Art Deco Dolls


For Christmas my brother got me a book on graphic and illustration from the art deco era. I wanted to work on proportion and scale, and generally speeding up a little bit.

In general I think I’m getting better at making the initial sketch part more accurate and speedy. It’s still taking me a very long time in general though. Is that something other people find when using pencils too?

Sorry for the bad picture quality. I feel like I should take more care with the overall image quality and aesthetic of these posts, but I really wanted to make sure it was quick and easy to post, otherwise I just don’t trust myself to update.

I’ll post when I’ve worked on the picture a little more.

Seaside Break


Hi all!

I’m currently away by the sea on Suffolk on a mini break with my boyfriend. It’s been a lovely chance to rest and enjoy some out of season seaside loveliness.

I didn’t bring my drawing pad because I didn’t think I’d get the chance to do anything, but our trip turned out to be extra restful. So, I used the paper and pen in the hotel room to do a quick sketch while listening to the waves of the sea.

I originally wanted to try a cross hatch effect, but it turned into a simple sketch.

Next time I’d like to not overwork it quite so much, and work on layering the penwork.

Hope you’re all having a lovely January!

January 2017


Although I haven’t posted, I’ve done a bit of practising on my Surface but, nothing that I want to share. I know that’s kind of against the point of this blog (really it’s to track progress even when it feels like none is being made) but sometimes that’s the way it is. I’ll work on sharing more, even the things I’m not proud of.

To get back into the swing of things I wanted to do a quick sketch before work. Also part of my new year resolution of not waiting to do things.

I wanted to practise copying because I was getting frustrated with trying to produce anything original. When in doubt, go back to basics.

Here’s the original picture – a sketch from The Art of Kiki’s Delivery Service.


I couldn’t fit the whole sketch into my little notebook and I’m a little pressed for time, so this is the result of a half hour sketch between breakfast and driving to work:


Keep practising everyone!