Colonel Jasper speeding away with his prize

Colonel Jasper and his horse Coco making away with the sweet Turkish Delight. This is the second character based on the theme of toy lead soldiers. Just like Colonel Bower-Sparkle there’s a table top dash for a sweet to claim. He’s made good use of his sword too; I’m sure Coco will have a nibble.

Goshawk bookplates

Thought it would be fun to create some bookplates based on the Goshawk in the previous posting. Its springtime and the little birds have to be alert. I’ve used thick cartridge paper stretched with paper gum before transferring parts of the drawing. Lead pencil some ink and watercolours were used here.

This bookplate with the sunset has more of a traditional design. This led me to thinking of creating my own font which I added digitally.

Off duty in Russia 1813

Finding time to relax is important even back in Captain Bower – Sparkles early days. Hes just able to cope with the cold for a few minutes as this is Winter in Russia. The rough watercolour paper really helped to achieve a heavy snow effect. I used my dip pen which gave a broken line across the papers surface.

Captain Bower- Sparkle

After spotting a painted lead horse and rider on an auction site I was delighted to find Captain Bower -Sparkle dashing around collecting marshmallows at Christmas teatime.

I began to wonder about his earlier life and will upload these ideas in my next post. This illustration with Captain Bower- Sparkle was painted in watercolour and inks on stretched thick cartridge paper. I found applying wax candle and then ink acting as a resist for the horses the best way to depict worn scratched paint.

Christmas string scraps were used for tying the marshmallows into a bundle.

Behind the Co-op buildings

Whilst sketching the Co-op buildings I began to realise I was being watched from afar.  Some mutual agreement was made between them (the birds) and I finished with enough work to develop into the above illustration.  Watercolour paints, a little brown ink brushed on, and pencil were used on watercolour paper.

Late Summer behind the Co- op buildings

Cathy and Heathcliff on the moor

cathy,heathclifferoaming

Here Cathy and Heathcliff share a walk together across the Moorland.  To follow on from the previous post to show progression I’ve tried to suggest their ages being between 14 and 15 years old.  The birds are a family of Curlews and one startled Red legged Partridge, you may find a dragonfly on a stick and a Cinnabar Moth amongst all that Heather!

Ive used Dr Martins inks and Windsor and Newton inks applied with a brush and a dip pen.  The paper was a middleweight cartridge paper which I managed to stretch on a board without tearing.

Cathy & Heathcliff aged 7

wuthering-heights-playing.wordpressjpgThis is the first of three illustrations representing Cathy and Heathcliff from the book Wuthering Heights.  I intend to draw the characters next as teenagers.  Loved drawing the dogs and mice. Experimenting with paper I settled on cartridge so I could apply ink at the end of the process.  Thank you for taking the time to comment over the last couple of years we are all so busy I appreciate it.

Liesel and Rudy

The Book thief written by Markus Zusak was a memorable recent read so I thought I would attempt revisiting scenes through drawing Liesel and Rudy.  Here I tried to show their friendship and young years.

Going to find something good to eat.
character development within a story.

The Bookthief-cover
Title cover for The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

Used some strong inks here as I planned for this to be a mock title page.  Enjoyed researching details and mixing new shades with Dr Martins inks. FW inks and watercolour. The first illustration was done on bristol board very smooth and white no paper stretching was a big help. The cover above was completed on cartridge paper from a Seawhite sketchbook its  not stretched though I hear ironing on the reverse is a possibility! Thank you for looking and sharing my posts it is appreciated.