Posts Tagged ‘drawing’

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Tree house doodle

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Doodle a tree of houses

This is literally a tree house doodle, here I’ve drawn a series of my row houses up the trunk of a tree.

One of the nice things about houses that are stacked on top of each other is that you get to draw fun accents like stairs and ladders – because the designs are fanciful they don’t actually have to be serious so you can drape your stairs in loops and waves and your houses don’t have to be engineered to actually sit where they are – just sketch your houses and wrap the tree around them. In my drawing you’ll see a set of windows inside the tree making this a tree house as well.


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Friday, December 5th, 2014

Drawing – Hill Houses

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Doodling hill houses

Just one tiny, fanciful step beyond drawing row houses is stacking the houses up a hill. Drawing hill houses gives your doodles more dimension and opens up wonderful opportunities to add ladders and steps and antennae and lights. Stick to your basic house shape and add a few similar designs – keeping the overall style homogenous.

I love to add lights and ladders – it doesn’t matter that there are no doors to join them to – this is doodling at its most fun.



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Sunday, November 30th, 2014

How to Draw Brogues in 6 Steps

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Learn to draw awesome men’s shoes with this step by step drawing project

I think men’s brogues with their tiny holes and stitched leather uppers are such classy shoes. Here is how to draw a pair of brogues, step by step and in only 6 simple steps.

I hope you enjoy this post and please share and pin it to your hearts content!

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Monday, November 10th, 2014

Learn to draw – Border Doodles

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Learn to draw cute border doodles

Today’s drawing is a cute set of border doodles. You can draw these easily yourself. I suggest you start by drawing, in pencil, some corner guide lines (I use a square of cardboard to get the angle right). Then you can doodle the lines. Some are the same design repeated over and over again and the outside one is a looped line with small elements drawn where the line forms peaks. Make the corner element a one off and then repeat the side ones at the top to balance the design.

I like to use designs like this for photo frames which I package up and sell on my blog.

Border doodles are fun to draw and a great way to practice creating neat corner elements too.

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Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Drawing Houses on Stilts

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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.



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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Cute Caravan Drawings

Simple and cute drawings of caravans

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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:

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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

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Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Drawing row houses in an industrial setting

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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

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Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Hedgehog Studies – how to draw

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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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Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Fun with Line Design drawing

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Tip o’ the nib to Mr E and his line design project

A while ago I saw some line design drawings on Pinterest. I didn’t make a note of where I found them and, to my chagrin, that haunted me! I spent a lot of time trawling doodle boards trying to find the design. In time, thankfully I found it and more research took me to the wonderful Mr E! His website – is a treasure trove of art ideas for teachers. But it is his line design which is all over Pinterest having been picked up by a lot of pinners.

So, above is my second line design – it took a second go to really do it the way I wanted it to look. First one I colored with Prismacolor markers but this one is colored with Prismacolor pencils. These pencils are wonderfully waxy so they blend like a dream and the results are wonderful.

The entire exercise is very zen. There is a rhythm to it and it is very relaxing and fun to do. If you are interested – click the link above to go direct to the detailed instructions for making your own Mr E style Line design drawing.

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Friday, January 31st, 2014

Valentine Houses – hand drawn and inked design

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How to draw Valentine houses as a framed image

This is another in my houses collection. This time I drew the houses inside a hand drawn oval frame. The houses lean together so I decided to give it a Valentine theme with one of the houses blowing heart shaped smoke from its chimney. The design was hand drawn and then inked with a permanent marker. I’ve been adding stairs to my houses a bit lately to give real folks access to them – of course the stairs don’t actually line up at a door – you can’t have everything!

The color is courtesy of a Tombow marker for the outside of the frame and the bunting. The inside colors are Prismacolor two tip markers – I use a Deco Pink, Cool Gray and some sort of blue – not sure what. The Prismacolor markers are kind of cool as you can build up color with them so you don’t get a necessarily flat color but you can make it more dimensional as I have here.



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