Daily Sketching Goal

They say you should draw something everyday if you want to improve. Lately I’ve been a bit slack on the drawing front. It’s so easy to fall behind when life gets in the way. Juggling projects, client briefs, admin, emails and trying to have a life as well, sometimes leaves little time for self development work and without a goal it’s easy to let it slip.

With that in mind, i’ve decided it’s time to set myself a little daily drawing challenge – to draw something everyday and post it up on my Instagram (#FGDailyDrawings) and my blog once a week. It should be a good way to get into a sketching routine!

I had a little warm up drawing session yesterday, both in town and with the birds. To keep it neat though I’ll start properly today – 1st August

Illustration Friday – Robot

Just a little Illustration Friday post – I’ve not taken part in a while. This week’s theme – Robot

I actually did this a while back for a friend in Norwich. It was a t shirt design for one of his colleagues. It features a few Norwich landmarks – the Norman castle, and cathedral, and also the iconic market awnings.

TTS Warrior ©Fiona Gowen

Shirt proposal

November Roundup

A little November update, and a little peek at some of the stuff i’ve been up to in November (and some of October… I’ve been a bit slack at keeping track!)

Well.. November seems to have shot by. It’s now the first day of December, and i’m wondering where all the time has gone. 
Looking back, I’ve done a fair bit this month. We went for a lovely autumn walk in the sun, with the leaves just turning beautiful reds and yellows. It was a well needed break from the book i’m working on at the mo. 
I’ve been doing my fair share of crafty stuff too, mostly for work, but I’ve really enjoyed some of it, especially the crochet, and surprisingly, the embroidery. I reckon I’ll be carrying some of it on, maybe make some blankets, or cushions or something. But mainly as a bit of a hobby. It’s always fun to try new things. I even learned to crochet a hexagon!
There have been a lot of photoshoots this month too, for the book I’m working on. I’ve learned a lot, and have really enjoyed it, despite it being frustrating at times. Local cafes (Franks bar, Biddy’s tea room and House cafe – thanks guys!) have been a saviour, and have been really helpful in letting me go and photograph them while they’ve been closed. 
David Attenbourgh came to Norwich! He did a book signing at Jarrolds and I met him! Eeep! He’s a legend. 
There has been more drawing going on in November too, and it’s been lovely. I finally managed to get myself to life drawing, and have been illustrating some new christmas cards, and designing a friends ‘save the date’ cards for her up-coming wedding! 
Busy times ahead. I just need to find some time to make everyones christmas presents now! I promised myself last year that i’d try not to buy any gifts, unless they were handmade… it’s tougher than it seems! And it’s getting colder, and I still need to make a door curtain! (and find a rug)

Frankfurt Illustration frenzy

In September, I was commissioned to produce a set of 104 smallish illustrations for various projects going off to be showcased at Frankfurt book fair earlier this month. It was a daunting project with so little time. But I managed to pull it off!

All in all there were 104 illustrations to do. 21 animals, 56 vehicles, and 27 spacecraft/satellites. Plus five sets of step by step illustrations, all to be done at light speed.  It was a bit of a monster, so I ended up breaking it down into stages. This really helped, and it was much easier in bite-size chunks, and even left me time for tea and cake. Yum.
I’m planning another little illustration frenzy in the next few months!.. Watch this space…
The final illustrations will be up on my website to have a little look at soon.