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See inside my USA Sketchbook

I went to the USA for the last couple of weeks in September. I call it a holiday you may call it a vacation. We went to New York for a few days then to a wedding outside Boston – then we had a few days on Cape Cod with wind and rain, thanks to Hurricane Jose!

I had done so much drawing for books I was working on before I left, I didn’t do a lot of drawing while I was away – It was, after all, a holiday!

Have a look at what I did and see a few of the many sights I saw while I was away.

https://youtu.be/dg8FSHRkznM

How to draw a table

https://youtu.be/VsvkEABMQ68

This is the first of five videos showing you how to draw tables. Basically, tables fit into boxes – if you sketch out the box first, the table will fit neatly inside.
Four more posts on how to draw tables follow!
Draw a table (Draw Tables #1)
Draw a Dining Table (Draw Tables #2)
Draw a Round Dining Table (Draw Tables #3)
Draw a Small Round Table (Draw Tables #4)
Draw a Coffee Table (Draw Tables #5)

Looking for things to draw in the Science Museum

https://youtu.be/sqMgzb3NYK8

I went to London twice a few weeks ago. The second time was to sit on the Children’s Writers and Illustrator’s Group – (CWIG) – at the Society of Authors, which is like the writer’s trade union, I suppose.

I had a bit of time to nip into the Science museum on the Way, As I’d heard that they had bought the British Astonaut, Tim Peake’s Soyuz Space ship – for an undisclosed sum – and that it had gone on display just that morning. So, While I was there, I thought I would film a load of things to give me ideas for what to draw on future videos. What do you think? Do they give you ideas?

You can find out more about Tim Peake and his mission here

here is more about soyuz spacecraft 

And see my Russian Space craft sketchbook drawings here

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!

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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