I mentioned in a recent post that I had been thinking a lot about drawing and painting lately. I wouldn’t say I ever had much talent for drawing — I was gently advised to give up art at school — but I have always enjoyed it and would love to have more time to play around with arty things. I drool over the art supplies group on Flickr and have a growing stash of pristine notebooks and sketch pads that I haven’t dared to make that first mark in.
A few years ago I did a short, basic, drawing course at my local arts centre, and joined a brilliant group called Everyday Matters. I bought the associated book by Danny Gregory and set out in earnest, but after less than a week I found myself unable to keep up with the daily challenges.
I hadn’t picked up a pencil or paintbrush since, but recently, I have found myself dreaming about drawing again. I would love to start an art journal or something of that ilk — something full of colours. And then, with a four-day weekend ahead of me, I found myself presented with a drawing competition — the chance to win an amazing set of my fine art pencils by my favourite pencil makers, Derwent. As well as the main, placed prizes there will be 100 randomly-selected runners-up prizes and so I figured it would be fun to take part. It was that little nudge I needed to pick up my pencils, and you have to be in it to win it, right?
The theme was “Best of British” and my entry is above. I used Derwent Inktense pencils, which I love, and drew three of my favourite made-in-Britain products from our kitchen — Marmite, Colman’s mustard and Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce.
There are all kinds of amazing entries but if you would consider giving me your support I would really appreciate it! Click the photo of my drawing, above, and you’ll find yourself on the voting page. Everyone gets 20 votes so you can vote for me and 19 more of the brilliant entries. Hope you will give me your vote — I would so appreciate the encouragement! xx