29 Faces in September; Cafe Characters

I am a great admirer of Rosie Scribblah who describes herself as “artist, printmaker, scribbler and ageing headbanger.”  And as all good artists should, she sketches….constantly. I’ve dubbed her the “Martini Sketcher” because she can sketch anytime, anyplace, anywhere. Check out her blog here.

So, inspired by Rosie I sat in my favourite cafe in Newcastle and sketched the occupants. They are faces 18, 19, 20 and 21 in the 29 Faces in September challenge.


Not fiction, fact!

29 Faces in September #3; Mr Knobbly Head

Number 3 in the challenge 29 faces in September.

If you know what to look for, you can tell a lot about a person by reading the bumps on their head. It’s called phrenology. If you squeeze an elf’s head it’s called “asking for trouble.” I wonder what the psychological attributes of this creature would be?


29 Faces in September

Ok, here we go again. Back in May I joined in with the challenge 29 Faces in May so I couldn’t resist the autumn version. The challenge is set by Ayala Art and you can find out all about it here.

(For everyone heading over from Blogger and Ayala’s site I did the linky thing wrong. All my 29 Faces in September are here)

So this is face number 1. A downy faced, Uni drop out by the looks of it. What do you think?

Five Minute Face; The Governess

“A governess is a girl or woman employed to teach and train children in a private household. In contrast to a nanny (formerly called a nurse) or a babysitter, she concentrates on teaching children, not on meeting their physical needs. Her charges are of school age, not babies.”

So says Wikipedia.

As this elf appeared on the page before me, that’s what she reminded of, a governess. What do you think?


Strawberry Elves for Ever

Britain isn’t renowned for its steamy hot summers, but even by usual standards this year’s been pretty cold and wet. It finally picked up about four weeks ago, and nature has tried to catch up. In the face of adversity my strawberry plants have bourne fruit, and how sweet they are.

A trio of lovelies

Blush pink


A brimming basket


Of course, you are probably thinking these are growing in a mundane hanging basket. But no, here’s the little elf responsible for my juicy crop of berries.



Fact or fiction? You decide.




Game of Thrones; Khaleesi Elf

Imaginary Daughter is fully immersed in Game of Thrones the HBO medieval-fantasy drama series. She has watched seasons 1 and 2 and is now consuming the novels that inspired the T.V series. And that’s no mean feat. Those books are mighty tomes. So for her birthday she commissioned a portrait of the Khaleesi, elfed up of course. This is the result.


Moon of my Life

Normal Service Will Be Resumed

It may be apparent to those who regularly pop by this blog that I like Elves. They are not to every ones liking given their mischievous tomfoolery which often leads to misfortune or death. But I love them and I love drawing them and post up inky doodled elves almost every day.Then I made the mistake of setting myself a challenge; Celebrity Elves in July. I declared that I would produce a celebrity inspired elf every day during that month. That’s 31 faces that had to resemble a famous person. It started well with Tom Cruise and Bruce Willis, Scarlett Johansson was a little dodgy and Lemmy left a lot to be desired, but Elvis rocked. Then came Orlando. Stupid, stupid Orlando! He Bloomin’ refused to elf up and I had to abandon him. My elf whispering abilities took a knock. What was happening to me? I decided to take a break from Blogging. Days elapsed so then I had to play catch up in order to meet the challenge; The Marx Brothers (4) The Proclaimers  (2). I was burning the fine liner at both ends but in a desperate bid to reach my goal I elfed up….The Magnificent Seven (7). It was painful to behold. They didn’t even look like The Magnificent Seven. But I didn’t care because that was 18 elves down 13 to go. But my heart wasn’t in it and I popped my fineliners back in a drawer and closed the lid of my laptop. The art of elfing had deserted me! In one last ditched effort to regain my powers I produced Bradley Wiggins Elf, and slumped back, exhausted and confused.

Then it dawned on me. Celebrities aren’t real! Of course they are human like in appearance but quite clearly they are the imaginings of fevered human brains. Only a made up creature could have such perfect skin, pearly white teeth, and well toned body. No wonder I couldn’t draw them, not only do they all look the same they don’t exist!

My dear follower, please excuse my folly. I have seen the error of my ways and will draw nothing but real life elves. I will continue to hone my Elf Whispering skills to coax these elusive creatures out from the bottom of my garden and sketch, doodle and draw their likeness.  In fact here’s a little chap now and he’s got something to say….