#memorydoodle

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.

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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:

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(I don’t think he’s as bad at drawing as he claims though.)

 

Dr Dribble

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Dr Dribble is a thoroughly despicable doctor. He is the invention of Dom Conlon.  You can read about his terrible ways at Inkology.co.uk or click on the picture above to go straight to the animated version and hear and see Dom reading the first Dr Dribble poem.

Pictures by me.

If you enjoyed that, don’t forget to check out ‘Whale Eggs‘ for more animated silliness.

And don’t forget to keep paying attention, there will be more dreadful doctorings coming up soon. x

 

New! Free Kids Activity Sheet to Download…

…..for those rainy Easter weekends.

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My Astro Poetica aliens are little green men… What do you think an alien would look like?

Astro Poetica colouring sheet free to download from Inkology.co.uk

Also..previously on Inkology.co.uk by me and free to download:

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Astro Poetica Mini Origami Book to print out and fold

Astro Poetica Colouring Sheet

There are also loads of stories and poems with illustrations by talented artists free to read on Inkology.co.uk

An article about this colouring sheet is also available on the child friendly version of my blog: joolswilsonkidsstuff

Illustrating a Fairy Tale

Because I don’t very often draw bears, when my friend, Dom Conlon, wrote a fairy story about a bear I said I’d do an illustration to go with it. You can read the story here.

This is the picture I drew.

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After I had drawn it, I thought it would be better if the wood was a lot darker, so I had a second attempt.

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I like this one better and so did Dom, so it’s the one he’s used. It made me think a lot about how illustrations help create the atmosphere in a story and I thought I’d try drawing the same scene in different media.

The next one was drawn with my Rotring pen and then a few washes of ink added.

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I’m quite pleased with this, although the trees need a little more depth.

The next version is in acrylic. I like the softer look to the bear and there is about 2 square inches on on the trees that sort of works.. I think if I were going to finish it I would end up reworking the entire thing. It’s headed for the bin.

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And finally…. this version is pencil and washes of ink. It’s a watercolour technique really, but you can do it with any paint that you can thin down.  I like the softer look of this.  I’m quite pleased as this is a method I’ve hardly ever used before.  I think I’ll be experimenting with it again soon.

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I hope you’ve all read the story. 🙂

I’d be interested to know which version of the illustration people prefer, so please comment below if you want or tell me on Twitter

Thank you.

This year….

…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….

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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. 🙂

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I’ve also made a few illustrations for Dom’s poems on Inkology.co.uk. Here are a few of the latest:

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And there have, of course, been bears…..

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Looking forward to starting on some exciting new illustration projects in 2015, more jewellery making and those little origami books…..

…..and more bears. 🙂

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Astro Poetica: Free mini poem book to download and make.

Something to do with the kids in the holidays. Or on your own. 🙂

I’ve been busy experimenting with making little origami books in different forms and I thought I’d like to share the fun, so I’ve designed a poem book for you to download and make at home.  The poem is from Astro Poetica by Dom Conlon.  The illustrations are new.

download-36All you need to do is download the PDF from Inkology here, print it out and get cutting, folding and glueing!  Full instructions are included. You will need computer paper, glue and cardboard (a cereal box would be ideal).  I used coated photo paper to print out my book, but it will work with any computer paper.

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Once you’ve made it and know how it’s done you could experiment with making your own books, be creative, experiment with paper, ideas, words, pictures….

A full set of photos of me making the book are here.

Merry Christmas!

Five poems for children: 4

A nonsense poem. I love nonsense poems. There are many goods ones. Edward Lear is a favourite of mine, you can read some of his nonsense verse here.

This one is by Dom Conlon.  I like it a lot. It’s also the first thing I ever drew an illustration for.  I think I’ve improved. You can see other, better illustrations for this poem here.

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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.