Sketching with Granny

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sketching with granny

sketching with granny

I went to visit Granny Playford up in Leeds for some painting and sketching in March. We went out for a nice sunny walk with our sketch pads and fold up seats. I drew this wintery looking tree in charcoal stick. I love using charcoal, it’s satisfyingly smooth and strong. Granny sketched the tree next to mine in pencil. Granny is a great artist herself and paints lovely portraits. Her daughter Vanda Playford, my aunt is also an artist and photographer (and doctor) with a Phd in photography from the Royal College of Art. Her son, my uncle Lionel Playford is also an artist, he’s a full time artist and art teacher up in Newcastle and paints landscapes. Then there’s the other side of my family too, my mum did a fine art degree, creating monoprints often monochrome and worked as an interior designer. My sister got 100% in her art exam at A-level and got one of the top 5 marks in the country and Granny Van painted too. So there’s a lot of creativity passing around the family and plenty of people to be inspired by. I had no doubt in my mind that I wanted to have a creative career and perhaps this family of mine had some part in this.


Swallow Watercolour Illustration

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swallow watercolour illustration

swallow watercolour illustration

Swallow Watercolour Illustration I created for a pillow case design for The Mint List ecommerce website. That’s my next thing folks; homeware. Come and get it! I hope the pillows and tea-towels will be available to buy soon. I’ll keep you posted.


Crest Tattoo Design for Friend

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Tattoo Design for a Friend

Crest Tattoo Design for Friend

I sketched this Crest Tattoo Design for 2 Friends of mine, Rob and Fairy. They are husband and wife and are planning on getting this same tattoo.  Rob asked for a different take on the traditional family crest. There are over 10 personalised elements in there that mean something to them, from references of their wedding, their playful sense of humour, their friends and things they love.

I’ll update you with some finished photos when they get round to tattooing this design.


Australian botanical illustration design

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Australian botanical illustration design

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This is a sketch I did last night from some photos I took of some interesting looking foliage I saw on my last trip to Australia to visit my best mate. The plants and animals were so fascinating to me as they were so very foreign and different. The exotic flora and fauna lay in a strange juxtaposition with the culture which wasn’t too far from home. I wasn’t expecting to ear these really strange exotic bird calls on a residential street that looked vaguely similar to our own.

I used some geometrical shapes and colour to bring the elements together into a nice composition.