Friday, 27 May 2016


Warmed up this morning by sketching some of Waterhouse's Nymphs.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Developing Dickon

Mary, Mary quite contrary.

One of the things I love about The Secret Garden is the obvious parallels between the growth of the garden and of those tending it. Mary is just one of a few characters who blossoms as the story progresses.

I wanted to make a note of her descriptions throughout the book, to refer to when designing her character. Thought i'd put them up on here in case anyone else finds it interesting too! :)

'Her hair was yellow and her face was yellow because she had been born in India and had always been ill in one way or another.'

'... she was as tyrannical and selfish a little pig as ever lived.'

"Mary has the most unattractive ways I ever saw in a child."

"My word! She's a plain little piece of goods!" 

"If she were not so sallow and had a nicer expression, her features are rather good. Children alter so much."

And then we begin to see her alter:

'She was thinking that the small plain face did not look quite as sour at this moment as it had done the first morning she saw it.'

"... tha's got child's blood in thy veins instead of sour buttermilk. Tha's skipped red into thy cheeks..."

"Tha's a bit fatter than tha' was an' tha's not quite so yeller. Tha looked like a young plucked crow when tha' first came into this garden."

"She's begun to be downright pretty since she's filled out and lost her ugly little sour look. Her hair's grown thick and healthy looking and she's got a bright colour."

I've enjoyed drawing these but I'm attempting to simplify my style yet further and I feel like they could be a bit less fussy still. Plus 'sickly Mary' has definitely lost a bit of character in this coloured version in comparison to the sketches. That can be a pain sometimes, trying to continue that spontaneous feel, even in the more thought-out pieces!

More soon :)

Friday, 20 May 2016

The Secret Garden

Really enjoyed doing those quick Mary Lennox sketches in my earlier posts, so I thought i'd actually develop a few characters from the book. I'm aiming to use them for some black and white, interior scenes. I haven't got any black and white work in my portfolio so I thought this would be a handy exercise.

Here are some Mary character designs. She's so fun to draw, especially as her appearance and attitude changes so much as the story progresses.

I'll put more up from this personal project soon :)

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Quick colourful Mary

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Mary Lennox

Mary Lennox before and after she discovered fresh air.

Really want to colour these up properly! :D

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Peggy Pigwiggle


In my job as a Bookseller I recently met a lovely young reader/writer named Erin. After recommending the Witch Wars series to her, they are now her favourite books! On her last visit to the bookshop with her father, she excitedly requested more drawings of Witch Wars characters. So here is Peggy Pigwiggle for Erin.

You can see my drawing of Tiga Whicabim here. 

Witch Wars is written by Sibeal Pounder and illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson.


I was so happy to hear that Erin started drawing the Witch Wars characters and writing a story about them after seeing my picture! Isn't it brilliant how creativity creates more creativity? :D
I just had to show you her awesome drawings!

Friday, 29 April 2016