Toys… Ahem… Tools!

Look what arrived today!

Figma artist mannequins.

My 4 year old nephew is now utterly convinced I’m about 12 yrs old.  To be honest he was pretty sure I was way before he spotted my “superhero action figures”.

They look pretty nice but quality wise well, not so good.

I’ve been unable to get 1 of the hands out of the holder. It’s either been put in twisted or some how glued, the hand broke away trying to pull it out.

The male figure has 4 pairs of hands (different poses) and the female 4 1/2 …I’m guessing that’s not correct as there is storage for 4 sets each (+1 set on figure).

The stands are very tight fitting but fit on the back of the body with some effort. The stand again connects to the base tightly and 1 base has cracked slightly when pushing them together. Could do with being a heavier base too as the figure tilts the base off the ground in some positions.

I’m going to have to stop buying from Facebook ads!

Blackletter & Commission’s

Quiet day at work today so it’s some Gothic Blackletter practice for me. Only my second time and not done any for about 8 months so rusty to say the least.

Got the go ahead for a graphite family portrait this evening and photos have come through for a horse oil portrait. Busy times …shame the day job gets in the way! Right, next up is a quick cheeky Photoshop composite for a birthday card, then bed.


So I never finished off the Toad repaint (I’m out of practice with garden ornament speed painting) got Mole done though, well I want to amend the face detail first. So I kind of “got Mole done”.

And then, I toned down Badgers blue!

Right that’s it for the weekend …back to work tomorrow (Eh?..did we just have a weekend?)

Brightly coloured paint covered jeans

The hazards of dry brushing

Ornament painting (and whatever else I can fit in this weekend before work).

This weekend is being spent finishing a paint job on Badger (yesterday) and Mole & Toad today. I’m not happy with the blue (it bugged me all night) so will tone it down today.

Also giving my aching back some more grief by sitting on a bench all day, putting together a family portrait composition for approval and doing a moleskine sketch of my eye for portrait warm-up …and just because I haven’t done it before and want to do something while watching TV. I’ll spare the world my self portrait… you may get lips or an ear at some point, woo!

I’m thinking of doing some wedding place setting designs later or working on a new print (unless I finish painting my 1/2 done chimney breast).

And now my bath is overflowing…..


I’m giving Etsy another go now I have some prints in production, not really used it up to now.

Look me up here… My Etsy Shop

A Day Off

Day trip with the family and my camera!

West Midlands Safari Park.

Wedding Speech

Fortunately for all, I’m just making a draft of one and not giving one.  I’m just doing the roughs at the moment …layout pad open!

I’m a Shelfer!

Decided to branch out offline and try selling from a craft shop. I’m renting shelf space for a year at Coopers Crafty Corner, a lovely friendly little craft shop in Pelsall Village. I only have a few prints on display at the moment but offering portrait commission’s.

Ornament Restoration

I’ve been given some old garden ornaments to spruce up. They are the Garden Creatures set I made in the mid 90’s so they’ve been out in the elements for about 20 years now, fingers crossed they still look like the same garden creatures by the time I’ve finished.

Badger, toad and mole covered in lichen fade and worn off paint with some moss growth covering surface

I’d quite like to make some new garden ornaments sometime, I keep getting design ideas… Hmm, now remembering my cement burnt, skin stripped, finger tips. Now there are protective gloves, I know this… but I don’t like them, so will continue to complain about sore, chemically burnt, finger tips.


After a bit of research at the weekend I sourced another Fine Art Trade Guild Giclée printers for some new prints.

Received my first batch today …I’m so pleased with the print quality, they have exceeded my expectations. They have a really nice range of papers, loving the sample pack and can’t wait to get some more ordered.

Note: I’m also reminded how much I hate cutting mount boards.