Spring is here or at least things are starting to get springy (including me)! My studio is now nearly finished and I’m currently sitting in it writing this and looking out into my garden, which is in great need of Alan Titchmarsh and an army of helpers! Seriously though a gardener is required.
I have a Bay Tree that despite a major pruning last year looks again like it requires mountaineering equipment to deal with and my Pear tree has gone bananas, it’s just a shame it doesn’t grow them too. My grass is definitely ‘swishy, swashy’ and requires stilts to get through. Well maybe that’s a tad exaggerated, but I really am very short and have always considered myself a bit of a Hobbit in size and personality. So spring is here and my thoughts turn to new ideas for picture books and future projects I hope to work on. The next Hobbledown project is still hopefully travelling down the pipe line towards me and once it reaches its destination will probably take up most of my time. I was drawing ‘Hobblers’, ‘Skibblers’ and all manner of animals for months last time! Although it has to be said that two of my favourite things to draw are animals and fantastical creatures. So it’s always a joy to work on a Hobbledown project, because I get to draw both in equal measure. I know some of the following images have appeared before, but as they are rather apt for this blog post I thought I’d share them again with you. The first picture is just a quick sketch I did for the www.videojug.ciom tutorials I did a few years ago. This one was how to draw an Elfin face. The next sketch was a visual I created for another artist, who was too ill to work on the project, so I did all his visuals. This one is for Jack and the Beanstalk and it needed to have a rather quirky perspective.