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Blackburn's drink and draw continues to inspire - here's my 'finished' drawing from the latest session that featured the Hooping Harlots. I also took some pretty trippy photos... The first version pretty much falls in line with the other illustrations I've done from these sessions - but I was tempted to use Manga Studio's watercolour tools to do this more painterly version. I was pretty chuffed to win a Twix for my competition entry on the theme of "draw a hoop and put a circus in it!" Here's some of the sketches from the night, including the winning clown drawing....

Drinking and Drawing the Hooping Harlots

Had a fabulous fun time life drawing the Hooping Harlots at Drink and Draw this month. More about the drawing in a separate post. For now -here's some light-tastic photos!...

Hula Fun

Another smashing time life drawing in Blackburn, this time with a victorian theme. Next time it's hula hoops - can't wait!...

Victoriana

We didn't win. But we had fun trying. So, with the Comic Art Festival on this weekend (17-19th October) here's our little comic, The Gecko.   You can check out some...

The Gecko

I saw a cow. And the cow had attitude. Here is a drawing of that cow. I was definitely on her turf, and should leave. "What's your problem," she said, "you never...

Cow

Another piece inspired by a drink and draw life drawing session, this time at Blackburn Beach. Due to weather the beach was indoors but thanks to model Dave it was...

Blackburn Beach

Colour plays an important part throughout the Gecko* - it's only on page three that we get full colour, and then it's not for long. I've now submitted the comic to...

The Gecko Part III – turnaround

Ah, the troublesome second page, with a tricky trip and fall sequence... I think my recent life drawing sessions have really helped my drawing, but you can never get a model to hold a pose like this... Techy types will want to know that I'm using Manga Studio for the inks and colours and inDesign for the lettering. MS does...

The Gecko Part II – the trip

Daughter has kindly supplied a three page script and I've taken time off from work to illustrate it. Here's a very quick post just to prove that I'm working on it - page 1, panel 2. Lots more to do, plus: the sun is shining and have a desire to spend time in it...  ...

The Gecko Part I

Not one, but three models at June's Drink and Draw in Blackburn. The Rockit Belly Dancers were too quick for me though; I only ever caught two at a time, at...

Drink and Draw II

I've a whole range of goodies at Society Six with my new life affirming slogan, Only Apathy Can Stop Me Now. It's the kind of feel good, pithy, encouragement we...

Apathy Rules

A great new themed drawing class in Blackburn. A good opportunity to flex the life drawing muscles (atrophied since college) and set in a bar, hence the drink and draw. Though I was more draw and drive... The first event featured a burlesque theme, with Ginger La Rouge. This was nothing like Monday morning life drawing at college with Ken and Betty... I really enjoyed the night and felt inspired to work a couple of the sketches up in Manga...

Drink and Draw