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: https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tpQWTKNTNKY/X5L04YPqfUI/AAAAAAAAGcY/AAh19q68NgsjDSGhM4VLh6_ISkjcfli-gCLcBGAsYHQ/s800/boo-halloween-ghost.gif

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 :-).

Sunday, 18 October 2020

Belated Birthday Snail Animated Gif (Day 32)

 


As you can probably guess, today's animated gif came about simply because I needed this to send to the unfortunate friend in question. (you know who you are, and again, am very sorry).

If you find yourself needing a belated birthday gif in a hurry, please feel free to use this one.

And now, huge fun though these gifs have been, I think by tomorrow it'll be time for something more traditional again.


Watch this space. 

More tomorrow.

Saturday, 17 October 2020

Free Candle Animated Gif (Day 31)

 Today's sketch is a candle animated gifs (again in Krita, which makes animating digital art easier than I could have imagined).

If you know anyone who could do with a candle, hope, or similar, please pass this on.









More tomorrow.


Friday, 16 October 2020

Christmas Berries: New Collection and Free Printable Background (Day 30)

 Hello again, and hope that life is treating you well wherever it finds you.

It's Day 30 of my crazy challenge, and today, I have the story of a pattern, a new collection and a free background for you.

The story starts a few days ago, when The Computer Man prised me away from the desk and we spotted these rather lovely berries...(This is part of one of his photos, so many thanks there too).





The berries burned their way into my brain in the best possible way, and I eventually drew them as the feature motif in what is (I think) my first Christmas pattern of the year...




Lovely things with this pattern on are available in my Redbubble shop here...

and on fabric here.


And now, as promised, for that free Christmas berry printable. As usual, you can use it in line with my "Angel Policy", and just right click or tap to save.



If you like this, please do feel free to share it via the grey buttons at the bottom of the post.

That's all for today.

More tomorrow...





Thursday, 15 October 2020

"Bee Happy" Animated Gif-Day 29's Sketch

 

A cartoon bee moves towards a flower, which then smiles and lets out pollen, in this animated gif

This "Bee Happy" animated gif (in Krita) does what it says on the tin. If I weren't doing a daily challenge, would probably play around with this rather more before posting. As it is-enjoy!

More tomorrow...

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Day 28 Sketch: Cherry Cupcake in Line and Wash

 Today's sketch turned out to be just a simple cherry cupcake in traditional line and wash watercolour. 

Cherry Cupcake Illustration in Line and Wash Watercolour

This time, I meant to see if a drawing on paper that was scanned into the PC would turn into an animated gif as easily as does digital art.

But this little image was having none of it. You live and learn :-)

More tomorrow.

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Woodpecker Animated Gif (Day 27)

Animated gif of a woodpecker, pecking a tree trunk.

 

Day 27 has seen me have another go at an animated gif. This time it's a woodpecker, which was the prompt from @theydrawandgarden on Instagram for October 13th 2020.

He's drawn in Krita, with more digital penwork than normal, to get the clarity of all those lovely markings.

Now I just have to see if this will share to places outside the blog this time. Wish me luck!


More tomorrow.

Monday, 12 October 2020

Day 26: Happy Autumn Animated Gif

 




Today's sketches are still sketches, but went into this this tiny "Happy Autumn" animated gif, made in Krita.

More drawings (of some kind...who knows what?) tomorrow.

Sunday, 11 October 2020

Cute Macaroons in Repeat (Day 25 is a Pattern)

Hope you've enjoyed your weekend, if you're reading this when it's posted.

Remember those macaroons from the other day? Well as day 25 was a sunny day in October (I live in London, remember :-)), going out to walk and take photos of beautiful autumnal things took precedence today.

But, the challenge goes on, so... to create a new design today, I added macaroons in extra colours and put them into a repeating pattern.

That looks great on this appropriately baking-related apron...

Macaroon-patterned apron

And on mugs...


Macaroon-patterned mug

and also completely outside the realm of food and drink, on this scarf...


Macaroon-patterned scarf

and on lots of other items too, available in my Redbubble shop.


More tomorrow!

Saturday, 10 October 2020

Day 24's Sketch: Work-in Progress "Punny Dog" Number 2-"Border Collie.."

 


This is work in progress-it still doesn't look in the least like it does in my head (!). But in the interests of keeping up with the challenge, am posting the concept of this now, to polish later.

Hope you're having a great weekend. 

Friday, 9 October 2020

Funny Relaxation Cartoon: Day 23's Sketch Actually Happened to Me...

 


Hope this raises a smile for you. A version of this actually happened to me, when I was too stressed with juggling projects to sit down and watch a programmer on mindfulness :-). So it is and was too good a cartooning opportunity to miss.

Take care-more tomorrow.

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Pelargoniums (A Wet-Into-Wet Experiment for Day 22)


 

These pelargoniums are a mile stone for me. Have never "let go" and intentionally done "wet into wet ," watecolour happen after the penwork is done.

 (Translation if you're not arty: I've always been very controlled, painting on dry paper, and have only today intentionally changed that, just wetting areas of the paper, adding spots of colour, and letting them flow where they will).

At the moment it's "work in progress" because am not sure whether it'll end up as a pattern, a card, or something else. 

Let's see where this goes...


More tomorrow.


PS. Unusually, this developed into a pattern pretty quickly. Will let you know if/when it finds its way onto items etc.





Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Free Cookie Clip Art/Macaroon Illustration (Day 21)

 For Day 21, I needed a cookie graphic to make the privacy page look a bit brighter.

So this is a quick pen and wash sketch, which I'm offering free as web clip art.

Free illustration of macaroon cookies in pastel colours
If you would like to use it on your website too, just right-click or tap and save. (Please also link to https://www.boundingsquirrel.com as attribution too, if possible). Many thanks!

More tomorrow.

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Daily Sketch Day 20⁠ ⁠: Love me, Love my Houseplants



Day 20's sketch is "Love me. Love my houseplants," which is destined for T-shirts and the like.
 It's also something I actually said to my husband the other day. (And was rather unfair considering that it's him and his long arms that do a lot of our watering).

Anyway, hope this is fun for you, and more tomorrow.


Monday, 5 October 2020

Day 19: Gingerbread Christmas Food Illustration

 

Illustration of a gingerbread man, cinnamon, star snise and an orange slice.
With apologies once more to those people who may feel that it's waaaay too early to be posting a Christmas food illustration...Believe it or not, I'm actually late for this year with this, and need to work on it now.

And The Computer Man just took a look and declared himself to be feeling hungry after looking at them. Which is good enough for me if I'm ever to get this finished and onto a place where you'll actually see it.

Hope life is treating you well.


More tomorrow.

Sunday, 4 October 2020

Day 18: A Silly, But Irresistible Dog Pun

 As you'll already know if you've read many other posts  here, I love to pun when writing.

Then I realised had never really carried this over to illustrations.

Which somehow  combined with the idea of *finally* "working in a series" in a proper *arty* way as is advised by loftier types than me (that idea was cute dog drawings, since you ask).

And this was the result.

Hope it brings some joy. 

Labrador dog  in a white coat next to a conical flask and test tube.
More tomorrow.


Saturday, 3 October 2020

Day 17 Sketch: Fern in Pen and Watercolour

 


This fern is my Day 15 sketch, and also day three of the Inktober challenge, via the challenge list given by "They Draw and Garden" on Instagram.


Luckily for inner-London living me, it doesn't mean I have to garden, but just produce nature art :-).

More tomorrow.

PS If anyone hs any tips on how to make my photos and scanning look anything like as good as they seem in the actual sketchbook, please let me know. Thanks!

Friday, 2 October 2020

Day 16: The Finished Fish Pattern

 Hello again. Remember those fish motifs from yesterday? (And my commitment last week to show you how long things really take?). Well, both of those things combined mean that Day 16 involved me simply making and finishing the fish pattern, including-eventually, finding just the right background colour.

As you might expect for a fishy pattern, it looks great on a shower curtain..


But it also makes a fun and whimsical floor cushion



and very cute on pouches (in various sizes-great by themselves or to act as a "wrapper" for other gifts).




Have fun with this-the full selection of items bearing this design is here.


More tomorrow.

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Day 15: Fish Motifs and the Start of Inktober

 


Day 15 involves more fish, but this time co-ordinating themselves a bit better, colour-wise, and hopefully looking more goldfish and koi-carpish, for an upcoimg pattern.


In case you're thinking there's something really fishy going on here (yeah, pause to groan, that's fair :-) ), I'd been thinking about a fish pattern for a while, but was spurred into action by it being, not just Day 15 of my own minnow-like daily sketch challenge (OK, time to call the pun police...) but day one of the huge online art challenge that is Inktober. And Day One's prompt for that challenge is/was "fish".

And if you're thinking, "Isn't there some controversy around Inktober this year?", yes, you're right, But as I don't know the ins and outs of it and only want to enjoy pen and wash as normal, my thinking this year is simply to enjoy it, and to take advantage of the very many prompt lists for the event as and when they sound fun, as a way of being able to travel alongside more artists and designers, and so make my own 100-day daily challenge feel less daunting.

(And yes, for the purists, I know that some people tut at the idea of adding colour to an Inktober sketch. But art without colour? I won't say it *never* happens here, but it's rare).


Does all that make sense? I hope so. In any event, watch out for these fishy folk on a pattern near you soon.

More tomorrow.

Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Day 14: "Flower Garden": A Joyful Whimsical Pattern with a Boho Vibe.

And after a very full day's work, Day 14 shows what became of those black and white floral sketches on Day 8.


This is new, and will bring summer closer to you wherever and whenever you're reading this. It's based on the herbaceous borders in English country gardens. But somehow, a more joyful, hippie and boho vibe just came singing in, with all those pinks, purples and golds.



This is the pattern (which is available on fabric here...

And looks great on *so many* gifts, treats and other scrummy items, like:

"Flower Garden" phone case


"Flower Garden" Notebook

notebooks and more,,,


It's not often a design gets this far in one day, even if it's a long one. But hope it helps you feel happy and have more fun, whatever else. 


More tomorrow.

Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Day 13: Yes, It's a Christmas Cartoon...

 With apologies to the many people, who probably feel  that it's too early for a Christmas cartoon, if I don't put this into the system now, it'll (unbelievably, I know) actually be too late for 2020.

Hope it gives you a laugh, anyway.




More tomorrow.

Monday, 28 September 2020

Day 12: A Squirrel Sketch

 

Day 12 is just this little squirrel, destined for my "about page. You can see him in action here.


More tomorrow!

Friday, 25 September 2020

Why PC Problems Were the Best Thing Ever (and Daily Sketches 9, 10 and 11)

 Phew-today's sketch is finally here. Not because of the sketch itself, but because the PC needed fixing.

(Sidenote if you're new here-I'm lucky enough to be married to a computer man.)

The fixing itself was no problem, because the Computer Man actually had a free morning, and bless him, got to the fixing really quickly.

But the PC's initial refusal to play nicely was the best thing ever...

How can I say that? Surely it's just stressful?

Well, yes. But it also forced me to:

a) Do an entire half-day of purely traditional pen and wash art.


Daily Sketch 9


Like this one, which shows the main ingredients of a cheese and chutney sandwich (which I found myself  yearning for at an inappropriate 11am. As with other food, once I'd drawn it, I stopped craving it. Magic!) But I digress...Also had to...

b) Move rooms whilst the PC was being fixed. (yes, we live in London. So the options for moving around the house are limited. But even a move to the sitting room was a move to different light, with different objects to normal. Like our trusty (if somewhat overgrown) rubber plant...



Daily Sketch, yes am ahead of myself, 10


and 

c) Force myself just to draw, without checking reference images on the PC, (Like these highly whimsical fish). Whose scrummy neon pink colours really haven't scanned in well at all. But who are a homage to my Mum-RIP for more years now than I can believe-whose favourite go-to doodle was anthropomorphic  fish. 

Day 11: Highly anthropomorphic fish


Which led to...


d) The discovery that *sometimes*, doing quicker, smaller art (these are all more like 2 inches or 3 inches squareish in a sketchbook) is so much more fun, more liberating, and "do-able all-round) that that's probably where I'll be heading for some of the days of this challenge.

And speaking of the challenge... I could simply have auto-posted these three images to look like they were spread over three days. In the interests of transparency though (and sanity), as discussed yesterday, I'm "telling it like it is," posting all three, and taking the weekend off.

See you Monday. Have a good one!

Thursday, 24 September 2020

Day 8: Work in Progress, and Why I'm Daring to Show How Things Really Are...

 


Today's sketch is just the start of a new pattern: an outline of the kind of floral motifs you might find in an herbaceous border or cottage garden.

Social media is so full of perfection that I hesitated before posting this...It is work in progress, and by definition, absolutely imperfect.

But then I figured, all that perfection does have a tendency to lead all of us to suppose that lovely things can just happen, and take no time at all.


Sometimes, occasionally, this is true, even for me. 

But my truth is that these things take time, and sometimes even need to be left (shock, horror) for a few *days* to be considered, before forward motion takes place. And the process is messy, non-linear, and not necessarily even a day-by-day affair. Some days involve more "everyday life" than others.

So I decided to take the pressure off myself (and maybe you too, if you're reading this) and post what's actually happening each day for the rest of this experiment.

The way forward for now

Yes, I'm sticking to the plan, and will be posting daily updates for the remaining days of the 100 planned.

But not every design-maybe not even most can be finished in a day. And to get them to a standard I'm even vaguely happy with, they most often take at least two days.

So, I intend to post what actually happens at each stage and day instead.

This way, you'll get to see what actually happens, the process, and progress (or lack thereof) as well as finished results. More truth, less perfection...but maybe more fun too?

More tomorrow.

Update from Day 14 of this challenge: Just look what those little floral sketches turned into...

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Free Autumn Wreath Printable (Sketch a Day 7)

 



Yes, I know the Equinox was yesterday. But if this autumn printable floats your boat, you can use it if you right-click and save as, or tap and save it.

As you can probably tell (!) it's been hand-drawn in pen and watercolour/watercolor, and yes, I'd also have liked to spend longer on it. But that's the nature of daily art challenges. So if it's of use to you,  it's a jpg you can use in line with my angel policy.

Have fun and more tomorrow.


Update: September 24th. I have replaced the original printable with a more useful, and better, wordless autumn wreath.

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Sketch a Day 6: Cute Aliens (and the Story Behind Them)


Is there anybody there? 

Well, maybe. Apparently a team of scientists in Cardiff have discovered that a certain gas (I think phosphine, since you ask) has been discovered on Venus. The point apparently is that phosphine is incredibly difficult to produce without something living having been involved at some stage. On Earth, anyway.

Which got me thinking about so-called alien life forms, how we tend to assume that they have to look humanoid. And how very Earth-like, and to be honest, "un-cute" most of the current representations of aliens tend to be.


Which got me thinking again. What if there were life on planets that are gas giants? Would they be gaseous beings too? Or maybe just orbs of light. Or beings that look like plants and function like animals, and function like animals?

So that was where I started with the (work in progress) sketches above. And then quickly discovered that it's a "massive" challenge (for me, anyway) to think of beings outside the framework of our own natural history on Earth.

But it was easy enough to begin to make these beings look cute, at least. So, watch this space for where this goes.

More tomorrow.

Monday, 21 September 2020

Cute Scottie Dog Sketch in Krita

 


This cute little Scottish terrier is my Day Five Sketch-A-Day (done stroke by stroke in Krita digital illustration  software). And yes, he will be available on lovely items to buy soon. Happy Monday!

Sunday, 20 September 2020

Illustrated Thought/Quote/Idea: Dream a New Dream (Daily Art Number 4)

 


After all that, got asked to keep posting more "dailies" here too... (Day four is on Instagram and Facebook). This isn't so much a sketch as a thought that wouldn't go away until it was illustrated in Krita.

Hope it helps and have a good day!

Friday, 18 September 2020

Free Pumpkin Clip Art

 Today's offering is free pumpkin clip art. (Digital clip art in Krita).

Just right-click and save (or tap and save this image). Use it however like as long as you don't sell it or claim copyright. (See my angel policy for details).

And yes, just in case you were wondering, this is also Day Three of my sketch a day challenge.

From now on, only a few of those sketches will be on the main site. But you can follow them all on my 
Instagram account and new-look  BoundingSquirrel Facebook Page.


Happy weekend!