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Monday, 30 January 2012


I've taken inspiration from (or rather, nicked the idea from!) the lovely Naomi, and decided to use photos of friends and acquaintances as reference for some of my sketches. I often use my own face as a sort of template for my characters, or rather, my idea of my face, simply because I kind of know what I look like (sometimes my idea differs) and, well, my face is with me all the time. Anyway, I really need to practice drawing other noses and other teeth and other hair. All my friends are so beautiful and wonderful looking, and I don't know why I haven't done this before!

If any of you particularly want me to draw you, just drop me a comment - that goes for anyone who reads this; I don't have to already know you! It may not turn out to be an exact likeness, but hopefully the sketches will be vaguely recognisable as real people!

Oh, and most of you will be turned into fantastical beings of course.

This is the beautiful, ethereal Natalee May.
(Please excuse the terrible photo; I still haven't got my camera back, & I don't own a scanner)

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Behold, my Viking self! Make your own here, it's pretty good.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Volunteering for the RSPB

I've just been accepted as a volunteer Education Assistant up at Leighton Moss, my local RSPB reserve! Yaaaay!! Which basically means I get to hang out in really beautiful countryside, helping to teach young children about nature, and (hopefully) get them excited about conservation. Even if one child develops an interest in wildlife, then it's worth it. Also, I've more chance of getting a job there eventually if I'm already volunteering, hehe! Though I'd honestly do it for free, is SO beautiful there. Volunteering will be fun all year round, but Summer will be amazing! My absolute favourite activity when I was little was pond dipping, and they've got a special wildlife pond just for that! I think I may have more fun than most of the kids!

I had to fill in a million forms, and planned to go back up to the reserve today, but didn't have time in the end because I got a suprise last-minute interview at a farm near Garstang, to be a sort of all-round general employee; cafe & shop work, feeding the animals, and helping with kids parties are some of the things that I'll be doing if I get the job. Anyway, I find out on Friday. The interview went pretty well, but I'm not getting my hopes up - most places are put off by me not being very flexible about work days due to dog grooming on Wednesdays and Fridays. And I've very little experience working with children. But we'll see! :)

I did go for a stroll round Williamson Park this afternoon/evening ('prevening' as Sheldon would say! :D) and took some photos, a few of which you'll see below. The last few days have been beautifully clear and crisp, and despite the freezing temperatures, it's my favourite type of weather. Perfect for photos!

Happy birthday to the bestest Loafington a Moomin could ask for!

Thursday, 5 January 2012

pet portraits

A portrait of Guinness and Tia, two huuuuge Malamutes (both of whom fell out of a car boot in excitement onto me the other week!) belonging to the owner of the dog grooming parlour I'm training at! Anyway, she loved it, so it's going in the window of the shop along with a sign advertising 'pet portraits by local artist', hee! :D

Please excuse the rubbish iPhone photo - it looks loooads better in real life, much deeper colours n' all that... I will get a proper scan of it eventually, but you get the idea!

If you, or anyone you know, wants a pet portrait, I'm very reasonable in my pricing! (And will probably give you discount if you know me already! ;) )