1:Take a picture of your workspace.

This is actually reasonably tidy! You can just make out the first photo on my laptop screen, but it was a bit blurry.

I’ve tend to surround myself with my current work and previous pieces I’m pleased with, mostly to remind myself that I can paint, and see what motifs and techniques are working and I want to take further.

On the pin-board I’ve got a card from one of my best friends in the world, and a linocut she made.

Just recently added some super postcards from the uh-mazing Ricardo Bessa!

The most handy thing is having colour charts of my watercolours and pencil crayon box. The layouts match so I can glance across and quickly pick the one I want to use. =)

  • 2:Show your pencil case and what’s inside.
  • The flowery case is the main one I carry around, but the threadbare red one was my Dad’s when he was growing up. I cart lots of pencils about, a couple of biros for note-taking, some well-worn rubbers, and the posca white pen is super handy for dainty pattern work.

    Halved milk cartons make the best water pots! 
  • 7:Do you have any OCs?
  • Yesss. A very many. But I don’t draw them nearly enough. (Mostly because I’m iffy about figures and shy of my narrative skills.) I hope to share more about them sometime. 
  • 10:Least favorite thing to draw?
  • Architectural things! Cities. Cars.

Anonymous asked: 8 and 9 for the questions.

  • 8: Do you listen to music when you draw? Favorites?

Sometimes? I actually tend to listen to the radio (BBC Radio4 mostly) or play radio shows on iPlayer. I really like the dramatised ghost stories on BBC Radio4 Extra on weekends. I’ve also got a load of audiobooks on my phone; Bill Bryson, Richard Dawkins (The Greatest Show on Earth and The Ancestor’s Tale), some Daphne Du Maurier, Agatha Christie short stories, some Doctor Who books (nearly twelve hours of Lalla Ward reading Shada!) And all the series of Cabin Pressure.

When I do listen to music, my favourites are Mary Chapin Carpenter, Vienna Teng, Boh Runga, Crowded House, and Taylor Swift. SomuchTaylorSwift.

  • 9: Favorite thing to draw?

Trees! Landscapes (with trees!) Plants. Strange little creatures. Real creatures. Patterns. Floating people (and creatures.) Ghosts.

General atmospheric floaty stuff.

I have a love-hate thing going on with my figures, which is why they rarely turn up in finished art. Slowly working on it though.

Although I’ll have to answer in the morning because I’ve just realised the time. It probably wasn’t well-thought through to start that now!

Artist asks GO!

  • 1: Take a picture of your workspace.
  • 2: Show your pencil case and what's inside.
  • 3: Show a thing you last drew, no matter how small or a "doodle" it is.
  • 4: Lineart or coloring?
  • 5: Who/what inspires you?
  • 6: Draw a same pic with your dominant and non-dominant hand.
  • 7: Do you have any OCs?
  • 8: Do you listen to music when you draw? Favorites?
  • 9: Favorite thing to draw?
  • 10: Least favorite thing to draw?
  • 11: Draw a pic of yourself like how you look just now.
  • 12. Any weird artist behavior you admit doing?

Casual Blog

Just a heads-up, I sometimes post thoughts and engage with posts over at my other blog Pond-dipping. So I keep this one mostly for art. 

At the moment it’s mostly devolved into blogging cute (and weird, and wonderful) animals. But it has stuff I find interesting, too.

His High Grumpychops, Toksvig the blue plakat.

A test for something I want to paint.

Something from my sketchbook.

Pumpkins!

One pudgy beefsteak tomato dragon.

Anonymous asked: I would love to see your orange lino cuts on the front cover of your books !

Ah buh that’s lovely of you, Anon. 

I have considered doing some lino-printed papers to decorate the books with, but I’d need to see how durable my paint is, and how the paper holds up! Although I’d love to find some handmade paper to print on. (I have an acrylic relief print medium, so it’s not the usual oil-based relief print inks.)

We’ll see, it sounds like a fun project! =D