Holiday doodles

Here are some little watercolour blobs done while on holiday in Portland. Our holiday was short but very sweet…unlike Blob Bird No 3 who is short and short-tempered. These blobs are all just a few centimetres across. I forgot to take a fine brush with me, so I couldn’t get any fine feathering to work. I did birds first, as the 52 Week Illustration theme of the week is ‘feather’ and then I played around with dogs, monsters etc.

After we got home, late yesterday I did some more drawing in bed. I remembered that the shaggy hair on the lower legs of some breeds of horse (like the Clydesdale) are called ‘feather’ so I drew some Clydesdales, and then found myself drawing a Rebellious Teen Pony With Attitude, who also has feathered legs. I rather liked her.

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Blob Bird 1

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Blob Bird 2 – what a cheery fellow

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Blob Bird 3 – a foul mood. He was drawn at the bottom of the page, and no room for a decent pair of pins.

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Blob Bird 4 – Also in a foul mood despite his fancy trousers.

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Blob Bird 5 – a bit mad I suspect.

We met a pair of swans in a park with a pond and little hire boats with outboard motors that the kids were able to steer. The swans were crazily gorgeous in a bizarre way, and very grumpy. I was watching them for a while and then drew them from memory later. We also saw Mortimer the Raven at the park, with his friend Edgar. I fed Mortimer from my hand and I saw up close that he really does have a hairy beak! Joan Aiken did not lie.

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This is one of the cross swans, drawn from a blob. (Also cramped at the bottom of the page with his toes falling off the edge. I’ve added a bit of digital depth of tone to this one. He was pale grey)

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One of the swans, from a blob. But he looks quite cheerful here, but I think he may have some goose blood in him.

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A page of dog blobs. These worked better than the birds I thought as I had warmed up. (Maybe it was the champagne, or maybe it was the log fire…. hmmm)

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Here are the Cross Swans again. These were drawn in bed last night after we came home. I’ve scanned them and coloured them digitally.

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This is one of the bed sketches of a Clydesdale. Below is the Teen Pony.

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8 thoughts on “Holiday doodles

    1. Judy Watson Post author

      Ah, Quentin Blake did a gorgeous book ‘The Life of Birds’ which is a real treat to look at. He is amazing. Thanks for visiting Colorrainbow :-)

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  1. Monica

    Love those swans! And you are my favorite horse artist ever. Your horse illustrations on 52 Weeks of Illustration are how I started following your blog. Beautiful work, Judy.

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    1. Judy Watson Post author

      Oh thank you Monica. How kind of you. I must have drawn thousands of horses as a child, but then went many years without drawing any. It has been fun to go back to one of my childhood loves, albeit not the real, soft whiskery-nosed thing :)

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    1. Judy Watson Post author

      Thanks Trevor! That’s wonderful to read. Especially as I intend to try to use some of them in a book series. It will be an interesting process to try to settle on a blob with the most ‘presence’ to act as a main character. I wish I could imagine their voices. I confess I can’t. I’m very visual but not so aural… auditory… (What word should that be?) Thanks for your interesting comment.

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    1. Judy Watson Post author

      Thanks, Clive. Glad you like them. They are fun. When I first started messing about with blobs recently it seemed like magic… Like it couldn’t go wrong. I have found that they can go wrong. But when they work they do have their own small magic :)

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