Thursday, 20 June 2013


There is a blackbird singing very loudly in the garden this evening. It is sitting at the top of a tall conifer at the end of the garden and was there early on and then still singing at around 9.45pm when I drew this whilst sitting on the patio on a warm summer evening. 

Things are rather busy at the moment as we are preparing to move house and my evenings are often not very settled so my postings may be rather erratic for a while. I am out drawing more in my sketchbook though. As there has been some bright sunshine recently it isn't easy using the iPad in bright light so I am returning to more traditional methods of scribbling - but they won't appear here though. 

Sunday, 16 June 2013


I'm doing odd bits of pen and ink drawing now and this was me playing around with the iPad in order to try out a few concepts and ideas.

June hedgerow

Plantain, buttercup and lesser stitchwort. Walked along one of my favourite hedgerows this morning and drew these flowers. Not a lot of colour around yet but the hedgerows seem quite lush and with grasses, cow parsley etc. This particular hedge runs beside a bridleway and doesn't get mown so lots of interesting plants entwine themselves together here. These flowers grew on the edge of the muddy track. I liked the delicate anthers of the plantain, the tiny white stitchwort flowers and the bright yellow buttercups against a dense green background of leaves and grasses of the wild herbaceous border behind.

Sunday, 9 June 2013


Went for a pleasant walk today and sketched this in some local woods. There was a strong cool breeze under a cloudy sky and although I was wrapped up well I froze. The weather has been rather unpredictable recently and later in the day the sun came out and it began to get moderately warm. The woods were rather dark beneath the leaf canopy and all the bluebell leaves had died down leaving just a few blue flowers here and there.

Friday, 7 June 2013

Cat Pattern

Just playing with something simple today.

Thursday, 6 June 2013


Some jobs are never simple.


Some pen and ink scribbles. I've been playing with my favourite pen is week and doing some real drawing. They may not come out too well on this photo of two A3 sheets, but you should get the idea. It is a very expressive way to draw and I will try and do some more. It is like going back to the good old days of when I was drawing pictures 15 years or so ago.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Cat and dog

I am thinking about experimenting with some character development for a while. Here are a cat and a dog. I would quite like to develop something quirky, modern, weird, versatile and bizarre.

Saturday, 1 June 2013


There was a collection of these in Hitchin town centre today (along with various other stalls and groups of people) and this one looked like it wanted to be drawn. It was early morning and crowds hadn't really gathered yet to do their shopping but, even though the square was almost empty, several groups of people managed to stand right in the middle of my view just chatting away and so this took twice as long to draw as I had expected.