Thursday, 31 March 2011

Different style faces, expressions.  It's been really great being able to focus for the whole month on drawing and sketching, it's now a big part of my daily routine, where ever I am, and it is also impacting on other work and things that I want to try now that I may have not done before.

A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation
with the bricks that others throw at him or her
David Brinkley

Wednesday, 30 March 2011


This was quickly sketched from a photograph of my friends son Alex, he is such a bundle of joy and has a lovely nature.  I used graphitint water soluable pencils but haven't added the water yet

Each day of our lives we make deposits
in the memory banks of our children......
Charles R. Swindoll

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Beware of rashness, but with energy and sleepless
vigilance go forward and give us victories. 
Abraham Lincoln

Monday, 28 March 2011

New insights

As I have been doing these daily sketches I have been allowing myself to spend a little bit more time on them, as I push through the first thing I reach for is the sketch book, I have been doing more art over the weeks, and some can be seen at my other blog  I really can't see how I existed doing the minimum of art before, it is so much a part of me.  I hope as you continue to push through you are gaining some interesting insights from your work!

Vision without action is a daydream,
Action without vision is a nightmare
Japanese Proverb

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Something different

Different angles...

The eyes of other people are the eyes that ruin us.
If all but myself were blind, I should not want neither
fine clothes, fine houses, nor fine furniture.....
Benjamin Franklin

Friday, 25 March 2011

More Frida inspired

I would like to do this one again, but take more time...

Don't dwell on reality; it will only keep you from greatness...
Rev. Randall R. McBride, Jr.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Frida Kahlo inspired

I have a couple of her books and like her style as an artist,
I did this sketch from one of her paintings called 'Self portrait time flies'...

And in the end it's not the years in your life that count.
It's the life in your years....
Abraham Lincoln

Monday, 21 March 2011

Eye...the windows to the soul....wanted to try a few different styles for doing eyes, then did the sketch. When I first did it didn't like the eyes that I did, so rubbed out and started again.  This is done with pencil, would like to add colour to this at some point.

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.....
John Lubbock

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Wanted to try some pastels, so did a quick sketch then later covered it with clear gesso..

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are....
Theodore Roosevelt

Friday, 18 March 2011

Have used a few more colours with the graphitint, they are really great to use... will let you see how it looks when water is applied

Patience, persistence and perspiration
make an unbeatable combination for success......
Napolean Hill

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Still using the graphitint watersoluable pencils, though using a different colour, using the whole page...

Without involvement, there is no commitment.
Mark it down, asterisk it, circle it, underline it.
No involvement, no commitment.....
Stephen Covey

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Trying to burn the candles at both ends, no time to do any shading, at least I got something down :)

Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man
healthy, wealthy, and wise...
Benjamin Franklin

Monday, 14 March 2011

Im using a smaller sketch book for this one, and also using graphite tint water soluable pencils

Wisdom begins in wonder....

Sunday, 13 March 2011

In matter of principle, stand like a rock;
in matters of taste, swim with the current....
Thomas Jefferson

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Different styles of face, sketched using pen

You can only live once, but if you live right, once is enough....
Joe E. Lewis

Friday, 11 March 2011

Thought I'd try something different, using a combination of styles used over the weeks

We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit...

Thursday, 10 March 2011

As I look back at some of the entries I can see changes in my style and ways in which I have tried things that I wouldn't normally try, you also notices mistakes that you can correct in the next picture.

Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there
Josh Billings

Wednesday, 9 March 2011


Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain't the lead dog,
the scenery never changes
Lewis Grizzard

Monday, 7 March 2011

Sometimes it works

Sometimes it doesn't.......

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost.
That is where they should be. Now put the foundation under them 
Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, 5 March 2011


Looking at profiles and angles of the face...

Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up
Robert Frost

Friday, 4 March 2011


Started playing with different positioning of the eyes, will develop further in a longer drawing

Leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching
George Van Valkenburg

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Not much time today just want to keep hand in....

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation

Wednesday, 2 March 2011


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