Category Archives: Illustration

How to draw a sun lounger – easy step by step

We are expecting sunshine this week but if you are not or are in the depths of winter right now, learn to draw a sun lounger with easy, step by step instructions, and pretend it’s summer again!


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Make perfect artwork for colouring books and sheets

Over on Patreon, Alison asked me about creating clean artwork for colouring books and sheets.

Alison, does not find the experience of drawing on a tablet very satisfying. I don’t either. There is no creative feedback from a plastic nib sliding across a piece of glass.

So how can you draw with ink on paper and then create crisp, clean black and white artwork to make colouring pages?

Use a camera phone or a scanner to “capture the image” then open up an image editing program or app like the GIMP, procreate, Photoshop or Affinity Photo. Find the “Levels” and adjust to get the best black and white image.

If you want to colour the image set the blend mode of the layer to Multiply and colour onto anew layer below. Watch the video – it’s all there!

Have fun and why not support my drawing channel and get a free help sheet by joining me on Patreon

How to make children’s books – live chat with Vivian French

If you want to know how to write and illustrate children’s books, ask an expert – and Viv French is certainly the right person to ask!

She has written over 300 titles and is a best selling children’s author worldwide, as well as teaching the art of illustrating picture books at the Edinburgh College of Art.

In this live interview we chat about illustration and Viv, as a master storyteller, with many tales to tell, imparts tons of wisdom and advice.

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See you next week at 4:00 pm Uk time. We go an hour forward this weekend so check the time.