Le Tour…

chapeau

So the Tour de France started this weekend in Utrecht. Carlton Kirby – I’ve missed you! I made the mistake of drawing a picture for The Squirrel of the Milk Race in Nottingham, and now it seems the start of each cycling event has to be marked in a similar fashion. Chapeau to all those taking part! In my picture the rabbit wears the sprinters’ jersey, naturally the squirrel has the climbers’ polka dot jersey and the mouse is the overall leader in the maillot jaune (yellow jersey). So with The Squirrel glued to the box for the next 3 weeks, I will have to hide the remote on Wednesday when the Ashes begins or else a savage fight for TV rights may ensue! Have a good week fellow bloggers. Mx

Post story blues!

I’m a bit lost.. what to do now??  But on the plus side, this heat wave has finally arrived. I’ve taken my table out into the garden to sketch, and it’s been lovely. This is what appeared on my paper today…mossy woods pencilSketch (2)

So it’s not easy to see, but you get the idea. Just a rough pencil sketch of a mouse and a hare in a damp, mossy woodland..

mossy woods dev
Having redrawn the picture in pen, editing out the pencil lines that added little, I set out with the watercolours. The fun bit.

mossy woods

Et voila! Aside from having to dodge the odd cricket ball, (The Squirrel and Elfy have been enjoying the sunshine too) it’s been a very pleasant day and I’m in need of a little aftersun. And a new project! Mx

relocating my drawing mojo..

Any tips? I’m sitting at my desk with blank paper and pen in hand, and nothing’s happening. I guess I’m missing that pesky squirrel, and its only been a week. Just 185 days to go until he’s home, not that I’m counting…

Otherwise, all is working out well with me and the squirrel is fine too. He arrived at camp after a very long journey, and seems to be settling into his tent just fine. Stories of sun-downers (drinks at sunset) on a river bank surrounded by elephants are making me very jealous! He’s been trapping bats at night and doing vegetation surveys and cataloguing insects during the day.

Hopefully this week I’ll find my drawing mojo and get posting lots of interesting snippets, but for the time being you’ll have to make to with an old picture or two. I had the illustrations below printed into birthday and thankyou cards using sixprint. There was a minor hiccup, but they were really helpful and did a good job, so I’d recommend them if you’re wanting to find a company that’ll do a good quality print of your work.