Thursday, 31 December 2009

31/100 - 31.12.2009


Gummy bear - gouache on cartridge paper.

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

30/100 - 30.12.2009


Brush and Ink - I followed this drawing tutorial:
http://home.howstuffworks.com/how-to-dra
w-triceratops.htm

This triceratops is a lean, mean, fighting machine. His name is Tinsel.

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

29/100 - 29.12.2009

Trying to improve on day 27's disappointing effort. A tonal study painted using gouache - an opaque type of watercolour. It's my first time using them - tricky!

Monday, 28 December 2009

28/100 - 28.12.2009


Pencil portrait. It turns out that hands are rather difficult to draw!

Sunday, 27 December 2009

27/100 - 27.12.2009

Not too happy with how this turned out (so i reduced the image size :) Trying a new technique that I'm finding difficult. Watercolour.

Saturday, 26 December 2009

26/100 - 26.12.2009

Lego minifig, watercolour.

Friday, 25 December 2009

25/100 - 25.12.2009

30 Second figure drawings

Thursday, 24 December 2009

24/100 - 24.12.2009



A portrait drawn in charcoal on 9 post-it notes.
Listening to: Giant Bomb Cast

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

23/100 - 23.12.2009


Snowman striptease. Brush and Ink, watercolour.

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Sunday, 20 December 2009

20/100 - 20.12.2009


Pencil figure drawing.

Saturday, 19 December 2009

19/100 - 19.12.2009



Freehand Ink & Brush inverted drawing of a comedian - didn't know how it would turn out until I had scanned it and re-inverted it... don't think it's very recognisable.

Friday, 18 December 2009

18/100 - 18.12.2009

Graphite drawing of an Indian tuk tuk (auto rickshaw).

Done in honour of some friends who are bravely taking part in the rickshaw run for charity, from their site:
"On the first day of the first month of the year 2010, three intrepid blokes from Glasgow, Scotland will be attempting to drive, push, pull and force an auto-rickshaw from Pokhara in the Himalaya in Nepal down the length of India to the Southern city of Kochi. A journey of some 5000km in a 150cc vehicle that advertises "a top speed of 55kpm , but we've seen it do more downhill !!" Its just as well we're starting at the top and heading down the way."

They are raising money for the Mercy Corps who provide humanitarian community support and relief to poor countries in Africa.  The guys' site is linked below, please give generously :D

Thursday, 17 December 2009

17/100 - 17.12.2009


30 second figure sketches

16/100 - 16.12.2009

Watercolour of some hills.  I need to learn how to use watercolours.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

15/100 - 15.12.2009


robot on a skateboard. Brush and Ink, and digitally coloured. Check out those stupid misshapen tiny hands and feet.

It's leg came off when it was trying to perform a grind that was WAY beyond it's ability.

Monday, 14 December 2009

14/100 - 14.12.2009

Day 14 and still going.  Today is another practice day, another round of 30 second figure sketches - I should probably check a book or something but for now I'm hoping this is a good way to practice... Anyway, I did a few pages full of these sketches, the one shown here was a sketch I quite liked. I should really get some cheap paper for doing these sketches but for now I'll ruin the decent stuff.
Pencil on cartridge paper
Listening to: Rebel FM Podcast

Sunday, 13 December 2009

13/100 - 13.12.2009


Day 13, and some illustration (of mos).  Brush and india ink. Digitally coloured.

more mos pictures here

Saturday, 12 December 2009

12/100 - 12.12.2009


Tricky to explain this one... I took a macro shot of a small transparent plastic skull (from halloween), inverted the picture so it was like a negative, then drew that negative photo in pencil (and upside down too :), then I scanned in the drawing and inverted it back to normal. Phew!

Pencil on cartridge paper. 

flickr page


Friday, 11 December 2009

11/100 - 11.12.2009


Just time for a quick sketch, I tried a few sketches of this head from different angles and picked the one I thought was best to post.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

10/100 - 10.12.2009


Today's drawing is some figure sketching practice - each figure was drawn in 30 seconds. I did a few pages of these and picked the best looking one to scan in. I found a site called posemaniacs.com that will show a figure in different poses for 30 seconds, as a learning tool. I've never been good at drawing figures so this was good practice I think, I could see a bit of a progression in quality from the first page I did to the last.

http://www.posemaniacs.com/pose/thirtysecond.html

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

9/100 - 09.12.2009


Some kinda unsuccessful sketches from the amazing Andrew Loomis book as I didn't have too much time today.

8/100 - 08.12.2009


Hit the watercolours again,and I'm still finding them rather difficult.  I think a lot of my pictures look ok through half closed, scrunched up eyes. That's how I prefer to look at them.

Pencil and watercolour on cartridge paper. Photo (mine) used as source.
Listening to: The Giant Bombcast.

Monday, 7 December 2009

7/100 - 07.12.2009

Another charcoal drawing today, this time of a macro photo of a small swiss army knife. The paper is tinted so I tried using a white pastel for the highlights. The paper was quite grainy so the texture is showing through a lot, not sure if that's good or bad, also I found it hard to get smooth areas of shading - as you can see in the shadows. Bit of a problem here with the size of the different parts as well, the scissors should have been a bit longer.

Charcoal and white pastel on tinted pastel paper. Photo (mine) used as source.
Listening to: The Collings and Herrin Podcasts.

6/100 - 06/12/2009

Day 6 and it's my first colour picture of the 100. I've never managed to get the hang of painting but I would like to, so today I tried painting a watercolour picture of a buoy in the sea around Florida. Comparing this to the photo I used as source it is a bit off, layout wise. Also the waves seem a little scribbled - just not very realistic in general. Oh well, the aim here is improvement so I have to start somewhere! I think the scanner is not capturing the colours very well because I'm sure the water was a bit darker.

Water colour on cartridge paper.
Listening to: The Collings and Herrin Podcasts.

Saturday, 5 December 2009

5/100 - 05.12.2009


So, to mix things up a little, and since I had some time, I tried using charcoal today. Charcoal is something I've always wanted to try but always found it very difficult to use. I think it turned out alright, the glass looks ok but as usual the proportions and layout was difficult. Another difficulty I found is how easily smudged the charcoal is, it's tricky trying to draw without resting your hand on the parts you've already put down - maybe I'm supposed to start at the left side and work over to the right? Hmm. It would be interesting to go back to some of these reference photos at the end of the 100 drawings and draw some again, to compare things.

This took around an hour (estimated) to complete, charcoal and putty eraser on cartridge paper. Photograph (mine) used as a source.
Listened to: Giant Bombcast (videogame podcast)

Friday, 4 December 2009

4/100 - 04.12.2009

Again, not much time for drawing today so had to attempt another sketch. This one is of the statue in royal exchange square, Glasgow. I wasn't happy with how this turned out so added some annotations :) The main problem I think is the proportions, things just aren't where they should be, so need to find a better technique to position things in the drawings.

Biro on moleskine, photo (from internet) used as source.
Listened to: The hum of pc's.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

3/100 - 03.12.2009

I didn't have much time today so I attempted a quick sketch on the train. Sketching on a moving train is not an ideal way to draw! Biro on moleskine.
Listened to: The sounds of the train.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

2/100 - 02.12.2009



Day 2 of 100, a pencil drawing of a small shot of whisky. I think it turned out not to bad. I think it might get hard to think of things to draw as this goes on...

Graphite pencil and putty eraser on cartridge paper. Photo (mine) used as source.
Listened to: Keith and the Girl (podcast)

1/100 - 01.12.2009


First drawing of 100, so put a bit of effort into it and it took a while. Realised that doing something like this every day for 100 days is going to be quite difficult, but I'm interested to see if I can get better or faster, hopefully learn some new techniques too.

Graphite pencils and putty eraser on cartridge paper. Photo (mine) used as source. Subject not happy about being drawn :)

Monday, 30 November 2009


100 Drawings in 100 days. That's what I'll attempt to do. Here's what prompted this:

From 1 December 2009, Josie Long cordially invites you to pledge to do one thing every day for 100 days in a bid to generally make things better. The plan is simple...

ONE thing
done ONCE each day
for ONE hundred days

Find out more on Josie Long's site -> http://www.hundreddays.net/