Weekly Sketch – Fulmar – 14/02/2016

Quick pen sketch, and slightly longer watercolour of a Fulmar; notice the tube-nose on top of the beak which gives them an excellent sense of smell.




(© Catherine Cronin)


Weekly Sketch – Garden at the Alcazaba of Málaga 3 – 23/04/2015

A very different image of the garden at the Alcazaba of Málaga as compared to the previous weeks’ watercolour renditions; this one is a very considered line drawing in fountain pen on textured watercolour paper, inspired by Edward Bawden’s graphic work. I didn’t do an under-drawing, so I knew any mistakes would have to stay. Overall I am pleased with the image, I like the different mark making to describe texture and shape; I especially like the hedged rose beds and the tree forms, however I think the wall at the back is a bit weak – it looks more like a fence! In hindsight I should have continued the brick forms seen in the wall on the right. Oh well, it’s always a learning curve this game we play called making.





(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – A Pair of Starlings – 04/01/2015

This year I really must try and make my ‘weekly sketch’ post, a weekly sketch post. So here is the first one an illustration of a pair of starlings in the grass, drawn with fountain pens in black ink.


(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Flowers – 23/03/2014

Quick sketch of different flowers using a fountain pen. I was trying for simple flower motifs; but ended up drawing some in too much detail. I often draw in pen, as I tend to just go for it, knowing mistakes have to be adapted or worked in or just left alone. I am a more hesitant sketcher using pencil; if I end up erasing parts of an image, I will obsess about correcting it, and perhaps get stuck in that moment. I like seeing my mistakes and working on new images around them.


(© Catherine Cronin)