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Sunshine Troll judywatsonart loresTroll caught by the rising sun.

I could also have done a vampire being extinguished by the rising sun too… But this will do for my Quota of Gruesomeness for one week.

This is done with a Staedtler Lumocolour pencil on litho paper, because I couldn’t find any black Prismacolours long enough to use. It was oily and black and nice.



Cartoon Cornish

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The Scribble Cornish of yesterday, became a fully drawn and painted Cartoon Cornish after dinner last night. I started out to do an inky depiction, with wet edges, to suggest the fuzz, as per all of my work this year really. Fast and loose… But strangely I found myself taking the unprecedented step of using a sharpened Prismacolour pencil to draw in some detail, as the Prismacolour Artstick was frustrating me by going off rather too wildly on its own tangents.

And although, this picture is not exactly as I would want it, I have to say, I quite enjoyed being careful… relatively careful… for a few moments :-)

Anyway, Mr Cornish salutes you.



A few days ago I got around to joining Pinterest and have started to organise some of my work into boards. It is really quite a useful thing to be able to view a set of work at a glance. I’ve put some Thunderstorm Dancing fragments and working sketches on there too. Nice to bring it together and see what changes have occurred over 2 years!

Here I am if you want to visit me.

pinterest Thunder sample

My altered Book art is there too. But there’s a lot in my cupboard! Only some of it is on Pinterest. I’ll update it over time.

Judywatson Altered Book Art Pinterest sample


I’m drawing whippets over and over again until I get the expression just right for final art.

Sometimes, when I’ve drawn the dog several times over in the ‘pose’ (for want of a better word) required for the illustration, I still can’t get it right. Low growl.

Then I sometimes draw the dog (or cat, or person) in another way entirely and it gets my brain out of the gridlock.

Here’s Lucy telling me to play ball and chill out sister.

Lucy with winning expression

Ball anyone?

Another cat called Thunder

20140328-135001.jpg I’m revising roughs on the run. This puddy was a Maine Coon in the rough and needed converting to Rex before inking.

It would be nice to have an auto-conversion button, but actually it’s quite a nice part of my work. The Maine Coon was a bit cranky. The Rex is more comical and sweet. So the pose/attitude needs to change accordingly.

Now for the ink.

Birthday cards

We love to hand-make all of our birthday cards for family and friends. Sometimes the card is a hurried affair, slapped together moments before deadline; sometimes it’s a painstaking endeavour. But all the family enjoy this tradition.

Sometimes a fairly quick creation turns out well. And of course all art practice feeds into and informs the other art that you do.

Here’s a card done this morning for a friend turning 50. Her alter ego (so some of us decided in our wisdom ;-) is Sheena, Queen of the Jungle.

Later I’ll post a selection of cards made by all of us.

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and inside...

and inside…




Swimming again

Swimming again, or rather, watching the swimming. Here were some of my more immediate neighbours on the spectator benches at swimming lessons this week.

My fine-point pens had died of exhaustion, so I enjoyed using a thicker felt tip instead, and later adding a bit of pencil colour at the drawing board was fun.

auburn haired swimmer

auburn haired swimmer – this little boy has a spectacular head of flaming orange-red.

blue sibling

blue sibling – she found Ollie the Octopus’s antics amusing

green sibling

green sibling – same sibling, different colour

Mum with mobile phone

Mum with mobile phone – most of the spectators spend a lot of time watching their phones. It’s a funny world we live in now. I do it too sometimes.

long-haired mum with tissue long-haired mum

Chicken supermodels at school

Two of our chickens spent the day at school yesterday. Poppy because she is so pretty, and Hilda the Hun because she is the undisputed Queen of Chickens and very relaxed.

They modelled for some creative writing in the Grade 2 classroom. Then they moved to the art room where they posed for life drawings with two Grade 2 classes and two Prep classes. Everybody, chickens and children alike, behaved beautifully.  The art teacher was wonderful.

I had the pleasure of peeking in (at the Pekins;-) near the end of the day while the preps were still hard at work drawing. They were so proud of their beautiful work. I only had time to take a few quick photos with my phone (mostly pretty dark and blurry!) and to tell them how well they were drawing. Here are just a few that I saw, including a handful by Dimitra who deserves her own separate art gallery.

hairy smiling chicken

A smiling shaggy chicken. Looks like Hilda’s expression with Poppy’s decorated plumage.

photo 5

Hilda with a very elegant tail

photo 3-3

Definitely Poppy – both the expression and the feathering

Chloe decorated chicken

Chloe has put a lot of work into that decorative plumage


Antonio has drawn both chickens. Poppy is sensibly keeping out of the way on the perch.

Abbey flock of chickens

A whole flock of Poppies in progress

2 chickens

Poppy and Hilda side by side on the perch. Feathers fluffed as they preen themselves. This little boy has cleverly drawn Hilda’s head reaching back over her shoulder to preen.

Dimitra - 2 chickens or chicken eating

I’m curious about this one. Is this chicken using one wing to bring food to her mouth, or is there a hint of the second chicken behind. I am tending to think the former.

Dimitra 2

Wish I could get my hands on those eggs. Our girls started moulting and stopped laying a good while ago.

Dimitra colured chicken Dimi

The class industriously drawing our two fluffy girls

The class industriously drawing our two fluffy girls