ORLA DARBY

Personal Sketchbooks

2022 – 2024


Character illustrations in the style of Vivienne Medrano

Date: Spring 2024

Medium: Fineliners and Pitt pens

Observational drawing from photographic reference

Media: Matt graphite pencil

Date: Spring 2024

Observational drawing from photographic reference

Media: Matt graphite pencil

Date: Spring 2024


Short joke comic

Media: Fineliners and Pitt pens

Date: Spring 2024


Abstract painting

Date: Spring 2024

Media: Acrylic paint


Abstract painting

Date: Spring 2024

Media: Acrylic paint


Pattern experiment

Date: 2023

Media: Posca pens on black paper


Rorschach ink blot with illustrative design work

Date: 2023

Media: Acrylic ink and posca pens


Rorschach ink blot with illustrative design work

Date: 2023

Media: Acrylic ink and paint, posca pens and watercolour

Fantasy illustration inspired by location from a book

Date: 2023

Media: Fineliners, Pitt pens, A6 Seawhite sketchbook.


Forest illustration using crosshatching, no reference.

Date: 2023

Media: Fineliners, A6 Seawhite sketchbook.

Observational study on different paper types.

Date: 2023.

Media: Craft paper and fineliners in a Seawhite of Bristol sketchbook.


Working from observation.

Date: 2022.

Media: Gouache Seawhite of Bristol sketchbook.


VW Beetle. Drawn from a photo I took at Beach Buggin in Portsmouth in 2022.

Media: Markers, colour pencil and fineliners in a Seawhite of Bristol sketchbook.

Bognor Regis Pier 2022

Media: Acrylic ink wash background, linework and cross hatching using fineliners and white pencil in a square format Seawhite sketchbook.

Personal Sketchbooks

2022 – 2024




A small selection from some of my personal sketchbooks of illustrations and drawings that feature various ideas, subjects and things that appeal to me, and are sometimes just whimsy. I tend to keep my sketchbooks relegated to different areas of interest and media. So, a couple of sketchbooks will feature mixed media and experiments with different techniques and materials. Another will be small illustrations that depict ideas for stories, and one will be mostly observational drawing.


Media: markers (water based and alchohol), pencils (graphite and coloured), fine-liners, paint (water colour and acrylic), Posca pens, mixed media, They are mostly created in Seawhite of Brighton sketches ranging from A6, A5, square format.


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