Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Watercolor birdies...

Some watercolour birds that I painted for a friend's birthday card. 
I never get tired of drawing birds. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Drawing Rapunzel (coz she's so much fun to draw)

So somehow I have found myself volunteering as an art teacher for a couple of groups of children over here in the US. : ) The younger group of kids is especially interesting because I've never taught that age group before. However, hopefully they will get something out of it (here's hoping!).

One of the girls in the older group very sweetly came over to me after last weeks lesson and said 'Mrs. Flinn,' (funny huh, I'm still getting used to being called Mrs. Flinn), 'would you please be able to teach me how to draw Rapunzel?' How could I resist that!!!

So I told her that I would draw up a tip-sheet for her. I thought perhaps I would share it here, just in case someone else would like to check it out too. 

**Now time for a little disclaimer**

 You will notice that every pic of Rapunzel I have drawn on here looks kinda off (if you have an eye for it, this looks more like Rapunzel's younger and slightly out of proportioned sisters), and this is the first time I have done a tip sheet - so it's a bit all over the place. 
However all that aside, maybe - somewhere, somehow - someone will find it helpful. :D I am definitely not the authority on this kind of thing, and I know for a fact that there are a bazillion other 'how-to' sheets you can get online that are a bazillion times better than this one. So if you are really keen to learn to draw - go do a good old fashioned Google search and you'll probably find them. :) All the best! 

**End of Disclaimer**

Monday, September 16, 2013

Life in general...

Been watching some old movies lately which inspired this lady. 
Speaking of old movies - I watched 'How to Marry a Millionaire' the other day, with Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall - what a fab movie. Marilyn was so funny and sweet in it. 

We were also super amazingly blessed the other weekend to be able to go and visit California to spend some time with friends (who were the ones who very generously got our flights for us!!!). It was so nice to see the beach again, and just see a different part of the States. It was gorgeous. 

And I found these flying space cat leggings in Target the other day. Nuff said. 

Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Great Gatsby

So what do you know I got some artwork up here. 

Some fan art of the character Daisy from The Great Gatsby. I haven't seen the new movie yet, but have read the book and would be keen to see it. It looks pretty epic. 

Carey Mulligan is so gorgeous - very fun to draw. 

Monday, July 22, 2013

A post with no pictures

Hello if there is anyone out there. Just thought that I would write and give you an update on where things are at for HanDrawn. 

Well, life has been a little topsy turvy of late - we have moved to the USA - and so have been trying to settle in over here, which, as I'm sure you can imagine, is a work in progress. 

I'm not sure whether it's just as a result of the move or a combination of things - but I have really been struggling creatively. So haven't been drawing really at all. I think I am questioning a little bit, what I am actually going to do with this creativity, and at the moment am coming up short a little. Plus I'm having some computer troubles (which is what happens when the bag your laptop is in breaks when you are in line for the plane and crunches heavily on the floor)(very loudly and embarrassingly I might add). :P

So that is where things are at. I'm not sure when I will next be able to put work up here. You never know, it might be sooner - it might be later.

We'll see. 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Snake & Flower

Because snakes have mastered the art of being creepy and beautiful all at the same time. 
5 weeks until we leave for the US! Eep - excited and nervous at the same time. 
I know that I will definitely miss home. 
But looking forward to hanging with some American peeps. :)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Yellow birdy

Been crazy busy again trying to create a bunch of artwork for this kind of market opportunity that is coming up tomorrow! I think that I am on track (hopefully). Getting prints made of my artwork for the first time which is quite exciting and finally getting on to setting up an Etsy store but it is quite a learning experience!

Here is a little fat yellow bird that I drew as one of the originals that will be for sale tomorrow night. :)

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Chugging along...

Well things have been crazy busy to the point that I have neglected this poor wee blog. 
We are in the process of sorting out a move to the US, so all of the stress that comes with an overseas move as well as catching up with people before we go and trying to get artwork complete for events has me run off my feet! 

However it is all really enjoyable and fun stuff to do, so I just have to keep on reminding myself of that. :)

Lately I have been working on a whole pile of artwork that I will be selling at an event in Pukekohe (just south of Auckland) in a couple of weeks and have been enjoying having a lot of creative freedom with what I produce. Things just always take a lot longer than I ever anticipate. 

Here's a little WIP of one that I just finished this morning. 
So I started with my rough pencil sketch...
 Then using my rough draft, redrew onto a new piece of paper really lightly tracing the basic outline and proportions of the animals - then started colouring...

And after a bit of time (always more than I anticipate!) it's done! 

Hopefully will be selling this at the event in a couple of weeks, however whatever doesn't sell I will be popping onto my Etsy store, and will also be starting to create some more work for that too, so artwork will be available for everyone! Huzzah!

In the meantime, you can see more day-to-day updates on my Facebook page, but I will try and keep this more up-to-date I promise. :)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Deep South

It has been a joy over the past 4 days to spend some time in Queenstown (in the South Island of New Zealand) at a really gorgeous primary school. My good friend works as a teacher at the school, so I came down to help out with teaching the kids some drawing skills and talk to them about illustrating books!

It's been a lot of fun. :) Below are some of the drawings by the Junior students (ages 5-6) who I worked with on the first day. They did such a great job! We have here a Princess and a giraffe.

Below are some pictures of character stories that the Seniors wrote based on my drawings! I didn't know that they had done this so it was a really cool surprise when I arrived, and the stories that they wrote were so cool!

Hopefully by the end of the day today I'll have some of their drawings that I can share with you. They are a really imaginative group of kids. The Seniors are aged from 10-11.

Queenstown is beautiful - it has been pretty cold, and for the first couple of days that I was here it was really cloudy and overcast, but yesterday afternoon the sun came out in all it's glory and I got to experience a more trademark Queenstown day - crisp but gorgeous and clear. Sooooo pretty, I can see why people would want to live here surrounded by the mountains. Hopefully I'll get a better photo of it today to share with you!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Bear Cubs and the Beach

I had a commission I was doing for some friends in Christchurch, and decided it was about time I drew some bear cubs! I have been wanting to draw some for awhile - they are so cute and such cool shapes. So I think that bear cubs will be another animal featuring in my Etsy shop once I get it set up! Below you can see the rough, close-up and then the final! Done with watercolors and a little bit of color pencil and pen.

I had ordered these really cool watercolor brushes online and they arrived today! So it was another reason to do something cool with watercolors. The brushes are fantastic - well worth the purchase. 

Also managed to spend a morning at the beach with a friend the other day. It was a great opportunity to gather reference for the forest and bush scenes for the book I am working on at the moment, and also a nice opportunity to spend time with a friend and enjoy creation!

Monday, March 11, 2013


Trying to do some digital painting and background practice at the same time. :P 
It was supposed to be a speed paint - but I'm not too sure if 1.5 hours counts as speedy exactly. 

Still have a lot to work on, I need to practice using colors more to create depth, and thinking about leading the eye through the image more. In the meantime, it was just a good practice run at slapping something out in Photoshop and not stressing over blending things (which is what I usually do :P).

Monday, March 4, 2013

Some art updates...

Just a few things I have been working on recently - quite exciting times! 
These character designs below are for a book project I am privileged to be working on at the moment. They are done mostly digitally (roughly and still a bit of tweaking to be done).

And this little mouse is from a card that I made for a friend who was feeling a little 'under the weather'. Watercolor paints and pencils used on this one. 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

More practice

More sketching from fashion photography reference.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Portrait Practice

Decided to practice my relatively traditional portraiture last night to make sure I keep my hand in the game. So found this awesome photo reference (another fashion photo) and gave it a go. Aside from the bad photo quality - I was pretty pleased with how it came out. I need to scan a version of it, and might update in a couple of days. :)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Girl Sketch

Enjoying practicing anatomy and figure drawing using fashion photography reference. You not only get interesting poses but you also get cool clothing to practice a lot of the time!

This one was an evening sketch that I did after spotting this cool fashion pic on Pinterest. I couldn't find the original image to give credit to it - but you can find the original pic on my Pinterest board.

Hoping to keep up a few more of these - we'll see how things go. 

Monday, February 25, 2013


Practicing painting some coloured bubbles. It's not quite looking right at the moment, they are looking more like mini planets than bubbles. 

But I'm getting there and having a bunch of fun in the meantime! :) Will keep practicing and hopefully keep you updated!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Little Fox

I love giving artwork away - as much as I have heard that as an artist you have to be careful with how liberally you just give your art away, however I just really enjoy doing it and can't really help myself!

So I'm doing another giveaway over at my Han Drawn Facebook page - giving this little guy away. I drew him the other day as a practice pic. It's A5 sized in colour pencils.

This pic is a little more saturated than the original coz I tweaked it in Photoshop, and I added the texture to the background too, the original is on smooth paper (hehe yay for Photoshop cheats) :)

So if you are keen on winning a little piece of original artwork, come on over to my Facebook page and comment on the pic (that's all it takes to go in the draw) - and maybe even like the page while you are at it! :D

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Practicing Digital Painting

Well it's been my first week at home not working full time in probably about 10 years. It's been really nice just getting stuck into illustration work. I've hit a few road blocks, but I just keep telling myself one picture at a time, and it doesn't matter if not all of the drawings come out perfect! 
(Well for the ones that I'm just doing for myself anyway - it's a different story if it's for paid work!)

So here is a little sketch that I did this afternoon on my 'lunch break' and decided to use as a practice for digital painting. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Lady face & Blob Monster

Coz those two topics are highly related. 

He's so happy. :)

Friday, February 8, 2013


Allo everyone!

Sorry there are actually no mules in this post. Maybe next time. However there are a few animals. I've been able to work on some small illustration jobs for a really cool organisation called Kids Music Company - which has been lots of fun!

Here are some of the little illos that I have created for them recently...

And there is an acrobat in there for good measure. I was able to share these with you with the permission of the Kids Music Company - these drawings are theirs now (thus the watermarks). Check out their website for more info!

Sunday, February 3, 2013


Been busy lately... but never too busy for little foxes!!!

And my cat. 

I seriously only had my head off the pillow for a minute, turn around, and he looks like he has been there all night. Wouldn't even share. :P
Hope everyone has had a nice Monday :)

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Quilting Day Today

Spent most of the day quilting today with my good buddy Felix (yup that's the cat). 
Trying to get some projects finished that have been sitting around for too long. 
Made a bit of progress so that's good!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Just more girly sketches

So I have been having a lot of fun drawing this little girl character. 
Here are a few sneak peeks of some of the poses I've been practicing.
Yup, fun. Now I need to practice my cat anatomy - I really do need practice with that!

Also I have set up a Facebook page!
And at the moment I am running a little arty giveaway - if you very kindly like and share my page, you'll go in the draw to receive a custom pencil drawing just for you! 
Plus I'll even post you the original - my treat. :)

So come and find me at HanDrawn on Facebook!

Monday, January 28, 2013

IF: Wings

Swings are my favourite - if you close your eyes, it feels like you're flying!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013

Exciting times!

Well, life has been super busy lately, however there are some exciting things underway. 
One of which is a book illustration opportunity that has popped up, which looks fantastic!
The little story is so very cute, and the characters are delightful, so I am hoping that I can do justice to them! 

I drew up some very rough concept drawings for the main character who is a little girl - and asked the author if I could share it with you guys on here for some feedback. 

So here are some of the concepts. At the moment the one that most people have chosen is the one at the bottom right who is kneeling down. The only thing I am trying to decide now is whether to give her the eyes that she has here - or to keep the same design for the hair and body but give her eyes like the character on the far left. 

What are your thoughts everyone? Your feedback is most welcome! I'll keep working away on some concepts and maybe pop up some more soon!