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Thornley Lodge

Having just finished my normal mundane job for 6 days off over the Easter bank holiday weekend…. One of my friends from work, messaged me out of the blue asking if I’d be able to do a house portrait, as a gift for her future mother in law.

Yay! “Excellent!” I thought to myself… an awesome chance to get my trusty Derwent Pastel Pencils out. The only thing was, she wanted it done for the 19th April…. Which gave me 5 days from start to finish. Could I do it within that timescale? “Yeah…,I’ll give it a go!”

So here is the original photo she sent to me…. 

First thing I did was sketch the outline, lightly tracing the complicated angles so the perspective and proportions were correct. I then started the fun bit, colouring in! From the left hand side and top/sky first, so as not to smudge. 

The above pictures were just quickly taken with a rubbish phone at intervals, so that I could send them to my friend and keep her updated throughout it’s progress. 

When I’d finally finished the illustration…. I sprayed it with fixative then I scanned it so I always have a copy for myself. 

My friend loved it and her mother in law loved it. 

I really enjoyed the challenge of this commission as I was on a tight schedule, I had to plan my way of working quite accurately and squeeze every spare minute in where ever I could. 

It was a Happy Easter! 

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House portrait

I was asked to create a house portrait for my friend about 3 years ago. Using this photo she asked if it could be done using watercolours and for it to be about A3 in size.

I started with a pencil sketch to get the outlines and proportions correct, then used Derwent Watercolour pencils but only used a small amount of water at the end.

My friend was very happy with the final illustration. It was going to be a gift for her mother, who apparently loved it too! Mission accomplished.


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Trippy artwork…

trippysketchI did this about 20 years ago!Using watercolour pencils and fineliner pens I think. It would’ve been around about the time I was at college doing my HND in Multi-Disciplinary Design at St Helens College, Merseyside. I just loved letting my mind run free with swirls and curves and then doing all that shading with those lush colours…I was in my element!

Source: Trippy artwork…

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Matilda & Murphy

I was approached by a fellow mother at my kids’ school, to illustrate this favourite photo of hers of her daughter and dog on the beach.



On closer inspection of image, I found that the girls features were quite distorted and pixelated which made life difficult when creating the illustration.

 In actual fact, I had a lot of fun doing this commission, it was an amazing challenge! Working on the sea/water is always difficult, but I really enjoyed this especially with the reflections and smudgability!


Final artwork, derwent pastel pencils.