Meet Fizzy Goodwater…

16 06 2015

Afternoon all!

Finally had time to work on a character design that’s been rattling round my head for a while now. She’s called Fizzy Goodwater, and yesterday I did a quick doodle of her whilst travelling home by train from York after my work shift was cancelled:

She was still fizzing around in my head this morning, so instead of getting on with boring housework stuff, I took some time to sit down and have a proper go at drawing her:

I’m quite pleased with how she’s developing. 

I can’t take the credit for her name though – that was my other half, describing a rather nice bottle of cava – as soon as he said it, her image popped into my head!
Laters… x


Sketchbook doodles…

25 04 2014


Thought I’d put a few recent doodles up here, just so’s they’re all in the same place, like.

Most of my scribbles are done whilst travelling on trains to and from work, so sometimes they get a bit wobbly. I use a Blackwing pencil (the best pencil in THE WORLD! Try it!), and any colouring-in is usually done when I get home using Caran d’Ache coloured pencils.

First off is “Girl With Pet Monster”, done for the most excellent Daily Doodle. Here’s the rough:


And here’s the coloured-in version:


Here’s a girl on a toadstool. She could be some kind of flightfless fairy. Or maybe she’s elvish. Or a Thumbellina. Or just a very, very tiny person. Or a normal-sized person on a massive toadstool…


This is another Daily Doodle one – it was for National Pig-in-a-Blanket day. I couldn’t bear to draw pigs wrapped in bacon, so went for the European/US version, wrapped in pastry. Here’s the rough:


And the coloured-in version:


Most recent is today’s Daily Doodle challenge: Detective Hedgehog:


And here’s a little late-night doodle based on my gorgeous wee nephew:


Finally, here’s “Henry’s Amazing Hat” – another Daily Doodle challenge (Small Boy Big Hat) which sparked off a story idea… Maybe you’ll see more of this at a later date!


Bye for now!

The humble pencil…

30 12 2013

Back in early November, I happened across a tweet from Viviane Schwarz mentioning Blackwing pencils. Being of an easily intrigued persuasion, I looked them up on a Popular Internet Search thingy, read all about them, and immediately thought “PHWOOOOOR!” which I realise may sound a little odd to those of you to whom a pencil is… just… well, a pencil.

Any pencil that – once discontinued – subsequently starts changing hands on a certain Popular Internet Auction Site for up to $40 must be good, right? That’s $40 for ONE PENCIL.

And then someone starts making them again, and artists all over the place swear by ’em – a pencil that’s given resounding praise by such brilliant illustrators as folk like Viviane… well, it has to be tried.

They’re still rather hard to get hold of in the UK though, with only a few select places stocking them. I put in an order, was contacted a few days later to be told they’d run out and were expecting more in after a few weeks, waited (im)patiently for three weeks, then was told they wouldn’t be in stock again until next year.

“Bugger,” thought I.

But… guess what? Santa found a boxfull! Or it might have been my other half…

And I can now give you my opinion of the elusive Blackwing:


It really does glide over your paper. It’s subtle and light, and at the same time it’s almost as black as India ink.

And it’s sexy. Look:


It has a perfectly shaped rubber in a little holder that you can pull out further as you use it:


And I get why they sell them by the boxload – it’s because they make you draw more. So you get through them rather quickly. It’s wonderful to be able to sketch lightly, colour in, then define lines without smudging, without changing from 3B to 6B to HB, without digging out an inkpen for those black outlines because normal pencils just give you grey and shiny… Look, here are some doodled cats – not a drop of ink in sight, no graphite smudgeyness, and look how black those outlines are!


And just to demonstrate now light they are too, here’s a roughly scribbled robo-cat:


They’re such a delight to use I couldn’t help doodling more cats:


And some unexpected birdies:


The only disadvantage I’ve found so far is this:


Yep, they’re slightly too long to fit in my pencil case.

But that’s only going to be an issue for the first inch or so, and I think I can live with that.

Erupting shed cats…

24 03 2010

Ooops, been a while.  I know it’s been a while because it was black bin day again last week, and I thought ‘Oooh, haven’t blogged since last black bin day.’  And since I thought that, the blue bin’s been emptied.  Isn’t this interesting?  Can you guess which bin’s going to be emptied next week, boys and girls?

Busy, busy, busy – Shed 3 is done, and it’s now ‘resting’.  Or ‘brewing’.  No, ‘fermenting’, that’s better.  It’s almost time to go through it one last time before sending it on it’s way.  And while it’s been fermenting I’ve been going through 1 and 2, doing a bit of tweaking (and hopefully polishing).  All things Shed-wise seem to be falling into a nice, round place.  Which is good. I think?

Also been doing a bit of drawing – found a neat site called Etsy, and have set up shop selling my stupid pictures of cats.  The shop’s called stupidcats, and it’s also on Twitter, and has a Facebook page. Called stupidcats. For some reason, I can’t put a link in to that. Oh well. Actually, I should rephrase that first bit – I’ve set up shop hoping to sell my stupid pictures of cats.  Best get drawing… I’ve only done two so far, which is a tad feeble.

Three Twitter accounts is getting a bit confusing, even with TweetDeck…

Speaking of stupidcats, ours is.  I think it might be the onset of spring.  He’s having mad half hours, tearing round the house and attaching himself to ankles.  And doing a lot of that ‘weave-in-and-out-of-your-legs-as-your-walking’ thing.

Oooh, this volcano in Iceland’s been quite exciting, hasn’t it?  Brought back memories of watching a Hekla eruption from Heimaey back in… 2000? Was at a christening party at the time, and suddenly someone rushed in, babbled about an eruption, and we all piled into cars and drove down to the harbour to watch.  I think I was expecting to see lava shooting up into the sky (yes, I know, it was miles away, silly!) so was dissapointed for about two seconds until I realised that the clouds stretching all the way across the horizon weren’t normal clouds – they were Proper Volcano Clouds.  Had one of those lift-shaft moments, you know, where your tummy drops a bit?!  And then, to top it off, a huge streak of lightening in the middle of the darkest cloud. Wow. If you really squinted, you could just make out a teeny tiny orangey-red dot on the horizon.  That was lava that was.

Right, enough, I have an appointment with a little bottle of India ink and some crayons.