Category Archives: Illustration

How to draw Flopsy Bunnies – Beatrix Potter

A few of weeks ago I went to the British Museum and actually handled the original artwork of Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies. I got to spend the afternoon studying the artwork close up so I could get an idea of how she drew and painted.

In this video I show you my sketches and notes and then go through the process of sketching, inking and painting a part of an illustration from the book.

If you don’t know the story, here is video retelling of the Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies by Beatrix Potter. I should let you know that Soporific means something that will send you to sleep and improvident means being a bit careless and having too m much fun and not providing for the future.

See the Beatrix Potter Playlist of videos here

How to draw and paint like Beatrix Potter – Mr Jeremy Fisher

Learn – along with me – how to draw and paint watercolour like Beatrix Potter copying an illustration from The Tale of Mr Jeremy Fisher.

You can get the pencil sketch, copies of the two versions I painted and a copy of Beatrix Potter’s version from the book all in hi res scans when you support me on Patreon – You can also get an ebook copy of my book Everyone Can Draw!

I think this must be my longest video ever! I’ve not cut out a huge amount, maybe five minutes, so this is pretty much in real time.

My first attempt went very wrong, because I was using the wrong paper and the wrong brush. The second attempt was much better but I think the pencil is all wrong and I still haven’t got the right brush.

I think I’m going to have to go to the British Museum and get up close with some of her artwork to really understand her style.

Looking more closely I see she makes her backgrounds very pale and misty, but her foregrounds and shadows are made up of dark colour tints rather than dark overlays, like I instinctively do – which have a habit of going dirty. So I have learned something!

Now you can listen to my telling of the story of Mr Jeremy Fisher here:

Three Marker Challenge – Tunacorn

Finally a three marker challenge video – I’ve been asked to do it often. In this video I draw a Tunacorn – or my idea of one and colour it in with pink, purple and green – not the most friendly colours!

I said I’d let one person who filled in my questionnaire the chance to choose a video. Mikkel SH was the lucky winner and Mikkel asked me to do a Three Marker Challenge, to draw a fantasy creature in pink purple and green. Well this video is the result – Hope you like it.

Follow me on Patreon and you will also get a pdf with the pencil sketch, so you can practice drawing over the top of it or onto another sheet with a window or light box. Also the finished coloured version and the ink version, so you can try your own hand at colouring in with three marker pens.