Monday, 22 April 2013

Some Sunshines to celebrate the sun coming out to play!

As the sun has come out over the past few days I thought I'd drop by to share a couple of recent Sunshines I have doodled for friends.

First up, a special 30th birthday doodle...


..and another doodle for a friend, which was paid for with burgers and beer. WIN!


Wednesday, 17 April 2013

These are a few of my favourite things...

I have a rather bad habit of stumbling across beautiful, fun, quirky things nearly every day. Shocking I know. I now have a hefty stash of awesome things in my 'cool stuffs' folder and it occurred to me the other day that I don't actually do anything with them other than open the folder now and then to perv on the lovilness...

So I have decided to make an effort to share all of the treasures I find on my blog, starting now!
I hope some of these things bring a smile to your face too...






Sunday, 14 April 2013

Something new (and a bit cheeky!) for April...

'The "not up it's arse art art class" where burlesque & art collide'

That's what Dr Sketchy's is all about and it's a bloody brilliant! This weekend I went along to my very first burlesque life drawing event at the Glee Club in Nottingham. Run by the very talented Scarlett Daggers and Charlotte Thompson-Morley, Dr Sketchy's Nottingham was established in 2009 (why on earth haven't I been before now?!?!) and is part of the bigger world wide Dr Sketchys Anti Art School family.


Saturdays session started at 1pm with tea and cake from the bar and as we found a seat amidst the crowd, (it was packed with people and their pencils!!) I started to feel a little nervous as well as excited! It's been a VERY long time since I did life drawing back on my foundation course and it has never ever been my strong point. 

As soon as Scarlett Daggers came on stage to introduce the session though I instantly forgot about my nerves and knew that it was going to be a lot of fun. From 5 minute quick poses to longer 15-20min poses from the stunning models and performers it meant you could have a bash at drawing whatever you fancied without the pressure of knowing an art teacher and peers would be judging your finished piece. I mean, there were prizes for the best drawings if you wanted to participate but no pressure, it was all about the fun, enjoying the show and having a go. 


What better atmosphere and environment to pick up a pencil and battle those life drawing fears? It was something I used to dread at college but not this weekend!! I didn't care if my drawings didn't look 'real life', it didn't matter, I just enjoyed the excuse to draw freely and take in my first bit of burlesque. I think it's safe to say I am now hooked!


We had some fantastic models/performers throughout the session, Kareena came on to do several short poses in some fantastic outfits and the two short burlesque performances by Beau Rocks and Eliza Delite, followed by poses by each of them were just fantastic!


Even though all of my life drawing doodles look like cartoon characters I can't say I was disappointed in myself. I loved every minute! As you can see from my drawings below, life drawing still isn't my strong point but the poses, outfits, performances and general experience was so inspiring that even if I draw everyone as a cartoon for the rest of my life I'll still be happy!









There were some amazingly talented artists scribbling away in the room and some absolutely incredible drawings produced yesterday. But even if you feel that you can't draw well or don't feel confident drawing at all, I would still recommend every one to go along to and experience Dr Sketchy's Nottingham because it's just brilliant!

As you can probable tell I bloody loved it yesterday and I'm already itching to go back for June's 'Animal Magic' show! Hopefully I'll see some of you there with your sketchbooks too...

Find out more about Dr Sketchy's Nottingham at www.drsketchynottingham.co.uk

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

A lovely Sunshine for a lovely couple for a very special occasion...

I love doodling sunshine caricatures for people and when its for a lovely couple that I know its even better! But what makes this one even more special is the reason why they commissioned me...

I'm sure you can guess the reason and you can imagine how thrilled I was to receive a copy of my doodle in the post shortly after I completed the doodle...




Wednesday, 3 April 2013

What I Wore Today Book : Winter

Can you believe it? Another season has passed and even though the weather outside doesn't particularly feel like it, Spring is officially here, which means I have completed the Winter section in my lovely What I Wore Today Book!

I can't quite believe a whole year has been and gone since I started this book but it has and it seems I have the blog posts to prove it... can you remember what the seasons looked like?

Spring last year looked a little like this...


The fickle British Summer we had featured this...


Autumn included a bit of this...


And finally here are the doodles from Winter... and boy has it been a chilly one!











And with that I am both happy and sad to say that I have finished my fabulous book and mini project! I have thoroughly enjoyed doodling my outfits and having a genuine reason to crack the crayons out regularly. I do hope you have enjoyed seeing them too! 

I hope you won't miss them too much but you can still get a fix over at the awesome What I Wore Today blog, which is still going strong and I will continue to do my monthly What I Wore Today doodles throughout the year so hopefully that will keep you going...

If you really are a big fan why not buy a copy of the book and doodle your outfits for a year too? I'm sure you'll enjoy it just as much... go on get the crayons out!