I’ve known Renita for a while now. Originally from America, Renita now lives in Wigtown, which the book town in Scotland, with the most stunning views across the estuary. When I’ve performed at the festival, the children have all been whipped up to a frenzy by Renita, who welcomes them in and “settles them down” [...]
My friend, the illustrator Kate Sheppard, came round a couple of weeks ago to show me the dummy of a picture book she’s working on. I was so impressed with the way she uses marker pens that I bought myself a few to play with.
I tried marker pens many years ago. You used to be able to get a spray thing that attached to them so that you can use them like an airbrush. That was a total waste of time! I never got on with the smell either nor the way the inks bled into the paper.
But these new Copic Ciao markers are wonderful. They have a hard square nib at one end and the wonderful soft pointy brush at the other. I was so impressed I bought a great big box of them. I have great plans for what I want to do with them. But first I need to learn how to use them!
Have fun watching this video in which I unpacked my big box of Copic markers and have a first go at colouring in my One Direction Cartoon drawing.
They did cost a lot, but you can get smaller sets. I think they are a great investment. You can replace the nibs and refill the pens too, which makes them much more economical over time.
Getting the Jubilee off to a good start, here’s a lesson showing you how to draw he Imperial State Crown.
It’s the Queen of England (and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland and the Commonwealth’s) 60th year on the throne this year and we are having bait of a jubilation here in the Britain, so I thought I do some royal drawings. I’m starting with the Imperial State Crown that the Queen wore when she was crowned and which she wears on State occasions like this week’s opening of Parliament.
They don’t look equal or parallell, but they are! Watch the video, do it yourself and prove that each strip is exactly the same.
Learn to draw the One direction Boys in a cartoon style all in one go! :)
He’s the one with the misty eyes and the beetle browed eyebrows!
Some people think they are easy to draw – others think they are really hard. Either way cubes are the
building blocks of drawing and if you can really get a hang of drawing them, then you are building solid foundations for your drawing skills.
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Here are all eight great ideas rolled up into one speeded up video – say hello to Mom :)
yes, another four more ways to write Mom for Mother’s Day which happens to be on Sunday in the USA, so get making cards already!
My Illustrator friend, Kate Sheppard, came round this week to show me the dummy of a picture book she’s been working on. It’s wonderful! But I would say that… is a synthesis of two ideas I played about with a while back. I couldn’t get the ideas to work because they obviously needed to come together to make sense.
I didn’t or couldn’t make that connection, but Kate did – But How come we both had the same-ish ideas? And why am I not bothered that Kate got it right and I didn’t?
I was thrilled to see the book and add my thoughts to it because I’ve finally seen the idea come to fruition and can close that chapter in my head.
If I thought that was the last idea I’d ever have, then that would be a sorry day. I played with the ideas – learned a whole load of stuff and have moved on to other things. Luckily, those ideas found Kate, who has done a fabulous job and has created what I think will become a classic. Any picture book editor who doesn’t make an offer on the spot should… drink four pints of blue, fizzy soda, eat a pound of jelly babies and think again!