Category Archives: Watercolour

How to create new characters – Meet Penni and Benni

Lots of watercolour painting in this video as I introduce the characters and concept of my new project – Penni and Benni.

This has been a long time coming and I’m going to use my new characters, Penni and Benni, to explain lots of things about character design and illustration.

It started with a book idea, but the characters have changed and developed and grown with me over the years and I have now decided to get them launched.

Starting with their Website – – and their instagram

In this video I show you how I draw and paint Penni and Benni whilst chatting and explaining some of what the project is all about.

There will be more about Penni and Benni in the coming weeks as I love towards launching them as a picture book kickstarter project.

Make sure you are subbed on the website here on YouTube and on instagram for updates.

My Favourite Art Supplies for Black Friday Deals

This Friday is Black Friday, when there are loads of amazing offers available in stores and online. I can’t promise what’s available on Amazon, but here are links to my all time favourite art materials that I use all the time.

I’m not being sponsored by manufacturers, butI do get a small payment if you choose to buy having followed the links below. You will not be charged extra, but you will be helping to keep this channel going. Many thanks if you do.

If Black Friday doesn’t work for you, you can always put these items on your Christmas list for Santa!

Now here’s the list of links!

Staedtler Mars Lumograph 6 Pencils

The Kum Long Point Sharpener

Rotring Tikky Graphic Pen

Faber Castell Polychromos

The Cotman watercolour set

The Pentel Aquash Brush

Moleskine pocket sketchbook

The Seawhite a5 travel journal

Seawhite A4 sketchbook

Sharpie Permanent Markers

Pentel Brush Pen

Sharpie White China Marker

Seawhite Cartridge Paper

You can also put these items on your list for Santa!

See inside my USA Sketchbook

I went to the USA for the last couple of weeks in September. I call it a holiday you may call it a vacation. We went to New York for a few days then to a wedding outside Boston – then we had a few days on Cape Cod with wind and rain, thanks to Hurricane Jose!

I had done so much drawing for books I was working on before I left, I didn’t do a lot of drawing while I was away – It was, after all, a holiday!

Have a look at what I did and see a few of the many sights I saw while I was away.