Pinup sketch

Pinup sketch. Caran d’Ache Supracolor II soft pencil on tracing paper

Genie of the Lava Lamp

I found myself staring at the lava lamp last night, and I began to wonder what it might look like if it was a pin-up. This is my interpretation, which was sketched on the iPad (I decided to leave it as a sketch version because I wouldn’t be able to colour it how I wanted to on this particular app).

Genie of the Lava Lamp - a lava lamp personified

Lady of the Lava Lamp

Be yourself. Unless you can be a unicorn.

This was made using the Paper app on my trusty ol’ iPad 1. Always be yourself. Unless you can be a unicorn…

Whether I’m sketching on paper or a digital device I always start with a rough version in light blue. This is a nod to my old drawing/animation days where I’d draw on paper, then scan each image or frame to tidy up and colour in Photoshop.  Blue pencil doesn’t show up on scanners, and it doesn’t muddy the paper like a regular pencil would.

Always be yourself unless you can be a unicorn blue pencil layer

Blue pencil sketch

I did the initial sketch with my finger, but decided to do this next layer with a stylus. It was slightly easier, but the quality of the stylus wasn’t great. That’s not an excuse before you say anything!

Always be yourself unless you can be a unicorn red pencil layer

Red pencil layer

A lot of the time I call it quits after the red version. I don’t like images that are too neat and clean, and I’ve always felt the pencil sketch is the real deal; the raw energy of the first sketch. Outlining it in pen (or a pen effect on the app in this case) almost feels like cheating, because I’m just tracing my own image.

Always be yourself unless you can be a unicorn pen layer

Pen layer

If I do make it past the outline stage, the Paper app does have a very fun ‘water colour’ style brush, which I used below to give Unicorn Girl a splash of colour.

Always be yourself unless you can be a unicorn colour wash layer

Colour wash

Daily sketch #1

I can draw on my iPhone with my finger. No stylus or fancy app required, so therefore no excuses. I always have my phone on me, so I always have the means to draw. Here’s a quick one of my cat, Atari, before the little git moved…. 

St George’s Day

Some celebrate it; some don’t.  I don’t mind either way, I just know that this is the image which I conjure up in my head when someone mentions St George’s Day:

St George's Day beer

Drawn so long ago I honestly can’t remember how I did it.  Pretty sure it was on the iPad.

The Dong with a Luminous Nose

Still one of my all time favourite books, and one of the first I learnt to read, is The Quangle Wangle’s Hat by Edward Lear.

Illustration of the Dong with the Luminous Nose from The Quangle Wangle's Hat by Edward Lear
A long time ago I planned to do an animated version of this, and maybe someday I will.  This was a character sketch I did for one of the characters in the poem: the Dong with the luminous nose.

Love n Mascara

80s pinup with pink hair, stockings and leopard print

Love n Mascara

This is actually a really old picture of mine, drawn nearly 10 years ago on Photoshop.  I used to add my artwork to Deviant Art back in the day, which was where I stumbled across this photograph of Love-n-Mascara.  I loved the photo so much I decided to draw it.  I loved her response too: “EEK! I adore the living hell out of it!”

R x


Pokéfan playing a Gameboy in a Pikachu onesie

Pokéfan playing a Gameboy in a Pikachu onesie

Another oldie while I carry on building the blog. Pencil on paper. No idea where the original one is… We’ve been listening to the Pokémon theme on repeat today so it seemed appropriate!