A week in Barcelona, part 4: giant heads, small press comics, and food colouring

This is part 4. Part 1 is here Part 2 is here Part 3 is here Click each image and then click them again to see them at a larger size. That blue sketchbook ends up being the one I did my Clovember drawings in. Tomorrow: the final installment.

A week in Barcelona, part 3: flea market, Parc Guell and a gypsy’s arm

Click each page and then click again to see bigger. This is part 3 – part one is here and part two is here Tomorrow: an incredible stationery shop and a nice bit of MirĂ³.

A week in Barcelona, part 1: it smells of wee

In autumn half term we rented an Air BnB in Barcelona. It was a nice holiday – it gave us an extra little burst of summer weather when the UK was just starting to turn grey and damp. As usual, I made a sketch diary of our activities; as usual, it took me several weeksContinue reading “A week in Barcelona, part 1: it smells of wee”

Madrid/Freedom of Information sketch diary, part two

Here’s the second installment! You can read part one of this sketch diary here. [I don’t usually Photoshop my sketch diaries, but I deliberately drew these figures in closed lines, knowing that I’d be able to drop in a background. The floor where we had lunch was this kind of crazy paving – much easierContinue reading “Madrid/Freedom of Information sketch diary, part two”

Madrid/Freedom of Information sketch diary, part one

Did you know that in the UK, as well as in many other countries around the world, you have the right to ask for information from public authorities, and by law they must respond? Wait, you’re thinking, isn’t this a drawing blog? Well yes it is, and hold tight for quite a bit of drawing:Continue reading “Madrid/Freedom of Information sketch diary, part one”

More about sketch diaries – from Katriona Chapman

Since finishing my Chile sketch diary, I haven’t drawn a thing. That’s partly because I am thinking through exactly what I am going to do for the Cape/Comica/Observer graphic story competition. For the first time, I am very consciously examining where my ideas come from, too – it’s hard work, creating a cartoon world outContinue reading “More about sketch diaries – from Katriona Chapman”

Santiago, Chile: sketch diary, installment 2

This is part two of my Santiago sketch diary: you can read the first installment here. It’s been a busy couple of weeks, but in between invigilating my Open House, attending Brighton festival events, and all the normal duties of job and parenthood, I have been beavering away on the Santiago sketch diary. I’m onlyContinue reading “Santiago, Chile: sketch diary, installment 2”

All my #hourlycomicday posts in one place

February 1st is Hourly Comics Day, when (mad) people commit to drawing a cartoon every hour that they are awake. I saw this happen on Twitter last year, somewhat wistfully, because by the time I knew it was happening, my day was half over. This year I was no better prepared, but I did atContinue reading “All my #hourlycomicday posts in one place”

Trying things out

Here is a small bird I made from some Brighton bus tickets. We’re all switching to pre-loaded cards and mobile phone tickets these days, so it’s not as easy as it used to be to get hold of paper bus tickets. It’s funny to think that  maybe in a couple of years’ time, this pictureContinue reading “Trying things out”