Friday, 1 July 2011

Phone Sketch #21: Game, Set & Match

Friday phone sketch's are no more. Sort of.

I'm not abandoning them as I haven't been doing them that long but I have decided to change things slightly. I'm switching to a numbering system and no longer restricting myself to Friday's as I've found it's a rather busy day for me at the moment and I've found it difficult to get things done. My working life is in flux at the moment so I'm having to reassess a few things and therefore want to keep things flexible in that regard. I will continue to post phone sketches but not necessarily always on a Friday or even every single week. I want to commit my self to other projects right now and with my half marathon training and aforementioned changes at work I need to prioritise.

This weeks sketch is inspired by the tennis and the current Wimbledon tournament. Today is men's semi-final day and  It's a huge day for Andy Murray so I thought this would be a nice way to mark the moment.

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Friday, 24 June 2011

FRIDAY PHONE SKETCH: Robots Are Cool. Right?

Last week I drew a robot but on the verge of completion my phone sketch app crashed and to my dismay I'd lost most of it. I got so Into the sketch that I didn't save it regularly enough as I went along ending up with just the rough outline and no time left to start again or post it here. I've since finished it and so present it to you today.

I don't know why but I just got the urge to draw a robot. I once asked my mother if she could recall when I first started to draw or what inspired me. She said as far as she could remember I was always drawing, that I had a vivid imagination and that as a boy I was always drawing robots. The strange thing is I have no recollection of drawing robots, at least not specifically. Robot's, however, are cool no matter how you dress them up but I decided to make mine a bit of a loner. So here he is sitting in a tree, all alone, his glowing gaze peering out into the night.

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Friday, 10 June 2011


Running is a pastime I've been undertaking for some time now, hitting the streets and the park at least three times a week. To date a 5k run is as far as I've been and I haven't taken part in an official race either. That is all about to change.

I've wanted to run in longer races such as a marathon ever since I got the running bug and just this past week I entered the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon. The race is in October so I'm just starting my training now and I'll be running for the charity UNICEF.

UNICEF is a charity that help vunerable and deprived children around the world (particularly in developing countries) to have a better start in life, better education and a quality of life the rest of us take for granted. I have a fundraising target of £550 and you can help me get there by donating to my fundraising page here. I know we live in tough economic times but whatever you can give will make a huge difference. I have only 110 friends on facebook but if they all gave just £5 then I would reach my target, so do the easy bit and I'll do the hard bit by finishing the race.

With running in mind I come to today's phone sketch which is pretty self explanatory really. It's not necessarily me in the image (It doesn't even have a beard!) but it could be. Please leave a comment as it would be great to get some feedback on here and know people are checking out the blog other than via Google statistics and don't forget to make a donation on my fundraising page.

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Friday, 3 June 2011


Short on time this week so have to make this quick. I decided I wanted to draw an old fashioned looking footballer from the 40's or 50's but I wanted to make it cartoon like as well. I then looked at a poster I have on my wall and basically ripped off the colour scheme and slightly aped the style of Illustration depicted in it. I would have liked to refine the final image a bit more as well but like I said already I'm a bit pushed for time, such is life.

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Tuesday, 31 May 2011

St. Leonards Shoreditch

Two Saturdays ago I joined up with the members of Drawing London On Location for the first meetup since before Easter. The locations this time stretched from Christchurch in Spitalfields, through Brick Lane and on to Shoreditch. We had intended to visit Hoxton square but it was fenced off for construction work so we settled in the grounds of St Leonards Church Shoreditch. For this meetup I decided to practice depicting whole scenes that lay before me rather than just specific objects, buildings or people. It's something I want to work on more and more to help inform storyboarding and Illustration work and to insure I become more affective at creating environments for characters to live and breath in. My efforts as a result were very varied and all largely incomplete so I've only decided to post one of them. It's the final piece I did on the day and though I failed to capture any of the surrounding architecture and background elements of the park I was never the less fairly happy with the compositional balance I did manage to portray. All the people in the drawing are fellow sketchers from the group and I feel I was starting to gain some sense of place when the time ran out. It's a decent starting point and something to build on.

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