Alfie and a kitten – sort of commissions

Now these are both done partly due to my mother knowing people who would like them done and partly just because I’m always trying to improve my skills and it does help having some direction to focus it in.

The one of the Kitten was done for a friend of hers who said she wanted anything with cats.  I got the picture from Morguefile and tried my best to draw it accurately, which considering my usual cats tend to looks like aliens of some sort, I was quite happy with this.  The sketching was done with my mechanical pencils and then the colour was added with my Luminance pencils from Caran D’ache. I seem to have taken a liking to adding bold colours like red to things recently.  kitten better scan


The dog picture is of a dog called Alfie who belongs to a friend of my mothers,  I’m not sure what breed exactly this dog is but it’s some kind of cross breed and the photo I was working from wasn’t brilliant so it made this a nice little challenge.  The sketching for this was also done with my mechanical pencil.  Both pictures were drawn on  Aquafine smooth watercolour Aquarelle 140lb paper from Daler – Rowney.  I really like the smooth surface of this paper.


Dragon doodles

little blue dragondragon egg

Yesterday and today’s doodles.  They were both done using Letraset promarkers,  I only recently got them and I’m really liking them.  The little blue dragon was done on my normal sketch pad paper, where I noticed the ink did bleed a little.  The dragon with the egg was done on the Letraset bleedproof marker pad, and as the name of it suggests, it happily didn’t seem to bleed at all.

Coloured Pencil Swan Picture


I started this on Saturday and completed it this evening.

It’s a picture of a young swan, hence all the grey and different tones on it.

It was created using Polychromos pencils from Faber-Castell and Luminance pencils from Caran D’ache.  The paper I did this on was Daler Rowney Aquafine aquarelle artists watercolour  A4 hot pressed.

The reference photo is once again from Paint my photo, and actually from the same photographer as my Spaniel watercolour picture.  A link to that is here 

I did have a slight issue once I’d completed this picture, as I’d taped down the edges with masking tape, which is never normally a problem, but this time it stuck too much and ripped a bit of the paper,  so it’s not the full A4 that it would have been.  Thankfully I think I saved it well enough.

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Kittens, cards and a Labrador

It’s been a pretty hectic yet boring two weeks all at the same time.  I’ve been creative yet not done things I meant to do.  We also got two more kittens, they’ll never replace my dear Melody (yes her full name was Melody Pond) who got tragically taken from us in June, but they are certainly noisy, crazy and have a streak similar to her in unique weirdness.  It shows what a cat she was that you have to have two kittens to even get close to the daily impact she made on our lives.

In the past few weeks I meant to have a whole lot of knitting done for my cousin who’s just had a baby, instead by the time of the babies birth I’d only done a pair of booties, and started a few other things.  So instead she had those and some previously finished things.

Although here’s some of what I have got done.

macaw patagonion

It was my Dads birthday at the end of September, so one of the cards I’d done just before had an obvious home. We used to own lots of animals and Patagonians were once his favourites.  As for the other card I did in the same weekend, my Macaw picture is yet to find a home.   Both of these were done with my new Sakura Koi watercolour set.

Then I spent the week just gone completing a watercolour painting with the same set.  This was of a yellow Labrador. Of that week I spent about 2 nights with no progress as I was fussing over the new kittens.  lab yellow

Of course I couldn’t end this update without including some sort of picture of the new kittens.  The black and white was called Rainbow when we got her but we’ve since changed that to Rainy, and the tabby is Tigger, she was called Skittles, but as we already have a Skittles that would have been a bit confusing.  She suites the name Tigger anyway as she has about as much energy.

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Anyways, that’s enough from me, it’s now back to finishing my Red Tailed Hawk coloured pencil picture, and of course stopping every now and then to happily glance over at the two soundly sleeping kittens on my bed.