Thursday, 23 February 2012

Goggly-eyed monsters

I so wish I could share the artwork I am doing for the book I'm working on with you! Yesterday I was doing one of the full-page illustrations, featuring the resident monster and some very bizarre birds in the story! Great fun to draw with lots of detail. Once the book is published I will legally be able to share this pictures with you. In the meantime here are some other monsters for you...

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

How to draw nature

I am the only thing that spoils this video - shame I have to introduce it! This was filmed in my living room with blinds down, lights, a cameraman and I guess the sort of director person!

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

How to draw professional looking cartoon characters

Videojug's words not mine. I'm still working away at the moment on my book and the magazine, and also my home! Have had a different kind of paint brush in each hand: one for the walls and one for paper! Do you know you need a PHD in engineering to put together an IKEA wardrobe!

Anyway to get back to the title of this post, see if you can follow this video of mine on how to draw a cartoon dog! Good luck. I do wish I were slightly more photogenic...

Friday, 17 February 2012

How to improve your drawing skills

I thought I would share some more new videos with you today, newly broadcasted at If you would like to see many more videos I have done on how to draw all sorts of things, click right HERE.

Have a go at trying this:

And then try this:

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Videojug are broadcasting me!

I have heard today from Videojug that the first of my second round of 'how to' videos are now being broadcasted. This one is entitled, 'How to draw elephants'. Hope you enjoy it!

Friday, 10 February 2012

How to draw a spider

Today I thought I would share with you some preparation work I did for Videojug and I am going to show you, step by step how to draw a spider. See if you can follow the drawings below and produce your own spider artwork!

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Jacket cover artwork

Today I have started to work on ideas for the jacket cover artwork for the fantasy book I have been working on and a very important map that is going to be used in the book and elsewhere in the project. Luckily I have some architects drawings to work from for the map, but need to make it a little three dimensional too with the odd villain, which is the tricky bit!

I have never done a jacket cover before and so will happily admit to having done some research at my local library. One thing I noticed was the fact that most jacket's have very simple pieces of artwork on the covers. They usually include portraits of the main characters - in a dynamic pose of course and a devise to enable the designer to drop in the book title. So with that in mind I have been playing around with some ideas today.

The book contains fantasy characters yet to be brought into the world, which is exciting and the writer, who is a lovely lady can't wait to see the finished book!

I know I am starting to sound like a broken record, but as usual cannot share artwork with you just yet, but here's a picture of a fantasy character I haven't shared with you before that I did a couple of years ago.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Hercule Poirot meets Ariadne Oliver

Yet again time is whizzing by and I'm finding it hard to do my posts - feeble I know! This week I have been working hard (into the night), finishing off the next Agatha Christie artwork. This time I got to draw Poirot and Mrs Ariadne Oliver. Quite nerve racking because the roughs for both characters had to be approved by Christie's descendants and the trust, at least I think it's called a trust. I am afraid you will have to wait some time before I can show you my version of Poirot and Ariadne, as they will be appearing in a much later issue of the magazine. Hopefully I will be able to share with you issue five's artwork later this week. I need to ask the editor when it's going to be on sale in newsagents and W H Smiths and then I can go for it!

In the meantime, here are some of the lovely references I sourced for the artwork. See if you can guess the year!

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Strange mythical houses and goats!

Well I am so sorry that my blog posts are becoming so erratic of late, but I've been really busy! This week I have been working on the next issue of the Agatha Christie magazine and this time I get to draw Hercule Poirot, very nervous because this one has to be approved by the descendants of Christie herself! Am also getting to draw Mrs Ariadne Oliver, who in recent TV adaptations has been portrayed by Zoe Wannamaker! She is wonderfully eccentric and so a joy to draw.

As well as the magazine I have been working on my mystery children's book, mainly working on amending roughs, so that everyone's happy with the ideas I've produced. It is quite a fluid project and because the book is linked to a larger project, new references and changes are happening daily at the moment and so my hand and pencil have got to keep up with the pace!

Hopefully issue five of the Agatha Christie magazine will be out very soon and then I can legally share with you the artwork I did for that particular issue and share with you how I researched for the artwork and developed the characters.

My working day is over now and it will be back to the drawing board for me tomorrow - literally!