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Imagining JoJo

This past week I’ve been taking the first week of Sketchbook Skool’s new kourse Imagining. This week’s klass has been taught by Sketchbook Skool (SBS) founder Koosje Koene. We were encouraged to make a daily drawing from our imagination for 5 days linked in some way, ideally in a concertina sketchbook.

A friend had recently given me a triangular shaped concertina Awkward Sketchbook so I used that for this class. Koosje linked her sketches in her demonstrations with a red thread so I copied that idea in mine. I decided to use simple black pen for the rest of my drawing and settled on a rabbit as a main character because I was looking at a ceramic rabbit on the shelf in front of me as I watched the class. Although I was drawing from imagination when I drew the first image it was obvious to me when I finished it that I was very heavily influenced by the work of the artist Jon Carling, whose pen and ink work I adore!

When I had completed my 5 drawings I decided to carry on and draw another 3 to fill up my sketchbook. And once I had filled it I went further and turned it into a mini zine using the layout template from Umami Design Studio Blog 1 and the folding guide from Umami Design Studio Blog 2.

It’s been a great first week and I can’t wait to see what week 2 brings!


My Penzance Rabbit


Today’s drawing isn’t a face! It’s a watercolour I painted last night (not even today- I haven’t had time to draw yet today) in my tiny Fabriano Venezia sketchbook of a tiny ceramic rabbit I bought a couple of weeks ago in Penzance while we were on holiday in Cornwall.  I have a whole collection of rabbits and hares of various kinds and this is lovely addition to my collection. I bought it in the very beautiful shop, Circa 21, in Penzance. Check out their Facebook page to see more of the gorgeous goodies they stock here.


An Inkling Christmas

My number one Christmas gift this year was a Wacom Inkling, an awesome digital pen that converts your sketches into digital files as you draw.  It’s so simple to use and works brilliantly, so I’ve been having fun playing with it.

My number one Christmas buy was a rabbit nightlight from a new shop in town, Danish store Tiger, for just £2.  It’s a colour changing nightlight and I absolutely love it.  So it should come as no surprise to learn that I’ve used my Inkling to sketch my rabbit light.  N.B. This is the digital version of my drawing, not a scan of my sketch.

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And just so you can see the real thing, here’s a couple photos of the nightlight in action.  Not bad for £2!Nightlight2

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