28 July 2009

upload picture...

...i am in Stoke at the moment visiting a very good friend of mine for a few days. i am unable to scan any sketches and upload them as there is no scanner. i may get to upload a photo tomorrow once the camera batteries have been recharged. i am drawing quite abit but finding time to rest and to go out in mini adventures in Betsy the little red mini.

23 July 2009

lots to do...

...this page is from when the mister and i went to London at the beginning of July. we went to the natural history museum and to see where the Queen lives. i have just about managed to put all the photos on the computer now and may get round to posting a couple up but i am one very busy person at the moment. i have some purses and birds to make as well as designing some new cards. the list of 'doing things' lions keeps getting getting added to which is good so i am hoping some story may come out of the randomness that is the big scruffy sketchbook.

19 July 2009


let me ride my bicycle...
...i haven't been posting on a regular basis as i have been drawing away in my rough sketchbook book. i have been drawing characters doing things like riding bikes, surfing, sat together eating, driving cars, swimming with fish. it is going quite well but the surfing lions look bit non-debbie like so i am going to have another go at drawing them now that i have drawn down how their body should look while surfing. i have also been sewing birds like what i used to make and am hoping to make some 'new' birds soon.

14 July 2009

stamp collection...

...of first class stamps. its not an exciting collection like ones of birds or fishes. even though they are all the same, there are some that i like more than others. drawing something like this makes you realise how such a small thing like a nose or smile line, can make such a difference to a character. i am looking for inspiration at the moment and feel like i am looking in all the wrong places. how do you know which media/method is right for you to colour in/work with?

With the image above, i would recommend clicking on it to see it in more detail.

13 July 2009

zombie walk...

...just over one thousand zombies walked through the city centre streets of Manchester yesterday in the hope of breaking the Guinness World Record but they were about 160 zombies short. they did however raise about £2000 for various charities and another Zombie Aid walk is planned for October 2009. the mister and some friends took part, i was playing photographer for the day as i was too tired to play dress-up plus we only heard about the event the night before.

10 July 2009

insert title here...

...here is another page from the 'new' sketchbook. i don't think i like drawing on rectangle pages. i am starting to think more about characters in context and i am slowly getting there. i keep drawing and drawing. there are new ideas but also some old ones. the etsy shop is slowly being stocked up with print work. there are some limited edition prints for sale. and there will also be some artist proofs at a lower price. i am also gearing up for a ladysnail give-away. as you will have guessed - it is on the to-do list! the photographs are still on the camera as last night me and the knitting machine had a party. i had a go at designing a pattern and knitting said pattern. it is a very exciting work in progress.

08 July 2009

travelling doodles...

...last week i went to artlab in Preston. i drew this page while on the train and while sat in the artlab meeting. i haven't been drawing much lions lately as i have quite a few things to finish and to sort out. i made a small lino cut at artlab but have yet to print it. its on the to-do list which i am tackling for the rest of the day. please keep an eye on the etsy shop for new items which will be listed today in due course, though that depends on the camera/scanner.

06 July 2009

it's always either one thing...

...or another, the cafe, phaffing about on errands or on days out and about. i went to London at the weekend with the mister as we took The Robber Bird to the AOI ready for the Images 33 Exhibition. while in London, we visited the Natural History Museum where i did a spot of drawing and Buckingham Palace. once again, i will post a couple of photos of London and a couple of Blackpool when i have moved all 400+ photos off the camera onto Eric External. too many things to do and too little time. i long to be a office hermit. i long for the days when i can draw all day. up above is a page from Blackpool. at the moment i have many half-full pages, i keep trying to finish them but i keep starting new ones. i think some pages just don't want to be finished.