Tag: Art

Baby life drawing

Here are some more early sketches of my little one sleeping. I was even lucky enough to manage a quick watercolour portrait at one point.



At the moment I have a couple big things that I am trying to work on, so don’t get to do sketches of Matthew while he’s asleep, but I hope to get back to it soon and catch-up on some drawing from photos as well, to capture the significant moments in my baby sketchbook!


Our baby

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I am finally back here after two months of silence and I am so very happy to announce – our little adorable baby boy Matthew has arrived exactly 8 weeks ago!

He took his time coming to this world and made sure his mummy and daddy were truly desperate to finally meet him.

A healthy 4.3 kg at birth, he has already gained 2 kilos in the last 8 weeks. I have by now more or less figured out some sort of routine to help me get through the day and have even managed already to make some art, for some of which little Matthew has been the inspiration! I now have the cutest new muse in my own home, although I have to wait for the sleep time to really catch a moment and put my admiration down on paper.

Some of the first sketches of the sleepy angel below.


My new baby journal spread.


Soon to follow in the next post – my thoughts and notes on the first two months of parenting and some more art!


My Reading List


I am sharing my reading plan of carefully selected self-study art books for the next X months, mainly to have it defined for myself somewhere so that I know what I have committed to and stop switching from one thing to another. I have thoroughly researched tons of recommendations in these areas and most of the books I have chosen are well regarded classics, some from real art masters.

I have a lot more on my long list, but I have to start small so I don’t get lost.

The aim  is to focus on the following areas that I need to improve first:

1. Composition

Composing Pictures, Donald W. Graham

Composition: Understanding Line, Notan and Color, Arthur Wesley Dow

Framed Ink: Drawing and Composition for Visual Storytellers, Marcos Mateu-Mestre

2. Colour

The Elements of Color (or The Art of Color: The Subjective Experience and Objective Rationale of Color),  Johannes Itten

Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter, James Gurney

3. General illustration

Famous Artists Course (I have chosen this as the starting point)

Creative Illustration, Andrew Loomis

4. Watercolour technique

Watercolour painting technique, P.P. Reviakin

Watercolor Artist’s Guide to Exceptional Color, Jan Hart



Time has come… and gone.

Today is my due date. What does any self-respecting artist do on their due date? Don’t know about anyone else, but I have spent it running around London using potentially my last chance to collect some more references for my personal project, which I am hoping to slowly work on over the next few months after the baby arrives.


I’ve tried out a new technique for quick sketches, using a fountain pen to loosely define shadow shapes and then a brush pen for some accents in the darkest spots. This technique is part of something Marc Taro Holmes is teaching in his tutorials, and it seems to work pretty well for me to make things easier and gives more depths to my subjects, compared to the sketches I previously did with a simple ballpoint pen which took a lot more time and effort.

I have also enjoyed a blueberry muffin in a coffee shop in the heart of Mayfair whilst sketching business people on lunch.