You cook it, I draw it!

My illustration work for butter, basil and breadcrumbs eventually led to my adoption to upstate New York. My new mum, the lovely Prudy Blank, has just sent off the legal papers and I’m looking to move into my new home as soon as we get the nod from the U. S. of A. I can’t wait to be fed those wholesome meals and nibble on some ice cream sandwiches.

Jokes aside, it has been lovely working with Prudy and her excitable emails were just priceless! This is what I made for her cookery blog.

watercolour illustration of a lady cookingWatercolours illustration of lady cooking and entertainingHand drawn website header illustration in watercolourIn this age of slick digital imagery, I think more websites should be hand drawn. Especially the making and baking blogs benefit from lovingly illustrated watercolours.
These are the initial sketches:

woman cooking sketchwoman cooking sketchAnd there’s even more… Stay tuned!

Marie Lavau illustration

Possibly my most favourite American Horror Story lady: voodoo queen Marie Lavau. I spent a bit longer on this watercolour and ink illustration… especially the hair!

American Horror Story, Marie Lavau drawing

Actress Angela Bassett is just gorgeous (have you seen her arms!?) and she doesn’t seem to age at all. Also, did you know Marie Lavau is real? Born in 1794, she was a very influential New Orleans lady. As a hairdresser and voodoo practitioner she had a multiracial following and rumor has it that she excelled at obtaining inside information on her wealthy patrons. To extort money perhaps? What do you reckon?

American Horror Story ladies

sketch drawing of Fiona Goode

Myrtle Snow American Horror Story sketch drawing

Probably my favourite TV show so far: American Horror Story. Every season, the same actors play a different horror story and the latest tale is set in a witch coven in New Orleans. These ladies are just so very fashionable and I want to be them when I grow up.

The initial sketch of Myrtle came about for a drawing challenge on Twitter, organised by awesome 2D artist and fellow WordPresser: A4man. See what’s happening on the Twitter page of 1hour1sketch and join in. Only rule is that you only spend 1 hour on your sketch and absolutely not more! Just splash some paint or pixels around and have fun x

The importance of life drawing

Before persuading an art style, I think artists should really practice drawing from life first. I’ve been going at it for a few years, on and off, and I still feel I haven’t quite got it down. But then, art is a process and you’ll never stop learning. Best have fun while we’re at it!

Life drawing in charcoal and pastel

Charcoal and white pastel study from life – 1.5 hours.

life drawing in charcoal and pastel

Charcoal and white pastel study from life – 1 hour.

life drawing in black ink

Life drawing in black ink – 40 mins.

Rockabilly Girl Fashion Illustration

I’ve totally discovered Skillshare, this awesome website were you can do classes taught by experts in certain fields, like graphic design, portrait drawing and fashion illustration. To channel my inner glam girl (yes, it’s really still there after working with just men for 5 years) I signed up to the fashion illustration course by the amazing Jennifer Lilya.fashion illustration Jennifer Lilya classAnd hereby I present to you… the end result. Pink! Done in watercolour and ink.