Petty Woman

First off, I’d like to say a big hi to everyone who has recently decided to follow this blog in the wake of my Turkey sketchbook post being flagged up on Freshly Pressed. Just like the previous time Wordpress were good enough to feature one of my entries, this led to a significant surge in the number of visitors, many of whom kindly chose to hit the follow button. I haven’t been able to respond to every new subscriber but I’m really grateful to everyone who has taken the time to stop by and have a look. Hopefully I’ll be able to justify your interest in future posts!

Right, enough of the pleasantries – time for some pictures.

Here are a few pencil and watercolour sketches of Jen from last week’s Tuesday-evening at SCAC:


Earlier this week, DRAW held another of its Drawing Circus events at The Old Market Theatre in Hove, with the theme on this occasion being the work of two great early 20th-Century illustrators, J.C. Leyendecker and pin-up artist George Petty. Emma, whose brainchild this was, had prepared backdrops in the style of Esquire and Collier’s magazine covers – the two publications with which these artists are most closely associated – together with an evocative selection of props and costumes. Also present were a couple of supremely-talented fellow artists, Darren Butcher and my old cartoonist mate Paul Cemmick (click link to see his drawings from the same session).

I confess I spent most of the evening drawing Beth, who played the role of cheesecake pin-up girl to perfection; spanner-wielding Rosie-the-Riveter one minute, Petty-esque femme fatale the next.

Technical note: As space is often at a premium at these events (it wasn’t too crowded on this occasion as it happened, but there was no way of predicting this), it can be awkward to set out an array of equipment, so rather than my usual set of watercolours, I took along a couple of refillable brush-pens, each filled with diluted Dr Ph. Martin’s concentrated liquid watercolour. They are each diluted to different strengths, and while not quite as versatile as the real thing, they are extremely convenient to use and, together, provide a nice range of tones.  A practical, space-saving compromise.

15Sept15-Leyendecker-PettyDrawingCircus@TOM_1(lo-res)    15Sept15-Leyendecker-PettyDrawingCircus@TOM_2(lo-res)

Esquire logo and spot colour added in Photoshop.



Spot colour added in Photoshop.

Finally, before I sign off, allow me to draw your attention to my new illustration blog, Geo Parkin Illustration. This has just recently gone live and replaces my old website, which frankly was starting to show its age. Here you’ll find a whole other side to my output (the day job!), plus contact details, subscription link and everything else you might expect. It would be great if you could have a quick look when you have a spare minute – cheers!Geo@Desk


4 thoughts on “Petty Woman

    1. My pleasure! Do give it a try – the refillable brush-pens are genuinely handy if you’re short of time or space and want to whack down some quick areas of tone. I think the colour I used on these pieces was a diluted sepia.

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