Monday, November 3rd, 2014

How to Draw a Kawaii Ice Cream in 6 steps

icecream small How to Draw a Kawaii Ice Cream in 6 steps
Step by step learn to draw a Kawaii ice cream cone

One of my most popular posts from this blog is my post on drawing a Kawaii cloud. In the spirit of creating more wonderful Kawaii style drawings here is how to draw an icecream cone, step by step.

If you want to take all this one step further beyond ink and paper then I have a great video tutorial on my Youtube channel on drawing the same ice cream cone in Adobe Illustrator.


Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Drawing Houses on Stilts

stick houses Drawing Houses on Stilts

Learn to draw cute houses on stilts

Once you’ve mastered drawing simple houses why not draw houses on stilts. Draw your regular houses and then, below them draw the trunks of trees. You’ll want a couple of trunks per house so they don’t topple over. Of course, when you’ve drawn the trees you will have plenty of room to draw other elements. I’ve added a washing line, a ladder, a cat, water, a  jetty and a boat. Then, just so we realize that this is all about fantasy, I’ve added some flying fish.

As always, I’ll sketch the basics using a 2B pencil then ink over it with a Sakura Micron pen. Finish off, when the ink is nice and dry with a white eraser to remove any remaining visible pencil lines.



Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Get Spraying! With the Free Krylon E-book

CoverKrylon1 500 Get Spraying! With the Free Krylon E book

Get a free ebook on making great home decor projects with Krylon spray paint

I was lucky enough recently to win a prize recently in a Krylon contest to design spray painting projects for home decor and holiday crafts.

Now you can benefit from the results of the competition as Krylon has created a free to download ebook showcasing a range of spray paint projects with step by step instructions. So, go here to download your free copy of the Krylon Make it Your Yours How to Spray Paint Furniture, Home Decor Projects, Holiday Crafts and More with Krylon Spray Paint.

The book is chock full of wonderful projects that you can make today. Better still if you go to the Krylon Grand Prize Giveaway page you can enter to win a Krylon prize including cans of spray paint and a wealth of other goodies – just for liking two wonderful Facebook pages! What’s not to like about that? And there is more… tweet about the competition and post it on Google and you’ll earn more entries! But hurry – the competition ends on November 21, 2014.



Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

FaveCraft’s Make It Yours with Krylon Crafting Contest

MIYcontest FaveCrafts Make It Yours with Krylon Crafting Contest

If you think you have what it takes to do some top tier crafting, then now is the time to prove it! is hosting a Krylon crafting competition that anyone can enter, and first place takes home $500.

All you have to do to enter is take a picture of your best original creation that uses at least one Krylon spray paint and submit the photo on the contest website. Even if you don’t place in the competition your project may be featured in a Make It Yours with Krylon free ebook, which will be available for download on, Amazon, and the Apple Store.

The full list of prizes:

One (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive the following:

$500 cash prize*

*Winner will receive an IRS 1099 form to complete and is responsible for all related taxes.

One (1) Second Prize Winner will receive the following:

$300 cash prize

One (1) Third Prize Winner will receive the following:

$200 cash prize

One (1) Fourth Prize Winner will receive the following:

$100 cash prize

One (1) Fifth Prize Winner will receive the following:

$100 cash prize

Twelve (12) participants will be selected by guest judges and receive:

A set of Krylon® spray paints (MSRP $70)

Anyone can enter but entries are due by September 8th (three weeks from now), so don’t procrastinate!

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Cute Caravan Drawings

Simple and cute drawings of caravans

trailers 3 Cute Caravan Drawings

I have a love affair with retro caravans. Not that I have one or want to live in one but I love their shapes and the colors of them. I’ve been drawing them for years and I even make them into Photoshop brushes. So, on my other blog at you can also find and download free retro caravan brushes for Photoshop. These are free for personal use and commercial licences are also available.

Today, however, they are just here for your enjoyment:

trailers 1 Cute Caravan Drawings

The images are all sketched in 2B pencil. I use a mechanical pencil which I buy and then empty out the leads – they’re generally HB so they are too hard for me. I buy 0.7mm 2B leads and refill the pencil with them – it’s a bit tricky to do this as you have to shove the lead back down the tube but in 5 minutes I have a custom pencil that works great. I’ve also been able this way to continue to use the same mechanical pencils for around 15 years, which is great since I bought some great BIC ones in Australia years ago – they are crimson and purple and emerald and purple and I love them.

Used lightly these marks rub off easily using a white eraser – I use a Staedtler Mars Plastic – which is my preference for everyday use.

Once I’ve sketched the caravans and I’m happy with them, I ink them with a Sakura Pigma 005 or 01 black pen. I love the very fine Sakura pens because, with deliberate heavy use, they tend to bend and flex so they end up being a soft sort of 05 or 08 diameter pen. I get the wider line I like but with a flexible (albeit damaged) tip!

The other thing to like about the Pigma pens is they dry really quickly so you don’t get a lot of ink on your hands and it doesn’t smudge on your work.

I still leave the images to dry overnight usually before carefully erasing the pencil marks.



trailers 2 Cute Caravan Drawings

Helen Bradley

Friday, July 25th, 2014

A Tip o’ the Nib to Ed Emberley

blue ship1 A Tip o the Nib to Ed Emberley


If you’ve never read Ed’s books – it’s time to do so  now!

I was never exposed to Ed Emberley’s books or his work until around 6 months ago. It was then that his work first came to my notice.  And as often happens, once I noticed him the first time I kept on seeing his work and references to him – all of a sudden he was everywhere.

If you don’t yet know who Ed is – he is an artist and he teaches drawing. He teaches it in such a way that you don’t use an eraser (which I think is great!) and he builds images little piece by little piece. You make one or two simple lines in each step and, then step by step even a very complex image gets built up.

Many of his books are color based – the Big Purple Book of Drawing, the Big Green Book of Drawing, the Big Orange Book of Drawing and so on. I bought Purple and Orange and his Faces book. I like Purple and Orange best – the orange one is jammed full of Halloween fun and the Purple book has this wonderful pirate ship in it. This ship is the most complex of all of the how to drawings – so it’s where I started!

Above is my second ship – the first was a bit squashed up but still great for a first try. Then I did it a second time (above) and it worked out great.

After this I wanted to change the view of the ship. You see the drawing in the book is behind the sails so you look past the masts into the back of the sails. I wanted to draw a ship from the other direction. I confess to needing a rough pencil outline for this but seriously it was done in about an hour and I was really pleased with the result.


ship1 A Tip o the Nib to Ed Emberley


If you want to learn how to draw a range of things then I totally recommend Ed’s books.  I have filled pages full of cars, trucks, cats, halloween witches, haunted houses and more! It’s fun and achievable. Thanks Ed!


Sunday, July 20th, 2014

How to Draw a Kawaii Cloud

cloud small How to Draw a Kawaii Cloud

Learn how to draw a kawaii cute cloud – step by step

Today’s drawing is one in a series I am doing on Kawaii style objects. This is a cloud – a cute cloud and you can draw it in so many ways. This one has an outline you can draw with a light marker – I use a warm grey (or cool grey) prismacolor marker which gives great results. It is thin one end and thick the other so you can use it for small or large drawings.

Oh! and if you were curious – Kawaii is the Japanese word for cute!


Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

How to Draw My Cat Molly in 6 Steps

molly 6steps How to Draw My Cat Molly in 6 Steps

How to draw my cat Molly

Today’s drawing is very close to my heart – it is of my cat Molly. She is a rescue cat and probably an Egyptian Persian and she is fluffy and white. She also has a lot of attitude.

So, here, step by step, is how to draw Molly. Of course, if you color your cat a different color it will be your fluffy cat and make it smooth if your cat isn’t fluffy!

As always, my how tos are step by step and don’t require an eraser so you can dive right in with a pen or marker if you like. Enjoy!

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Drawing row houses in an industrial setting

power lines Drawing row houses in an industrial setting


My love affair with drawing row houses

I love to draw row houses – I think it harks back to my love of Australian terrace houses and those that you find in the UK too.

Here I’ve combined row houses with electricity pylons. We used to drive by really big pylons when we were kids and en route to our holiday destination and I really love their size and majesty. I shot a lot of them too in the UK on a canal boat trip – they started to appear as we got closer into London.

So here is yet another image in my row house series. Houses and pylon – rendered in ink using Sakura Pigma markers.

 Helen Bradley

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Hedgehog Studies – how to draw

hedgehog studies Hedgehog Studies   how to draw

Once you can draw a hedgehog, now see how to draw different poses

In my last post I showed you how to draw a hedgehog in 6 simple steps. Once you are done with that and you can confidently knock of a quick hedgehog sketch, then it’s time to try some different poses. Hedgehogs roll up into a ball when frightened so you can draw them rolled up or from front on. If you look up hedgehogs on Google you’ll find that when they are small they also lie on their backs showing off a cute tummy and little feet – that’s another awesome pose.

Here are some of my recent Hedgehog studies. Have fun with your hedgehog drawings.

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