Observational Research

Following my recent advice that happened to be exactly what I had previously thought about doing. I went to Jacob’s Antique Market in Cardiff and created observational drawings of the items that inspired and that I felt connected to my characters and story. I was inspired by many of the items on show and I took my time to enjoy drawing them.


I enjoyed putting away the rubber and detaching myself from being critical about my drawing. I went about drawing naturally and unashamed, this way I could focus more on enjoying the process, embracing mistakes and feeling the character of the item in front of me.

I also felt it was relevant to draw from within the National Museum once again. This time I was working from their with a purpose and specific interest into the natural wildlife on show. They had some of my favourite characters that are in my present book one (the fox) and imaged book two (the red squirrel). The exhibition of the natural world also had great views of taxidermy birds flying over me which was particularly a moment that exists in my story where the owl flies over the wood and watched the girl running after her grandma and thieves.

I loves to create contrast of soft and hard lines to communicate the different textures and shadows.

My memory, photos and also drawings will be really useful for when I rework my book one scenes that will help to feed my images with more of my visual and conceptual interests.  I plan on visiting St Fagon’s for inspiration for the design of Grandma’s house on Sunday.


Author: ellosweetmellon

I am 21 years old and I live in Cardif. My dream is to be a great illustrator that can sell and exhibit my work with pride.

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