Digital Me

Well, I’ve taken a leap – and for me, a pretty huge one! After years of working purely in sketchbooks, I’ve started working digitally.

I’ve written before about finding it harder and harder to see my own drawing work close up, and I haven’t been posting, well, because my drawing work kind of dried up. I hadn’t considered moving to digital work because I’d always avoided working on my drawings to tidy them up or to tinker with them. But, given the choice between not drawing anymore and learning to work in a new medium, well, there wasn’t much of a choice.

PieThis Pork Pie, from my last post, was my first experiment; laying down colour first, with watercolour. Then Scanning and adding line work using Procreate on the iPad.





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This is where I’ve got to, now – using line work, from a sketchbook (As an Alpha level) and using the iPad to colour above and below.

Pork Pie with Stilton

Bought from my local, friendly farm shop.

Sometimes it’s nice to have the simple things in life; the simplicity of a pork pie, on it’s own. Delicious


Actually, sketching this out reminded me that I’ve got a pork pie tin somewhere in the kitchen – I went on a pork pie making course a couple of years ago (incredibly easy to do) but I’ve never delved into having a go at following the course at home. 

So … how’ve you been?

Okay, okay … I know it’s been a while. In fact, it’s been a long, long while.

But not without reason, unfortunately.

About mid-November, last year, I noticed that I was having to take off my glasses to read. I went for an eye test and the optician suggested that a new pair of glasses wasn’t really necessary and that taking off my glasses to read would suffice.

The trouble with this diagnosis was that I’d noticed I was finding it difficult to sketch in my sketchbook too.

So, I went back to the opticians in mid-December.

It’s taken until now to find something suitable that seems to fit the bill.

My problem, of course, has been one of finding it difficult to see close enough to sketch.

A Little Back Story: I’ve worn glasses since I was about 11. Needing them for both near and far.

But my eyesight has got to the point where seeing things near with the same pair of glasses is no longer an option.

It’s taken many, many, many visits to the opticians to figure out what I needed; especially after a lot of misunderstanding from them about what I wanted. Initially they were supplying me with glasses I could wear day-to-day (some variation-focal lenses) but these were impossible to sketch close-to with.

The glasses that I finally picked up yesterday have stronger, mid-range lenses (so, no good for seeing distance with) But fine for sketching with (at long last)

This has been a truly, truly upsetting journey at times – but I feel I’m finally getting somewhere.

Christmas Cards A-Go-Go

So, with a distinctly sprouty feel – I present my Christmas cards – all shiny and new and ready for boiling for 5-10 minutes.

Seven sprout-laden cards for your Christmas dinner delight.

Check them out at my Etsy site.


Christmas Card Designs 2016

Well, that’s my Christmas Cards designed for this year.

dJust need to get them sent off to be printed.



I’ve gone for a sprout theme

Recipe card for Chicken and Sweet Potato Curry

Recipe - Chicken and sweet potato curry - plus stepsI’ve written about this recipe before; a Vietnamese Chicken and Sweet potato curry.

The last time I illustrated it, it was in the dimensions for They Draw And Cook, for which I had to adhere to specific dimensions;  except I worked on the dimensions in portrait, rather than landscape.

I liked the way that the ingredients are all tumbling into the cooking pan at the bottom.

I’ve recently re-illustrated it as a giveaway recipe card to include with orders from my Etsy shop.

It’s a super little recipe for a fragrant, tasty curry, low on heat, despite the inclusion of chilli.




My illustration this time around was centred around the recipe being in a two-fold booklet from an A4 sheet.

As I neared completion I realised that the illustrations I had done for the cover made it look a little like a take away menu, so I added in my business card details as if they we contact details for ordering.


I’m afraid that I still unable to offer a food delivery service at this time.




A week of meals

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Last year I had a fun time drawing my food for a week –  over a double A4 spread.

So, I’m about to embark on it again – I’ll try to keep you a bit more up to date on this wacky drawing.