Frog Friend


Just a very quick one today. 

Frog from a thank you card

I’ve got a little bit of free time so I wanted to try a quick sketch that didn’t take longer than 40 minutes. I know that still sounds like quite a long time to a lot of people, but I’m reasonably pleased.

Frog copy

It’s not a perfect sketch or anything but I feel like I can get proportions of features a little more accurate a lot more quickly. 

Miss Fisher

Drawing, Step-by-Step

I think I need to leave this one alone for now.

Miss Fisher drawing

I know I cut so many corners (the headdress…) and definitely got very lazy at times, like blending with the rubber – you KNOW it won’t work but you try anyway. I just started to feel a little demotivatsd and like I was just ruining it so I think I’ll leave it and try something new.

Trying to do the hair was so challenging, how can I can shading even darker if already using a heavy pencil?

Pencils and a little book are so easy to take on the go with you, but I think I need to try something else if I want to feel like I can keep myself motivated even when work days are long. Or maybe I should power through it and just try a different subject? I’m not sure, but I guess that’s why I started this in the first place so we’ll just have to see what happens.

Miss Fisher, the lizard queen.

Drawing, Step-by-Step

The title is a reference to the first attempt of this drawing that looked like a drug fuelled lizard woman.

Here’s the wonderful Essie Davis as Miss Fisher reference picture:

Miss Fisher

Progress so far is an improvement from the lizard lady version though I know there’s lots to work on, like the jaw and mouth and eyes and…well everything really. But hey, faces are hard so, all practise helps.

Miss Fisher drawing #1

Chewbacca Inspo

Drawing, Step-by-Step

Ok it’s not really meant to be Chewbacca, it’s meant to be this picture from Pinterest:

Pinterest hair

This is the start of my attempt.

Practise drawing of Pinterest hair

I wanted to practise tone a little and get back into the swing of drawing. I already feel like I’ve learned a fair bit – keep practising folks! It does help.
I’ll continue working on it and show the finished product.

Good Intention Paving Company


Back when I was about 12/13 I used to blog all the time and became very involved in the “resource blog” scene (lots of teenagers building websites with codes, tutorials and other resources for other teenage bloggers). I absolutely loved it and learnt so much.

One of the things I liked best about it was that the way you improved and developed your skill set was by challenging yourself (and each other) and regularly updating your site, and that meant motivating yourself.

Inevitably life drifted along in a different direction, exams happened and priorities changed, so I stopped web design and blogging.

I’ve now finished GCSEs, A Levels, went and got myself a whole degree, and have been working full time for almost a year now. I love my job, I loved studying Philosophy and I still love doing all the artsy fun projects I used to devote hours and hours to. Unfortunately, part of growing up is complaining about how little free time you have.

So, I’m going to try and use this site the way I used to use blogging – to motivate myself and keep a record of when I’ve recently practised all those fun artsy skills that I usually just don’t make the time for.

I don’t really have a clear goal or set thing I want to complete, mostly I want to improve and keep doing the things I’ve always loved. Mostly, this is keeping a hand in with art and learning to sew properly. (By “properly” I mean it doesn’t look to much like a mess of thread.)

If you’re reading this, I hope you’re curious enough to stick around and see how I do. Maybe you’ll even feel motivated to pursue all those skills you’ve wanted to try/used to love. I mean, when was the last time you picked up that guitar/speaking French book/camera/yoga mat, or whatever it is that makes you say “oh I really must…”?