Two ladies and a whole lotta wool
A little while ago on the blog, Danni wrote about a rather lovely book by an illustrator called Sachiko Umoto.
During my recent travels, I flew out of Bali airport and, while idling away the time in the airport bookshop, I stumbled upon another publication by the same illustrator, Let’s draw plants and small creatures.
Being right up my street, that book has now joined my ever-expanding collection of crafty tomes: The design and layout of the book are really lovely and make it easy to simply pick a page at random and have a go at following the instructions. There are lots of tips from the author about how best to structure your drawing at the beginning. It also helps that the whole thing is ridiculously cute, including the bite-sized facts peppered throughout (did you know a swallow could fly up to speeds of 322mph? I didn’t. So that’s why they’re so tricky to photograph!): I love to draw. Most of the time, when I’m not incessantly doodling nonsense on the back of an envelope, I’m copying from a picture or an object, and I’ve loved having a go at copying from Sachiko’s book. Here are some of my attempts:
The book is published by Quarry, and you can buy from Cass Art online as well as many other retailers and don’t forget to check your local bookshop too. Go buy it and then draw to your heart’s content.
It also happens to be National Doodle Day today so why not show a bit of line-drawn love to the charity Epilepsy Action and get drawing for them. They also have a rather wonderful doodle auction taking place on eBay, including doodles from the likes of Grayson Perry and Raymond Briggs (I am very tempted by the Grayson Perry auction…).