I love getting my hands and face smudged with pastel dust just as much as my mum hates it. I have an original 2015 iPad Pro that has served me very well over the years but has now developed a screen discoloration issue that makes it unsuitable for illustrating on. As if I needed any […]
When I was 18, young and naive and arrogant, I used to regard fountain pen collectors with a touch of disdain. How could these crazy people justify spending tiny fortunes on tools that essentially fulfilled the same function as a £0.50 ballpoint pen? Especially when these expensive tools required regular maintenance and cleaning, and needed […]
I had no idea that the reddish brown stones and bits of clay you see lying around outside are actually what the modern day pastel stick or pencil evolved from. Chalk is calcium carbonate and can be used in its most natural, organic form straight from the earth to draw, although in this form it’ll […]
It took a great deal more effort than I care to admit to get myself to calm down enough to sketch again. Slipping into the total focus zone is so easy sometimes, and so frustrating at other times when you feel like you have a point to make, and you need to make it fast. […]
A friend bought the quill for me two years ago when we were at the Harry Potter exhibition at the Writer’s Museum in Edinburgh and I decided to try it out for drawing with some brown ink. The thing I really enjoy about using dip pens/ quills is that its simplicity sets you free. There […]
I dream up a lot of fantasy stuff for myself, especially places and their history in my fantasy world. Environment art is also something I’ve never tried out because it requires you to consider how something looks from a vantage point; composition and proportions take precedence over minute details. Painting and drawing from reference isn’t […]
Just experimenting with taking traditional sketches into Procreate on my iPad Pro and seeing what can be done.