Illustration, animation, sketches, and comics

September 2, 2015
by Caroline

Coventry sketchcrawl-Holy Trinity


I took part in Coventry Sketchcrawl recently and drew the Holy Trinity church from a different viewpoint than last time. Yes, this is the church housing the Coventry Doom Painting.

The perspective was really challenging. My Kodak scanner, while wonderful for picking up detail, is designed to scan flat photographs and doesn’t pick up more than a few millimetres in depth. It’s difficult to scan sketchbook drawings cleanly where they join the spine of the book.  Saga Volume One (massive and beautiful A4 hardback) came in handy as a paperweight.

August 26, 2015
by Caroline

Footpath to The Saxon Mill, Warwick


Sketch of an old footpath leading to The Saxon Mill pub in Warwick. The spots where Piers Gaveston was murdered and the legendary Guy of Warwick lived as a hermit are only a short walk away. Oh yes, it was all happening in Warwickshire- several hundred years previously!

The building dates from the 12th century and the footpath must be from around that time- some of the stones have nearly worn away. A lovely warm evening for sketching.

August 19, 2015
by Caroline

Kenilworth Castle


Quick sketch of Kenilworth Castle -from the Great Mere ( see Wikipedia photo).

I’ve only drawn the castle from outside the walls, because I’m too tight to pay for admission tickets.

Described by architectural historian Anthony Emery as “the finest surviving…semi-royal palace of the later middle ages”- there still isn’t too much left. Surviving the greatest siege in English history, it was destroyed in the Civil War several hundred years later. Highly recommend the Queen and Castle pub opposite!


August 12, 2015
by Caroline

I’m here to see your tapestries…

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I took a group of students to  see the Love Is Enough exhibition at Birmingham art gallery and liked the Pre-Raphaelite Grail tapestries, so drew this black and white sample sketch. I’ve heard that copying the pictures of famous artists is useful and have never done it before. This is the section where Guinevere hands Lancelot his shield as the knights depart on their quest.

William Morris produced some stunningly coloured textiles in his day. It’s a shame that some of them were poisonous, hopefully this only applies to the wallpaper.

I have to say that while Edward Burne Jones (the designer of the tapestries) was great at drawing hands and romantic flowing drapery,  horses were probably not his strong point and I sympathise- they’re not mine either-as you can probably tell.


August 5, 2015
by Caroline

A Nottingham estate


Drawing the housing estate my mother lived on-I was interested by the effect of strong sunlight shining on the front row of houses while leaving the ones behind in the shade.  The picture wasn’t really working, so I added black to the windows for contrast. Creepy! The windows are transformed into staring empty eyes.

In real life the effect’s quite different- neat and cosy.

Possibly am reading too much into this.

July 29, 2015
by Caroline

Tourists outside Coventry Cathedral


This sketch turned out wonky but the wrong way- the buildings lean  forwards not backwards (they’re old) . I’m playing with the effects of strong sunlight at the moment, and while the real view wasn’t as starkly dramatic I think it works. A group of tourists showed up just at the right time to add a sense of perspective.

July 8, 2015
by Caroline

The Sheringham Lobster Potty Festival




Sketching again at the Sheringham Lobster Potty Festival  (morris dancin’/beer drinkin’ festival which I’ve missed for the last couple of years).

The bottom picture is the rather wonderful Sheringham Shantymen at the Lobster Pub.

Morris dancing groups in the busy top picture include the decorous Heartseasethe brilliant Kettering Witchmen and the unexpectedly energetic Leeds Morris.