30 September 2009

to the brim...

...i do not think i could have fitted anything else into the last nine or so days. i have been at work, away from work, to Huddersfield here and there. there is to much to write about, most of it personal and half of it not so but the sketchbook speaks for itself these days. it is like a heartbeat that i carry around with me in my handbag. i think i have mastered Katie's glasses now so at least she looks more like a Katie Cat Lion now whereas Mark just looks like John.

23 September 2009

mini cheddars...

...a lion with actual open eyes. scary looking and odd are what he looks like. not sure on that idea. may have to play around with eyes. there is another 'what i wore today' in this page. i don't like how i coloured in the trousers as the pencil was being rubbish at colouring in. today is a day off but i feel so ill. the nose is super blocked up, i cant breathe and have a deaf ear. i think i have caught a cold and that on to of my regular stupid nose illness is not helping. here is to a day of drawing and writing in the cosy office. i ain't going outside unless i really have to.

21 September 2009

hello...

...is it me you're looking for? said Mr Colour to Debbie. i have tried a little bit of colouring-in this evening and am getting rather silly and excited but i now have to leave it to go eat an amazing Shepard's Pie. i am trying to combine the felt-tips, collage and digital colour to give what i draw that bit 'more' about them that they deserve. there is another 'what i wore today' on this page. i may have to make up some clothes to draw as i don't have that many. more like 'what i wish i wore today'. i heart the new laptop character.

20 September 2009

what i wore today...

...is something i spotted on the web and so i have decided to throw in my two pence and join in the fun but in lion form. link. i think it may help me with colouring in as i will have to colour for the clothes to make sense. i have had a super weekend with in Sheffield and with thanks to ali, i now have a better, faster, stronger looking website. i keep drawing, giving it 100%. i really like the lion with the handbag and milkshake from the page up top. i think its the face and how it slants. did anyone see Sir David pretending to be a sloth on J Ross? made me smile. if i had a cat i would have to call it Sir David.

17 September 2009

johnny...

...while i was over in Huddersfield last Friday, i went to see Dee, who is another Debbie not the one in Stoke but the one in Hudds and her dad. Her dad, Johnny is a rock and roll busker and i drew him while he sang and played. it was cool. i am planning to go again sometime soon, so i can sit and draw him again but many times over the course of a busking session - maybe as an actually person! other than that, i enjoyed a lot of tea last week, watched the telly, drew a skateboarder in Manchester and drew the Finland guy while sat on the train. he was a lion character asking to be drawn!

16 September 2009

eyes...

...observational drawing is cool. while out in the sun last week, i sat in st. peters square or thereabouts and drew some people. the best ones to draw are the suits. they are always dressed, carrying something or other, talking on a phone and just talking in general in 'suit talk' which can be funny to listen to. they use words to baffle people and half the time, none of it ever makes sense. there were plenty of pigeons to draw and i should have drawn the trees and other things around me but i think the bigger sketchbook would have been better for that so next time i will be taking it with me. i am gearing myself to have a go at drawing actual people as i know the lions, minus there features, pretty much look like people now anyway and it is time to move on with my drawing.

14 September 2009

white rabbits...

...no it is not the first of the month but there is a trend in Manchester it seems, to carry a white rabbit with you or have one on a lead. so as we can see, here is a page from the sketchbook. the printing plans of last week did not come to bare fruit as the wedding plans got in the way. lets see what happens this week now that most of them have been dealt with. the drawing room is all tidy and i have some website work to be getting on with this evening. it is a day off tomorrow so hopefully the weather will be nice for me to go and draw outside. i am itching to draw some buildings and shop fronts.

12 September 2009

spiders...

...are everywhere! in the bathroom, in the living room and sneaking up on you when you are least expecting them. according to the sketchbook and i have been to the mister's work, watching films, re-potting cacti, spider hunting, making coffees and the like. pretty much what you see is what i have been doing. i ain't played no footie though. i used to. i used to play five-a-side and i was often the goalkeeper.

11 September 2009

football...

...i love the newspapers for footy pull out sections. i have been collecting a right pile of them these past weeks or so. i may even have to start supporting a team! there is nowt much on this page as i once i started filling in after the footballers it didn't look right so there are some blank areas.

08 September 2009

two fifths...

...of my way through the sketchbook, which can not be bad. the sketching and ideas seem to be picking up. it always to seems to be that i have moan when i shouldn't really be moaning (see previous entry). things are not that bad. i am on track to creating at least one new print this week and five robber bird purses. a drawing of a story is what i would love to do most of all and so i will keep working at it. thanks must go to those who keep buying my work. the print studio fund is growing. so i am popping in tomorrow to make a new screen.

07 September 2009

brain freeze...

...i can not seem to think straight. i keep drawing and sewing. slowly i am getting somewhere but frustrated with a load of things. i don't think i am cut out for story writing. it is hard work so i keep leaving the book and story ideas to go back to playing with the sewing machine and lions. the website now needs my attention and so does etsy and plans for christmas drawings and things.

05 September 2009

new season...

...a lot of new things have started this September. we are in the early stages of the football season and as i continue to draw, a few more lions doing actual things (drawn from reference) may now start to appear more frequently. i am a whirlwind at making purses now and am still deciding what to print next onto calico. i only have one screen until i pick my other one up from Preston so am phaffing with the designs. i hope to go to the print studio Monday to make a new screen. fingers crossed for the phaffing.

01 September 2009

actual work...

...here are the purses that i have been making for the past couple of weeks or so. i am using the old octopus screen prints that i did on calico in 2008. i have also used a friend's old pyjama bottoms to line the purses - recycling in action! i have made about sixteen of these so far and some are in PAD right now as for etsy - they will be online in the shop as soon as i take some decent photos.

back to oliver jeffers...
...as asked by Jen, here is the owl that Oliver drew and the other picture that I was given by the lady who was handing out his drawings from the 'read and draw' session that he did. it is a tad crumpled as the wind got it that day but as soon as i can - it is going in a frame! i am not very good at taking photos and so my etsy shop listings have come to a standstill for the moment.
new friend...

...here we have another cacti in the drawing room. one that likes to wear pins. i found him at the Craft Shop in the Royal Exchange Theatre and he was made by Andrea Lord. I am unable to find any internet links for her. he will be my new little helper while i am phaffing around with fabrics and the sewing machine.