Animals in Jumpers…Free Colouring Sheet to Download

This week I’ve been drawing animals in jumpers…

…using pen, coloured pencil and watercolour pencil.  I thought they would make fun brooches..

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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.

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“You go round…”

A quick round up of those cat bothering bears for those of you who haven’t seen them all.

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“Do you think it’s dangerous?”                                              “I don’t know, but it’s blinking huge. Let’s get out of here.”

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“Don’t look down.”

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“Don’t move! It’s spotted us!”

Fatwans (or further fun with my Rotring pen)

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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 🙂

Five poems for children: 3

A poem about by Gavin Ewart about his elderly cat.  I read this poem many years ago and remembered it when my cat, Hobbes, was elderly.  Unfortunately I didn’t have a copy of the poem and looked for it for years.  When Dom suggested sharing children’s poems leading up to National Poetry Day, I took at look at the Children’s Poetry Archive site for inspiration. There was the poem. 🙂

The photo is of Hobbes. Enjoying the sun in his last summer. 🙂

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Hardback (with cat).

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Sunday lolling in the conservatory with the cat and a good book.  ‘Astro Poetica’ in hardback.  It’s so nice to hold it’s putting a big smile on my face. The cover is shiny black and silver.  It has a couple of extra poems and illustrations and if you’re quick you’ll get a piece of free art (by me) when you buy it.

You may have noticed that Leo modelled for one of the illustrations.