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.
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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.




The Prisoner..The Tree.

Two new short stories from Christopher Green.

cover-mail-originaltitlecover-theprisonerVery happy to have sketched away inspired after reading my brothers latest short stories.  Thinking of cover ideas for these two stories set in Japan was so enjoyable as Chris writes so descriptively.  Evoking a strong sense of tension and place.  They are drawn using indian ink W&N with pen and brush onto very course paper in the same style seen in my recent post The Runner. Both of these enjoyable short stories are available to download.  The Prisoner by Chris Green

The neighbor, his wife and their cherished tree face a testing time.  The Tree by Chris Green

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The squirrel outside no 11.York

There was a lot of barking coming from the house in this street and here below from where I was walking was the reason.


They had met before..no11-october

then in winter..full of snow


someday they would be the best act ever!


Used dip pens and inks such as Rowney’s acrylic ink mixing before applying for subtle colour.

Community Garden Rabbit

This rabbit passed me when I was sketching in my allotment it looked at me a while then continued on its way.  We met again in the community gardens as I sketched the wonderful wildflowers sown.  I think he remembered me!

Soft pastels were chosen here as I wanted to experiment. The second lowest image is A3 in size.A4-pastel-rabbit - CopyIMG_6732-cropped

Postcard submissions

These small postcard entries were for a local gallery at Danby National Park Visitor Centre.  Themed on the local area I chose two bridges I love.  The artist name is revealed after the exhibition ends in September.  I may never see them again so its bittersweet but am looking forward to repainting on a larger scale over winter.

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Begger’s Bridge of Glaisdale a romantic spot with plenty of ivy.


Duck bridge originally Danby Castle Bridge which can be seen in the distance.


I did some work for my brother’s short story title, ‘The Runner’.  Chris asked for a lovely brush ink effect so I played around with some old chinese brushes and heavy textured paper.  My dip ink pen snuck in all the same.

Cattersty Sands In February

The robins red plumage showed up in contrast to the blue and grey rocks so I tried to recreate that …eventually settling with line pencil work to keep the robins sharp. After adding text no easy feat for myself to do I am awaiting a small print run of postcards . bestcatteresea-darkerrobin-cropped2ndrobin-adjusted - Copy1Decided to try this approach for the reverse of the postcard.

Mallard in Tulips

This is my entry for the spoonflower tea towel competition which I am pleased to say received 27 votes.  Updates in the calendar to make it more readable have now been done.  I took the idea from a sketch last spring with the mallard resting in the allotments.SF-Roostery-Tea-Towel-Template-FinaREDBROWNl - Copy


Over the last five months I have been keeping a sketchbook even when travelling up to Scotland.  The local beach called Cattersea has been a great find for me I have tried to convey the Sea and the weather over Summer oh! I have so much to learn but in keeping this sketchbook I will hopefully see improvements over time.