Friday, 20 December 2013

Illustration Friday: Spirit

"Come in and know me better, man"
- A Christmas Carol. 

"I wear the chains I forged in life" - A Christmas Carol. 

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Lemur Couple

I submitted 2 pieces of work to the Luton Art Show a few weeks ago and I recently found out that one got in.  I am so happy it was my 3rd year trying, it's good to know that persistence pays off.
The one that did get in is actually featured in a past post titled Pinecones. see it here
It means that it will be on display at the Luton Museum in Wardown Park from December till March 2014.  It is up for sale, but I'm not worried whether it will sell or not I was just happy to get it in and go to the private view.

If you are wondering what was the second piece, the one that didn't get in?
Well this is it.  A watercolour of a male and female ring tailed lemurs, from a photo I took at Whipsnade Zoo.  

This is what it looked like in it's frame.  
Even though it didn't get in the show, it turned out quite well.  I really enjoyed doing this style and I think I might do it again for other animals. 
It was quite convenient because this weeks illustration Friday theme is 'tail'.
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Saturday, 16 November 2013

Medieval Wall Murals

I visited The Piccotts End Medieval Wall Murals in Hemel Hempstead during Heritage Open Day.
This is a quick sketch I did of one of the panels, which depicts Jesus's baptism. They were discovered by accident in 1953 and were probably painted in the 15th century.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Illustration Friday: Secret

One of my favourite books is The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. So when this weeks theme was 'secret' I had to use the story in some way. Enjoy, Share and Subscribe - Dolly

Saturday, 26 October 2013

It's A Wonderful Life

I love this film, I'm a huge fan of James Stewart. If you haven't seen it, watch it.
I drew this from pausing the film on TV, using a ink pen and watercolour.  I debated whether I should colour and decided leaving it in greys.  Maybe I will do it again in colour and imagine what Mary Bailey would have painted it.
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Sunday, 13 October 2013

Illustration Friday: Moustache

I visited The British Museum recently and found these items that made me think of this weeks theme. 
They are cast bronze masks representing moustachioed male faces buried around 50-20 BC and found in a rich cremation burial at Welwyn Hertfordshire.  They're tiny, probably 5cm maybe 1.5inches tall.  

Thursday, 3 October 2013


These are some quick sketches I did after a recent visit to the Owl and Monkey Haven, Isle of Wight.
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Update - I've had feedback from the Owl and Monkey Haven!

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Illustration Friday: Together

It's been a busy couple of weeks.  I went to Centre Parcs to celebrate our wedding anniversary, had an amazing time holding eagle owl and relaxing in the spa.

Well here is my contribution to this weeks theme, Together...

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Thursday, 19 September 2013

Illustration Friday: Totem

I was finding this weeks theme difficult and then I found a sketch that I did years ago.  I think it suits quite well.  
Totem: a natural object or animal that is believed by a particular society to have spiritual significance- oxford english dictionary.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

How I See The Spider

 A drawing that came to me while my husband was killing a spider with a baseball bat.
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Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Illustration Friday: Lush

The English countryside.
I normally hate doing landscapes, but I've been wanting to draw a landscape in this style for some time now.
It also fitted in well to this weeks illustration friday theme, 'lush'.
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Sunday, 1 September 2013

Fairy sketching

This is a sketch i did in pen in 5mins. I then played around with it on the app on my phone.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013


These were some trees I saw during a walk.  They had been cut down and piled up. 

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Mushroom Men

 What can I say? These are beings that disguise themselves as Mushrooms.
Look out for them...

Illustration Friday: Rescue

My contribution for this weeks theme. Me rescuing the Princess from Bowser.
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Thursday, 22 August 2013

Illustration Friday: Power

This weeks theme is Power. Have a look at my gallery of work, subscribe to my updates, Dolly. 


Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Winnie the Pooh

My cousin had a baby in July, the first baby of my generation!
It was great meeting her, she was lovely.
I knew I wanted to draw something for her nursery.  I found out her mum loves Winnie the Pooh and so I drew a copy of this classic Winnie the Pooh illustration.
The original I believe was drawn by E.H. Shepard who illustrated all four volumes of Winnie the Pooh throughout the 1920s and also Wind In The Willows for Kenneth Graham.
This is the version I used as my reference.
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Saturday, 17 August 2013


This is a portrait I've done of my husband. I used a photo of him as a reference.
I've done a self portrait in a similar style.  I really like using the different shades of black as it really helps improve my skills in shadows and shading.
Work in progress...

Finished piece...

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Illustration Friday: Fresh

A Fresh pineapple rum cocktail is my favourite drink.  Just wished it was served like this every time.
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