Back to the drawing school – Weeks 3 and 4

A sketch from the sequence i produced at school on week three
This drawing isn’t of me but it sums up the best part of the last fortnight

It’s been a busy couple of weeks here at Corporate Crayon HQ, so apologies for the delay. I know you are eager to see more drawings of quality emerge from my evenings at The Royal Drawing School. It’s been a real ‘YAY! – BOOOO’ fortnight. The biggest yay being we had our most excellent friends, the Dowlings, come and stay for the weekend so no time for drawing practice or blog writing. I’ve had no time to draw for fun either as I have been wrestling HTML coding whilst designing some email newsletters for a client. Continue reading “Back to the drawing school – Weeks 3 and 4”

Back to the drawing school – Final marks


Cutting to the chase

We left it at the end of week 4, I think. I don’t really remember what happened in weeks 5 and 6 as this was back in November and I barely remember yesterday. The remaining weeks were devoted to our final project…a four page story.  I will share my final story with you at the end of this article.


I came up with the idea for my story swiftly and with, what seemed, little effort. Looking back, this was largely thanks to the teachings of Emily and the pace of the course. I took on board the theory that a story, be it written or drawn, can come from a simple, brief moment. Life doesn’t have to imitate TOWIE.

Rob had a weekend work trip to Barcelona back in October and I was looking forward to a weekend with the kids (honestly, I was). Well, things often don’t pan out how I dream. By Saturday afternoon I was feeling pretty stressed. I left the kids in front of the TV, telling them I would be at the table doing my homework should they need me.

It’s hard but quite cathartic to draw how you feel. I find it easier than talking about stuff. I always draw myself much thinner than I am. This is so I can fit more stuff on tiny pieces of paper!

Another learning from my wonderful teacher, Emily, is a story can be built around a single moment. We don’t necessarily draw the opening scene of a story first. As I sat at my kitchen table, looking for inspiration for my final comic, I decided to be bold. To do something I am very bad at. Something that scares me a little. I’d rather pick up toenails with my own teeth than do this. Yes. I sat and acknowledged my feelings in that moment. Not with words, but with drawing. I drew how I felt. Tired. Failure. Beaten. Resentment. All are present in the little drawing above. In the drawing, I am trying to push all of those negative emotions back to the very rear of my mind. If I squeeze my eyeballs shut tight enough, it will all go away. Won’t it?


Negatives to positives

My husband returned from Barcelona on the Sunday. The children and I were alive and it was good to have my wing man back. The next few weeks at school and at home, I spent my time creating my storyboards. I showed a few people in my class and Emily and my story of woe got a few laughs. I can laugh about it now too and I feel that drawing has helped me feel less frightened about acknowledging negative feelings when they crop up.

My final comic is below. I drew and inked it all but ran out of time to experiment with washes on the background. My style is yet to fully show itself and I feel this will come about the more I draw and create stories. Sadly, I didn’t make the final class of term as poor Evie became very poorly a few days before and I couldn’t leave her, even for a few hours. I missed out on seeing my classmates’ work but I hope to see many of them on Part 2 of the course, hopefully starting in April of this year. But, hey, 9 out of 10 classes made when you have two small kids is impressive!

Enjoy! x



Back to the drawing school – Week 2

A not very good sketch of Lydia, the life model
My quick sketch of life model, Lydia at this week’s class. She is a human life model, not a pig sleeping with its mouth wide open

Did you have a little snigger at last weeks drawings? Good. You’re going to love this weeks masterpieces.

Week 2 at the Royal Drawing School studying Drawing for Comics and Graphic Novels and this evening we are joined by life models, Tom and Lydia. “Don’t expect any of your drawings to be good this week. We shall be doing lots of them and quickly,” our quietly spoken leader, Emily told us in her intro. Surely mine can’t get any worse?

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Painting on walls (and not getting told off)

Matty seemed to really like the colours. One of the first colours a baby sees beyond black and white is yellow.

I have known Matilda’s (Matty’s) mum, Natalie for eight years. She was largely responsible for hiring me at Rightmove all those years ago so she had no choice but to like me and champion my work and painting skills.  Since those carefree, hardworking, copious-drinking and limb-breaking days, much changed for both of us. We have found men folk to move in with, have became mums and both moved on in our careers…plus a whole heap of other little things in between.

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Back to the drawing school

Drawing tools for school
My drawing tools at the ready as I go back to school

All graphic designers have exceptional drawing skills. However, there are exceptions to all rules and I am she.

On Monday night, I started a new course at the Royal Drawing School here in London. It sounds very grand, doesn’t it? The Royal Drawing School is in fact a charity so the public drawing courses they offer to amateurs like myself are very, very reasonably priced.

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