Holding court

children's illustration of a princess
“You there, underling! Fetch me something to drink. At once.”

When a little boy puts on a knight’s costume, he becomes a knight. Those dragons really happen and the day needs saving. The earth’s future depends on it! It’s serious business.

One of my favourite games was dressing up too. When I slipped into that pink, sparkly dress and put on the plastic tiara, the gates to the kingdom far, far away really did open. They needed me to be queen! And I ruled them hard, really hard.

Today’s India ink and watercolour illustration has been done for Illustration Friday and the topic is… imagination!

True story

In my previous post I blamed a beautiful day in the woods for a lack of drawings to show. Well, here is a visual representation of said day.

Comic about a boy helping a girl

And then they had tea and cake after the boy dried his muddy feet on the girls jacket. They lived happily ever after and sure hoped to live near those woods one day. True story…

iPad life drawing – Boobies edition!

life drawing on ipad
Life drawing (from picture reference) done on the iPad using SketchBook Pro

Not much time for drawing today after a long and exhausting schedule of seeing friends, house hunting and exploration! Of Meanwood Park to be precise, which is actually more like a wild forest without real paths. What? No paths?

Like a proper damsel in distress my other half even had to rescue me as I had frozen up in fear on a stepping stone in the middle of a stream. Wobbly, wobbly… You see, I don’t do nature that often. He took off his shoes and went in the water to offer me his hand and help me across. BEST DAY EVER!

So here’s a quick iPad sketch of a naked lady.

Tall

“Tall” is a subject close to my heart. Not only am I 6 ft. myself, but I hail from a city teeming with women in platform heels. So for last week’s Illustration Friday I did two quick pictures. One of me being extremely tall, obviously. And one of the women of Leeds. A city in the Northern part of England for those that don’t know.

painting of tall women
Illustration in acrylics for Illustration Friday, subject: tall!

It really is quite a sight. On Friday night the women go all out. Killer heels, fake tans, tight fitting mini dresses and they get drunk… really drunk. Some lose their shoes and fall over, some are even sick in the street. The main problem with these heels is that they actually make women look quite scary and overpowering. Towering out over all the boys, these groups of drunk, shrieking girls aren’t exactly the best representatives for femininity. But hey, here speaks a pale faced girl who hardly goes out and spends her days hunched over a drawing on a Saturday night.

painting of a tall lady
Children’s art style illustration in pen and pastels of me at work feeling extremely tall. Oh and mum, if you’re reading this… I don’t smoke, it just looked good for the picture!

Ramona on my mind

Painting of Ramona Flowers
Ramona Flowers in India ink and watercolour. Can’t help but thinking this portrait doesn’t do her justice. She’s so pretty!

Rainy bank holidays are not much fun in Leeds. So I re-watched Scott Pilgrim to repair my crappy mood. I still think this is such an amazing and original film, even after having seen it 10+ times. So here’s Ramona. With her hair changing obsession, she kinda reminds me of myself when I was young.