Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Day 42: Watercolour Geraniums Fresh From the Sketchbook


Watercolour pen and wash sketch of pink geraniums, showing the edge of the sketchbook

Today's sketch is pink geraniums, and so new it's still in the sketchbook.

It's based on some brave little pink geraniums that were still in flower in a tub round the corner when I checked the other day. The real ones are a bit battered, but then again, aren't we all feeling a bit that way at the moment?

More tomorrow.

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Christmas Dog Cartoon (Day 41)

 Yes, I know, I know. It isn't Christmas out in the real world yet. I hear you.

But in design land, it's basically Christmas for a crazy proportion of the year.

So I give you a cute (and thoughtful) Christmas dog, in cartoon form as Day 41's sketch.

Should I make this into a Christmas card design? Please let me know on the Facebook page.

Many thanks and more tomorrow.

Sunday, 25 October 2020

Day 39: Polar Bears and Northern Lights Cartoon

 This seemed appropriate as the nights have started drawing in and the clocks have just turned back...

Saturday, 24 October 2020

Day 38: Inspiring Stuff?


Today, I was simply playing around with getting wax to resist watercolour. Some days, you just need to moodle along, and this was one of them. Then this thought occurred to me..Maybe it resonates with you, or someone you know.

And in any case, there'll be more tomorrow.

Friday, 23 October 2020

Halloween Ghost Gif (Day 37)

 Hello again.

Day 37's offering is in preparation for Halloween next week...a friendly ghost who goes "Boo".

If you want to download and share this image in social media posts, texts or emails (keeping the watermark), please do. The download link is:

It inserts into these places just like a still image.

Anyway, hope this is fun, and finds you well.

More tomorrow.

Thursday, 22 October 2020

Day 36: "Good Spirits" Cartoon

 If you think this cartoon is about you, then please know that it's been inspired by three separate conversations I've had with different people within the last week...

More tomorrow.

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Day 35: How to Turn Around a WaterColour/Watercolor Disaster...

 So, for Day 35 of my (increasingly crazy-feeling) hundred days, there's this watermelon pattern.

But it wasn't always that way. And as I promised you honesty about how these drawings come about (and generally!) then you deserve the full story.

It started promisingly, with the "TheyDrawandCook" (a drool-worthy site, by the way) Inktober day 21 prompt of "fruit bowl" and my delicious morning fruit, the relevant portion of which looked something like this...

But which I, for reasons known and unknown (including not yet enjoying drawing porcelain) managed to turn into this disaster... 

What to do? Time was a-ticking, Day 35 was advancing *and* there were other things to do too.

Looking at it, I decided I did like the spoon, one of the blueberries, and the watermelon. 

Sadly, the spoon was fairly unextractable. But not the watermelon and the blueberries.

So they ladies and gentlemen, were the elements I extracted in Photoshop, and made into a pattern with trusty old Patternshop.

So, there are probably two takeaways here (No, not the fruit. I ate that, and it was yummy :-).

None of us should assume that the polished perfection you normally see on social media didn't have a weird, messy and very human beginning.

And secondly, if you produce something you're not happy with it, look at it again a few minutes or hours later. Then focus on anything you*do* like about it, and just have fun making something new out of that.

Because after all, isn't "fun" part of the reason why any of us every create anything anyway?

More tomorrow.

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Day 34: Does Anyone Know What These Are Called, Please?

Autumn leaf line and wash watercolour/watercolour in red, gold and green.

Must confess that I don't even know the correct name for the bush upon which this today's sketch is based.

The entire bush was about 4 feet high  and three feet wide in total, with every set of leaves looking something like this sketch (growing in a sheltered section of a park, near a lake, in mid October in London, UK, if that helps).

If you happen to know the name of this (very pretty, and probably very common...) bush, please do let me know, perhaps over on the Facebook Page. Many thanks!

(Sketch in Mozart Komorebi watercolours, and Faber Castell Ecco pen).

Monday, 19 October 2020

Newcomers...Please Start Here.


To everyone who's a newcomer to BoundingSquirrel, welcome, and thank you. There's now a starting point for new visitors, which you can visit by clicking or tapping here.

And for those who've been here a while, yes, this is Day 33 of the "Sketch a Day" challenge.

More tomorrow :-).