I love cows. I love most animals, but farm animals hold a special place in my heart. My favourite toy as a child was a toy farm and when I was about 6 I was present at the birth of a calf. It was the most amazing thing I’d ever seen and that event has stayed with me my whole life. I love cows. I also love to draw them. And Sktchy muse Eli’s photo of this cow was irresistible.
I drew this in my Midori Cotton sketchbook using a Unipin fineliner, Copic markers, and Prismacolor coloured pencils.
This May I’m going to be part of an artists open house in the Brighton Fringe Festival. The open house is at the National Trust’s Saddlescombe Farm, and will raise funds for the Grow Project, a project which helps support people experiencing mental health problems by connecting them with nature.
The theme for the open house is “Spirit of Place” and I’ll be putting some prints of my more nature-themed portraits up for sale. I already have some portraits that I know I’ll be using but I also want to create some new work to make into cards and possibly postcards, so I’ll be making more nature-themed portraits over the next few weeks. This portrait of Melody’s owl is the first of these.
I drew the owl in my Midori Cotton sketchbook with Copic markers, coloured pencils and a Uniball Signo gel pen.
Every time I finish a portrait I add it to a 13 image grid and once I’ve filled that grid I add it to a 16 image grid. Many months later I have a completed grid containing my last 208 Sktchy portraits. Today I filled my latest 208 portrait grid. I love the snapshot view these give me of my portraits from the past 7 months.
This is Joey. We met Joey 18 months ago at the Dogs Trust Rescue Centre in Shoreham-by-Sea. He’d been waiting there for us for around 3 years. We visited him most days for a month to get to know him before he was comfortable enough with us to let us adopt him. Now he’s been living happily with us for more than a year and we adore him. He’s most happy snuggled under the duvet with someone or with a toy in his mouth playing a pulling game.
He’s still a very nervous dog and always will be. He hates my phone camera and usually walks away when he sees it so I have to be sneaky with toys or treats to get smiley photos like this one. But this is a great photo for a portrait. And Anna, his trainer at the Dogs Trust, requested more portraits of Joey. So here’s number one.
I drew Joey in my Midori Cotton sketchbook with Copic markers and Prismacolor coloured pencils.
I painted this fawn for this week’s Old School Sktchy weekly art extravaganza (wax) challenge on the theme ” zoological”.
I drew it in a Moleskine watercolour sketchbook with a Unipin light grey fineliner, painted it with Zecchi Toscana watercolours and finished it with Prismacolor coloured and a Uniball Signo with gel pen.
I haven’t managed to post many Christmas cards this year but I have managed to draw one Christmas portrait – of the very handsome Ogim, dressed up in his Christmas hat. This is my way of wishing all my followers a very Merry Christmas or happy holidays if you don’t celebrate Christmas.
I played with some of the new Procreate brushes to create this portrait, mostly the Hartz and Aurora brushes. I’ve also turned the portrait into a GIF – my first ever use of the animation feature in Procreate, which was fun. You can see that in action on my Instagram feed.
I drew Ogim in Procreate 5 on my iPad Pro using an Apple Pencil.
P.S. I’ve just discovered that Instagram doesn’t allow GIFs, so you can see the GIF on my Twitter account here .