I drew this about five times – wait ’til the end and you’ll see all the different versions.
This is a very quick drawing. I’d spent all day doing retake after retake of a pencil drawing of the Queen. Once I’d finished I thought I’d try doing a very quick drawing from memory, and this is it.
How to draw a torch like in Ancient Greek Sport’s competitions but I’m not allowed to say what it’s called!
There’s a special act of Parliament that says I’m not allowed to tell you what it is I’m drawing! I’m not allowed to tell you what year I’m drawing it in and I’m not allowed to tell you the name of the capital city of the country I live in!
At the moment people are carrying one of these things around the country with a flame burning on the top and smoke pouring out behind them – Does that give you a clue?
I’m not allowed to draw the actual one they are carrying around the country at the moment because the shape and design of that is Copyright and protected by special law of Parliament too, so I’m showing you a stylised version of an old, flaming torch that they may have carried around the town of Olympia in ancient Greece two and a half thousand years ago.
The Diamond Jubilee is nearly upon us and so I’m going to do some royal drawing tutorials in case you want to draw stuff for street parties or anything else to do with the Diamond Jubilee.
This is a Lion Guardant Passant, which basically means he’s keeping watch while lying down. The Royal Coat of Arms usually has three of them, one above the other.
Learn how to draw Pudsey from Britain’s got Talent. What an amazing dog and what an amazing trainer Pudsey has in Ashleigh. The last I heard they were both on Simon Cowell’s private plane jetting off to Hollywood where Pudsey will be starring on the silver screen!
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.