Monty Don

A new portrait of TV’s most reassuring gardener. Like Monty Don, I’m also growing tomatoes in my back garden but not many are looking that red yet, or are as big as Monty’s. Fingers crossed though.

This is the 2nd time I’ve done our Monty. The first one was a traditional number: ink, pencil, crayon and all that. This one, however, is drawn straight into Photoshop with my Wacom tablet.

Expat hotline

This one went on for ages. I drew the table and the guy on the phone about 6 months before but gave up on it. I do that sometimes.

Starting the picture is the exciting part, but that feeling can fade so I end up sitting on stuff. But as I was on a roll from the last picture, finishing this one happened quite easily. Also shown here is the first rough version.

Orange from seed

Happy little orange tree—white gouache and white pencil on black paper, and black and grey ink and HB pencil on white.

Grown from a seed I kept from an orange I ate at my mum’s house last year.

Lemons from seeds

Happy little lemons tree—two versions: black and grey ink and HB pencil on white, and white gouache and white pencil on black paper.

Another experiment growing stuff from fruit I’ve eaten.

Oaks from seeds

Happy little oak trees: white gouache and white pencil on black paper, and black and grey ink and HB pencil on white.

Two little oak trees from acorns I kept from a visit to England last September.