birch log and acknowledge their presence. Each an individual: unique in form and character. Tall, leafless, swaying to rhythms that move across the greyness above me. Light is subdued, no shadows today. Rain is imminent. I am bathed in the constant roar of the wind as it finds its way through the branches that fill the space. What can I learn from this place today? There is calm within the wood. The edges are wild and frantic with movement and conversation but within there is a greater peace and calmness. I have a senseless of natural healing: nature taking time to create inner ecological systems and to heal and create places of regeneration if there is harm or damage. This might happen in a wood, or within our bodies. This I am seeking for myself and this place is an inspiration that I pray will guide and help me.

A group of off-roading motorcylists roars thunderously past me breaking the peace and then a group of walkers talking loudly to each other does likewise. I am still here. I am just standing in a wild place and observing all that is around me. I look at the textures, the patterns, the movements - I use my senses to welcome my soul into this place. I am here, surrounded by friends. Just taking time to value and appreciate the trees around me. I give thanks and quietly move on.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Prayer of the tree

A little bit of inspiration for something.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Santa Bear

IPad Illustration for my Christmas card this year. I initially started by wanting to try doing something ultra cute like something one of my work colleagues might have done, but it turned out a bit different. The bear looks very adult male-ish. I like the Santa gift bag.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Two Trees

Two trees I met a couple of days ago. I may write more about them in the future...

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Friday, 22 November 2013

Thursday, 24 October 2013


Just a bit of creative play today. The problem I have (or the challenge) is that I would like to try and develop a consistent style of personal illustration that is fun for me to develop and take forward. I am not quite sure what to do. Being versatile is sometimes an advantage but in some ways I would like to have a more distinctive style that I can use in more practical ways. I will have a think and see what happens. At the moment I am mainly concentrating on some character development.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013


Spent a few hours in the cafe at Wrest Park today as I had the morning off. Sketching on the iPad isn't always easy and these aren't quality skecthes. On a drawing pad there is spacial freedom to run lines anywhere on the paper but on the iPad there is a different scale and it is taking a bit of time to get used to doing this sort of work. Still, it is good practice for me and is a bit of a challenge.

Saturday, 19 October 2013


I haven't been posting much recently because I've either been working on some illustration projects at work and working overtime; spending time in my new studio in the evenings scribbling on sheets of paper or busy just being lazy or preoccupied with other things. I happened to be in a local cafe yesterday sketching people and happened to do this portrait on the iPad. It was a bit of an experiment and I'm not too pleased with it but as with all sketching like this I never know how much time I will have before the person decides to get up and walk off.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Friday, 4 October 2013


A pony grazing. Haven't drawn horses for ages. Did do a bit if sketching at a local horse show last week but was a bit out of practice and wasn't happy with the results. This was an attempt to remind myself of a few basics such as getting the number if legs right!

Thursday, 3 October 2013

A little rusty

This was a quick lunchtime skectch of a vaguely vintage tractor of unspecified manufacture. I drew it entirely from memory and it may bare some resemblance to a Field Marshall tractor, but it isn't intended to be. I do spend odd moments watching you tube videos of vintage farm machinery and I would like to darw more things on that theme.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Purple Rabbit

Have spent some time developing some animal illustrations for work and out of some of my drawings and ideas fell this rabbit - though this pic is purely for my pleasure only.

Thursday, 26 September 2013


Something inspired by a picture on the internet.


More playing around with different styles of drawing due to some ideas floating around at work.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013


A very quick 15 minute experiment.

Sunday, 22 September 2013


Experimenting with a few bush effects.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Green Hat

Man in a green hat looking a little fed up.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Flowers at Croft Castle

The herbaceous borders at Croft Castle in Herefordshire looked superb a couple of days ago and there was so much there that I could have drawn. These flowers took my attention though and I took a few photos of some other plants that I might use for drawing practice later. My sketching on an iPad usually draws attention and people are usually quite intrigued by this way of working.

Croft Castle Walled Garden

I began this sketch with high hopes but after an hour and a half I got cold and bored and this isn't a finished illustration. The garden is possibly my favourite and it looked superb a couple of days ago. The apple trees were laden with fruit and the herbaceous borders were full of colour, shape and form. It looked wonderful. I tidied up a few lines when I got home but may try and work something in a proper pen and ink drawing from some photos I took.

Bucknell, Shropshire

I cycled into this village just as it began to rain and decided to shelter in the porch of the church. The row of cottages opposite was a pleasant challenge to draw whilst I hoped the rain would stop. My time here proved quite interesting as a group local villagers kept popping in and out of the church as they were preparing it for some heritage open day the next day. Several were quite chatty and I ended hanging a long hop bine above the church doorway for them - a task more suited to a readily available tall steady bloke and not someone of more fragile and older years. The church seemed to be keeping up with the modern age. Its roof had recently been insulated and a ground source heat pump was being installed in the graveyard. My sketch turned a bit scruffy due to my distractions but it vaguely worked. I continued my bike ride up onto Bedstone Hill, Hopton Titterhill and back to Black Hill near Clun and arrived back at the car drenched.

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Black Hill, Obley, Shropshire

I love this part of the welsh border in south Shropshire and I was up here over the past few days with my bike. Every year I seem to try and make a journey to visit this hill and the nearby Hopton Titterhill. This picture overlooking the hamlet of Obley didn't work very well because I couldn't get all the view onto the canvas size in the way that I wanted and with a potentially long bike ride ahead of me I was a little rushed. The picture should be stretched to about twice the width and could have worked better in a more cohesive abstract style. I loved the patchwork fields and distant hills on the right and then Black Hill rises very steeply up to the left with forestry plantations on the top. I had parked the car there and I was now about to begin the steep climb down into the valley bottom to the village of Bucknell. 

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Cute Dog

Another cute dog for my canine admirer.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Scruffy Dog

After receiving a complaint about the disproportionate number of cats on my blogsite and a request for more dogs, here is a dog.

Friday, 6 September 2013


A vaguely cute kitty, but not a perfectly cute kitty. Will aim to purrfect a technique.

Thursday, 5 September 2013


A squirrel. Inspired by something I saw on the web today.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013


Another baking hot day outside and I am stuck indoors getting Christmas cards ready to print. Thought I'd draw a Santa today.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Bright herbaceous border

A few flowers in a big colourful border on a bright sunny day.

Monday, 2 September 2013

Basket of flowers

A very quick sketch inspired by a picture I found for my newly acquired Pinterest site.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Five Pots

Started by drawing a few lines that looked like a pot so continued with the idea.

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Cake in flowers

Just a quick idea playing around with a few scribbling sort of lines to see what would happen.

Friday, 30 August 2013

Tree Pattern

An experiment with a simple tree pattern.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Where shall I go today?

After watching one of my favourite films a few weeks ago, the original Wicker Man, I was inspired by Lord Summerisle's armchair to draw this. I started it many days ago but then got tied up with moving house and now I am trying to get back to being creative again.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013


Apologies for the lack of posts recently but I am in process of moving house, recovering from a bad back and generally not doing anything creatively constructive (except at work). Will post when I can find the inspiration to do something...

Sunday, 4 August 2013


View from the very south eastern edge of Loughrigg Fell looking east over Ambleside. Sunlight was a bit bright thus my colours are a bit off. Had a decent walk this day in warm bright sunshine for most of the day but I arrived back at the holiday cottage drenched.


The dappled sunlight on this old stone bridge and trees was wonderful and I was pleased with this sketch. I was interrupted several times by curious onlookers but I don't usually mind showing people what I am up to.

Troutbeck Valley

My daughter went pony trekking along this path and I took a photo of the view and worked on the picture over several hours later in the day. It took various attempts to find a brush on the iPad and a style of working that I was happy with and, in the end, I was rather pleased with the result.

Limefitt Park, Troutbeck.

I sketched this old barn that was now being used as stables whilst my daughter went pony trekking for an hour. It was at the end of a long bumpy road which required a certain amount of driving ingenuity to reach. The old stonework was a challenge to draw and I'm not too happy with the sketch. The sun kept coming out from behind the clouds which didn't help either.

Brathay Quarry, Ambleside

An old building and some huge blocks of slate at the edge of this quarry. A footpath ran along the edge of the workings and I sketched the beautifully coloured rocks on one of my evening walks.

Wray Castle, Ambleside

View from the front of the National Trust property of Wray Castle on the edge of Lake Windermere not far from Ambleside. This was sketched over a photo I had taken as the sunlight was too bright to draw in. The green fields reached out towards the distant lake and hills with a few far away sheep dotted here and there.

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Cat and Wallpaper

More wallpaper experiments. It is a bit tricky doing patterns with the app I use as you can't easily line things up and repeat things exactly, but it is fun trying. I did the pattern whilst on allotment shop duty. It wasn't too busy so I grabbed a bit of drawing time. I drew the cat later on after I had spent the evening packing boxes.

Friday, 19 July 2013


A wallpaper design - for our new house...?

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Yoga on the lawn

Here I am enjoying the warm summer evenings by doing some yoga on the lawn. This is quite a difficult balancing posture so I am in need of a little help.