Saturday, 30 July 2011

More Tigers!


A rendered version of an observational sketch I did a few days ago. Gotta start drawing lions instead, those stripes just take too damn long!

Madame Cecile


Madame Cecile, your friendly Voodoo Queen of Louisiana.

This is a plain 3/4 view of Madame Cecile, developed from the thumbnail above. Apparently it's good to just pose the character like this before posing them in character poses. Not 100% happy with this, I dont think you can quite tell who she is supposed to be. I'm hoping when it comes to posing her character will really come out.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

+ Coloured Kitty


Muh! I really need to splash more colour onto this old blog!

Kitty!











Back to animal studies, this time I was trying to bring more elements of design into the studies as well as some character but unforunately for me, alot of character comes through the expression in the face and I cant even draw human faces yet nevermind animals ones! So that is my next hurdle I guess!

I know some of these tigers look crippled but I promise no animals were hurt in the making of these images. They have just suffered from bad draftsmanship.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

It's Done.


It's been a long old 2 months but finally the illustrations for my buddy's first book, are COMPLETE!

The book will be released in 1-2 weeks in a digital format available to download from Amazon's Kindle store for an easy £2, so if you can spare the change, grab yourself a copy!

If you don't have a Kindle or Kindle app or even know what Kindle is...you can find out more directly from my friends BLOG.

I hope my sneak peek images Ive been posting recently intrigue you enough to buy a copy.

Happy reading!

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Monday, 25 July 2011

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Saturday, 23 July 2011

32nd Sketchcrawl: Luxembourg

This weekend, the 32nd worldwide Sketchcrawl took place and a small handful of us went out to represent Luxembourg! Whoo hoo! Here is a selection of some of the sketches I felt were better than the others and ones that captured some of the lessons I've been trying to learn about observational drawing as well as character design. To see the rest of my Sketchcrawl sketches as well as the other guys' work click HERE.










This last one is my favourite!

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Head Studies




I really shouldn't post the first few images in this post cause they are just traced images, but I thought I would anyway as they are part of a head study that was daunting at first but I reckon the more of those I do, the better I'll get at understanding the mystery that is the human head and its expressions!

The other images are of a semi-realistic sketch of a models face then interpreted into caricatures based on basic shapes like circles, squares and triangles. Another tough exercise but kind of fun.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Happily Ever After

Animal Studies: Cats

Todays study was of cats. Bloody hell! They ARE still as difficult to draw as I remember! No great stuff came out today but I definitely felt an improvement from my first sketch to the last one.












Saturday, 16 July 2011

Back to the Book!

Just a couple more weekends dedicated to completing the illustrations to Andrew Moore's book! Available to download on Kindle from, the day I finish these bad boys!

Friday, 15 July 2011

0 to 100


The next new thing to learn is faces and caricature! I downloaded this brilliant wee app called 0 to 100, which has a front photograph of different people from all over the world, from to 100 years old. I got it for fun but now it's come into proper use!

These are pretty weak but I was starting to loosen up. Look forward to going out and drawing people in cafes and bars with this detail...as opposed to a cross hair face!

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Animal Studies: Horses and the like...

Firstly, sorry for this massive horse pose. If this is your first visit to my blog...I AM NOT A HORSE FREAK!!!

Back to work on a new TV series this week has been great, glad to be back in a routine and to be around other people! However, on the down side, I have less time for my personal projects during the week, so they are being saved for the weekend. Meanwhile, I wanted to take the opportunity to spend an hour or two sketching again.

While catching up with my pet hamster's day (I am also NOT a hamster freak) I started to thumb through CHRIS AYRES DAILY ZOO book, which reminded me...I cant draw animals. I never draw them. My hamster is too fast to draw or cuddled up in all her bed fluff and I can't see her! Usually, I'm out and about drawing people as they go by, but never animals.

So, thumbing through KEN HULTGREN's THE ART OF ANIMAL DRAWING, I started to do little sketches from his book then went onto the wonderful PIXELOVELY gesture drawing wesbite, which I've mentioned before. It has a wonderful library of all kinds of animals and skeletons. All the animal images here were drawn in the comfort of my city apartment using PIXELOVELY's photos as reference.

Hopefully, when the weather picks up a little bit, I'll get out to see some REAL animals! (No offence Pepper (hamster...)