Southerness Lighthouse on the Solway Firth

Posted on Jul 20, 2017
Southerness Lighthouse on the Solway Firth

Today’s drawing of Southerness Lighthouse in Dumfries & Galloway on the Solway Firth coast. I started with a pencil drawing of the lighthouse from our ideally situated holiday cottage, before adding colour with the subtle shades of the Spectrum Aqua Blend watercolour pencils from Crafter’s Companion UK. One of the main landmarks in the village […]

Pencil and paint gives Bellevue a softer feel

Posted on Apr 5, 2017
Pencil and paint gives Bellevue a softer feel

For this drawing of Bellevue Terrace I skipped the usual fine liner and drew with a 2b pencil instead. I pass this street almost daily and love the way the Georgian terrace curves from Bellevue to East Claremont Street. I often wonder about the shape of the rooms inside, and the gardens to the back. […]

WhereArtI : 20th March : Edinburgh

Posted on Mar 20, 2017
WhereArtI : 20th March : Edinburgh

Can you tell me where in Edinburgh I have sketched? If so click the link below to email me your answer. I will pick a random winner from all correct answers on Tuesday morning, and they will go on to the ‘Winners wall’ for the month. At the end of the month those on the wall will be entered […]

Inspire your little ones with a trip to the Museum of Flight

Posted on Feb 28, 2017
Inspire your little ones with a trip to the Museum of Flight

A day of wonder for all the family, out at East Fortune Airfield. The Sketcher family are regular visitors to the National Museums of Scotland on Chambers street and whilst there recently twin number one noticed, rather appropriately, a flyer for the Museum of Flight in East Fortune. A place I had long thought of […]

Tools of the trade

Posted on Jan 22, 2016
Tools of the trade

Today I thought I’d show my sketching tools which I take around with me, my must have items to help me sketch on the go. It’s changed over the years as I’ve tried new mediums and left others out to save space and time. Most of it wraps up in a neat leather case so […]

Christmas trees out in the rain

Posted on Jan 7, 2016
Christmas trees out in the rain

What a difference a few days makes at Christmas! Once a cherished member of the festive family, centre point of the living room and decorated in twinkly baubles. Now piled on top of each other, leaning against rubbish bins in the gutter.   The life of a Christmas tree, in pencil. Sketched thankfully before the […]

Aged by a pencil, drawing the Sketcher twins

Posted on Jul 8, 2015
Aged by a pencil, drawing the Sketcher twins

Sketching the twins this afternoon over a coffee. I seem to have sketched the twins much older than their 4 years in this pencil drawing. I’m not sure why but  for sure the more detail I seem to put into a portrait then the older the subject can look. Another skill to learn for sure […]

A memory of Edinburgh’s Christmas in pencil

Posted on Jan 12, 2015
A memory of Edinburgh’s Christmas in pencil

More new year organising and tidying of the studio today, and finding forgotten sketches on scraps of paper in boxes…. Another wintry day in the capital and one best to spend in doors I think, so I’m going through a few boxes of sketch pads and scraps of paper with doodles and notes on. I […]

An extra hour… for sketching!

Posted on Oct 27, 2013

This morning the clocks went back in the UK, which pre kids meant an extra hour in bed, post kids means an extra hour playtime 🙂   I used my extra hour this morning for sketching with the kids, here they have a snack on the couch before joining me for drawing at the table. […]

Zoe in pencil

Posted on Aug 7, 2012

Evening all. I had a little time on my hands last night so sketched this pencil drawing of my wee girl, Zoe.