As an illustrator most of my time is spent drawing relatively cute and pretty pictures aimed to appease conservative publishers and appeal to a young market. Thus, my private sketchbook is a haven to unfetter my brain on paper... (If you are looking for my usual work in children's literature, check out my regular blog at

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Dr Sketchy's Brisbane - November 2011

Rita Fontaine...
1-2 minutes
...That's not her in the top-left, that's a sketch of a puppet I made recently.
2-5 minutes
Spot the odd one out. A few of the sketchers posed with fake moustaches (Movember), this was one of them. And the sketch to the left of him was drawn with my right hand. I'm a southpaw usually.

This next costume was pretty busy, so it was hard to get all that detail down...
10 minutes
10 minutes
...Sometimes the costumes are a little too elaborate for such short sessions. 15 minutes is a good length of time though...
15 minutes
The lighting was really good tonight, so I took advantage of the shadows and highlights. I was pleased with how this one turned out. Ms Fontaine liked it too, so I got a lovely prize for it, this poster:
(Photo by Kahlia Litzow)
...It'll go nicely on my studio wall next to my Elvgren ladies!


  1. Ben ... love your art as always! Your contour line work reminds me of Serpieri! Amazing stuff!
    -Stephen Blundell