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Bird Bath Birds.

This was a black and white project started late summer last year. I was approached by the marvellous Matthew Sheret to do a series of drawings of British birds for Berg‘s Little Printer. After discussions with Matt, I hit upon the idea of birds at a bird bath.

‘Little Printer’ is a cute little internet printer for your home, a thermal printer for techno people. After a few experiments, we discovered that it didn’t like my usual dip pen line, so I produced two sets of everything, one in dip pen, shown here, and the other in a black pen for the printer. I have shown some on twitter and this blog, but here are the set in their entirety. Including the few that didn’t make it, as they didn’t reproduce well.

They are being released 1 a week, so you can still sign up for them if you have a Little Printer.

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Grey Heron (Ardea Cinerea), it can move at lightening speed when it wants to.

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This is how it printed on ‘Little Printer’.

 

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Robin (Erithacus Rubecula), a gardeners friend.

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Red Legged Partridge (Alectoris Rufa), an elegant attractive bird,with bright red legs(funny that!) and beak.

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Pigeon, even in the cold they co-operate with each other and readily accept outsiders to the flock.

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Thrush (Turdus Philomelos), known for it’s habit of smashing the shells of snails to get at their bodies.

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Mute Swan (Cygnus Olor), Pure elegance.Makes strangled trumpeting, snorting and hissing noises.

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Wren (Troglodytes Troglodytes), has an amazingly loud voice for one so small.

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Greylag Geese (Anser Anser), known for its loud clattering and honking.

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Blue Tit (Cyanistes Caeruleus) it’s acrobatic skills make it a firm garden favourite.

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Magpie (Pica Pica), it has a fondness for eating bird eggs and chicks. Likes shiny things. Bit of a bully.

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Snipe (Gallinago Gallinago), feeds in areas where soft oozy mud lets it probe for food with its extremely long beak.

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Owl (Tyto Alba), often seen by day, especially when feeding it’s young.

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Starlings (Sturnus Vulgaris), a common, noisy, social but quarrelsome bird.

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This was a lot of fun to work on, some of theses characters have taken on a life of their own. I’m not sure where they’ll be reappearing next, but this isn’t the last of them…

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Rain and more rain..

For all of you who have been soaked and rained upon in the last few weeks, this is for you.

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Happy New Year! Here’s hoping it’s drier from now on..

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Birds..

I’ve been doing a lot of birds lately, for one thing and another, so I thought I’d show you a couple.

The first was for a wedding card, loosely based on my ‘lovebirds’ screenprint.

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The next picture is a sneak peek for a project I’m doing for Little Printer. These are the synchronised swimming geese..Synchronised Swimming Geese

 

what else could they be??

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“Nonsense and Balderdash”

“Nonsense and Balderdash” cried Sergeant Rock Hard of Her Majesty’s  Guard.. “There’s NO Such Thing as a Ghostie”.

This is from ‘There’s No Such Thing as a Ghostie’, written by Cressida Cowell and illustrated by me, way back in 2004.

A lovely thing happened the other day, I was emailed with a link to a blog Creating Misericordia and was delighted to read about how the blog creator , Katy, had made a Sergeant Rock Hard costume for her soon to be 3yr old son. The costume was superb and I was amazed to see how much detail she had picked up on. Very flattered.

So I wanted to do something special for her son. I set about trying to do him a picture of said Sergeant (-surprisingly difficult to try to capture how I painted back then) I hope he likes it.

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Spooky woods..

To go with the witch illustration below and continuing my experiment with big washes and a simpler colour palette, here are the spooky woods from ‘Hansel and Gretel’.

Originally I’d wanted the witches house to be bright and stand out-but it just didn’t work. Rather than start again, I washed out the house and the result, before shadows, is what was left. I think it’s much more in keeping with the rest of the picture. It is a bit odd for me to have a spread with no characters in, but I quite like that you are not distracted by them. As I say, it was an experiment, and there are things I would change for another time.

spooky woods

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A bit of witchery..

I know, I know, it’s been ages again..I will post more frequently, I will, I will..

So I’ve been trying to learn photoshop, purely to help with registration for screen printing (and I’ve been weirdly enjoying it!!- I know!)

You’ll all be pleased to know that I have learnt there is a right way to have your wacom pad and if you have it round the wrong way, not only will your pen do everything in reverse, but you’ll also feel very silly.

SO, as a big antidote to all things technical, the paints are out and I’ve been experimenting and getting very excited. This witch is from the story of ‘Hansel and Gretel’.

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I’m working on another from the same story. I will post it as soon as it’s finished (promise).

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A Relaxing Raccoon.

I’ve been drawing Raccoons lately and here’s one that was a tester..Raccoon Portrait

Thought it needed a bit more warmth, so here was the next one. A relaxing Raccoon.

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I think he’ll be cropping up again.

Quite pleased with my antimacassar (I have just been informed that it was so called because gentlemen used to use Macassar oil as an unguent in their hair- so an antimacassar kept the oil off the furniture.)

There, I’ve taught you something now.

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Happy Red Nose Day!

Happy Red Nose Day!

My kids Primary School is holding a Bake Off to raise money for Comic Relief.  Here’s the certificates I illustrated for the winners..

Benfield winner certificateand for the Supremo Baker..

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‘Love Birds’

‘Love Birds’ (and I do love birds!) is a new print for my Folksy shop. I was thinking of a card design about Love- Valentines Day was approaching and I’ve  been trying to put together some card designs, and this drawing just grew and grew..

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..until it was just about print size. (The pink doesn’t show up that well in the picture, it’s actually a bit brighter-but not neon or anything!) Being relatively new to screenprinting, whilst cleaning the screen I inadvertently printed the black onto some newspaper. I quite liked it, so I cut it out.

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Not sure where it’s going, but it’s giving me ideas.

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Birthday bears.


Ah blog, I’ve been neglecting you..I’m sorry. So here’s the first of the catch ups.

Belated Birthday Bears..

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..and cake!

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