This weekend has been an extremely busy one, not least because I’ve had confirmation of a really exciting commission!
I don’t want to say too much about what it’s for until I’ve made a bit more progress, but I’ve been asked to produce an illustrated map of the River Thames.
Now, I have ALWAYS wanted to draw maps. When I was at school I wanted to be a cartographer. The fact that maps can be both attractive and functional interests me and the detail really appeals to my love of intricacy.
So, when I got asked to submit a small sample for consideration, I jumped at the chance.
This is just an example of a tiny section of the map and it’s going to be changed slightly, but you get the idea.
I decided to use watercolours because I love the way they highlight the texture of the paper (and they’re so fun to paint with)!
I had a go at painting Windsor Castle, using some of the same techniques as I use in my doodles.
I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed doing these paintings and I’m so excited about getting stuck into this project.
It’s the first time in a while that my drawing board has actually looked like there’s some drawing going on! Today I’ve been sketching out the curves of the river, which is definitely easier said than done.
I’ve invested in some new Winsor & Newton watercolours as I used my old school set for these paintings and thought it was about time I get a ‘grown up’ set! I felt like a child in a sweet shop buying these!
Back to the drawing board now!
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