Friday, 28 October 2011

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

and more...

I've been researching trows and orkney folklore - it's amazing the similarities between the old norse ('norn') traditions, and our own - i'll find some articles and post them soon. It's so interesting!

Trows were invisible to most mortals except special individuals and cats. They love to dance, play music and sneak into unsuspecting farmers kitchens. If you saw one you had to keep eye contact, or lie down and plarce a dagger at your head for magical protection. They live in the dead howe's/cairns, and are thought to have been originally undead spirits. Woe betide anyone who touched their dead howe. They turned to stone if sunlight touched them.

I think i'll pair my lonely trow with a cat friend and see what happens....

I feel a story coming on!

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

orkney trows

some more trows! i like them. Drawn with a splinted and possibly fractured right wrist, so please forgive the quality :S

Friday, 21 October 2011

here be trolls

some sketches of trolls....(there are a lot of them back home in orkney)

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

coffee shop lady

a very quick lunchtime sketch of a lady i saw in the coffee shop last weekend. She had a very distinctive style.

I'm aiming to life draw from behind a latte every weekend, so watch this space.....

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

last night's sketch....

...finished on my lunch break.

Inspired by Carole Lombard - she's a haunting actress, with an almost eerie, otherworldly beauty. I wanted to show this through my colour palette.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

mad bird

this is what happens when i'm left alone with a blank illustrator document....

a wee doodle...

pregnant women are beautiful.

(my cousin's been having a few complications...but she seems to be healthily expecting now.)