Dr Sketchy’s Bristol – A Diva, A Drag Queen and Some Dangerpants

Hooray!  I had an opportunity to go out into the world and draw real life burlesque models last week at Dr Sketchy’s.  Behold – my favourite scribblings from each model:

The Diva – Ramona Rose

pen and pencil sketch of burlesque performer Ramona Rose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Drag Queen – Dis Charge.  (It made my day when Dis Charge performed an Amanda Palmer song)

pen and pencil sketch of drag queen burlesque performer Dis Charge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dangerpants – Daphne Dangerpants

pen and pencil sketch of burlesque performer Daphne Dangerpants

pencil sketch of a burlesque performer with white feather fans and a white costume

Burlesque Sketches

As a warm up for my drawing, I like to do a lot of figure sketches.  As I have a fondness for burlesque, a lot of my sketches revolve around that theme.  Behold, a feathered lady and an aerial hoop artist.

Monsters And Robots – Slugors

pencil drawing of a slug and scissors inspired monsterI’ve devised a warm up activity that is a great way of creating monsters and robots – I’ve also decided I should start posting them so you can see!  Please meet my monster called ‘Slugors’, he hides in your garden waiting for the prime opportunity to climb up your trouser leg. He likes to eat the contents of your pocket, from pocket fluff to coins.

 

A Piece Of Silly

I came across some narwhals on the internet today and this idea fell out of my brain and onto paper.  I thought, ‘if I were a narwhal and had access to marshmallows, I’d totally do this’

narwhals roasting marshmallows on a volcano

 

 

 

 

 

 

Searing temperatures notwithstanding…

Machete Bears All

As a drawing exercise and for inspiration whilst the piece was being created, I have several images on the theme of the burlesque act ‘Machete Bears All’.  Have a look at some sketchbook scribbles:

pencil drawing of dancing bears in fez and waistcoat


The bears are dressed for entertainment – wearing human items is deemed cute but is at odds when worn by a wild animal.  Perhaps lulling you into a false sense of security, the human aspects make it more familiar and therefore less of a threat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

salmon and tin of salmon drawings to have items for my picnic basket

 

For entertaining bear references, I thought of Baloo from the Jungle Book, Yogi Bear and Winnie the Pooh.  All loveable characters defined by their either slightly clumsy, preoccupied by food and/or  friendly demanors.  Certainly a far cry from the wild animals they really are.  I couldn’t have loveable bears without a pic-a-nic basket, a tin of salmon and a jar of honey.

 

 

pencil sketches of baloo from the jungle book studying his walk

 

Or indeed without an affable walk.  Baloo is perfect for this so studied his gait in the disney Jungle Book clips on you tube.  I can’t tell if you can see from my sketchbook notes, but I could tell he carried a lot of weight in his hips, twisting as he walked, arms swinging wide, his whole frame quite loose – very relaxed with no tension held in the body.  At complete odds with my good posture dance background!

 

 

 

 

 

Below you can see the translation of costumes from bare to bear.  Turning what you expect into something you don’t.    The character performing for your entertainment, becoming the entertaining bear.  In the act, the bear cannot get into the food in its picnic basket and is forced to revert to its feral state when it gets angry.  For this I watched lots of Eric Bana clips turning into the hulk!

pencil drawing of belly dance costume, and high heel shoes

pen ink and pencil drawing of girl in bear costume

After turning feral, the bear eats a member of the audience and is much happier for having eaten something.

pencil sketch of angry bear having just mauled a victim

 

A New Website Is Born! Welcome To Laura Elliott Illustration

I’ll confess, I’m not the most technically minded person.  So making a website from scratch on a certain software that is much more expansive than my limited knowledge is a bit daunting.  However, to combat this I find the challenge appeals to a stubborn streak of mine when faced with problems.  With some help from the mind behind Gui Creative to point me in the right direction, I crafted my new website:  www.lauraelliottillustration.co.uk

 

You’ll be able to clearly see my portfolio of work which ranges from children’s narrative to editorial to promotional, adapting my style to both watercolour and digital methods.  You can view a choice selection of my sketchbook imagery that supports my way of working and hones my skills.

 

laura elliott illustration home page

 

 

Not only do you get to see my work but you get to play with robins too!  I like how the nature of the robin images changing reflect bird like movements.  It seemed to come together well.

 

 

My blog will continue to be updated with news, new work and my various creative thoughts and my website will be a platform for viewing my best work.  I hope you enjoy them both!

Illustrated Tiger Tissue Box

You’re faced with one of those first world dramas – you’ve got to get a gift that means you care; that is in equal parts practical and individual.  That is special but doesn’t cost the earth…

So I came up with an illustrated tissue box.  Obviously.

As I think about it now, perhaps tissues do cost the earth in a natural resources kind of way – but I’ll not lose sleep about it.  Behold my genuis in action below:

Step one:  Buy tissue box, measure up it’s vital stats and draw that box a net.  Cut appropriately.

tissue box net for illustrated tissue box

Step two:  Practise sketching out your images.

tiger pencil sketches for illustrated tissue box

Step three:  Draw out and ink up tigers on that plain ol’ box net.

pen and ink drawings of tigers for illustrated tissue box

Step four:  The fun bit!  Colour that bad-ass in!

top of tissue box net with pen ink and pencil coloured tigers jumping and roaring

Step five:  Stick illustrated tissue box net to actual tissue box.  Beware that they’re tricksters and sometimes have the oval on both sides, only one of which is perforated.

pencil pen and ink coloured tigers on tissue box, sitting jumping and roaring

Step six:  Bask in your awesome gift-giving idea…

pencil pen and ink coloured tigers on tissue box, sitting jumping and roaring