Friday, 19 November 2010

Stephen's pages

Stephen's offering. Love the color combination of blues, reds and purples which happens to be my favorite. Very cool! I recognise Stephen's trademark little squares in the background too, from drawing sessions at Alice's years ago. Alice used to host evening drawing sessions in her flat in London for her artistic friends or anyone who wanted to have a go. We all used to pose in turns so that everybody had a go at making our portrait. In the summer we'd draw in Hyde Park then go to the pub. And there was wine and delicious veggie food. It remains one of my favorite memories of my time in London... x

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Alice's pages

Day by Alice
and Night by Alice
Thanks Alice for participating when you have 2 little ones requiring 99% of your attention! I wish i could use watercolors as well as you. Love the dark scene in 'Night'. Stephen's turn now... x

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Night and Day by Lupe

Witty interpretation by Lupe for the NIGHT AND DAY sketchbook, currently in London with Alice! Pretty damn good drawings they are too! Thanks again Lupe for participating. I like how our 2 styles of drawing are already completely and my naive creatures. Oh to be a children's book illustrator. well it might still happen, thanks to this venture. am so loving drawing again x

Saturday, 16 October 2010

A forest fairytale

Sketchbook number 2 is on his way to Kate in Liverpool! I did 2 pages this time so here is my magic bear and a flying little girl: a cross between Mila and little red riding hood? x

Sunday, 10 October 2010


Here are a few pictures of the cover I made for the NIGHT AND DAY sketchbook which is now in London with Lupe. I realised today after looking at a few moleskine blogs that a cool idea with our drawings is to try and make pages from different illustrators merge together or interact. It might be obvious anyway but it would be pretty nice if , on top of adhering to the theme, there was a kind of nice flow between different entries, whether it be in the colors or the themes or the shapes.
I  am thinking of starting another sketchbook with the theme A FOREST FAIRYTALE because i am getting worried that the NIGHT AND DAY book has got too many of you lovely people signed up to it! its a small scale sketchbook and its going to be pretty full once all the London people have done their 4 pages each.
So lets start sketchbook number 2 ! (It might just be that I am the most impatient person in the world.)
On a completely different level, I am trying to find a way to link our sketchbooks to supporting a charity: how about a project called ''anyone can draw'' where artists and anybody willing in Liverpool would fill one page in a traveling accordion sketchbook and each participant would pay 1 or 2 pounds or more if they wanted onto a Paypal account. The money would go to a charity of our choice and generate publicity and the sketchbook could be seen in an exhibition when finished. Willing artists could be found thanks to fliers in places like the Bluecoat gallery and Art colleges ect... sounds like a good project to get my teeth into soon!
Now look at this calendar an inspired person made with each page drawn by a different artist, with an OWL theme, i love this idea too and have already downloaded mine x

Monday, 4 October 2010

I am done!

Here are my 4 pages! I used a mixture of watercolors, collage and art pencils for this first humble offering , and I am pleased with the result. My usual naive little people are there being cute.

I used long narrow strips of watercolor paper that can be folded out or into a  little book. I will send  strips of paper  to the next illustrator but you guys can use a different type of paper if you prefer as long as you cut it out in the same dimensions and fold it at the right place, so that the final object can be folded in and the pages can be turned over. Lets have 4 pages each maximum, you can do less if you have babies and other time-consuming and energy-sapping creatures/activities demanding your attention!

This treasure in the making is going to London first where Lupe, Alice, Steven and Tanya will have fun with it before it is sent back to artistic friends in T'North! Dont keep it for too long guys! In the meantime all you eager northerners can practice and think of the lay out of your 4 pages, with the theme Night and Day...
x Lo

Friday, 24 September 2010


Welcome to the sketchbook project page! Here will be displayed the entries of all the participants which so far include Lupe from london, Kate from Liverpool, a maybe from Alice and Steven from London and of course your truly.
Other possibles on my list so far include:
Becky (Preston)
Artycho (Chester)
Members of our Liverpool Urban Craft collective
Tanya (London)
Anna Camamiel (Italy)
Sonia (France)

The 1rst theme is going to be: NIGHT AND DAY
Interpret this in any way you like, literally or in the most obscure way if you prefer!

The order of 'appearance' in the sketchbook so far:

I will post the book to Lupe in a while who will then post it back to me so that I can scan her contribution and show it on this page. And so on. Rules ect will be included on the first page.
So get your pens and gouaches out and time to think about the theme... xxx Lo

Inspiring links below