I tried to think of something golden to draw. I could have drawn a ring but decided on do a different object. This is based on a teapot I saw at the British Ceramic Biennial this year. I’ve emphasised the gold colour a bit. I’m not sure what type of ceramic it was made out of but I think the handle was metal. Today’s #bandofsketchers prompt. Golden.

Spinning Top

Not feeling on top of the world today so just did a sketch from memory. Today’s #bandofsketchers prompt was Top. I tried to remember what a toy top looks like. I did a sketch with a black ink fine line pen. This is from memory. I can see a bright top spinning in my mind. The top had some holes in so as it span it had a rising and then descending musical tone. Edited in Photodirector to give a slightly abstract effect.


Artrage oils sketch. Using orange, yellow, green and purple to make it pop. Because the colours smudge when you overlap them, it’s hard not to mix them up. Eventually I ended up with this abstract pattern.

Finally I mirrored the image in layout app to create a symmetrical pattern. The colour pallette has a slider for metallic and non metallic versions.

I see lots of shapes in it that could be faces or a cat or other animals or even bodies? Pareidolia again (seeing faces in things)


Where do doodles come from, why are they satisfying if you get the pattern right. Simple black lines twisted and convoluted. If I had drawn just a straight line how far would it stretch? Can you see bears or frogs in this? Or Elizabethan ruffs perhaps? Would you draw anything like this or would it be angular or something different? Playing with lines is fun and engrossing. Why not try taking a line for a walk as it’s sometimes called?

Could you knit this?

More playing with pattern. I used a mosaic tool on this so it looks a bit like tapestry. I could imagine it stitched as a cross stitch pattern but it’s very complicated. I see butterflies and moths in it. Maybe even bats and little vampires? It’s fun making up patterns, playing with colours, adding shapes and variations. I changed the hues on this a few times before deciding on this blue, yellow and purple pattern.

Desk tidy

Not very exciting but today’s #bandofsketchers prompt was office. I don’t have an office so I drew a desk tidy that I have ordered to keep all my black ink pens together with other bits and pieces.

The desk tidy is actually dark brown and the background was white. The only interesting thing we’re slightly darker images of the desk tidy tubes that were reflecting in each other. I would have liked to have added some lighter tones but the white watercolour pencil I tried using did not show up well enough.

How to do dragon scales

This is a collage. I drew a black outline of discs in a fish scale pattern. Then I added one line of round plastic discs (I’d got from inside a balloon), then left a gap for the drawn line of circles, another line of discs and then the drawn ones, over and over till the page was full. Once I’d glued the discs in place I thought about how to fill the gaps. I decided to spray green ink over the page, which I dabbed off the plastic metallic coloured discs to leave clean and dry. I added black around the discs for shading, but it was a bit wishy washy. What next? I used silver felt pen on the green areas but it was boring so I got out all my old nail varnishes and dabbed them on the paper areas too. I used sparkly glitter nail varnish to finish it off. This is one of several experiments. I’m quite pleased with it. It certainly shimmers.

Draw a shape…

I’m doing a series of drawings over a week based on prompts. The problem is the prompts are included in short videos and for some reason my phone is playing the audio at 3 or 4 times normal speed!

Anyway today’s prompt was to choose one verb from a long list of them. Then draw a pattern over and over again to represent that verb. I chose ‘to support’. With the problem I’ve been having with my drawing hand, I decided to draw hands over and over again. In a ‘supporting’ bridge sort of position. Then I decided it needed a thing to support. I thought of all my friends and how they support me. I decided to add tears, but not to wipe the tears away with a hand, I thought that would be too twee.