Drawing cats

Cats are a joy to draw. Some of my favourite cat illustrations are comforting images in The New Yorker magazine. Cats are cosy and coiled or beautiful and streamlined.¬†They represent both home and the wild.¬† … More Drawing cats

The EMT who draws

Alone at night in a remote ambulance station, some miles from the city where my son and I sleep, my partner gets his drawing book from his kitbag. He waits for control to contact him, but the only sound is the station shutters banging in the wind. Any minute now his radio will go off, … More The EMT who draws

Drawing wintry woods

I used to find wintry trees bleak. I would count the weeks till spring’s first eruptions of green. Now I see how beautiful their bare structures are, reaching up to the sky like hands. Asking the sky for something, almost. Your pencil can have real freedom when throwing bare branches onto the paper – mimicking … More Drawing wintry woods

Dotty art

Stippling – drawing with dots – is fun. I draw with dots because it is relaxing, because it’s an interesting effect and because you can easily fix wrong turns. (A misplaced dot stands out less than a misplaced line!) I find it a particularly good way to draw close-ups of eyes. Below are some oaks … More Dotty art