On My Easel

Welcome to my world as an artist and full-time mum of twins! Find out what I get up to, what's on my easel, about my techniques, materials, behind the scenes and other exciting things.....

Mr Lion Tutorial


I'm delighted to say that 'Mr Lion' is now available as a downloadable tutorial on my Etsy shop. If you would like to learn how to create this handsome boy using coloured pencils then hop over to my shop and take a look! There is sample pages and details of materials used for you to view. Just click here!

Mr Lion Is Ready To Roar!


This week I’m delighted to say I’ve finished my lion! I have particularly loved working on that mane. An electric eraser and lots of layers works wonders for creating that thick, slightly frizzy wavy mane. This one is for some one to one tuition I’m doing and I’m already busy typing it up and prepping a downloadable tutorial. I’m hoping that it will be up for sale on my Etsy shop by the end of this week. Don’t forget, if you’re not already subscribed to my newsletter then why don’t you join me to keep up to date with new releases and offers etc. During this coming week, I shall also be working on getting started on creating some videos and free downloads on creating big cats eyes.

My New In-depth Black Jaguar Tutorial Book Is Now Available!!


This week I’m super excited to be able to share with you my new tutorial. I was very honoured to be asked by the incredible coloured pencil artist Ann Kullberg to write an in-depth tutorial of a black jaguar, to feature alongside other amazing CP artists she features. This handsome boy is called Neron and is based on photographs I took of him at the Big Cat Sanctuary, in Kent, UK. The tutorial is available as a PDF on Ann Kullberg’s website or as an actual book via Amazon. I still find it very exciting to be able to type of name into Amazon and see my book there!! I also have limited edition prints available in my Etsy shop of Neron in two different sizes.

Progress update of Mr Handsome Lion


Having been in hospital before Christmas, I'm having to take things a little slower but I've been getting back into spending some time in the studio thankfully! I'm currently working on this wonderful lion ready for a one to one teaching session I'm doing this coming weekend. These days I normally work up a picture as a whole, but with this one I've been working it up in sections due to teaching. How do you work on a drawing?

I'm hoping to get this one finished by the weekend and then I shall be writing it up and releasing it as a downloadable tutorial on my Etsy store. Check back next week to see how I got on.

Christmas Commissions Can Now Be Revealed!


Happy New Year!
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! I thought I'd start the year off by sharing with you one of my favourite Christmas commissions of the very beautiful Wisp who is a cocker spaniel. I completed it in pure coloured pencils on Stonehenge paper size 8"x12" using reference photos provided by the customer. The background is based on photos of the river where Wisp enjoys going for walks. The most challenging aspect of this picture was Wisp's beautiful wavy hair. I found by using a Caran D'ache Museum Aquarelle White pencil dry it was beautifully creamy and allowed some lighter hairs to be put in over the underneath darker layers. Definitely a pencil I will be adding to my collection! Watch this space for regular updates....