25 January 2016


Turn and face the strange  (David Bowie)
pen and ink

Chameleons are wonders of the reptile world.  My children would like one for a pet, but it's not happening anytime soon.

WiP - sketch from source image

WiP - inking

For now, they will have to settle for drawings and this National Geographic video.

23 January 2016

White Ink!

white ink on black card stock

In the INKed group on FaceBook, people have been sharing about their favourite white ink pen -- the made in Japan Uni-ball Signo UM-153.  Fans said, "opaque ink, affordable."  Sold.  Mine arrived today in an Amazon parcel, along with black art tiles.  I sat down at a coffee shop and drew for an hour.  The chameleon above was the one I liked best after doodling on about four or five tiles.

3 January 2016

In a galaxy far, far away...

thumbprint Rey and pencil Rey

It has been nearly four decades since George Lucas introduced movie audiences to Star Wars.  I was still in elementary school when the first Star Wars was released (IV if you go with the renumbered version).  As a parent of kids roughly the same age I was then, there was a fair bit of anticipation for the new film.  Our family watched I to VI in the weeks ahead.  Then we all piled into the car and headed to the theatre.

Conclusion:  The Force Awakens (VII) does not disappoint.

Happy New Year and may the Force be with you.

25 December 2015

'Tis the Season...

Merry Christmas!  Who hasn't wanted to find a furry friend in their Christmas stocking?  I am still waiting for my St Bernard.

And 'tis the season when...The Force Awakens!  Doodling at the airport when our flight was delayed.

18 December 2015

More Thumbs

A man walks into a zoo.
The only animal in the zoo is a dog.
It's a Shih Tzu.

Thumbs Up?

Thumb Cat

Thumb Crow

This is playing with an ink pad and having a lot of fun.  Who knew our digits could be so useful?  The inspiration came from a set of notebooks that I received for Christmas (thanks, Anita!) featuring thumb print drawings by Marion Deuchar.

9 November 2015


ink and watercolour

Playing a bit of catch up here.  Work on a picture book has kept me busy drawing, but not for the blog.  This is from a drawing not being used, but I really like how the crow turned out.  The indigo and burnt umber still show up in the inking.