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Oh what have we got here? Yet another cat sketch. I guess I like cats…



Sorry this poor little blog has been a bit neglected of late! I will be back to regular posting very soon! All has been a bit manic and I haven’t found enough time to draw… going to take up some more classes soon to get me back on track!

In the meantime, I have recently discovered Pusheen the Cat – check out how cute this illustrations are!


Love a good cat illustration! Pusheen also has a book coming out soon too… so Santa take note!




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!



On my reading list at the moment are the above visual treats. Yes, I am a massive fan of Boo. Someday I will own my own Pom!

Habibi  is a graphic novel by Craig Thompson. Sprawling across an epic landscape of deserts, harems, and modern industrial clutter, Habibi tells the tale of Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and by the love that grows between them. I really love how this novel looks and can’t wait to properly get into it. I am a massive fan of graphic novels! If only there was more time in the day so I could read and draw more. There is a great section to see the process of how Habibi came to life HERE.

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The third book I am reading is Beyond the Page which is the personal account of the work Quentin Blake, released to coincide with Quentin’s 80th birthday. Quentin is one of my favourite illustrators so this book will have a special place on my bookshelf! This book shows unpublished material on his recent projects and commissions, the fascinating story of his working processes, collaborators and travels, brought to life by over 300 full-colour reproductions of Quentin’s instantly recognisable illustrations.

Has anyone else read Habibi? Or do you have any graphic novels to recommend?


This sketch of the week is a cartoon bear. It was a very quick sketch – so quick, in fact, that I thought it was going to be  a mess. I feel this is a good lesson for me as sometimes I get so preoccupied with making a drawing ‘perfect’ that my lines become harsh and the whole piece stiff. Just goes to show that I need to do more of these quick sketches to loosen up my drawing style.

I bought a new book about drawing cartoons. It’s called the Humongous Book of Cartooning by Chris Hart. I was so excited when it arrived in the post from Amazon! I bought a few other art books with it, including one that shows you how to draw 50’s style retro cartoon characters. I want to spend all my free time going through these books… but need to pace myself so I am focusing on Chris Hart’s book first.

I love it this book! It gives a great breakdown on how to draw various cartoon characters from bears, cats, rabbits to people. So far I have just practiced some bear and animal sketches. Can’t wait to progress through the book and do more detailed drawings.

Below is a three stage breakdown of a little squirrel character I attempted. I actually spent more time on this than the above bear, but I way prefer how the bear turned out!

Do you have any recommendations of books that teach you certain drawing styles?

As it is Halloween today I said I would do a little festive sketch.

It started off as a very quick little drawing. Just a 2B pencil so nothing very exciting. I wanted to practice some people drawing and then last minute decided to accessorise and make it suit the date that’s in it. Here is the breakdown of how the drawing came to life:

For some reason I always seem to want to dress up as a cat for any fancy dress occasion. Although this year I actually dressed up as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz… I even bought a little Toto. Although the dog was so tiny it looked like a guinea pig! Tonight I am off to a pumpkin carving party with work, so will attempt to carve a cat or scary face (I don’t have high hopes for my skills!).

What did you do for Halloween?


Next weekend I am going to Somerset House to see Images 36: Best of British Illustration.

I love illustration so cannot wait to see this! I read about it in Stylist magazine and got very excited by myself on my tube journey to work.

The exhibition showcases the winning work of over 50 UK artists who entered the Association of Illustrator’s flagship competition ‘Images’.  It features new talent and established names such as Chris Haughton (Booktrust best new illustrator), Lizzie Mary Cullen (Design Week’s 50 Hot people) and Stephen Collins (Jonathan Cape/ Observer Graphic Short Story Prize, 2010).

The winners were selected by a specially chosen jury including agents, publishers and artists. Artists such as Noma Bar and David Foldvari were amongst this year’s judges alongside Art Directors from Guardian G2, Granta Publications, Hodder & Stoughton and Random House, as well as Creative Directors from leading design and digital agencies.

The exhibition is free and runs until 28 October 2012. Opening times are 10.00am to 6.00pm daily.

Find out more info HERE


Hello there dearest reader!

Thanks for visiting my new blog. It’s a little bare at the moment but stick with me and I promise it will all be up and running soon… I hope.

So what is ‘Kelly Illustrates’? This is my new blog about art, illustration and my mission to improve my drawing skills. My ultimate aim is to be able to design greeting cards that people actually want to buy (it’s a long way off!) or be as successful as Simon who created the absolutely brilliant Simon’s Cat.

I  just bought Book 3:

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