Roses with a Wren

September Roses mostly Briar with Wren

Last September I drew roses from the hedges such as the briar rose and took some photos. My aim was to celebrate and depict the name Rose Wren . They are all so beautiful and its a real challenge drawing the roses structure so I have started with the more simple form of a Briar rose which complements a first birthday for a little girl I know.

Now I was looking at roses I continued with studies of a rose from a neighbours allotment, I found that the as the rose fades it develops a fragility with its form becoming a good subject to draw. The wren is another challenge altogether. This mid red rose was drawn with coloured pencils on cartridge paper

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

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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.