Thursday, January 28, 2010

I can't get enough of nudes!

I love women. I think women's bodies in all shapes and forms are beautiful. So I've thoroughly enjoyed my recent life drawing sessions and then developing these sketches into prints for your walls. Below is how I transform a sketch into something worthy of a frame!

The first drawing was a quick sketch of the model. The second drawing is a photocopy of the first, which I then drew over with ink and lightened on my computer. The third drawing is the ink sketch scanned in and the background changed. I then decided that the style of the head did not suit the body, so removed the head and the arms and this left me with a torso. I then changed the background to pink.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

It's always good to learn something new

I don't have any formal training in art but I like to do classes now and again. I am currently going to Roz Keep's weekly classes on Lamma Island. Unfortunately, I couldn't go yesterday as I had to go into Hong Kong, but here is a drawing that I did a few weeks back. I am really proud of it because it's the first still life I've done since school. It now hangs in our living room at home.

Roz runs one-on-one tutorials, group classes, sketch treks and classes for children. She is a great watercolour artist and if you live on Lamma or in Hong Kong then you should get in touch with her. For more details e-mail me on

We photocopied my first line drawing so that we could use it later for a watercolour painting. My watercolour painting sucks - that's why I am learning it!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

J'adore Garance Dore! - a new weekly post

Hi there! I am inspired by everything I see. And from now on, every week, I will share with you some of the most beautiful work from the internet.

My favourite artist at the moment is French fashion illustrator and photographer - Garance Dore! Her work is breathtakingly beautiful. If I could draw half as good as she does then I would be a very happy woman! I love the image below as it has so much energy in it. And I love the colours.

Monday, January 25, 2010

More versions of the nude print for different decors

This one is A4 print with white border and is US$15. The tones in the above print are really soothing and will look great in either a living room or bedroom.

A pink illustration for bedrooms. This is only US$10.

Larger prints will be available soon. Watch this space.

Affordable small prints - only US$10 - US$15

Small yellow print of ink life drawing sketch I drew last week. It is 4 x 6 inches and comes in a frame. It is only US$10 and is available in white and blue too.

Lempicka in red jumper print. I drew this lovely lady from a Lempicka painting in graphite and then added computer graphics. This is US$15. It is 4 x 6inches and comes in a white frame. This print is available in pink and blue (blue is below) too.

Click on the Etsy box on the right handside or email me at Please note that postage & packaging is not included in price. Details are on Etsy.
Look out for larger prints soon!

Happy Shopping!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Where I live

Lamma waterfront

Lamma Main St

One of the lovely beaches on the island

The island has lots of beautiful plants

and old ruins

and fabulous fresh produce!

Originally from Scotland, I moved to Hong Kong in 2005. I live on a little island in the South China Sea called Lamma Island. With no cars, and only 3,500 people - this is an idyllic place to live. It's easy to be inspired by everything you see around you. And it is so peaceful. I love seeing the stars at night and hearing the birds in the morning. Something you see very little of on the metropolis that is Hong Kong island, which is only 30 minutes away on a ferry.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Life drawing

I recently did some life drawing, which was soooo good. I haven't done any drawing of this kind for many years so it was very daunting, but great fun!

I have no formal training in art so a lot of it is instinctive - so some sketches work, some don't! But I like this quick sketch. This sketch is available for sale online as an art print for US$10 only! It would look great in either a white or black frame. (You can pick up cheap but nice frames from Ikea.) Just go to my etsy shop - click on banner on right hand side - or email me direct for my paypal details. Email:

Monday, January 18, 2010

Ginger, Beatrice and Lola available online and on Lamma Island

A5 notebooks featuring Lola. Spiral bound, blank inside.

Lola cards, blank inside. Printed on 230gsm art card.

A6 Beatrice notebooks. Spiral bound, blank inside.

A6 Ginger notebooks. Spiral bound, blank inside.

You can now buy all of the above, plus great prints, online at my Etsy shop, or at frangipani, 61 Yung Shue Wan Main Street, Lamma Island. Email me at if you would like to deal directly with me.

Happy Shopping ;-)!!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Lempicka in H&M

This is a sketch of a woman from a Tamara Lempicka painting. This pretty lady is wearing a lovely jumper that I bought from H&M that I find too scratchy and itchy to wear! I must say that it looks a lot better on her!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


These flowers are dedicated to everyone who has supported me so far! Thank you!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Art class on the island

It was gorgeous today for Roz's sketching class at the fishermen's village, Lamma Island. It's been grey, wet and cold for the past few weeks so it was lovely to sit out and sketch while feeling the sun beat down on us. Even if we still had to keep our big coats on.

My sketch is below. I wanted to try ink for the first time because I have seen so many fantastic ink sketches on the blog. Ink is a bit tricky though as it's not very forgiving if you make any mistakes (and I made quite a few).

Have a great week!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Groovy baby

I drew this 60s sketch in ink and pencil (top left) and then coloured it in using my computer (using Paint so that's why it's a bit rough). The image below was created by a free ap on my iphone - silly but fun!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Hoping my friends in the UK are staying warm

Spent the morning in the Green Cottage on Lamma Island, drinking ginger mocha and sketching. My thoughts are with my UK friends who have been snowed in for weeks.

My favourite Vogue cover

As you can probably tell, I love faces, and the simplicity of this cover with a close up of Jade Jagger's amazing features makes this my favourite Vogue ever. It's the September 1990 issue. Twenty years ago! I remember buying this issue. Eek!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Raquel maybe...

This is the drawing that I said I would do yesterday. Turned out not bad. Very vampish and 80s though - although I based the make up on an old photo of Raquel Welch from the 60s - hence the name Raquel... Still not sure about the name!

This picture is A4 in size as it's easier for me to scan in my creations rather than take photos. The photos are always a little dark. But I do prefer doing the pictures much, much bigger. I used a combination of graphite, soft pastel and my Xmas presents - Derwent pastel pencils.

I have started a twitter account under queeniebeeart. Please follow me on twitter if you can!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Fashionable lady

This is a quick sketch I did in ink. I scanned the sketch in, then made two copies - I filled in her eyes and lips with ink for one of the prints, the other in pencil. Both give very different looks!

I plan to spend this afternoon creating a new Queenie Bee portrait. Watch this space!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Sketching in the fishermen's village on Lamma

I spent the morning sketching in this colourful fishermen's village on Lamma Island. I can't believe how lucky I am to live so close to this lovely area. Unfortunately it wasn't as warm and sunny as it is in the picture above! It's currently around 12 degrees and very grey and windy.

I'm learning how to do landscapes from the wonderful Roz Keep. I have never drawn landscapes before so it's a bit of a challenge. But I am enjoying learning again. And I love being engrossed in the moment.

We'll be spending the next few weeks at this spot with the aim of providing a collection for the Urban Sketchers website. I'll try to post the results at the end of January.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Introducing Lola

Lola is a heavenly ethereal creature. Your best friend. And an angel from above.

Lola will soon be available in A5 notebooks and cards. Watch this space for more information.

The original picture was created using graphite and pastels. It is A3 size.

Introducing Ginger

Ginger is divine. I love red hair. Don't you?

Some of the world's most beautiful girls have red hair e.g. Amy Adams, Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Julianne Moore, Christina Hendricks, Jessica Rabbit, Karen Elson, Lily Cole.
Ginger is my celebration of all redheads!

I'm dedicating this portrait to my good friend Fiona Hunter, my favourite redhead.

Ginger will soon be available as a notebook/sketchpad - A6 size. Watch this space for details.

The original picture is graphite and pastel on A3 drawing paper.

Introducing Beatrice

Beatrice is a cheeky cutie gal with a real buzz about her! Her bright blue eyes really draw you in. She is an enormous favourite of mine as she resembles a very old friend from my school days.

Beatrice will soon be available in notebook/sketchbook form - A6 size. Watch this space!

This picture is A3 in size and is mixed media - graphite and pastel.