Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sketch: Merle Oberon

Here we have a pencil sketch of Merle Oberon as Marguerite Blakeney in The Scarlet Pimpernel
A bit wonky, but in my defence, I did draw with the sketchbook balanced on my lap. My Great Aunt packed us off to this year's Ian Constable Lecture, which was Rolf Zinkernagel lecturing "On Regulation  of Immunity and Immunopathology by Antigen". o.O

Now, I am not scientifically-minded enough to understand more than about one word in ten of the lecture, unfortunately, but I listened (albeit rather lost) and sketched away. I had reference pictures of the lovely Merle Oberon with me, as I've been practicing miniature watercolours, and have been doing one of her – so I sketched her as well. She's great fun to draw. =)
I did most of this at the lecture, and (since it finished before I had) spent 15 minutes finishing off the background and touching stuff up when I got home.

0.5 mechanical pencil with B lead in a Moleskine sketchbook. 
1hour, 45 minutes.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Study: 20s girl

There is absolutely nothing actually creative about this. =P I've been so busy (which is a fabulous thing, of course) that I have no brain left for actual creativity once I've finished work for the day. ^.^

Olde-Fashioned over on deviantart uploaded this wallpaper recently, and I just loved the image she'd used (from the cover of an old Photoplay magazine). She was kind enough to send me the original file, and I did a study of it, partly for fun and relaxation, and partly because my lovely mother gave me some Rose Madder watercolour over the weekend, and this was an opportunity to use it without taking up too much of my time. 

I did a pencil sketch last night, which took about 50 minutes or so (while watching tv) and printed it out onto watercolour paper and mucked about with my watercolours tonight, which took about half an hour. Much fun was had. =) And I still need to work on my washes (although admittedly I wasn't trying very hard)


Friday, September 17, 2010

Design: Ads and Posters

Despite appearances to the contrary I am actually still alive. Just very busy, and by the end of the day, too tired to sketch.
However, I have not been inactive! As proof of this, here are a couple of snaps of some design work I've done recently. I just got my hands on some prints.

Remember The Year of Biodiversity Schedule Design? This is more work relating to it. One full page newspaper ad (plus a considerable number of small ones) and A4 poster and a DL flyer.

I think they came out rather nicely. =) Nice and colourful. 

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sketches: From the Travel Diary 1

I've recently returned from a 10-day trip to Malaysia. My cousin was getting married in KL, so we started off in Penang, and finished our trip in Kuala Lumpur, for the wedding.

I'm a bit behind on the travel diary I was keeping, as I got pretty much no time while actually on holiday. (and came home to lots of work to do) But I plan to finish it off, come hell or high water! =P

So, here we have some pages from the Penang part of our trip – very sketchy, as they were of course not meant to be refined. I used various combinations of pencil, a variety of pens and ecoline ink (done at home, I wasn't travelling with it =P) in a little A5 Moleskine. It's not the best for ecoline, but it'll do.

Left to Right, Top to Bottom:
Various flowers seen in Georgetown, a woman doing batik, more flowers (this time outside the Batik factory), various butterflies from the Penang Butterfly Farm, a small bird, and a sketch map. =) 

Stay tuned for more pages, as I actually ... you know... finish them. 


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