Sunday, 22 May 2011

Sketch Fest Weekend

I have just spent some of Saturday involved in Sketch Fest which is 'a 24 hour creative jam session with artists across the world, brought to you by Ellen Million Graphics. The audience and fellow artists give us prompts that can be single words, questions, phrases, lyrics, links, collections, creatures, characters or concepts, and we sketch whatever catches our fancy. The only rule? Sketches can only be worked on for one hour.' 

I managed to do six sketches as I had visitors so couldn't devote all my time to drawing, but I'm hooked!  I can't wait to join in with the next one.  

Winged Pug

(Unfinished sketch as I ran out of time, but I'm going to finish it and maybe paint it.  I used a photograph from Piece of Me Stock as reference for the pose).

If Pigs Could Fly (Just a quick jokey sketch)

Cupcake Break (I am going to rework this as one of my 'Fairy Cake' card designs).

Arctic Mermaid

Mirror Mirror 
(inspired by an acorn I keep on my desk)

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Insomnia and Sketching Scottie Dogs

I was still wide awake at 4am this morning.  I got carried away with a fairy painting and before I knew it, it was almost 4 o'clock and the sparrows were stirring and sipping their morning coffee!  I decided I had to go to bed, a hard decision for me to make when I'm full of inspiration, but before the sandman got me with his sleepy dust, I spied my dog, Dougal, snoozing at the bottom of the bed and couldn't resist grabbing my sketch book and favourite pencil and sketching him, he looked so cute.  Unfortunately, he woke up before I had finished and gave me the evil eye.  Anyway, here's my quick sketch (just realised, in my tiredness, I wrote the wrong date):

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Sunday, 8 May 2011

I coloured in the little girl sketch

To warm me up and get me going this morning, I coloured in the little girl sketch that I drew in the children's club the other day. I think she looks quite 'vintage' :)  A lot of my female characters wear stripy tights and wellies and have flowers in their hair! I don't know why. I wear flowers but don't really wear stripy tights and wellies that often...

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Two Sketches

Whilst I was in work today (I work in an after school club with children aged from four to eleven), a child asked me to draw a little girl with long wavy hair for a story she had written.  So I did.  The little girl with the watering can is a pose that I also used in a fairy design in the past.  She's watering some sunflower seeds that have just been planted.  I gave the sketches to the little girl, but I quite liked them, so I made copies for my sketch book first.  Here they are :)

Hunting for Fairies

Recently, I took two of my nieces, Mia and Shannan, and my nephew, Daniel, along with their mothers (my sisters) over to the woods where we used to play as children.  There is a stream at the bottom of the garden and the small wood is on the other side.  Apparently, I used to sit by the stream for ages and talk to the fairy folk, so my mother says.  With that in mind and laden with fae hunting equipment (I was a bit worried about Daniel's water pistol, but he promised not to use it on the wee folk), we decided to go and hunt for fairies.  We didn't meet a fairy in person, but we could hear them giggle and we found one of their homes, in an old tree trunk.  Mia could even see the little stairs up to the doorway!  We'll come back next time with a packet of rich tea biscuits and see if we are invited in for tea  ;)

Mia is deadly serious.  She has found a fairy house...

"There it is Aunty Sue!" say Shannon and Mia.  "There's the front door and this is the staircase!"  

And another suspected fairy house... 

"I'll carry this stick, just in case I meet an angry goblin".