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!

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.

Frida

Painting of artist Frida Kahlo

“I don’t paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality” – Frida Kahlo

Today was surreal. An August afternoon, one moment beaming with bright sunlight, the next thunderstorms and lightning. While shoppers were hiding in the bus shelter opposite my flat and the rain came pouring down my windows, I was sat snugly at my desk drawing Frida. The perfect inspiration for a perfect Sunday afternoon in.

Done in Indian ink and watercolour.