Friday, 8 August 2014


Photoshop this time to make an anniversary card.
Hope they have a wonderful day with the grandchildren visiting :D

If you wonder about the imagary... the Kadai fire bowl is what we bought them.  Have a look here

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

sketching a 3D sketch

I've been trying to catch up with the blogs on my sidebar today and it's interesting to see just how many are still going!  Well done on the continuity!
One of my delights is to visit "the hermitage" and the lovely work of Rima Staines.  She's shown a lovely progression of work on a large puppet.  These changes of development are wonderful to see as they are sketches in 3D as the carving hones the features from a solid block of... space.
Trying to draw one of these in-process pieces reminded me just how precise you have to be to get a certain expression in a face.  The eyes and mouth in particular matter so very much, and it was hard to get it right.  Close I came but no banana.
I can't link directly to the picture but visit her blog and whilst you enjoy see if you can spot the one I drew from ;)

Sunday, 3 August 2014


We'd got him a new bike helmet trendily called "a lid"...  You can see where that one had to go as a card design ;)

This afternoon was looking set for rain so we headed north a few miles to where it looked better and hit the beach.  
Football, seaweed sticks, swimming and kites kept the boys busy on the beach... me, I just played with my camera :D

Friday, 1 August 2014


of a theme I think.
All these sketches take the form of doodles, as they're not preplanned or referenced, and it's funny what comes out sometimes.  Several years ago I did something very similar from rock crevasses on Lewis.  That was a study but this emerged from a memory doodle.  When I look back I see it has lost it's water.  It think rock forms must have etched themselves on my psyche after all those hours of beach wandering down the rocky shorelines of the Hebrides.

and here's the older one for comparison (I haven't looked at it before finding it to post here so quite a surprise)

and a final update of the new pc case... it needed more powerful cooling so got and external addition of radiator and two more fans.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

I must, I must...

Improve my... output.
Been working with Corel Painter again.  It's a medium in it's own right but nice to find some ways of painting translate very well.  Setting my self a challenge as a "doing" and "learning" experience I'm going to do a short run of daily images with C P and treat my poor old blog as a sketchbook.