I’ve just got back from the South Petherton Christmas market, it was great fun and a HUGE thank you to everyone that bought something from me.

I spoke to two lovely couples who enquired about having their house drawn. Unfortunately I didn’t have much to show them at the Christmas market so I thought I’d write a little post on the matter.

As mentioned in my Christmas Already! post it all started when I was asked to illustrate Christmas cards for a few local folk. It then became a bit of an obsession and I thoroughly enjoyed getting my watercolours out and sketching.

My process starts with either visiting the property or working from photographs. Working from photographs means I can stretch far and wide and offer my services to people who don’t live locally but like my style of work. I’ve recently completed two drawings for people who live in America. I love sending my work overseas, it’s very exciting!

Once I have a rough sketch, I add my watercolours to bring the drawing to life. The watercolours add a soft touch which I really like. Watercolours suit the texture of the brickwork and allows me to add the details of different colours that feature in the property. The building can then be defined with delicate black lines.

When the drawing is finished I then add graphic elements – especially if the piece of work is going to become a seasonal card. It’s great to combine traditional sketches and paintings with fun illustrations – I like to add a cheeky robin to the Christmas cards!

The final piece looks great mounted and framed – an ideal gift or can be easily made into little notelets and seasonal cards.

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