Sunshine and Sketching

Finally the lurgy is lifting enough that I can start to recover energies to do art. The weather too, despite having some nasty cold patches, is turning into very early spring so we are all able to head outdoors for a little bit.

I’m at the end of my satisfaction with the cheaper paints I was using so on the path of upgrading now which means a little more delay in starting painting the sketch I drew last week.

Instead of painting I went back to working on my side project and had a reasonable amount of progress. As much as I love painting there is a lot of fun to be had using charcoals. About half way there now!



Rumblings, err Ramblings

So a sizable quake (5.7) hit the city again today. While no one was seriously hurt this time (yay!!!) it has thrown us all into a mega stressful situation where we are back to waiting for another big one.

Sending all the hugs to those impacted by today – if you are in need of someone to chat to then find me on twitter or leave comments here and i’ll do my best to respond.

Before the quake I did finish my charcoal drawing – using only the side of the pencil was a real challenge but lots of fun.

charcoal painting - bridge.jpeg


Book Edits, D3 and Continuing Drawing

The vast majority of my free time in the last few weeks has been spent on book editing. I am closing on the end of the self edits and nearing the fun time when I send the book out to my editor to see what she thinks.

Game wise I have been playing a bit of the season ladder in Diablo III with . She has been playing a witch doctor and I have been smashing things in the face with a barbarian – its a nice unthinking kinda game that is perfect to pickup for 20 min and feel like you have achieved something.

My charcoal is taking shape – still very much a work in progress but the idea I was mulling over is starting to be visible. Brushing the side of the pencil has its challenges but the ability to draw out the details from the drawing without defaulting to detailing has been a lot of fun.


WiP charcoal paintings

Charcoal Pottering and Practicing

As I have been struggling to find time to setup for painting I decided to do some quicker charcoal sketching and practicing. There is still so much to learn with how charcoal works its always worth returning to.

Practice face/mouth




And I started this – trying to “paint” with the pencil, mostly using the side of the tip and often unfocused just looking beyond the paper to find the shapes, shadow and story the charcoal wants to tell me.  I look forward to seeing what this ends up like, if my instinct to take over will leap in and wrestle control back.

charcoal landscape.jpg