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Saturday, 29 June 2013


More lunchtime sketching in the Herbert Gallery. I bound my sketchbooks a while ago and date marked them. I'm only 10 pages into the "2012/13" book and am feeling a bit of pressure to fill it up by the end of the year. After that I'll likely have to buy a couple of new ones as an exciting trip might be on the cards. More news later!

Thursday, 27 June 2013


My yoga teacher. She's super-organised and sits in the lotus position before class checking her email, answering the intercom, taking calls and programming her Ipod with soothing music. I thought it was worth a drawing.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

I thought I would have to take some students down to London today, so took my sketching stuff into work. Turned out that I wasn't needed, so I did some drawing in my lunch break.
I work in Coventry and this is the famously bombed out old cathedral. The spire's not that wonky in real life.  Coventry was flattened  by the Luftwaffe in 1940, and then by the town planners shortly after, but the old buildings are lovely pinky sandstone and some gorgeous old buildings are surrounded by ringroad and one of the ugliest shopping streets in the UK
The statue in the foreground is called Reconciliation.

One of the other best things about Coventry is The Noodle Bar.

Monday, 24 June 2013

orchid sketch 2

Orchid mk 2 is still alive! Result!

Saturday, 8 June 2013


Sometimes, if I have a free weekend, I like to go for a long walk and draw whatever I like. The weather was surprisingly chilly so I wasn't able to sit and draw for as long as I expected.

 (I saw a swimming grass snake in the canal. Apparently this is quite common. From the size, maybe a female. I thought this was pretty cool, but perhaps should not have pointed it out with great enthusiasm to the lady walking behind me, who freaked out)

Sketching in Leamington

This is nearly the same spot that I sketched from in this post.
This year the field's planted with oilseed rape instead of wheat, and it must be a good year for nettles because last year I was able to sit under the tree not behind it. Those nettles are over 4 foot tall.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Vet School - the poster

Vet school- New Zealand style at my sister's practice in Invercargill. 
She's currently three months into an expat job stitching up "pig-dogs". Which are apparently dogs used to hunt wild pigs, not the mutant monstrosities which were the first things to come to mind over a bad Skype connection.

Dunesteef podcast art

This is some art for the Dunesteef podcast story "Tethered to the Cold and Dying" by Ray Cluley. That's a space elevator in the distance, not an unusually designed tower. Hope that that comes across.