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6 months


Our not so little anymore pumpkin is 6 months tomorrow… Cannot believe it how time flies!

And I’ve only recently managed to catch up only to his 12 week sketch in my baby journal! Still have a few pages before that missing too.

12 weeks

There has been so much change about him recently, just a few days ago he has finally figured out crawling, still not very confident but gets to things that he really wants. He seems to be so much more aware of everything, understands relationships between things, so interactive! Loves to listen to us speaking or reading a book to him, and if we go quiet will try to fill the silence by his own “talking” and babbling.

The last two months have been all about teething, and even though his first two bottom teeth came through over a month and a half ago, the next ones seem to be the upper canines and my God! are they taking their time and causing him so much irritation and pain! Poor baby.

With all that there has not been much time for me to draw anything (none at all to be precise). But I’m hoping to get some in over the holidays.

Looking forward to Matthew’s first Christmas!


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!


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.