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 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.

Drawing Diary 30 January 2019 : Lanzarote

Last week I was fortunate enough to be in Lanzarote with my wonderful extended family. I’d thought I’d complete a drawing every day but ended up failing quite spectacularly. I completed just two, at the start of the holiday. My days filled up with other things.

I did sketch the view from the balcony where we were staying. It was a spectacularly windy day, something Lanzarote is famous for of course, and I tried to capture that in this sketch.

Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils, Staedtler Pigment Liner, Pink Pig sketchbook

The day after I walked from the town where we were staying, Puerto del Carmen, to the next little town along, Puerto Calero. On the way there I passed an abandoned building, teetering on the edge of the cliff, and stopped to draw it on the way back.

Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils, Staedtler Pigment Liner, Pink Pig sketchbook

Now I’m back in England and am working on a double portrait. I’ll post a progress shot of that soon, but here is the portrait I finished shortly before leaving. I restarted this picture as the first version wasn’t working out. There comes a point when you have to accept a drawing can’t be saved. I’m pleased with how the second version ended up, though.

Mitsubishi Hi-Uni pencils, Derwent heavyweight smooth cartridge paper

If you like what I do, please take a look at my Etsy shop or perhaps contact me about a commission.