Sunday, May 29, 2005

The Bigger Doughnut

This week's submission for Illustration Friday - based on miniature dramas regularly observed in the school dining room. As we are on half-term, I have had time to work on it properly! It's entirely done in Painter; I scribbled the original sketch with the 2b pencil, cloned it and redrew it with the Pen and Ink brush. Then I used watercolour brushes over the top.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Hot Day

It was a boiling hot day at school yesterday, and therefore the heating decided to come on full blast. All the doors and windows were flung open, wilting children were sticking to their chairs, while I bravely tackled the arcane mysteries of various different boiler rooms... And then we found a huge dead rook in the fountain, that needed to be surreptitiously removed in a bucket. All that excitement - lucky it's half term today!

Monday, May 23, 2005


This was the best I could do for the 'Aquatic' theme this week - better than last week, though, as I never managed to produce anything at all. At least I posted CJ's drawing (from the Art lesson where I was at home ill - the Illustration Friday topic kept the whole class happy!) The penguins were part of a project I was doing to print onto computer-printable-silk, but I couldn't stop the inks running. I think you need washy colours on silk. Black lines print perfectly well on cotton, but not so much use for making a bow tie. Still a lot of experimenting to be done here, I think.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

The Rooks ! The Rooks!

A sight to make the most hardened Head of Games quake - the rooks descending on the cricket pitch to peck holes in the turf. And they sit there laughing. I ferreted this out of my files as a submission for 'Mischief' on this week's 'Illustration Friday' topic - after a week of The Inspectors, I haven't had time to draw anything new. This is done in Flash, and was part of an animation where the rooks flew down. I hadn't got to the pecking bit yet!

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

The Paper Mountain

We have an inspection at school next week, and at the moment, my only ambition is to stay on top of the rapidly proliferating heaps of paper...

Monday, May 02, 2005

Second thoughts on the Worm-Eating picture

I've been fiddling about with this painting - the hair and eyebrows weren't right. Light brown hair is so difficult to capture. The reluctant subject, who is even more fussy, did say that I'd got his T-shirt right, at least.