Sunday, 27 July 2014

Sketchbook Sunday.

I am going to join in with everybody else's shock of "how is it nearly the end of July 2014 already??" Yes, I cannot believe it either. Though in my defence I have the added confusion of opposite seasons. It's July and I have actually had to wear gloves and a scarf while I wait for the bus, and have been able to see my breath. There was even a little bit of frost the other morning! It is noway near as cold as winters back in the UK though.

I have nearly reached the end of my sketchbook now, and am pretty glad, I'm ready to start fresh! I've been playing around with a few pattern ideas lately.

^I am obsessed with this house, it is a few streets along from me, and everytime I walk past it I have to stop and peer. It was up for sale when I first found it, and empty, so I had a sneaky peek through the windows, but now I think someone has moved in, so I have to keep my distance! It is such a cute style, really popular over here, in Auckland at least. Villa style with wrap-around porches, but finding one that hasn't become competely modernised is tricky. So I have a new hobby - scouring real estate websites for dream homes! A long story for such a quick drawing huh?! 

^A pattern inspired  by trip to the Alhambra last year!

^ Pine cone doodles! I got a bargain set of sparkly watercolours the other week, so I've been having fun experimenting with them.

What have you been drawing lately?

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Sketchbook Sunday.

I've got a few watercolour doodles from when I was on Waiheke a few months ago, and a more recent drawing I worked on from a photo I took at the Botanic Gardens in Wellington last month. I am not sure how it has been nearly 4 months that I have been in New Zealand now, so can we just pretend its only been a month please! I really feel like my drawings and doodles have got a "personal style" now, which is pretty cool, even if that style is messy with continuous lines and weird angles! What have you been drawing lately? I'd love to see!


Thursday, 3 July 2014


Ok, about 22 years late, but I finally like geometrics! How did I not realise this earlier? I'm not sure why, I think I thought it was to close to being maths, too many calculations and perfect spacing. Umm, no, so many awesome shapes, imperfect, hand-drawn lines, and even circles. Just in case you need some geometric inspiration, I found some pretty cool designs on Etsy. This opens up so many more choices, I'm off to do some weird geometric doodles in my sketchbook. Are you a geometric fan?

  Clockwise from top left: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Botanic Gardens.

When I was in Wellington I managed to sneak a visit to the Botanic Gardens, which is huge! They have a great collection, including a native forest and the begonia house which has some awesome tropical plants inside! I didn't do any drawing while I was there, but I took some photos for inspiration, it's great seeing plants the other side of the world, they are so different! Is a voluntary trip to a garden full of flowers a sign I'm turning into a Grandma a bit too soon? Or can I get away with calling it 'design inspiration trip' and pretend like I'm still a student!

Friday, 27 June 2014

Line drawings.

After my initial drawings in New Zealand I tried a few more detailed line drawings, playing around with continuous lines (not taking the pen off the page) and blind drawings (looking at what you are drawing and not at the paper). I had fun and it was great to be able to sit outside in the sun and draw!

Monday, 23 June 2014

Sealife patterns.

I collected a few pattern photos over my New Zealand summer! So many crazy shapes and textures I found on the beaches, so I took a few photos to look at over winter for some beachy inspiration when I am drawing.


Sunday, 22 June 2014

Sketchbook Sunday.

Finally! I am catching up with sharing my sketchbook pages again. I wanted to start with my first few doodles from a few months ago, when I first arrived in New Zealand. I decided that since I was brave enough to move to the other side of the world, I could be brave enough to fill pages of my sketchbook with scribbly drawings that  I don't really like (at all!). And actually, now that I look back on them, I'm glad I did, I like them more now I can see how they have got me towards my latest drawings, which I will share another day. 
If you've seen any of my earlier sketchbook posts you will have noticed I stick to drawing plants and flowers, with an ocasional tree maybe if I'm feeling crazy! But when I got to New Zealand I pushed myself to draw anything! Urban landscapes, houses, neighbourhoods, rural landscapes. It was tricky focusing on more than one thing, but fun. Have you tried drawing something other than what you are used to?