Category Archives: People

A whole week sketching at The Big Malarkey Children’s Festival in Hull

A couple of weeks back, I spent the whole week recording The Big Malarkey Children’s Festival in Hull. It was an amazing week put on as part of the City of Culture celebrations. Here are all the videos I made in order.

https://youtu.be/a4WB1S3RoCQ
https://youtu.be/wqPWFcuni0Q
https://youtu.be/oxWFIKBko5s
https://youtu.be/8ubEeqEFm0Q
https://youtu.be/6WoEIGxJYF4
https://youtu.be/4CbcrRDechs

Many thanks to the wonderful Library Staff who put the whole thing on with the help of all the festival volunteers. Thanks also to the performers and visitors who also appear on the pages of my sketchbook.

How to draw from Photographs

https://youtu.be/U4yRpW0LcDk


Some people find it hard to sketch in public, so why not get some practice in drawing people out of catalogues and magazines? The models are great – they don’t move! do one everyday and you will soon feel that maybe you do it from real life in a cafe or on the street.

You can see the other drawings I did from this catalogue on my Patreon page here:

Remember that you are not drawing a photograph. That’s what cameras are for. You are drawing a sketch. Your drawing does not have to be a portrait nor does it even have to look the same or use the same colours. It’s your sketch interpretation.

If you make a mistake, that’s great – we learn from mistakes. see if you can finish the drawing then have another go and see if you can get it right, Don’t abandon the drawing if you make a mistake – that can turn into a habit and you’ll never finish anything. Often you can save a drawing or painting by just keeping on going!

What’s it like to be an author?

https://youtu.be/hQtYCMvbX2Y

I visited St Paul’s Primary School in Gloucester recently, and some of the children still had questions to ask when our time was up. I Asked their teacher Mrs Bevan, to send me an email with the questions I hadn’t answered and promised to make a video for her and her class 5.

Having made the video, I though I might share it with my subscribers and viewers too!

I mention that Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak, is my favourite book. I made a video explaining why here: https://youtu.be/sH4sYranmbg

Drawing a portrait of my son

https://youtu.be/LpQuCsgpqmY

Over the Christmas holiday period, I sat down to draw my son, Ed, and filmed the whole operation. There is about two or three minutes edited from it in which it was just me humming and haa-ing, but otherwise it is pretty much a full live action piece.

You can see the finished piece here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/7625528

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How to draw Cartoons with Grey Scale Watercolour

https://youtu.be/_WDNuvoAcbs

I was wondering what to draw when I saw a tweet that read: “As much as I love birds, they don’t seem to like me. Last year I got attacked by a crow & today multiple geese chased me down the canal…” That seemed like a good thing to draw

I met Sanne – whose youtube channel is http://www.youtube.com/Booksandquills – in 2011, when we both won the YouTube NextUp Competition. Sanne was then at University in Holland, but nowadays I bump into her at publishing events as she is now working in London in publishing.

You Can get the Pentel Aquash Brush here in the Uk http://bit.ly/PentelAquabrushUK
and here in the US http://bit.ly/PentelAquashBrushUSA

and the The Cotman sketching watercolour set here in the UK http://amzn.to/1gNpZ8s
and in the US here: http://amzn.to/1gaG6qA
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