Argh. I kept forgetting to scan the two new ones at work (you can’t get out of there fast enough, can you!), so finally gave up and just took a photo (which explains the tiny size and bad quality!). The girl is my sister, only she’s much prettier in real life! I kind of missed doing random doodles, so that’s where the background came from.
The Longroom in London. Weird because it’s surrounded by office buildings, so it seems to cater mostly to the City crowd, but actually is quite nice and serves a nice array of microbrews, yay. Plus a good friend of mine works there, so there you have it. It also looks much more sleek in reality than here, but I only had a moment for a sketch and had to fill in the details, so it resembles a logger’s hut… By the way, spellcheck just tried to correct ‘microbrews’. It went for microbes.
I think it’ll be some time before I can post something new as I’ll be trying to draw something really big for my sister by way of a birthday/Christmas present. It will be time-consuming, and time is what I don’t have right now <fatalistic sigh>
This may not be the most imaginative picture ever, but it’s what I had, and I have a very specific reason to want to post a flower today. The reason being: I’ve passed 200 followers. Yes, there’s over 200 of you out there, wanting to see what I come up with. Thank you! This peony is for all of you – and I promise I’m catching up and will be going back to posting the more “me” kind of drawings very very soon, so stay tuned!
I’ve been swamped with work lately and haven’t really had time to work on any drawings (boo hoo). Worried about the fate of this blog for the next few weeks, I unearthed an old notebook from over three years ago, when I lived in Taiwan and started drawing again after 5 years of not doing much apart from cramming at university. It was very liberating, let me tell you.
This one here was just a sample to try out some of the stuff I bought at a local art supplies shop, so there wasn’t a lot of thought behind it, but I still rather like the colours and the image itself (I’ve got a soft spot for this kind of Tuscan-ish landscape with rolling hills etc. etc. – who doesn’t!). So for the next two or three weeks be prepared for some oldies, very different in style from what I do these days!
I was sitting on the steps of Nelson’s column drawing this (this = what I saw right in front of me) and listening to some music, when I heard someone talking to me. I looked up. There was this young boy, about 9 years old, trying to get my attention. I took off my headphones – and I drowned in the flood of upper-class-under-age-politeness. “I am very sorry”, said the boy with a very posh accent and an eager look, “…very sorry to disturb you while you’re working, but would you mind us passing by to the other side?” I moved away hurriedly. “Thank you very much and sorry for the trouble. Oh, and this is a very good drawing.” Then his little sister followed. “So sorry, thank you, very nice drawing!”, she added.
I’ve got to say, it made me feel like a little puppy that got a pat on its head.
Such good manners!
This is a coffee shop where I went to hang out while waiting for my Mumford & Sons concert (yeeeeah, yeaaaah!) in March and then met up with friends a few times. I liked it, it was cosy, the staff was very nice, the coffee was good. I thought it was just a normal cafe – then I went to London and discovered it’s a whole huge chain… Hmm. I still like that first one, but it won’t be the same now…
This drawing was done in my old notebook, which still has a few unfinished pieces and some empty pages. I love it and it has a lot of memories, but I have to say that artwork-wise the new one is better: bigger pages, better paper = more space for details and more non-paper-integrity-destructive media options.
This drawing is based on a picture of my Mum from many years ago and was meant to be a birthday present for her, but I didn’t make it on time and ended up giving her something else. I’m not going to give it to her now either. I like it as a drawing, but somewhere on the way the red pencil in the corners of her mouth went too blotchy and her beautiful smile doesn’t look like her anymore. And her eyes don’t look right either. I partly blame the tiny size of the picture, it’s really difficult to copy something so small!
Another picture from Rome, this time from Forum Romanum. I was really tired by the time I got there, but I took a sketch of this temple because of the colours: the dark green door and the pale pink-orange wall (although it doesn’t quite come across in the drawing, sadly). Also, the door is in the middle of the wall, which I find original and quirky 🙂 (The drawing is straighter in reality, the scan came out a bit off, but if I straighten it out digitally, it loses sharpness.)
I’ve also discovered that although seemingly similar as a medium, water colours and ink really do feel different when you’re painting with them. I think I prefer ink. Will need to experiment more to confirm this.