It's going to be an ultra speedy post this week as I'm right in the middle of painting trees on the Thames map!
Here's a little peek of how the colours are going on so far. The green was by far the hardest, because to get a smooth colour with watercolour you can't let it dry in the middle when you're painting a large section. I had to work steadily from one side of the map to the other, painting around each obstacle as I went.
It took a solid five hours to paint all the green! Tonight I've been working on the red rooftops of the houses.
Last week we were in Cornwall and in the evenings it was lovely to relax and doodle something which didn't require any thought. I created a mandala which I shared in my last post, and since then have drawn another one in biro.
This time I used a compass to draw the rings and sketched out spokes underneath to give it a more symmetrical structure. You can just about see them in this photo.
I like the biro as it's possible to achieve different tones, but I think I prefer solid ink lines, like the very first one I did below.
I did this one completely freehand, starting in the middle and working outwards by eye, hence why the spacing is a little dodgy in places!
Finally I'll leave you with these photos from Newquay Zoo which we visited on Friday on our way back up from Cornwall.
These capybaras are actually a lot bigger than they look in the photo!
The zoo was really quiet and most of the animals were snuggled up inside
- who can blame them really! These mongooses (mongeese?) were very
inquisitive though and came out of their little hut to observe us
I remember the red panda's at Paignton Zoo being very elusive one time we went, but this little guy just sat around while I took his photo.
Last but not least, these were my favourite little critters of the day; the otters. They were playing tug of war with their straw bedding in their little hut, tumbling and squeaking. Then they went outside for a swim!
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Labels: Cornwall, doodle, doodle art, illustrated map, mandala, map, map illustration, newquay zoo, pen and ink