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.