Check out this video of my Midori MD cotton notebook unboxing and ink test.
Lately it feels like I've been smashing my head against a brick wall. Despite a load of field trips, my good intentions to get down to it and draw something GOOD are getting me nowhere. I've dragged myself up mountains only to find my hand can't translate the views. I've sat in cafes and ruined … Continue reading Try something completely different
This week in the research section I've been talking about focusing on your "go to" tools, the ones you use all time. Now, that's great if you've been drawing for a while and you already know what works best for you, but maybe you're new to all this and you aren't really sure what your … Continue reading Love your tools – Nikko nibs
There is nothing more exciting for an artist than getting a new piece of kit. We are obsessed with our little trinkets and the potential they could unlock in us. If only we had that exact Lamy pen, if we could just add potters pink to our palette, if we could find the right waterproof … Continue reading Love your tools
Over the last year I've been doing a lot of sketching in my moleskines. I fill up these little tomes of joy, pop them on the shelf and congratulate myself on a job well done. But why should it end there? If I'm pleased with these outdoor scribblings just IMAGINE what I could do if … Continue reading Develop your sketchbook drawings
I was doodling away the other day, and it occurred to me quite how much my trees resemble those in Bill Watterson's artwork. This isn't something I'd consciously tried to achieve. I grew up reading Calvin and Hobbes and I guess that somewhere in my mind I'd filed away those curves and now they've become … Continue reading Look at other artist’s work
I'm guilty of it too. I spot something I like the look of, it sticks in my mind for a few days, I delay delay delay and finally I get round to drawing it. But that certain magical something just isn't with me and the drawing comes out looking, well, rubbish. And there's only one … Continue reading Become obsessed with something