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7 days are up

Ah diary week. There are 7 pages now added to the Canada travel diary and new ones will appear each day. I know you are bloomin excited to read more about bears, hats and soup cake. Stay tuned for all that… and more! MOAR!

Doodle of misty woods by Lara CrowDay 7 just appeared. Here’s a little peek at the misty mountains. So atmospheric and lovely.
I’d like to just sit and draw them all day, but had to satisfy myself with quick doodles as we were driving quite a lot to get to Tofino.
Walking on the train tracks by Stephen Ingram


Day 7 also includes me and Steve walking along a disused train line. It was excellent in a weirdly lonesome post-apocalyptic way. We didn’t see a soul and it was eerily quiet.

Here’s a photo Steve took of me wandering down the tracks. He didn’t enjoy walking over the bridge, which was very high, with big gaps between the wooden slats- so fair enough, no photos of that bit! I was thinking about zombies and feeling a bit ill-prepared. Didn’t even have a cricket bat.

Cricket bat doodle

This week is travel diary week!

This week I’m starting to put up the pages of my Canadian travel diary so stay tuned for a new page every day. Follow my very exciting life as I travel around, staying in strange spheres in the woods, drinking tea and looking at wildlife. Horror! Intrigue! Bacon!! 

Cartoon of an evil otter by Lara Crow

There’s a couple of pages already up there, more coming very soon!

Hope you enjoy them! Here is a little sneaky preview of a cartoon you won’t meet till day 8: evil incarnate. Dang, the stories I have heard about these cute little critters -sigh- it would break your heart.


Off Life quick draw!

On Thursday night I went along to Off Life‘s quickdraw event at the House of Illustration and had an excellent time scribbling away and chatting to people! Wish I hadn’t had to run home as soon as it ended. Off Life do a quickdraw most Thursdays on Twitter, so follow them and play along next time!

The basic idea is that they call out a theme and you have 15 minutes to draw something. Working quickly with pen and paper was good for me as I spend most of my time working digitally and probably rely a little too much on the good old undo function! Anyway, here’s some quick snaps of my doodles from the night.

Theme: my daily nemesis. This guy. Dah, I swear I had a cup of tea just a second ago!

sketch of a monster stealing a culpa by Lara CrowTheme: housewarming. I originally thought of a burning house but figured that lots of people would draw that, so I pondered it for a bit longer and for some reason imagined giants roasting houses on a spit. But hey they’re not total monsters- they shake the people out of the house first.

Doodle of cyclops toasting a house on a spit by Lara Crow Theme: what I think about while drawing. This one got a bit meta. I am often thinking argh, stupid stupid hands. Stupid pen! Stupid paper! Why won’t you do what I want you to do?

Sketch of a girl looking at her hands by Lara Crow

Theme: the other side of the computer screen. Haha, remember this guy? This pic got a bit scratchy and rough, perhaps it was the rage coming back after all this time. *shudder* Oh god, what if it’s still in there somewhere, just waiting for me to look like I am writing a list or a letter…

Sketch of those cursed paperclips! by Lara Crow


Diary is nearly done!

Hum, so it’s been slow progress, but that Vancouver diary is almost done! All the pages are tidied up and I’ll be uploading them soon. It was quite strange for me working on some of these pages. We lost Maggie for a few days while we were in Canada but I sort of forgot how worrying it all was until going back over the pages! Yikes!

Anyway, more of that soon, but for now here is a little cartoon of a bear- no we didn’t get any bear spray, even though the place we were staying said it was a must! Eep. I did think about bears a lot though. Bears.

Bear cartoon by Lara Crow

Working on a travel diary

I’ve been a bit under the weather this weekend. Those stupid microbes insist on ruining my day! But I have had a chance to work on my Vancouver travel diary a bit. Lots of scanning and tidying up pages. But soon, soon it will be finished and you can read all about Steve’s and my adventures!

Until then, there are other diaries to rummage through up there in the menu. Also here’s a little snap shot from Vancouver day 3- visiting the aquarium! Aww cute octopus.

Octopus cartoon doodle


Happy New Dinosaur

It feels a bit late to wish you a happy new year, so I wish you a happy new dinosaur instead!
Here’s one playing the concertina. That’s how dinosaurs might well roll if they were still around.
(Well… that and ruin all John Hammond’s plans while offering a nice intro to chaos theory into
the bargain)

Dinosaur playing concertina illustration

It’s been a busy few weeks but I’m working on some fun stuff that I’m really looking forward to sharing with you – so stay tuned and I’ll post about it soon. Also more dinosaurs because hurrah dinosaurs!

Gallery of Mo sneaky self-portrait

Self-portrait by Lara CrowIt’s November and I’m donating my time as a Gallery of Mo artist again- huzzah! It was loads of fun last year. I’m looking forward to seeing some more facial hair going on around this fair city too, come on gents it’s dapper and the ladies love it!

Here’s a little peek at my self-portrait for the gallery. Yeah that’s a tiny wolf on my head…
what of it?

Fancy a lovely portrait of yourself with a tache? Head over to the Gallery of Mo website and donate some dosh to a good cause! There are loads of great artists taking part.