Wednesday, 28 October 2020
Tuesday, 27 October 2020
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.
Monday, 26 October 2020
Sunday, 25 October 2020
Saturday, 24 October 2020
And in any case, there'll be more tomorrow.
Friday, 23 October 2020
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.
Thursday, 22 October 2020
Wednesday, 21 October 2020
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.
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?
Tuesday, 20 October 2020
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
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
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.
Saturday, 17 October 2020
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.
Friday, 16 October 2020
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.
Thursday, 15 October 2020
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!
Wednesday, 14 October 2020
Today's sketch turned out to be just a simple cherry cupcake in traditional 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 :-)
Tuesday, 13 October 2020
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!
Monday, 12 October 2020
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
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...
And on mugs...
and also completely outside the realm of food and drink, on this scarf...
Saturday, 10 October 2020
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
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
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...
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
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.
Tuesday, 6 October 2020
Anyway, hope this is fun for you, and more tomorrow.
Monday, 5 October 2020
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.
Sunday, 4 October 2020
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.
Saturday, 3 October 2020
Friday, 2 October 2020
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,
Have fun with this-the full selection of items bearing this design is here.
Thursday, 1 October 2020
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.