After Christmas I developed an idea for cards based on an owl, fairy lights and snow. Inks are mostly used with the addition of a recent gift (masking fluid). The Church built of sandstone in 1785 replaces the original14th Century Church retaining some interior walls. Its in a lovely spot, also I’m still waiting to be introduced to the black cat I painted a few summers ago.
This is larger than A4 (larger than usual) and painted on thicker cartridge paper with watercolours and the addition of the ink line. In all the excitement of controlling washes I seem to have lost the crescent moon hopefully a little atmosphere is depicted.
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
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.
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.
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.
Heathcliff and Cathy are in their early twenties in the pen and ink drawings below. Two major characters from Emily Bronte’s book are Edgar Linton and his sister Isabella Linton. The Pen and Ink style works well for the drama in the book think I will return to this title again.
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.