make don't take

The work in progress, orphan images and personal projects of Oliver Holms, photographer.

Sep 1
Watched my first lurcher races today - can’t wait to get this gentleman involved and test his furry bum guns against the might of “the country lurcher”. At the moment he isn’t looking too fast but I have faith that he can do the city proud. 

Drawing a day - Day 131

#lurcher #dog #drawing #drawingaday #coursing #lure #illustration #sketch #sketchbook #leuchtturm1917 #pentelpocketbrushpen #brushpen #brushdrawing #animal #sleepy

Watched my first lurcher races today - can’t wait to get this gentleman involved and test his furry bum guns against the might of “the country lurcher”. At the moment he isn’t looking too fast but I have faith that he can do the city proud.

Drawing a day - Day 131

#lurcher #dog #drawing #drawingaday #coursing #lure #illustration #sketch #sketchbook #leuchtturm1917 #pentelpocketbrushpen #brushpen #brushdrawing #animal #sleepy


Aug 31
Orchid above my temporary bed. I have never been so glad to be horizontal in my entire life. Today turned out to be an exercise in suffering - fixed wheel bikes geared for London don’t play well with luggage, 75miles of rolling hills and headwinds. Spent the majority of today with excruciating cramps and stabbing pains - so all in all a lovely day filled with beautiful sights and type 2 fun. 

Drawing a day - 130 

#microadventure #flower #orchid #drawing #drawingaday #sketch #stillmanandbirn #illustration #botanicaldrawing #contour #sepia #pittartistpen #calligraphypen

Orchid above my temporary bed. I have never been so glad to be horizontal in my entire life. Today turned out to be an exercise in suffering - fixed wheel bikes geared for London don’t play well with luggage, 75miles of rolling hills and headwinds. Spent the majority of today with excruciating cramps and stabbing pains - so all in all a lovely day filled with beautiful sights and type 2 fun.

Drawing a day - 130 

#microadventure #flower #orchid #drawing #drawingaday #sketch #stillmanandbirn #illustration #botanicaldrawing #contour #sepia #pittartistpen #calligraphypen


Aug 30
Off on an fast and light alpine style #microadventure tomorrow. Tmrw I’m cycling the 75miles to near the location I’m shooting at on Sun. In a bid to fit clothes, tools and cameras into the two tiny bags I’m taking I have been reduced to weighing EVERYTHING. Yes folks, I made a decision about which pair of boxers to wear using scales…

Damn you @al_humphreys, what have I become?! *shakes fist at sky*

Drawing a day - Day 129

#adventure #cycling #bikepacking #drawingaday #drawing #sketch #illustration #offtoseethewizard #scales #weightweenie #brushpen #brushdrawing #pentel #pentelpocketbrushpen

Off on an fast and light alpine style #microadventure tomorrow. Tmrw I’m cycling the 75miles to near the location I’m shooting at on Sun. In a bid to fit clothes, tools and cameras into the two tiny bags I’m taking I have been reduced to weighing EVERYTHING. Yes folks, I made a decision about which pair of boxers to wear using scales…

Damn you @al_humphreys, what have I become?! *shakes fist at sky*

Drawing a day - Day 129

#adventure #cycling #bikepacking #drawingaday #drawing #sketch #illustration #offtoseethewizard #scales #weightweenie #brushpen #brushdrawing #pentel #pentelpocketbrushpen


Aug 29
Shards of light, rose petals and ceramic facets. 

#flowers #rose #petal #light #sunlight #stilllife #Vscocam #vase by @mirandaholms

Shards of light, rose petals and ceramic facets.

#flowers #rose #petal #light #sunlight #stilllife #Vscocam #vase by @mirandaholms


Aug 28
Beached Chinese lanterns washed up on the shores of Gerrard St 

#Chineselantern #Vscocam #chinatown #gerrardst #nightphotography #streetphotography #urbanwildlife

Beached Chinese lanterns washed up on the shores of Gerrard St

#Chineselantern #Vscocam #chinatown #gerrardst #nightphotography #streetphotography #urbanwildlife


Man in a Harley Davidson hoodie - Piccadilly Line - Leicester Sq to Earls Court

Drawing a day - Day 128

#drawing #drawingaday #asseenunderground #man #portrait #urbansketching #tube #londonunderground #sketch #illustration #sepia #pittartistpen #calligraphypen

Man in a Harley Davidson hoodie - Piccadilly Line - Leicester Sq to Earls Court

Drawing a day - Day 128

#drawing #drawingaday #asseenunderground #man #portrait #urbansketching #tube #londonunderground #sketch #illustration #sepia #pittartistpen #calligraphypen


Aug 27
More vegetable cadavers drawn while waiting for my bolognese to transform into dinner. 

Drawing a day - Day 127

#drawing #drawingaday #sketch #vegetable #sweetcorn #carrot #remains #illustration #penandink #pensketch #ink #pen #leuchtturm1917 #sketchbook #contour

More vegetable cadavers drawn while waiting for my bolognese to transform into dinner.

Drawing a day - Day 127

#drawing #drawingaday #sketch #vegetable #sweetcorn #carrot #remains #illustration #penandink #pensketch #ink #pen #leuchtturm1917 #sketchbook #contour


Watching combine harvesters at dusk speeding back to London after a wonderful day shooting in Norfolk. 

#landscape #asseenbriefly #norfolk #dusk #combineharvester

Watching combine harvesters at dusk speeding back to London after a wonderful day shooting in Norfolk.

#landscape #asseenbriefly #norfolk #dusk #combineharvester


This cauliflower stalk is all that remains of my hippie, metrosexual dinner. Once I dispose of it no evidence will exist to prove that I wasn’t eating bloody steak with just a knife and my bare hands. (Except for this photo of a drawing on a large social networking site).

Drawing a day - Day 126

#drawingaday #drawing #cauliflower #food #stalk #vegetable #illustration #sketch #ink #pen #noodlers #leuchtturm1917 #penandink #pensketch #pendrawing #evidence

This cauliflower stalk is all that remains of my hippie, metrosexual dinner. Once I dispose of it no evidence will exist to prove that I wasn’t eating bloody steak with just a knife and my bare hands. (Except for this photo of a drawing on a large social networking site).

Drawing a day - Day 126

#drawingaday #drawing #cauliflower #food #stalk #vegetable #illustration #sketch #ink #pen #noodlers #leuchtturm1917 #penandink #pensketch #pendrawing #evidence


Aug 26
My only achievement today has been clearing the crap mountain that was my bedside table. Essentially all the piles of crap have been re-piled into slightly neater piles of crap. 

Drawing a day - Day 125 

#pilesofcrap #drawing #drawingaday #sketch #sketchbook #stillmanandbirn #stilllife #illustration #sepia #pen #calligraphypen #pittartistpen #penandink

My only achievement today has been clearing the crap mountain that was my bedside table. Essentially all the piles of crap have been re-piled into slightly neater piles of crap.

Drawing a day - Day 125 

#pilesofcrap #drawing #drawingaday #sketch #sketchbook #stillmanandbirn #stilllife #illustration #sepia #pen #calligraphypen #pittartistpen #penandink


Aug 25
A (very) textural drawing of the Mini-Wolf at rest - which is what I ought to be doing too. Unfortunately with @cissimunthe away things have fallen apart almost instantly resulting in widespread Faff-a-geddon.

Drawing a day - Day 124

#lurcher #miniwolfchronicles #dog #sketch #sleepy #sketchbook #leuchtturm1917 #illustration #pen #ink #black #monochrome #texture #fur #penandink #pensketch #pittartistpen #calligraphypen

A (very) textural drawing of the Mini-Wolf at rest - which is what I ought to be doing too. Unfortunately with @cissimunthe away things have fallen apart almost instantly resulting in widespread Faff-a-geddon.

Drawing a day - Day 124

#lurcher #miniwolfchronicles #dog #sketch #sleepy #sketchbook #leuchtturm1917 #illustration #pen #ink #black #monochrome #texture #fur #penandink #pensketch #pittartistpen #calligraphypen


Aug 24
Red onion - the reddest of the onion family. 

Drawing a day - day 123

#onion #drawingaday #drawing #sketch #illustration #stilllife #leuchtturm1917 #pittartistpen #calligraphypen #sketchbook #red #redonion #sepia #penandink

Red onion - the reddest of the onion family.

Drawing a day - day 123

#onion #drawingaday #drawing #sketch #illustration #stilllife #leuchtturm1917 #pittartistpen #calligraphypen #sketchbook #red #redonion #sepia #penandink


Aug 22
An irate Adam laments the lack of good minions nowadays.

Drawing a day - Day 122

#drawing #drawingaday #sketch #illustration #portrait #sepia #pittartistpen #calligraphypen #penandink #pensketch #pendrawing #somersethouse #contour #pen #fabercastell  (at Somerset House)

An irate Adam laments the lack of good minions nowadays.

Drawing a day - Day 122

#drawing #drawingaday #sketch #illustration #portrait #sepia #pittartistpen #calligraphypen #penandink #pensketch #pendrawing #somersethouse #contour #pen #fabercastell (at Somerset House)


A slightly scrappy study of a plant that I’m too ignorant to know the name of… The last page of my old A5 #stillmanandbirn Alpha sketchbook with my brand new #pittartist #calligraphy pen. The black is nice but the walnut brown version that I have been playing with is looking really promising. 

Drawing a day - Day 121

#drawing #drawingaday #sketch #plant #leaf #illustration #monochrome #sketchbook #botanicaldrawing #contour #scruffy #lastpage

A slightly scrappy study of a plant that I’m too ignorant to know the name of… The last page of my old A5 #stillmanandbirn Alpha sketchbook with my brand new #pittartist #calligraphy pen. The black is nice but the walnut brown version that I have been playing with is looking really promising.

Drawing a day - Day 121

#drawing #drawingaday #sketch #plant #leaf #illustration #monochrome #sketchbook #botanicaldrawing #contour #scruffy #lastpage


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