Tag Archive | Drawing

Red Flower


Red fantasy flower. Pen and ink drawing, coloured in photoshop.

I had used the same drawing before and coloured in in blue hues, as you can see here. This time I thought I could play with reds, and a different background.

Another fantasy creature

Fish-seal (or seal-fish?)

This is the result of my playing around with a ballpoint pen early in the morning at the breakfast table. It seems that just now I am into fantasy beings – first the grumpy plant (you can have a look at it here), and then this one which is a crossbreed between a fish and a dragon (look at his head!) and a seal and whatever you can see in it. He (Yes, definitely it is a “he”) looks as he is courting another being which we don’t see. One day I might write a story about him…

Grumpy Flower

Grumpy flower. Pen and ink sketch, coloured in photoshop

I must admit this painting is a bit weird. The more I was colouring the drawing in Photoshop the more I saw a rather fierce or grumpy looking flower in my mind. And I wanted to create a bit of contrast by adding all the colourful little butterflies.  Of course that’s what I see – you might see something totally different!

Cat on the Hunt

Cat on the hunt. Quick fineliner sketch. April 2014

Another quick sketch which might serve as a reference for my cat cartoon / illustrated story. Just now I am collecting various poses and cat gestures and practising quick ink sketches.

Yawning Cat

Yawning Cat. Ballpoint pen, March 2014

This is another quick sketch – I think I didn’t need more than 10 minutes, the search for this image included. I was looking for cats, because I had that story about the guardian cats in mind (you can read a short version of this story here.) I have an illustration in mind which shows the cats meeting in the forest and talking about how to help their human friends. I definitely can see one of the cats yawning, looking a wee bit bored.

I already did a bigger version of the yawning cat and imagined myself tracing it onto good paper standing at the window once again. I more and more wanted to have a lightbox to transfer my drawings to the final paper. Those lightboxes or lighttables are quite expensive, so I asked around whether someone would know of a used one. One of my colleagues I was eating lunch with told me of a simple solution – a glass pane put on something with a lamp under it.

Today I brought some old books to the nearby charity institution and strolled through the rooms not really expecting to find something I could use for a light table. However, I found a glass pane and paid 4 Euros for it. Back at home I pulled out two of my IKEA KASSETT boxes and put the glass pane on them. Then I fetched a lamp which I still had but not really need  and put it under the glass. Voilà! The lighttable! I have to sit on the floor for tracing, so it is not super comfortable, but it is much better than standing up, and I am not depending on daylight.

Some fish sketches

A pair of fish. Ballpointpen on some scrap paper. March 2014

I am still practising quick sketches with a ballpoint pen. Fortunately I’ve got heaps of scrap paper with prints on one side, and they are ideal for practising quick drawings.

Here is a shark:

Both of these sketches are based on some references I found on pinterest. Pinterest is full of drawings, paintings, drawing tutorials,  character design references and the like. Here you can find my pinboards. Enjoy!

Tulip #2

Tulip. Ballpoint pen drawing. March 2014

Here’s the second tulip sketch. As I said before, no pencil, no eraser, just a ballpoint pen.

I think it was Leonardo da Vinci who said that you should practice drawing every day. It seems to be easy, but in fact I’m having difficulties to sit down and do a sketch every day. There is a place online – www.habitRPG – where you can “gamify” your goals and to-do’s and work on your habits. I have discovered it a few days ago and find it fun and useful…


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