Last year I had the pleasure of designing the wedding invite for friends of mine. I’m really pleased with how it turned out, so I thought I’d share a little bit of the process of making it.

To start with I was given the theme of succulents and hexagons. It was fun trying out different compositions, some more traditional and some less so.

I also quickly realised that a sketchy succulent (in this case a Mexican Gem) can look very similar to a sketchy rose.

I started with quick sketches exploring the theme

Once the preferred designs were chosen I painted some quick mockups using digital watercolours to give a feel of how the final image would look.

Rough studies of the selected designs

At this stage preferred fonts were selected, and I began painting the final design. I discovered that painting a pale succulent onto a dark background gave a kind of ghostly image which didn’t work very well. The design was reworked to feature a single plant.

In the final stages I created mockups with a kraft paper background to match how it would be printed.

Mockup and final design

It was a lovely project to work on. Plus, I got to see my work in real life when I received one of the invites through the post!

I liked this bust of George Roberts, Provost of Selkirk in the 1800s, and had to draw it.SWSCR

Yesterday I went on a Timberbush Tour of the Scottish Highlands, seeing places like Glencoe and Loch Ness. I’ve been to Loch Ness before, and through Glencoe lots of times, but this is the first time I’ve done a tour of my own country – and certainly the first time I’ve been up through the Highlands and back home in one day! I also enjoyed the stories and legends told by the guide, some of which were new to me.

I think that if you’re visiting Edinburgh and have only one day spare this is a fantastic way to see more of Scotland. But, if you’ve more time, it’s worth hiring a car and taking the journey a little more slowly. Glencoe is beautiful, and a wonderful place for a walk (even a short one) and a picnic. I didn’t like piling out of the coach and being herded back on again five minutes later. However I did manage to dash off two quick sketches! The first is below.Glencoe_01At Loch Ness, there was an option to go on a boat tour. I stayed behind to sketch, but again only managed two …
LochNess_01 By this point the scenery was descending into cloud and there was little left for me to draw. A few seconds later it started to rain, and then the thunder and lightning began. My second plan of having a walk in the forest thus destroyed as well, I went into the hotel cafe for a hot chocolate.LochNess_02 This is the second Glencoe sketch – I was back on the coach at this stage, and managed to jot this down before it pulled away.Glencoe_02

Heads and Tails

I did these sketches last month but only got the chance to colour them today. Most of them are very quick gesture drawings, around 30 seconds. The portrait was drawn in about 5 minutes. I think the fish came out particularly well!
Koala Woman Turtle Faces Fishy

Jericho Beach

Clearing through my files today I found this sketch I did in Vancouver. It was a nice warm day so I went to the beach to doodle and draw. Today Edinburgh is cold and rainy and feels more like February than June, so I coloured my old sketch to remind me of warmer days …
JerichoBeach JerichoBeachColour

Watercolour Portrait

 

 

I actually painted this a while ago at a life drawing session. I need to keep practising with watercolours; it’s difficult!

Costumed PortraitI recently discovered that the gallery in town hosts free drawing events, so this Thursday I went along to take a look. I got the chance to sketch a figure in costume, something that was remarkably tricky to do! I guess I’m used to unclothed figures …

These were drawn using a Micron pen. Then I added the colour in Photoshop, again using a Kyle T. Webster brush – this time his watercolour one.

Costumed Figure

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