this northern boy

Have pen, will doodle

Stilted City II

Here’s another, slightly more involved and cluttered, stilted village or city – following on from my previous post.

The first image owed a lot to being in the Maldives right now, surrounded by ocean. There was also a pretty heavy influence from documentaries I’d seen on Southeast Asia – not something I’d researched, so probably just remembered very badly. This new illustration has more to do with a weird fantasy Europe from the 16th or 17th century I think. Perhaps the outskirts of a lesser Venice, or some Dutch aquatic suburbia.





Wherever these societies are supposed to be, in whatever century, I like them. I think next for this will be some colour, and then maybe a much larger illustration, showing a little more of this world.

Sketching by the pool

I’m currently on holiday, spending a couple of weeks in the Maldives, and enjoying the chance to get away from the day job for a while.

I can’t stop drawing just because I’m away though, in fact if I don’t draw for a few days, I get a bit cranky.

Here’s a little sketch that I did by the pool. The subject was suggested by my wife, and inspired by being surrounded by ocean.

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Orange Fleet

As I’ve written before, I do love drawing spaceships. Here’s a whole double page spread from my Moleskine, full of little orange spaceships.

Drawn with Staedtler Pigment Liners and coloured with Copic Ciao Markers.

The Orange Fleet

The Orange Fleet

The Street

The Street.

Continuing my doodles of odd little medieval/Tudor/olde/fantasy streets and buildings.

Drawn in pencil, inked with a Copic Multiliner and Staedtler Pigment Liners, coloured with Copic Markers. All in a Moleskine sketchbook. I do love Moleskins but I wish the paper was a little whiter. 

Line work

Line work

Final Street

Final Street

The Tower

An illustration based on the Guinigi Tower in Lucca, Italy.

Drawn with a 0.03 Copic Multiliner and a 0.3 Staedtler Pigment Liner in an A5 Moleskine sketchbook.

The Tower

The Tower

Details…

Details…

Draw it, Post-It…

Post-It notes have to be my most used medium for doodling, often while I’m at my day job, waiting for my Mac to finish doing something. They’re great because they are so disposable. Sketching in a Moleskine, or on a fresh sheet of beautiful Bristol Board can sometimes be inhibiting. Scrawling ideas and shapes on a Post-It or a scrap of paper can be liberating.

Draw-it, Post-It.

Draw-it, Post-It.

Je Suis Charlie

Keep drawing Charlie Hebdo.

Je Suis Charlie

Je Suis Charlie

Some new toys…

I’m becoming a bit of a magpie when it comes to pens, pencils and sketchbooks. I’ve written before about some of the materials I use when I’m doodling or sketching – but that list is probably in need of an update.

I was in Germany for New Year, which gave me the opportunity (as I’d forgotten a bunch of my pens) to buy a few new implements.

Recent additions

Recent additions

I treated myself to a Lamy ‘Scribble’ mechanical pencil, not cheap, but really lovely to hold. Chunky and weighty it’s a lovely thing.

While in Germany (specifically at Papier Haas in Freudenstadt) I picked up some little coloured Stabilo fineliners. I hadn’t seen them before but they’re great. Lovely, fine, even line, good range of colours. I grabbed a few different greys and some bright oranges and greens. The pale grey is a brilliant pen to draw with, almost like using a pencil – so great for rough sketches that you can then refine with a black ink.

While I was away I saw an ad for Leuchtturm sketchbooks. I didn’t manage to get one at the time but ordered a couple when I got home. They are gorgeous. They come in contrasting colours – cover one colour, band in a contrasting colour. The pages are a little thinner than my usual Moleskines, but smoother and whiter. I’m looking forward to using them.

A little while ago I got a Rotring Artpen but hadn’t used it much until the last couple of days. It’s a really smooth pen, but I can’t (although some people might) manage to get much variance of line with it. So for me it kind of suits very loose, gestural sketches.

The Copic Multiliner at the bottom of the picture is a really great pigment liner. It’s super fine with just a 0.03mm nib, so it’s capable of adding incredible detail. It’s one of my favourite pens right now. I owe John Evelyn some thanks for recommending that to me.

I love getting new pens and sketchbooks – but really, it doesn’t matter too much. Draw whenever you can, with whatever’s to hand. Some of my best sketches lately have been done with a biro on a post-it note!

Twelve Human Hearts

I’ve always wanted to be an astronaut. Ever since I can remember, I’ve wanted to go in to space, just like Neil Armstrong, or Flash Gordon, or Dan Dare.

I still want to go into space. I always will.

I’ve been working on these posters for a while, they are the first two of a set of four to celebrate the Apollo missions of the late 60s and early 70s.

The first poster names all twelve astronauts to land on the moon, as well as the combined time spent on the moon. The second poster features the F-1 rocket engine, five of which powered the Saturn V rocket.

Apollo Poster 1

Twelve Human Hearts

Apollo Poster 2

Saturn V

A lone spaceship…

It’s been a while since I drew a spaceship, so it was fun to create this little one-man flyer. I think it’ll get some colour in the next few days – probably orange.

One-man flyer.

One-man flyer.

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