Friday fox

Foxes are probably one of the most recognisable animals, with their black and white markings on a striking orange coat.

They are known for being cunning and sly, hence this guy’s cheeky expression.

I left most of the rough pencil sketch on show, adding colour on the level below and details on the very top.

Lately I have been experimenting with shading, I like it to be minimal yet still give a design depth.

I think I’m getting the hang of it now but I am always learning as I go!



Puppy love

Look who’s back!
I felt bad for the lack of art, so I made a brand new background for the blog, neat huh?
You may notice this matches my website too, now everything ties in nicely.
Anyway, enough about that, you’re here to see more new designs so I shall provide:
This pup is loosely based on a four-legged family member from the past,
who has always inspired me.
The design symbolises all ‘bully’ breeds, and their loving nature.
I am a big supporter of these dogs, finding them to be the most loyal
and affectionate friends you could ever hope to meet
I remember doodling the quick line drawing, and being excited
 to develop it into something lovely.
I’m really pleased with how it turned out, soft and gentle, just like the breed.
Hoping to do more in support of these dogs with my art, so stay tuned!


I like drawing cats, usually tall and skinny or short and plump.
This particular kitty has a hint of ‘Snowbell’ (Stuart Little) and ‘Salem’ (Sabrina). It seems I am heavily influenced by childhood memories of TV and film. Or it might be because I still watch the same things now!
As you can see, the eyes changed from my original design, mostly as I still struggle with overly cartoonish features -I blame years of working on ‘real’ animal portraits…

Lost and found

As with most of my work, I start with nothing and gradually build up an idea.
This is no exception, I began with a white square on the screen and a brown,
charcoal-effect brush tip selected
After scrubbing out a background, I let my pen flow until this gangly hound took shape.
He is out wandering in the misty city, when a kind voice calls from up ahead.
A soft light falls across him as the stranger approaches, torch held out to guide them through the fog.
The story of these characters is as yet unwritten, perhaps they will go on an epic adventure?
Or just maybe, a cozy fire and a hearty meal awaits them…

Flower girl

I’ve been going back to some older drawings that I have scanned in over the years, to give them a makeover.
These kind of designs can be tweaked and added to many times as my style develops.
As soon as I drew this girl, a colour scheme sprang to mind – pastel lilacs, blues and pinks.
She loves flowers, daisies in particular, as you can tell from her skirt and accessories.
I draw people from time to time, with no strict style in mind, although animals are much cuter to work on!
My art is inspired by gothic Tim Burton type films, gentle Disney animation and any other designs that take my fancy, often animated shorts.



Three dimensional fire breather

Work in Progress:
It seems I just can’t get enough of these mystical beasts, starting to wonder
if I should go back to fluffy critters for a while, but not just yet 🙂
Working in 3D is my new favourite thing, getting to work with the virtual clay
 and mould it to create anything I fancy is wonderful – especially as I can
simply ‘undo’ each mistake and try again.
This is my very first attempt at a model, and naturally a dragon began to appear
as I played with the controls.
Next, I need to learn how to add texture. This fellow deserves some fine scales, but no doubt
I will need to fumble through the options a little while longer before mastering that side of things!


I discovered that the background of my workspace is customisable,
which after much fiddling about lead to this shot of my creation soaring high
 above the mountains, neat huh?

Stone scales

Its good to be back, I missed being on here yesterday!
Oriental dragons are so varied and intricate, this is my first in that style.
Starting with a pencil drawing, I then added shading and highlights (using a white pen). As with most of my work, I continued working in Photoplus until I was happy with the final look. It’s handy to have a tool that cuts out your original design and lets you add a backdrop, it means I can change the colours as often as I like.
A young statue, brought to life by mystical forces, curls around the symbol for yinyang.
I may develop more of a story for this character, perhaps they have a twin?
I’m not sure yet, all I know is I am loving the graded, striking background here,
and can’t wait to use this technique again.