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So… It has been a few weeks (!) since my last blogpost. I am a bad blogger. I actually haven’t been drawing as much as I’d like lately… hence the lack of posting.

I have a new summer resolution to get back into blogging – what used to be a twice weekly thing for me has gotten neglected due to work and general life!

Today was a dull, cloudy day in London (unlike back home in Ireland where a mini heatwave seems to be happening!) so I decided to draw a sad cartoon dog.

Here is a three stage breakdown:


Inspiration from the sketch came from Cartoon Cool by Christopher Hart.





So I have been a little MIA for the last while… but I am back! Here is my SOTW for this week. Just fancied drawing a cute cartoon-y cat!

Meow – have a cat-tastic weekend.



Last week I finished my Introduction to Drawing art class at the Chelsea College of Art & Design. Despite the snow… and me generally just wanted to sleep on a Saturday morning I made it to every class!

It was definitely good to have a solid few hours drawing per week (10am to 4pm), as it made it easier to improve as opposed to me spending an hour or two a week sketching. Aside from using pencil, I also used charcoal, chalk and ink to create pieces. Surprisingly I really loved the ink drawing/painting. It left no room for mistake as I drew straight onto the page in ink with no pencil as guidance. I also really liked the effects of painting with ink and water.


For the second half of our last class I did a quick pencil sketch. The only thing I will say is I will be glad not to draw another bottle for a while!!!


I really want to do a life drawing class next… but it’s just a case of finding the time and money now!

Do you have any art classes you’d recommend?



I mentioned last week that I am doing a drawing course at The Chelsea College of Art & Design. In spite of the snow I trekked across London (and didn’t fall flat on my face again!).

In last week’s class we used charcoal and chalk. The above image was a practice sketch to understand shadows and how to make objects seem three dimensional. I really look how chalk and charcoal work together!

Here are some  other pieces I drew in my second class:





The final sketch was an exercise to use the objects from the top drawing and create anything we wanted. I made a little puppet type man! Although I didn’t get to finish it in class…


Do you like using charcoal to draw? Or do you prefer pencil?


I started an art class in the Chelsea College of Art & Design this month. I have wanted to start taking classes for ages but just didn’t know what to take up or where to even do a course. I looked at some courses at Central Saint Martins and Chelsea before deciding that, as much as I wanted to jump straight into animation or illustration, I really need to brush up on my skills.

I worried that if I picked a class like animation straight away that I would feel so behind everyone else and would lose confidence immediately. I decided to do Introduction to Drawing in Chelsea as the class seemed open to complete beginners and the times suited me too.

The class itself is 10am – 4pm so it forces me to draw for a much longer period of time than if I was sat at home sketching. It is also great to have a teacher in the class to help you and advise you on how to compose your drawings.

In my first lesson we focused on drawing still objects; first to get to grips with outlines and perspective and then moving on to shading.

These are my two sketches from my first class:



They’re certainly not perfect by any means but I wanted to share them to show you what this class is like. For me it is great to learn more about shading and drawing objects like these as I tend to focus more on cartoon/people and animal sketches so I’m hoping this will improve my overall drawing ability.

After this course ends I really want to explore more classes and try some in Central Saint Martins! They don’t come cheap so I will have to save for a few months and continue to practice in my own time before embarking on anything else… but I really want to get cracking on more animation/illustration based classes.

Have you taken any art classes yourself? Would you recommend them? I’d love to know what experiences any of you have had!



This week’s SOTW is a not-so-festive dinosaur. Maybe I should have given him a Christmas hat!

I am back home in Ireland for two weeks so rummaged around for some old art books and found Draw 50: Dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals by Lee J. Ames. I love dinosaurs so this book has some great sketch ideas and shows you step-by-step how to draw each dino.

dinobookAll my art pencils are in London so my little Brontosaurus (aka Apatosaurus) is drawn with just an F pencil. I normally use 4B, 6B and 9B for pencil drawings – although this all depends on how heavy or light I want the drawing to be.

Here is a three stage breakdown of my sketch:


Hope you all had a lovely Christmas! Did anyone get any good art books? I was lucky enough to get some art classes in Chelsea College of Art & Design as a present!



For this week’s SOTW I have attempted a retro style cartoon character! I recently bought a great book called Cartoon Cool.

This book shows you how to dray ultra-cartoon-y, retro, and highly stylised drawings. This is the new face of cartooning as seen in TV shows as Sponge-Bob Squarepants, Dexter’s Lab, Kim Possible, and The Fairly Odd Parents. Christopher Hart shows you how to get that almost-1950s look in your drawings. I really like his step-by-step drawings and find them very clear to understand.

Here is a three stage breakdown of my sketch:


I really enjoy this style of drawing! Do you have any tips for drawing retro style characters?


For my sketch of the week I decided to experiment with some new coloured pens. I tend to only ever sketch with pencil (oh yes I am boring!) so I honestly have no idea how best to use coloured ink/pencils etc.

This was quite a quick little attempt. Here is a three stage breakdown:

I actually preferred this sketch before any colour was added. Oh well. More practice needed!

Do you have any tips for adding colour to your sketches?