Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Sure as eggs is eggs...

This is the first everydaymatters challenge I've attempted. Here's #93, 'draw an open egg carton, with or without eggs'.

Despite its obvious wonkiness, I'm quite pleased. I haven't attempted anything like this for a looooong time.

The interesting thing for me was the contrast between natural and man-made. Smooth, brown, er, oval, fresh from a hen's bottom, against green, cardboardy, rough and a mixture of curves and straight lines.

I drew the carton and its contents while they were on the kitchen worktop, which won me some strange looks from my boyfriend... I had to stand, which didn't help because my position and angle changed slightly. Next time I'll sit down.

As you can see, some of my lines don't line up, and the eggs are funny shapes, but it's good practice.

Monday, November 13, 2006


A selection of my socks drying out on the radiator.


I think this dates back to roughly 2001. It's a sketch from life - or, more accurately, death - of a male Blackbird, Turdus merula. I found him in my parents' garden.

I've always found dead birds interesting - a good chance to get a close look at how feather, beaks and feet work. Just as long as they're not too smelly.

Of course, a male Blackbird is black all over, with a yellow beak, but I opted to concentrate on the feather tracts rather than the shading.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Snipe and crake

This was a sort of study for a painting I had an idea for (but never got round to doing). I'd been to see the Spotted Crake at Ferry Meadows and had seen it interacting with two Snipe.

Not drawn from life but more of a mish-mash of images from my memory and bits taken from photos.

Bewick's Swans

I sketched these Bewick's Swans [Tundra Swans, Cygnus columbianus] from life! I think this dates back to winter 2003-2004. We'd gone to see a Glaucous Gull and had to sit in the car to avoid flushing the flock of gulls; a herd of swans was in the same field. For some reason I had a sketchbook and pen with me so I took advantage of the warm, wind-free conditions.

House Martins

Doodles of the House Martins which nest on houses in my street. From August 2004.


This time, a proper drawing of an apple. I used to be pretty good at drawing fruit in my youth but I've barely done any drawing at all in the past five years or so. It feels like it's time to start again, so I put the fruit on my desk, found a sketchbook and some cheap Crayola pencils and got drawing.

It was surprisingly satisfying and I'm happy with my effort. I made the mistake of starting off with a green pencil and adding yellow later; I should have done it the other way round and it wouldn't have looked quite as green as it does.

Something to think about for next time.

everydaymatters challenge #24 - Draw a piece of fruit


A graphics-pen sketch of some dozing Teal, Anas crecca.

Except I cheated - I 'sketched' these from a photo I took a few months ago. I've done very little drawing for a long time and I want to get back into it slowly, rather than trying to do everything at once.


I remember writing in a piece of school work when I was about 7 years old that 'I want to be an artist when I grow up'. Well, I'm grown-up now (I suppose) and I'm not an artist. I'm a web editor.

For the past seven years, perhaps, I've barely drawn at all, bar some biro doodles in notebooks at work.

At school I always loved art, got an A at GCSE but then a C at A'Level. I sort of lost my way then and didn't enjoy it as much as I should have.

I want to use this blog as a means of getting me back 'into' drawing before I forget how to do it!