Saturday, January 30, 2010

A Sketch card a day... 30th Jan 2010


I was enjoying the Prisoner cards so much, I thought I'd have a go at watercolour for my Sketch A Day. I used watercolour paper, and quickly realised that the paint sinks straight into the absorbent surface, instead of sitting nicely on top, as it does on the card, and drying into pretty shapes! I should have remembered that! So this study was harder to do and took an hour to complete. It was a good exercise though!

Prisoner cards approved!

This is the first batch of approved Prisoner cards. More to follow.
I've been messing around with watercolour with these and liking the effect. The cards have a nice surface for this kind of paint.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Thursday, January 28, 2010

A Sketch card a day... 28th Jan 2010

45 mins on tobacoo paper.

Most my 'Sketch a Day sketch cards are for sale. I'm accepting decent offers for them. ;)

Send me an email if you're interested.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A Sketch card a day... 26th Jan 2010

Trying out different papers now for my sketch a day. This is pencils on tobacco paper, made from tobabcco leaf, no less!

A Sketch card a day... 25th Jan 2010


25th Jan ~ 25 mins

Sunday, January 24, 2010

A Sketch card a day... 24th Jan 2010

"Mermaid Dreams" 50 mins to complete. Pencils on sketch card.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Strictly Ink Gold cards





These are the special Gold cards I've just completed for Strictly Ink.
Next project ~ The Prisoner(new series 2009) for Factory Entertainment.



...plus 50 Avengers cards.

...and 10 Hammer Horror...

For the Strictly Ink Yearbook ~ 10 Doctor Who Big Screen cards...

A Sketch card a day... 23rd Jan 2010

I used my Sketch Card a Day time today, to finish another card which has been lying around for months waiting to be finished; another Eighth Doctor study.
Also for the Strictly Ink Yearbook ~ 10 CSI cards
Another set of cards for the Strictly Ink Yearbook ~ 15 Ray Harryhausen.

Friday, January 22, 2010

A Sketch card a day... 22nd Jan 2010

Another dragon drawing, since I've been getting requests for more. :)

35 mins for this one. I could have done with some pic ref of flames! My attempt from memory is rather feeble, but these cards are just exercises really, so I'm trying not to judge them too harshly!

A Sketch card a day... 21st Jan 2010

Ok, I admit it, I spent longer than 20 mins on this one. More like 50 mins. I got carried away with all the tree foliage!

The image was inspired by the film Avatar, which I saw in 3D at the Imax last night. It's a visually stunning film. And there are lots of flight scenes, with sheer dizzying drops from great heights! Pandora is not for the faint hearted!

I didn't try and recreate the flying reptiles of Pandora, I have no picture reference to hand of them, so I decided to use the dragons of Pern instead. I have no trouble visualising them from memory. :)

A Sketch card a day... 20th Jan 2010


20 minute sketch for today...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Strictly Ink Yearbook

Up to and during the Christmas break, I worked on a selection of 100 cards for Strictly Ink's Yearbook. This is the first lot - five 2000AD.

A Sketch card a day... 19th Jan 2010

My 30 minute sketch card for today.

Monday, January 18, 2010

A Sketch card a day... 18th Jan 2010

For my sketch today, I went back to a drawing which was started months ago, then set aside to complete more pressing projects. The 8th Doctor. 20 minutes to finish. Pencils on 200gm card.

A Sketch card a day... 17th Jan 2010


David Tennant has one of those faces which is difficult to capture. You think there are lots of features to latch onto, but the true likeness remains elusive... This sketch took 50 minutes. Well over the 20-30 I usually allow myself for these daily sketches. :)

A Sketch card a day... 16th Jan 2010

Nigel Terry, one of my favourite actors. I loved him in Excalibur and was privileged to see him play Shylock in an RSC production of The Merchant of Venice, on stage at Stratford, back in the 80's.

This quick sketch took 20 minutes and is from a still of Nigel as Caravaggio(one of my favourite classical artists), from the film of the same name, which I have just bought and look forward to watching in a spare moment!

Friday, January 15, 2010

A Sketch card a day... 15th Jan

My warm-up piece for today; 30 mins to complete.

Now off to complete the last few cards for Strictly Ink. As soon as they are approved, I'll post them up here.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Card A Day... 14th Jan

The trouble with these quick sketches is that it's sometimes difficult to know when to stop! I could have carried on refining this one for much longer than the 40 mins I allowed it.
In case you don't know already, the sketch is taken from David Tennant's very last scene as the Doctor, just as he starts to regenerate.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A Card A Day... 13th Jan

30 mins sketch with Chocolate Brown Derwent watercolour pencil.

A Card A Day... 12th Jan

A 'traditional' unicorn ; draw a horse, add a horn and whispy bits. :) 20 minute sketch.

A big welcome to the new followers on this blog! [waves] Helloo!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A Card A Day... 11th Jan

I love drawing horses, but never get the Time... so today's subject is...
15 minutes to complete. Coloured pencil on card.

A Card A Day... 10th Jan


Today's card ~ The 8th Doctor. 30 minutes to complete. Pencil on card.

A Card A Day... 9th Jan

Today's card took 30 minutes. John Simm has a nice face for drawing.

A Card A Day... 8th Jan 2010


I've decided the only way I'm going to get any sketch cards done of my own at the moment is to do a quick sketch, one a day.
Each card only takes about 30 minutes, is a good exercise in getting likenesses and 'keeps my hand in'. It also gives me the freedom to tackle any subject I fancy. :)
I can fit them in between the cards I'm finishing for Strictly Ink and the ones I'm about to start for Factory Entertainment.
S0 here's the first one, of John Simm as the Master. I had fun trying to capture his slightly crazed look...

Friday, January 08, 2010


Hope everyone's coping ok with the snow here in the UK? We've had a great white Christmas and now, as if that wasn't enough, an extra dousing of the wonderful white stuff. I had fun making a snow angel the other day. It's great to be able to play on sledges and join in the fun with the children, but most inconvenient for those people expected to get into work despite having kids off school for a week!