Tag Archives: sketchbook drawing

Live Sketching Waterlilies in watercolour

https://youtu.be/VCsT0cT2YtI

Join me as I do a quick sketch of waterlilies on, what I call, the lost pond. We’ve found it now so it isn’t lost anymore! Water lily leaves are basically circular so, to draw them from a side view, they need to be ellipses but all set on the same plane.

I didn’t have very long to do this, about half an hour with set up time. The video has only about 30 seconds edited from it. I drivel on a bit, but I hope some of my chat is useful. Otherwise it’s a nice, peaceful, sunny afternoon by the pond

See inside my Danube River Cruise Sketchbook

https://youtu.be/uQCoYtbnos0

A quick look at some of my sketching while on vacation last week. It was hot and I ate too much food and got a little lazy towards the end of the trip!

We were onboard the AMA Waterways AMASERENA – a beautiful boat. The service was second to none and we had a wonderful time.

 

 

 

See my Cosmonaut Exhibition Sketchbook – London’s Science Museum

https://youtu.be/oHRSr1Am_3k

Yesterday I went up to visit my Publishers in London but in the afternoon I visited the Cosmonaut Exhibition in the Science museum.

It was wonderful to see the hardware that I’d only ever seen before on grainy newsreel footage.

Sputnik 3 was probably my favourite. It must have had some influence on the design of Dr Who’s Daleks! I never understood what the curly metal appendages were for – apparently they were radio antenna.

So many risks were taken by the Russians to get one step ahead of the Americans in the Space Race. Some of their technology was pretty crude compared to the Americans, but with a bit of propaganda and subterfuge the Americans were led to believe they were far more technologically advanced than they really were.

I was amazed to see the Lunakhod lunar landing vehicle. I didn’t know anything about that. It has a very similar design to the LEM but is more chuncky and uses they iconic Russian Sphere shape.

A wonderful exhibition. Well worth seeing and thanks to all those who organised it and put it on.

Yesterday I went up to visit my Publishers in London but in the afternoon I visited the Cosmonaut Exhibition in the Science museum.

It was wonderful to see the hardware that I’d only ever seen before on grainy newsreel footage.

Sputnik 3 was probably my favourite. It must have had some influence on the design of Dr Who’s Daleks! I never understood what the curly metal appendages were for – apparently they were radio antenna.

So many risks were taken by the Russians to get one step ahead of the Americans in the Space Race. Some of their technology was pretty crude compared to the Americans, but with a bit of propaganda and subterfuge the Americans were led to believe they were far more technologically advanced than they really were.

I was amazed to see the Lunakhod lunar landing vehicle. I didn’t know anything about that. It has a very similar design to the LEM but is more chuncky and uses they iconic Russian Sphere shape.

A wonderful exhibition. Well worth seeing and thanks to all those who organised it and put it on.

Drawing in Prison! – Wigtown Sketchbook First Day

https://youtu.be/XPtW_XV5TX8

Follow my Kickstarter at http://www.wigtownsketchbook.com

Today is the first day of the Wigtown Book Festival and I was sent to Dumfries Prison where I spent the afternoon drawing with eight big guys in a small art room! I’ve never been in a prison before and I have to admit that all the security and that locks and heavy doors and bars and razor wire is a bit intimidating. But we had good fun drawing cartoon people and cats and dragons and discussing stuff along the way. I wasn’t allowed a phone or camera, so I have nothing to show for most of today – It was exhausting. There was the drive there and back to add into the mix too.

The festival has started with bagpipes and fireworks and meeting lots of old friends and catching up. This evening I went to see Mairi Hedderwick, who wrote the Katie Morag stories. She showed us her sketchbooks, which was wonderful. She too see her sketchbooks as story storage devices.

Everyone asks about the tools I use when I’m out using my sketchbook. Here’s a video to show you what and how I use them.

The Pentel Aquash Brush is here in the Uk http://bit.ly/PentelAquabrushUK
and here in the US http://bit.ly/PentelAquashBrushUSA

Rotring Tikky Graphic in the UK here http://bit.ly/TikkyGraphicUK
in the USA http://bit.ly/TikkyGraphicUS

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

The Seawhite of Brighton a5 travel journal is here in the Uk http://bit.ly/SeawhiteJournalUK

Im in Wigtown!

https://youtu.be/rgb6G92uTes

Today I’ve been travelling up to Wigtown in Scotland. Tomorrow sees the start of the Wigtown Book Festival and I am the Official Sketchbook Artist! I’ll be here for ten days, drawing like mad and posting stuff every day.

I’m also making a limited edition book – an exclusive sketchbook and loads more too on my kickstarter page at http://www.wigtownsktechbook.com. If you would like to support me I would be thrilled.

I’m sharing the house with Simon and Laura. Simon’s book Chop Chop was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award.

It’s outrageously funny and completely original, Chop Chop by Simon Wroe is the story of a hapless young chef in the crazed world of the professional kitchen, featuring lust, revenge, neurosis and haute cuisine. you can get it here http://bit.ly/ChopChopSimonWroe

More tomorrow!

Everyone asks about the tools I use when I’m out using my sketchbook. Here’s a video to show you what and how I use them.

The Pentel Aquash Brush is here in the Uk http://bit.ly/PentelAquabrushUK
and here in the US http://bit.ly/PentelAquashBrushUSA

Rotring Tikky Graphic in the UK here http://bit.ly/TikkyGraphicUK
in the USA http://bit.ly/TikkyGraphicUS

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

The Seawhite of Brighton a5 travel journal is here in the Uk http://bit.ly/SeawhiteJournalUK