Monday, October 27, 2014

London Is My BF 4

Footbridge near Mansion House Station. Lexington Gray ink in Pen&Ink Sketch fountain pen, Cotman pan watercolours.

Monday, October 20, 2014

fashion sketches

Drawing with coloured pencils and spot colouring with watercolour.

Note The Gap.

Chainmail skirt.
Daler-Rowney Art of Giving watercolour pencils, Cotman pan watercolours in A4 cartridge sketchbook.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

more journal pages

Gold Liquitex acrylic, Copic Fineliner, Sharpies, rub-on letters, collage.

Winter Boots.
Liquitex acrylic in Cobalt Blue, Titanium White and Cadmium Yellow Deep Hue,
silver Uni-Ball Signo gel pen, collage.
Handmade paper journal by Phasha. Here's a cool blog post on the journal company.

Monday, October 13, 2014

draw the rude 2: fortune cookies

More Hannibal coping sketches. I drew them in a notebook where I had earlier glued a cookie fortune. I'd thought the two were unrelated, but...

The fortune is a bit of a weird look into Hannibal's possible point of view of his own life. Then I turned the page over and saw that on the back of the fortune which I'd glued in...

...was the Chinese word for delicious.

Thursday, October 9, 2014


A warm-up exercise that turned into something in its own right. Inspired by this post on Colossal.

Pencil, various pan watercolours. Lettering and borders,
Noodler's Lexington Grey in extra fine fountain pen.
Fabriano small artist's journal.

Monday, October 6, 2014


Petapixel made a post on clever things you can do with a smartphone camera, and I was especially excited about the water drop macro lens.

First attempt: strawberries. I found it really difficult!

Apparently the water droplet is for very extreme closeups only and magnifies quite a lot more than a regular macro lens.

I tried again with my Hero 9296 fountain pen and was really pleased with the results.

For comparison, this is what that pen looks like in normal photography:

So it's a fun technique, but a bit difficult to control. I look forward to playing with it more.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

I have a book!

Click here for the book launch page!
What My Grandmother Told Me is in Spanish and English, and published by Tahanan Books. At the moment it's only available in the Philippines. I'll be informed when it becomes available in local bookstores and online, and I'll pass on the dates!

Page previews:

Some illustrations that didn't make it into the book: