Thursday, 25 June 2015

157. Ocean Bottle Gift

Faber Castell 0.7 HB pencil then Staedtler 0.05 Pigment Liner,
Tombow brushpens, Neocolour II and Uni Pin 0.5 Fineliner pen
in Handbook Travelogue Journal, 5" x 5" (x2)

Our pre-school children's group made 'ocean bottles' yesterday and I was thrilled to be given one as a gift - it's a fascinating object containing two types of gel, sea creatures, rocks, etc. I should add that the bottles were taped tightly and securely (mine in red). I had to start with pencil as it was a little complex. The WIP images are below.

Thank you Helen and your lovely crew!

I achieve straight lines by running my hand along the edge of the pages using my little finger as a 'clip'. (This only works for me on A4 or smaller sketchbooks.) A tutor once refused to believe that I hadn't used a ruler but it's quite easy once you get the hang of it.
(Move the bulldog clips first though.)

Bubbles, rocks and creatures added.

Pen added with tiny dots to remind me of where the highlights and reflections need to be.

Pencil removed with putty eraser.

Two Tombow brushpens used to add the tonal values.
(Forgot to include the shadows before photographing it.)

Water-soluble wax pastel added.
All done!


  1. What a lovely gift! Your drawing is really getting good!

  2. Thank you, Rolina. I'm not part of the group; I just do their admin so it was a lovely surprise that they thought of me. I am loving your work more each day. It was already great to start with.

  3. That is so sweet of them! Love the drawing, especially how it spreads over the two pages and the highlights!!

    1. Thanks Az, they're a lovely little group and I tried to do them proud.