My head is full of dragons as I’ve just finished writing my next book, which is about dragons, and now I have to design the cover and think about the inside illustrations. So “!m afraid you are going to have to put up with a few dragon drawings!
This is quite a long video for a change – a lot of pencil technique involved!
I’ve just finished writing a story for my new publishers, Firefly Press. The story has a dragon at the heart of it, so now I have to draw the cover of the book and I’ve had to start thinking about the illustrations inside too.
I started doodling dragons to get in the mood, and soon realised what it is I find difficult about drawing them. It’s the wings!
If dragons are of this world, they must have evolved from a common ancestor to lizards or Komodo dragons of today. But their wings will not work the same way as a bird or a bat, whose wings are their arms or front legs. In the case of the bat the skin is stretched between it’s very long fingers.
So how do the wings work on a four legged dragon? They already have front legs so the wings must have evolved from something different entirely, or they are from a different world altogether?
Learn how to draw a a scallop type seashell using Derwent Academy Watercolour Pencils and a Derwent water brush. When drawing with coloured pencils it’s best to start off with the lightwer colours and build up the density and hues as you go.
Start with a lighter colour to give you a guide to work to and don’t press too hard. You could use a very light pencil and erase any construction lines afterwards.
I was with Derwent Pencils at the British Family Fayre in Westerham, Kent on Saturday. I had a great time showing how to use watercolour pencils and aquatone sticks with Derwent waterbrushes great fun was had by all! great to meet everyone – very tiring but great fun :)
I will be at the Great British Family Fayre on the 31st August 2013. Why not come along?
I’ll be with Derwent Pencils, showing off their great products and showing how to draw all sorts of things.
To get you in the British mood, I thought I’d show you how to draw a British Pillar Box. There’s one of these on the corner of almost every street. It’s what you put your letters or mail in for the Post Office to come an collect and send to your frinds. You might call it a mail box. They are painted in “Pillar Box Red” except for one or two gold ones which are in the towns where Olympic Gold Medal winners live!
You can tell how high they are by the amount of black showing at the bottom. The more black, the higher they are. I learned this when I was younger and could not go past a pillar box without leap-frogging over it!
In this video I used my nice new set of Derwent coloursoft pencils.
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On the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of August I had the pleasure and privilege of joining Derwent Pencils and the Keswick Pencil Museum at CarFest North at Oulton Park race track. The place was buzzing with cars and families. The Festival is the brain child of BBC Radio 2′s Chris Evans. It’s a great weekend out for all the family with cars, food, music and lots for the kids to do.
The sun shone almost the whole time. We had our own marquee and were visited by hundreds of people coming to see what Derwent pencils are all about and finding out more about the Pencil Museum in Keswick ,where I will be showing how to draw scary stuff over the October half term holiday – 22-23-24 October. Come along, why don’t you?
Derwent donated a six foot long graphic pencil, just like the ones I use in my videos, but six foot long and a real working pencil! It raised £500 for Children in need. I had a lot of requests for how to draw Pudsey! Maybe I should do that for Children in Need this year?
It was a fantastic weekend – incredibly tiring – on our feet the whole time, meeting and greeting the great british public, showing them that it is really easy to draw, if you just pick up a pencil and have a go!
Come along to the Great British Family Fayre in Westerham Kent, next weekend, 31st August. We’ll be doing something similar there, but without the cars!
Music from epidemic.com Car chase 8 by Victor Ohlsson
Because I will be at the Great British Family Fayre on the 31st August, I thought I should draw that quintessential English object – a Nice Cup of Tea. Actually, I think we are turning into a nation of coffee drinkers. I blame Starbucks!
Why not come along next week on Saturday the 31st August? I’ll be with Derwent Pencils – showing off their great products and showing how to draw all sorts of things.
I will be at the Great British Family Fayre on the 31st August. Why not come along?
I’ll be with Derwent Pencils, showing off their great products and showing how to draw all sorts of things. To get you in the British Mood, I thought I’d show you how to draw the Crown of England, or a simplified version of it any way… have fun!
Next weekend, on the 31st of August, I will be in Westerham in Kent for the Great British Family Fayre, at Squerries Court. It looks like it should be a great day out.
I’ll be there with Derwent Pencils showing off their fabulous British drawing materials – Derwent is the only British pencil manufacturer!
I’ll be showing you how to draw things and explaining about their different products including my favourites: Inktense, Aquatone and Waterbrushes.
I’ve started making videos for Curious.com which is a new life-long learning website. YouTube is great, but as a video maker, you have to concentrate on entertainment rather than teaching. Curious.com has the ambition to enable teachers to make a living from their videos.
Their style and delivery are much more amenable to learning. Follow this link and get $25 of their coins free and try it out and let me know what you think. I’ve seen a lot of this kind of thing but I feel they have got a good system running.
You can see my first video here: How to draw Spooky Halloween Lettering