As an illustrator most of my time is spent drawing relatively cute and pretty pictures aimed to appease conservative publishers and appeal to a young market. Thus, my private sketchbook is a haven to unfetter my brain on paper... (If you are looking for my usual work in children's literature, check out my regular blog at

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Interesting Faces I

I did this sketch the other night from a magazine clipping...
I think it's from a bank or insurance ad originally. I just found it an interesting face, with it's asymmetry and heavy creases.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


I made a new sketchbook recently. It needed decorative endpapers...

Friday, September 9, 2011

Dr Sketchy's Brisbane - September 2011

The beautiful, the stunning Lila Luxx...

...I'm not overly happy with these preliminary sketches, they don't look quite right.

The following ones are better. I tried working on a tinted background this time. The white highlights are done with liquid paper. This approach is kinda derivative of cartoonist/good girl artist Bill Ward...

And, a face!...
... Not the best face (Lila's face is far prettier than this), but a face nonetheless!

There was a 15 minute pose that we finished off with, but my sketch didn't hold up, so I won't bother posting it. The proportions were wrong, and the second face I attempted this night looked dreadful. There's little room for error when working with no pencil or eraser, that's the downside of ink.

(Photos by Kahlia Litzow)
That's me in the hat.