Friday, 29 August 2008


As well as doing sketches as a warm up exercise to engage the brain, I sometimes (oddly enough) also sketch to wind down at night when I don't feel tired enough to go to sleep. This probably works becouse I find drawing to be very calming... most of the time. Maybe it has something to do with focusing brain activity or something?

Whatever the reason, I didn't feel sufficiently sleepy tonight so I hit the pencils again. Hence the double post.

Edit: Oops. I forgot it's Friday already. ;-)

Wednesday, 27 August 2008


I'm digging out my graphics tablet tonight and doing some painting. I did this sketch as a warm up. Let's just leave it at that and say no more.

Tuesday, 19 August 2008


I was looking through a collection of travel photos from India and came across a rather interesting picture of a deformed begger. What drew my attention the most was his use of a flipflop to aid in movement. He also had the most amazing hair. I played with the reference a little and added more fantastical elements - particularly his stomach.

Sunday, 10 August 2008


A speedpaint from a photo of ruins on the Greek island of Lemnos.

I'm not sure about the purpose of the ruins, but Hephaestus seems to have been "givin' it large" on the island at some point in history, so maybe it is part of a temple in his honour. Whatever the subject, I was drawn to the photo becouse of the beautiful rusty colours and the dark brooding sky on the horizon. There's something magical about the rocky earth and gnarly windswept costal colours of the Greek Isles that I just go dizzy over.

Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I live in England where - despite most residents seeming to think this "green and pleasant land" is nothing more than a whimsical, nostalgic view of our country - there still seems to be vast tracts of quaint fields, hedgerows, tiny winding lanes and beautiful little villages built from local stone (Google Earth flyover anyone?). Okay, the "pleasant" bit might be pushing the boat out (so to speak) when it comes to numerous areas, but there still seems to be a preference for overtly lush greenery in many parts. I think that is why I love the look of more hardy, arid landscapes - and probably why I love the local heathers and gorse bushes the most.


Another Daily Sketch Group (DSG) theme: Sci-Fi Sleek White Paramedic Hover-Bot. Partial fail due to the back end and not really putting across the idea that it is there to help... looks kinda nasty.

Tuesday, 5 August 2008


Current topic for a daily sketch group: Creature • Hunched, Barrel-chested, Extra-limbed, Teeth-gnashing Abomination.

Telecom I

A quick speedie I managed to squeeze in. God, I can't wait for my holiday and some serious down time.