Drawing Diary 20 February 2019 : Nimbus

I spent last week working on a commission, of Nimbus, a little cat with quite an expression. He’s been working on this look for a while, I think.

Nimbus, Mitsubishi Hi-Uni pencils, Derwent heavyweight smooth cartridge paper

The source photograph was taken from Instagram and was therefore square and fairly low resolution. I find it hard to draw a good A4-sized picture without a high resolution source photograph and so my original plan had been for an A5 drawing. It didn’t seem quite right, though, and so I decided to draw it A5-ish in size but sat in a square on an A4 sheet of paper. I’m pleased with how this turned out. I still too often fall into the trap of wanting to fill the page (particularly if someone is paying me). That’s a habit I need to get myself out of as white space is every bit as important to a final picture as the drawing itself.

I also bought some new business cards, which I’m quite pleased with.

Drawing Diary 13 February 2019

Last week I spent a few days in France helping my parents pack up the house they’ve had for over twenty years. It was a busy time and ridiculously cold (there was no heating in most of the house) and I didn’t have any time to draw.

I have many happy memories associated with that house so I had a mix of emotions – joyful recollections but sadness at being there for the last time. Something I remember with lots of fondness is how my Gran would sit on a bench at the front of the house and watch my children playing. Family gave her such joy.

Here’s a picture of Gran’s bench, drawn a few years ago shortly before her one hundredth birthday.

Gran’s bench, Copic Multiliners, Pink Pig sketchbook

Drawing Diary 6 February 2019 : Birds

This last week I’ve been working on a double portrait I think I’m going to call J & C, at least for now. It’s the initials of the subjects (two of my amazing wife’s amazing children). Titles are important but I’m not very good at them.

Work in progress, pencil on paper

I also picked up my bird project again. When I was a child I could identify most British birds but the years have not been kind to my memory and I was getting frustrated that I now know so few. I thought a good way of learning about them would be to draw them. At the same time, I could develop my coloured pencil technique. I still think this is a good plan but I’ve been making very slow progress.

Pintail duck, Derwent Procolour pencils, Calepino notebook

You can follow this bird-drawing project on instagram using the hashtag #pppbirds.