Words: Brother Sparrow

January 31, 2012 | Words

Morning all!

I’m really excited to be starting a new weekly segment here today!

It’s called Words, and will involve me challenging myself creatively every week by taking a saying or song lyrics, and drawing them in a creative way. The idea will be to try out new mediums (like watercolour – coming up next week!) and… I’m not allowed to touch the computer. This will be a big challenge for me! Even just now when I uploaded my first ‘words’ attempt, I had to consciously stop myself from fixing my mistakes!

The whole ‘words’ idea came from looking at this book I saw online the other day… It’s called Quoteskine by Lee Crutchley, and contains a heap of drawings he’s done of lyrics and sayings.. so I thought it would be a great chance for me to test myself every week and give it a go myself.. and so far, I’m loving it!

Please be kind.. this is my first attempt! I was a bit nervous being my first one and all, but I’m hoping I will get better with time :)

These words are from the song Brother Sparrow by Agnes Obel. After I’d done the sketch in pencil I had every intention of painting over it, but then couldn’t bring myself to potentially ruin it, so left it as it was! haha


  1. This is really nice. I love the simplicity of it all and the arched section, set off by dots. Excellent idea for a series.

  2. Lovely. I like the feminine script with the “come tomorrow” in a more masculine font.. The arching reminds me of a sunrise.

  3. Shelley

    This is an amazing idea!! Looking forward to seeing this segment every week :)

  4. As I look at your beautiful drawing I can hear the music and the words being sung in my hears… I love this new idea!

  5. I also like the mix of masculine and feminine fonts and the simplicity. It’s a nice mix.

  6. What a great feature/project idea!! Love the banner and all of the curlies….. :)

  7. LOVE this! I have wanted to do some pencil sketches for my website for a while now, but surely I am not so talented :) I look forward to more to come!

    • ffadmin

      Aw how lovely are you guys?! Thank you all for such positive responses.. makes me want to make lots more now :)
      Ashley – you should definitely do it too! I’d love to see your creations, and dare say they’d put me to shame! Besides, I’m trying to convince myself that it’s not about the end result, more about the journey.. :)

  8. Lauren

    Love! I kept this page up on my computer so I could keep looking at it :) Plus, I love Agnes Obel, so you get bonus points for using a lyric of hers. Excited for the future “words”!

  9. It’s beautiful…and so is this journey you’re on. All my best — I can’t wait to follow along. Cheers!

  10. This is so cute! I really love the idea, keep on drawing/writing we’ll be there to see what you still have in your sleeve!

  11. […] Another set of lyrics from Brother Sparrow by Agnes Obel! I was quite happy with how this one turned out, except that I got a bit confused with the shadow angles haha.. just don’t look too closely :) […]

  12. Julia

    Gosh! It’s really cute! <3
    By the way, can I know what kind of paper you use here? :D

    • ffadmin

      Thanks Julia! I use Daler Rowney Fine Grain – Heavy Weight paper :)