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An Illustrated ‘Manual’

Tea infuser illustrated instructions

Back to the Leuchtturm sketchbook for my second Sketchbook Skool homework. It’s a really bad scan but never mind.

I decided to do what Koosje suggested and keep things simple for this one so to make life a bit easier for my illustrated manual I chose this tea infuser.

Illustrating a Recipe

Illustrated recipe potatoes boulangere

The Storytelling klass at Sketchbook Skool started earlier this month and the first homework was to produce an illustrated recipe.

With the start of a new semester I decided to start a new sketchbook. This is a Leuchtturm A5 sketchbook. Unlike the Moleskines that I’ve been using for a while, this one’s not a watercolour sketchbook but it takes the paint quite well and the paper’s very thick which is nice.

Not sure it scanned all that well, what with the shadows on the edge but other than that I like this new sketchbook.

2 Full Sketchbooks


These are the first two sketchbooks that I’ve filled since I started drawing regularly again at the beginning of last year.

The top one was my first. Before this one I just drew on pieces of paper but I moved on to a sketchbook pretty quickly. This was the book that I used to test my commitment to drawing. It’s a plain paged journal from Paperchase that I had lying around at home. It had a few scribbles in it so I cut out the first few pages and started drawing in it.

All the drawings in that book were done using the pens I mentioned back when I’d just started this sketchbook. There’s no colouring in because the pens weren’t waterproof and I was colouring in my drawings my scanning them and colouring them electronically.

When I started Drawing August last year I started my first Moleskine sketchbook, the bottom one in this picture. It’s an A5 watercolour sketchbook but even so, the majority of the drawings in it are pen and ink, using Copic Multiliner pens. Towards the end of that book I started using watercolour paints and I went back to fill the final few pages in this book with my tiny drawings for this year’s Drawing August.

I’m now almost at the end of my third sketchbook, another Moleskine watercolour book but this one is full of mostly coloured drawings, some experiments with paint and a few mementos that I stuck in after my trip to New York in April. Most but not all, of the drawings in there are from the two semesters of Sketchbook Skool that I’ve taken part in.

At the same time I keep doing an occasional drawing in a Daler Rowney sketchbook that I’ve so far used just for ballpoint pen drawings. It’s not my favourite book to use because the paper’s quite thin but I’ll persevere with it.

It’s interesting looking back at how many drawings I’ve done in these books. I want to do lots more and I hope I can fill more than 2 sketchbooks over the coming year but we’ll see. It’s also interesting to look back and see how my drawing has progressed and changed. I’m a bit embarrassed by some of the ones in that first book but I know they have value because they sort of map my progress for me as I keep up with my drawing habit.

I Declare This Drawing Finished!

Black pen drawing of scattered keys

It seems like ages ago since I started this drawing. It was a homework from Andrea‘s klass during the most recent semester of Sketchbook Skool, which ran during July and August.

I kept adding a bit to it each day for a while and then Drawing August came along so this took a back seat for a while. I finally came back to it again yesterday and realised that at some point I would have to decide that this drawing was complete.

I added the keyring this morning and immediately regretted it and then I added about 4 more keys to the drawing to balance things out a bit before declaring the drawing finished.

I scanned it in colour mode and it’s interesting to see not only how the cross hatching has become a bit bleached out but how the different black inks show up as slightly different colours. Other than a few ballpoint pens, I used a multiliner on one key (and decided that that was a mistake) plus some black and grey coloured pencil to add some softness and to do the final shadows under each key.

As before, you can click on the drawing to see a higher-resolution version of it on my Flickr.

Drawing of a Building

Ink and watercolour drawing of Bayer House Golden lane

Bayer House, Golden Lane. (Click on the image to see a larger, higher resolution version)

This drawing was a Sketchbook Skool homework that I didn’t manage to complete during the course. Liz Steel set us 2 homeworks with the idea being that you didn’t have to do both. I did the first and decided that the building drawing could wait for when I could get outside – energy and weather permitting.

Dry weather and a decent amount of energy didn’t seem to tie up for me so it was a long time before I got round to this. The building I chose to draw was the rear of Bayer House on the Golden Lane Estate in London.

Black ink preliminary sketches of building details

The bonus with this place was that I could do a lot of the preparation work from the comfort of a friend’s living room so no need to sit outside in the unpredictable weather!

I did some preliminary sketches, like I did with my other homework for Liz so I could get to know the thing I was drawing and then started laying out the final drawing in pencil. I also took some photos because I couldn’t finish this in one sitting so I used them for reference when I was working on it back at home.

Because this particular building is made up of mostly squares and rectangles I did use a ruler (is that cheating? Maybe…) to get things set out, although even that wasn’t perfect. When I inked it in though I drew freehand over the pencil lines so the drawing still had some kind of looseness to it.

It was more complex than I think I’d anticipated and maybe the repetition of shapes throughout the building made it more difficult, I’m not sure. This is also the first drawing I think I’ve done where it’s spread across onto a second page.

That made scanning a bit of a problem because my scanner is A4 sized and the double page spread wouldn’t fit. I scanned it in two parts and spent some time learning how to merge the two images into one, before tidying it up, cropping and resizing.

The final image on here is very tiny just because of the space available but if you click on it you’ll be taken to a much higher res version of it on my Flickr stream.