Thursday, 31 January 2013

Pet portrait - Weimaraner

Whatever you do, do not ask me to spell weimaraner.  It will end in tears. 

Still playing with techniques for fur, trying to capture the style that is in my head.  Not there yet, but this was great practice.  Just don't ask how many hours this took! Need to cut down on the time spent drawing fur.  It works for my Tarot series as it is more cartoony, but on this scale... carpal tunnel!

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Pet Portrait - Horace the Pointer

This week's baby.  Learnt a lot from this pupster - mostly, how not to do certain techniques! That's the exciting thing about art, the exploring and the learning, and the paths to follow and the ones to avoid.  Drawing fur is fantastic fun and I want to do a lot more of this type of work.  Great practice for my Tarot series as well.

I have recorded the process for Horace, and I will have it up on the site in the next couple of days for your delectation.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Janice - Pirate Muppets!

One of my favourite Muppets... Janice! She is, of course, playing a "Calypso" type role aka Pirates of the Caribbean   I just wanted an excuse to draw a bit of spellcasting.  I am pretty sure she is saying"....dude." at this point.

Three Muppets to go!

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Sam the Eagle – Muppet Pirates!

Muppet, Muppet, Muppet.

Muppet or a man?

Currently working on a new technique for drawing fur.   It is insanely addictive and fun.  However, inbetween this I am finishing the muppets lineup - Four to go!  I am planning on making a video of the process for these guys as I have had quite some interest in them - watch this space.

Friday, 18 January 2013

Canine Tarot – Seven of Swords – Clumber Spaniel

Next in my Canine Tarot series - Seven of Swords; breaking free and doing things your own way.  The Clumber Spaniel was used to flush out game - this chap has decided to make friends instead.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013


I was in the local supermarket today, purchasing grapes and apples in an attempt to appease the lingering Christmas sweet tooth when I had to do a double-take – there are already Easter eggs in the shops!
Whilst surprising, it also a reminder that most retailers are having to think six months, 12 months down the line – it isn’t about what’s happening next week or next month, it is about the long term.  I struggle to think this way but find more and more that long-term decisions are necessary  and that one cannot expect immediate results most of the time! (unless you are particularly craving an Easter egg straight after Christmas.  I for one have had enough chocolate to last the rest of the year).
However, this has also got me thinking about cards –   I would not mind dipping a toe into the greeting card industry and was originally intending to try making some samples for Christmas – oops.  That didn’t happen.  Perhaps I had better get my bunny slippers on and start doing some mocks this weekend.
Still working on bits for Schoolism! Halfway through designing a new version of Jekyll and Hyde – thought I would share a development sketch.

Sunday, 6 January 2013


After much squealing, gnashing of teeth, hair pulling and tantrums - I have built a website!  I can be found at  Please come and have a look around (and please let me know any changes etc you think would help).  In particular, I have also uploaded my very first video! Look under the tutorials section if you are interested.

Back to drawing!