Last weekend my kids went to a wonderful Forest School, and I helped out for a few hours.
This illustrates the best bit of the day for me…
In which a lonely cat meets his mate…
Some time ago I was inspired to try filling a whole page with doodles after reading Michael Richard’s lovely blog A Certain Line (I couldn’t find the exact post…)
I found it a really enjoyable way of starting (or ending) the day – a mixture of drawing what’s around me and drawing characters from my imagination.
This February I decided to do it every day (though I missed a couple through tiredness/forgetfulness). It acted as a bit of a warm-up before starting work on something more focused.
It felt less pressured than doing ‘A drawing a day’ because it was looser; I unashamedly scribbled to fill spaces on the page. Now it’s becoming something that I’ll just do when I get to my desk without having to remind myself.
(And, as the top picture makes it look as if I work in a white and uncluttered space, I’m adding this unedited snap of what my studio looked like yesterday morning.)
…join me in a drop-in family workshop at the lovely Museum in the Park in Stroud, Gloucestershire on Saturday 4th March, 2-4pm. Costs £2 per child, age 6+.
There will also be an Illustrators’ Fair, with lots of information for anyone interested in (or thinking of studying) Illustration, and other Interesting Things.
There are many ways of approaching a sketchbook…
And many ways of filling one.
I’ll be exploring some of these ways with fellow artist Imogen Harvey-Lewis on our evening course at the wonderful Prema Arts Centre starting this week!