22 January 2011

Back to Studies

First Figure class of the year, time to get the eye back in.

Oil Pastel on smooth paper.

I'm struggling to come up with stuff to post here. C&C should remedy this, so please share thoughts and questions so I can make this blog useful to everybody, and not just me and my imaginary friends :D

(Official 50th Post :D go me)

19 January 2011

Sketch Monster

Self explanatory really. Except the girls, who happen to be clockwork *family* entertainment. I have weird friends, and I know they'd say the same for me. I've fallen into a kind of love-hate relationship with colour pencils, which have been all but forgiving in making my monster friends a bit more present. Anybody got some interesting pencil techniques for me?

16 January 2011

Bored animals

There is a reason behind this. I just can't tell you about it yet. All I can tell you is, the fish belongs to Mike Scott. Go to his website, immediately.


I do like to see some good old bored animals.

08 January 2011

Aquarium Sketchy

Here is a day well spent at the V&A Aquarium in Cape Town.

07 January 2011

Travellers travelling travellery

I have pointedly noted my power to invent words! On that pointnotedly note, I have just returned from a three week holiday in the Western Cape, and my tan line is immeasurably hysterical. I have kept a sketch book, and I like to share my adventures, so here is an edited version of my holiday, in pencil, ink, and one watercolour. Because I am easily intimidated by new mediums. And women with mustaches.

This is a fisherman I met on the Kalk Bay pier. He gave me some solid advice.

Tommy is a unique kind of duck. He follows people around, quacks a bit. I swear he wanted to climb into my lap. To my disappointment, he only really wanted to nibble my sketchbook.

This, after an hours bare-foot hiking, was a cave over a natural rock pool, one of many permeated by waterfalls, tangly trees and excitable Swedish tourists. The water was lovely and freezing, and the crocodiles only occasionally mentioned and quickly forgotten. They are small, I was told. It is nice to have fish nibble your toes.

People in and around a restaurant.

My first and only day on the beach in the Cape, and a wobbly attempt at watercolour sketching. I will not be discouraged by my wobbly fingers, no!

There was a trip to the aquarium somewhere in there, and you'll be seeing that soon, no doubt. It's difficult not to love sea creatures.