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…using pen, coloured pencil and watercolour pencil. I thought they would make fun brooches..
I’m going to use the images for prints and cards and a few other things. The brooches are available on my Etsy shop, BearsGetCrafty. Also, as they I enjoyed colouring them in so much, I thought I’d share the fun… Click here to download the colouring sheet.
A few days ago I was relaxing with a beer and my feet up after a hard day’s drawing, pen and sketchbook at hand and I started to doodle a little chair…halfway through I realised it was a chair that used to be in my grandparents’ house, so I drew me sitting in it reading a big book.
I posted my doodle on Twitter and Instagram. People seemed to like it and it sparked off a lovely idea in the ever fertile brain of my friend, Dom Conlon, which was to get people doodling their memories and sharing them. 🙂
So…if you have a memory to share, doodle, add a little text maybe, post it on Twitter with the hashtag #memorydoodle or address it to @headfirst_dom so that he can share it on his Inkology website.
Read all about it and take a look at what other people have drawn here. You don’t need to be an artist or even good at drawing. Here’s Dom’s effort:
(I don’t think he’s as bad at drawing as he claims though.)
…has been one of learning a lot about drawing by doing it most days and falling in love with ink. I really, really do love ink. And being messy, and splattering it about, and mixing it with paint, and drawing with different pens, and watering it down, and painting with it, and getting it under my fingernails….
It’s also been a year of getting lots of encouragement and realising that people enjoy seeing my work. Twitter has been great for that. I’ve enjoyed it. Even more amazingly people have bought stuff and commissioned stuff.. 🙂
And I’ve illustrated a whole book! That really is not something I ever imagined I would do. Thank you, Dom, for telling me I could do it. 🙂
I’ve also made a few illustrations for Dom’s poems on Inkology.co.uk. Here are a few of the latest:
There has also been shrink plastic! Amazing stuff. And very encouraging sales!
And there have, of course, been bears…..
Looking forward to starting on some exciting new illustration projects in 2015, more jewellery making and those little origami books…..
I have been drawing a lot with my growing collection of Rotring pens lately. A lot of bears and cats and pug faces. I thought it would be interesting to try an actual pet portrait. Fatwans kindly agreed to be my guinea pig. (Obviously Fatwans is neither a pet nor a guinea pig, but a rather beautiful cat with her own Twitter account. Follow her here.) I’m reasonably pleased with the result.
It looks better in real life, I haven’t quite worked out how to scan pen drawings without the lines dominating. Tips welcome 🙂