Shiloh the Pirate!

Yaaargh! Avast! Trim the mainsails! Shiver me blasted blue-barnacle-encrusted, jolly-rum-do timberoonies!

Who says no good comes of reading glossy, gossipy magazines? If I hadn’t been perusing the celebrity rumour-rags one fine day recently, I wouldn’t have been inspired by a certain pint-sized tomboy Jolie-Pitt and her pirate-themed birthday party hijinks! The fuss these magazines make of a little girl choosing natty vests instead of frilly dresses is just absurd, but I say she always looks like she’s having far more fun than little what’s-her-name Holmes-Cruise in the pointy high-heels. With a yo-ho-ho and a bottle of OJ!

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Kids’ Portraits #3

One more portrait from last summer’s bumper crop of kids’ portraits for Christmas gifts, but this one had the distinction of being a gift for the little girl herself, rather than her parents. Mataya loves her labrador, so a special somebody commissioned this picture to brighten up Mataya’s room and help her learn to spell her own name and Tao’s.

Kids’ Portraits #2

Here are some more kids’ portraits in a different style: realistic watercolour and pencil drawings with stylised backgrounds. It was particularly fun to create the bright patterns and collage flowers on Baillie’s portrait. I will be taking portrait commissions again this year: send me an email me if you’re interested in a one-of-a-kind Christmas gift!

Kids’ portraits #1

Last summer I started accepting kids’ portrait commissions. They’re fun, excellent drawing practice, and make unique family gifts. Initially I thought “Oh, I love the looseness and energy of drawing from life, so I won’t work from photos unless I have to – wherever possible I’ll have a sitting with the kids to really get their likeness and personality!” Then I did my first commission, drawing my friend’s four boys one afternoon at their home. A ‘sitting’ was all very well for the older two brothers, but for the younger two it was completely out of the question. Energetic, happy and playful little boys, they wouldn’t stay in one spot for longer than a few seconds, and while I like to think I’m a pretty fast sketcher, the best I could do was dash off a few fleeting impressions here and there. I pulled these sketches and observations together into these two pencil drawings, which I coloured using photoshop. After that I was completely comfortable working from photos, especially for portaits of wriggly little kids!