Category Archives: Drawing

Just general stuff that comes out of my keyboard

Learn to draw, illustrate and make picture books

I have been working out what to do with the rest of life for the past year or so!

Don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with me, but there is a lot wrong with publishing. I’m planning on making some videos about the state of publishing quite soon.

I want to keep making children’s books. I have loads of ideas for new characters and stories. I actually love the physical process of creating and manufacturing books, and I’m coming to enjoy the marketing and promotion side of publishing too.

I also love to make videos and share my experience in drawing, illustration and making books. But I can’t do both… until now.

As I say, I’ve been working this out. I’ve been on quite an emotional journey this last year, working through monthly  business seminars to guide me. I realise it’s time for authors to take control of their lives and become the entrepreneurs that they really are.

I have now set up my patreon page so that I can teach drawing, illustration and picture book making, by sharing my practice and process as an independent author/publisher. Bringing the two strands of my interest and expertise together in one place.

Patreon is a sort of crowd-funding platform for creative people. But now it is morphing into a membership platform where you can join me and support what I do from as little as $1. In return I’m offering rising tiers of rewards, offering drawing, illustration and publishing lessons. Join my creative crew for hangouts to ask questions, get advice or just shoot the breeze with similar-minded people all around the world.

Go to my Patreon Page now to get all the details and join a growing group of people who are all on the same creative path as you.

How to illustrate Cute Puppies

Learn how I illustrate cute little puppies. This video explains how I draw characters from different angles and shows how I paint them in watercolour.

There’s a lot of chat about illustration and technique along the way.
Base on yesterday’s drawing on my other channel

Have your dog immortalised in my new book – details here http://bit.ly/Dogs100

See the other video on DrawStuffRealEasy  make sure you subscribe when you get there!

Why not join me on Patreon and get ad free video and drawing guides?

Perfidious Albion and Brexit

I learned something today. I woke up with the phrase, “Perfidious Albion” , ringing around my head.

It’s a very old-fashioned term. It’s a term of disparagement used in the past by those irritating, continental Jonnies and the ungrateful empire. I’ve never really understood what it meant nor bothered to find out…

Until I woke up this morning with the phrase, “Perfidious Albion” , ringing around my head.

WikiPedia has it as:

An anglophobic pejorative phrase used within the context of international relations and diplomacy to refer to alleged acts of diplomatic sleights, duplicity, treachery and hence infidelity (with respect to perceived promises made to or alliances formed with other nation states) by monarchs or governments of the UK (or England prior to 1707) in their pursuit of self-interest.

Perfidious signifies one who does not keep his faith or word (from the Latin word perfidia), while Albion is an ancient and now poetic name for Great Britain.

It all comes down to our system of government. Each election creates a new government that is not beholden to previous laws or treaties. I can renege on previous agreements at will, without cause for feeling guilt or need for reparation. That is our system of democracy. That is our DNA. We are perfidious!

That’s who we are and how we are seen by the rest of the world and, in Brexit, we are reverting to the old ways, sticking two fingers up to the world and telling them to lump it.

But the world has changed. We are a very clever and resourceful island, but the rest of the world has caught up –  the rest of the world is very clever and resourceful too – and more numerous.

Brexit will leave us with no friends and a confused world wondering if there is any point in making new trade deals with us, if we are only going to tear them up and ignore them in a few year’s time.

In the EC, we were beginning to grow up as a nation, learning to co-operate, not to go barging in with guns blazing and holding interminable royal inquiries afterwards. Yes, Europe has many flaws and is hideously undemocratic, but that was meant to be our role, to bring honesty and democracy to the EC. We blew that, had a referendum and decided to throw the toys out of the pram for any reason other than the ones that actually matter.

We now, as a country, look like that old man in a baseball cap, who was filmed in a pub, during the referendum, with tears in his eyes and very few teeth, whining, “I want my country back!” He looked stupid and irrelevant then as we are being to look stupid and irrelevant now.

And we are being led by a a “Stupid Woman”. One who sets red lines before negotiations, One who continues not to govern the country, allowing it to fall to pieces in favour of a pipe dream of her Brexit.

A leader who continues to make promises and statements only to break them and renege on them months later – it is her way. Perhaps she is the perfect, perfidious leader for Perfidious Albion, as we untie ourselves from reality and go floating of into a dream of Victorian Empire and Devil take care.

I didn’t vote for this – and I don’t think anyone else did either.