ILLUSTRATED OBSERVATIONS

I often find myself observing the many small moments that happen in the world around me. To both my surprise and delight some lovely and talented Twitterfolk, have found themselves inspired to illustrate my observations!

Here are some of the wonderful cartoons, drawings, illustrations and sketches that I have been sent so far:

1 @400FootGhost

@400FootGhost

@MarianneAmy_1

A woman on the tube wears a pink flamingo patterned dress, her bleached white hair in a fabulous 40s style like whipped cream atop her head.

@MarianneAmy_

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@SimonHeath1

Little girl in a red coat on the bus: Mum? Her mum: Yes? Little Girl: I wish we could tell everyone in the world to be nice to each other.

docsun

A man walking along Caledonian Road falls over onto a huge roll of bubble wrap that he is hugging, perhaps for just this sort of situation.

@dr_sunshine

@Luci_Power 

A lady on the tube in a mint green jumper drinks a massive cup of coffee, the expression on her bird-like face of waiting for it to kick in.

@Luci_Power

@robdoylecouk

@robdoylecouk

  5 @asphaltandair

A lady in a silk shirt printed with a pattern of knives and forks arranges a long blonde wig on a man in a brightly lit chip shop, badly.

@asphaltandair

ronald

A woman walks through the park wearing a big white scarf over an outfit that otherwise comprises entirely of blue suede and glittery things.

@ronald_2008

5 @robdoylecouk

A businessman in a slate grey turban sleeps on the tube, his marvellously moustachioed face crumpled into his made-like-a-pillow palm.

@robdoylecouk

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Little girl on the bus: Could we get a hamster who writes books and has dog friends and is glittery gold? Her mum: I wish I could say yes.

@SimonHeath1

lucee

A door opens onto a dark alley and a man in chef’s whites steps out, does a series of rather elaborate yoga poses, and then heads back in.

@Luci_Power

19 @Trev71_MUFC

Little boy on a train (drawing a man): He’s got one wiggly arm and one pointy arm.

His Dad: What’s that on his head?

Boy: Chips. For later.

@Trev71_MUFC

14 @400FootGhost

@400FootGhost

simonheath1cqeibgnwgaamrng

Me: Universe?

Universe: Yes?

Me: What’s going on?

Universe: Nobody knows. Next.

@SimonHeath1

norton

A woman walking through Manor House decides to release her wild curly hair from its clasp, and smiles as it’s lifted by the evening breeze.

 

@EmpJNorton

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Man on the train: I bought her a painting. Of a skull. And some trees. It was old. I am a romantic. But she doesn’t appreciate it.

@SimonHeath1

@saraoleary's son Euan O'leary

A little boy in a stripy jumper on the bus: Dad?

His Dad: Yes?

Little Boy (smiling): This is the best life I’ve ever had.

@saraoleary’s son Euan O’leary

5 @new_toon

@new_toon

@JamieDMJ

@JamieDMJ

rownall

Dad on the train: What do you want be when you grow up? His little boy: I know that one. A dragon.

@ronald_2008

38 @Trev71_MUFC

A door opens onto a dark alley and a man in chef’s whites steps out, does a series of rather elaborate yoga poses, and then heads back in.

@Trev71_MUFC

3 @neil_pettifer

A woman with a jungle pattern on her vintage dress and a crow tattooed on one pale wrist, sits on the tube looking through photos of cats.

@neil-pettifer

@SimonHeath1

A woman waits for a coffee in a cafe in Hackney in a coat that makes her look like a polar bear who has forgotten to put his head on.

@SimonHeath1

loosee

Guy in town: Dave left me to look after his pet snake while he was at the shops once. He was only gone 5 minutes, and it got stuck in a mug.

@Luci_Power

@MarianneAmy_2

A woman on the tube wears a pink flamingo patterned dress, her bleached white hair in a fabulous 40s style like whipped cream atop her head.

A bright-red-coated woman is shouting down the phone about psychic ability whilst holding under her arm a small golden-syrup coloured dog.

@asphaltandair

4 @new_toon

@new_toon

3 @Trev71_MUFC

A bird-like man marches onto the bus on long thin legs, his windswept sideburns sticking out from his pale freckled face like ginger wings.

@Trev71_MUFC

2 @asphaltandair

@asphaltandair

2 @daily_sketcher

@daily_sketcher

1 @dr_sunshine

A woman with a bewildered expression, a red Tommy Cooper fez perched on her head, carries a bag full of window-box flowers through Mile End.

@dr_sunshine

2 @400FootGhost

@400FootGhost

2 @neil_pettifer

A lady with red hair and a daffodil brooch sits down in Soho Square, opens her lunchbox and smiles, delighted at what she has made herself.

@neil_pettifer

1 @ robdoylecouk

Dad on the train: What do you want be when you grow up?

His little boy: I know that one. A dragon.

@robdoylecouk

1 @MarionDowling

A woman carries what must be a baby in a baby carrier, but all I can see is a tiny red hat made to look like a perfect woollen strawberry.

@MarionDowling

@Buteo_buteo

@Buteo_buteo

3 @TateTret

A woman in Hackney struggles to keep hold of an umbrella in the furious weather, whilst attempting to bite into a massive chocolate biscuit.

@TateTret

6 @400footghost

@400FootGhost

1 @Trev71_MUFC

Three security guards on the tube laugh about ‘that angry little potato of a man who danced like a spinning top’ at their event last night.

@Trev71_MUFC

2 @P_Bruton

A very smartly dressed business woman has just sped past me down the pavement, on a rather small, metallic-pink child’s scooter.

@P_Bruton

1 @P_Bruton

Man 1 (English not his first language): Kevin is always so… how do you say, colourless?

Man 2: You mean ‘boring’?

Man 1: Yes! That’s it.

@P_Bruton

8 @robdoylecouk

A woman stands on the tube platform with a tired expression, her face lit up by a pair of intermittently glowing white plastic rabbit ears.

@robdoylecouk
luci
Woman in cafe (speaking very fast): Omg I’m going to order the first coffee I’ve ever had! Man: I’m not sure I want to be around afterwards.
@Luci_Power

21 @Trev71_MUFC

A lady ambles through Croydon, her flip-flops making a noise like several parakeets in a rubber dingy having an argument through megaphones.

@Trev71_MUFC

@Jeffwni

Girl on the bus: How was your blind date?

Guy: Awful. So I just panicked, and said I had to go. And when she asked where, I said ‘prison’.

@LoneyJane

@LoneyJane

1 @daily_sketcher

@daily_sketcher

30 @Trev71_MUFC

A finely-groomed, surprisingly healthy city pigeon, struts confidently behind a business man in Holborn, as if bound for the same office.

@Trev71_MUFC

 

@ClareNewton2

I see my child-self, as a little blonde girl on the bus is utterly entranced by the magic of making drawings on her Etch A Sketch disappear.

@ClareNewton

3 @dr_sunshine

In a cafe in town an array of bags of pasta nestle, different shapes and colours jostling for attention like debutants at their first dance.

@dr_sunshine

2 @TateTret

A bespectacled man on the tube with a ginger quiff and a polkadot rucksack is utterly absorbed in reading a magazine article about clowns.

39 @Trev71_MUFC

In an intimate east London restaurant, a man sits, his head resting in his hands, gazing sadly at his pretty, lost-in-her-phone girlfriend.

@Trev71_MUFC

3 @daily_sketcher

@daily_sketcher

8 @400FootGhost

@400FootGhost

2 @EmpJNorton

A little boy on the tube patiently explains to his dad that the fabulously messy squiggle he’s just done with biro, is of a flying reindeer.

@EmpJNorton

6 @asphaltandair

Lady in a charity shop to a small beaded bracelet she is trying on: You will go on, you will go on, you will go on, you will go on, Yay!!

@asphaltandair

2 @dr_sunshine

An elderly lady walks through Green Park, a pair of electric pink tied-together-by-their-shoelaces roller skates carried over her shoulder.

@dr_sunshine

4 @neil_pettifer

An apple-shaped man in a Christmas jumper sits in a cafe in Manor House, contemplating on the table before him, a small potted basil plant.

2 @new_toon

@new_toon

1 @neil_pettifer

A man jogs through Archway, his astonishingly yellow day-glo trainers cutting through the descending twilight like a headache.

@neil_pettifer

6 @New_toon

@new_toon

6 @Trev71_MUFC

A bird-like woman on the tube with an owl-print covered bag holds the paper in her slim hands, many shopping bags nest-like around her feet.

@Trev71_MUFC

7 @400FootGhost

@400FootGhost

@DavidBflower

Three fat orange fish float lazily around their tank in a Chinese restaurant, against a paper backdrop of some very hungry-looking sharks.

@DavidBflower

1 @asphaltandair

Lady in Hackney: Buy some fish food.

Man: We don’t have fish.

Lady: Well I know that Nigel. But what if we got one? At least we’d be ready.

@asphaltandair

12 @new_toon

@new_toon

@MundyMorn

Two bearded men at a bus-stop do infectiously lovely, sugar-fuelled belly-laughing as they share a huge bag of giant chocolate buttons.

4 @daily_sketcher

@daily_sketcher

@sibrownphoto

Three men on the train, one clean shaven, one moustachioed, and one seriously hirsute, discuss facial hair. They arrive at no conclusions.

@spearmintsweets

Guy in town: Dave left me to look after his pet snake while he was at the shops once. He was only gone 5 minutes, and it got stuck in a mug.

@spearmintsweets

2 @robdoylecouk

A portly elderly man sits outside a derelict pub in town, red wool socks pulled up tight and old football boots on his strangely small feet.

@robdoylecouk

24 @Trev71_MUFC

A lady in town does no-sense-of-personal-space-talking to a colleague, who’s now half stuck in the hedge he’s managed to back himself into.

@Trev71_MUFC

3 @robdoylecouk

A little elderly lady at a bus stop in Tottenham leans on a stick and sings hymns to herself, from under a huge yellow floppy-brimmed hat.

@robdoylecouk

12 @400FootGhost

@400FootGhost

4 @robdoylecouk

Whilst texting, a businesswoman crossing the park does incredibly complex moves to dislodge a large stick her feet have become entangled in.

27 @Trev71_MUFC

Designer at a consultation taking place in a hipster cafe in town (after what appears to be a lot of thought): Ok we could go bigger.

4 @400FootGhost

@400FootGhost

7 @robdoylecouk

A lady in a yellow coat and yellow hat drives a yellow car through town. Something about her expression says it’s not her favourite colour.

@robdoylecouk

1 @TateTret

Two men with moustaches walk side-by-side through Hackney at extreme angles against the wind, determined expressions on both their faces.

@TateTret

9 @robdoylecouk

@robdoylecouk

@karenjeynes

The myriad of tiny noises coming from my dishwasher, sound like inebriated mice, watching an only ccasionally impressive fireworks display.

@karenjeynes

9 @400FootGhost

@400FootGhost

11 @new_toon

@new_toon

@jimskeg

Own a cat and want complete strangers to be in no doubt about it? Leave the house wearing any item of your own clothing.

13 @new_toon

@new_toon

16 @Trev71_MUFC

A woman in a sea-green coat stares into the dark tube-train tunnel, her face as sadly expectant as that of a sailor’s wife in a storm.

11 @400FootGhost

@400FootGhost

2 @MarionDowling

Man in town (with clarity) to his very tipsy friend: Now, you’re ABSOLUTELY SURE the name of this place we’re looking for is just ‘BAR’?

@MarionDowling

12 @Trev71_MUFC

A mechanic in an empty garage in Hackney dances his polishing cloth through the air to classical music, as the soft morning sun streams in.

@Trev71_MUFC

3 @P_Bruton

‘This weather confuses the heck out of me’ I say from beneath my summer dress, woolly tights, huge knitted scarf, sun-cream and shades.

@P_Bruton

26 @Trev71_MUFC

A little boy walks through East London with his mum.

Boy: (as if suddenly realising): We’re both together!

Mum (smiling) Yes. We are.

@Trev71_MUFC

3 @New_toon

@new_toon

Paul Groom ‏@MrPaulGroom

A massive man walks through the pouring rain in Hackney, a tiny, baby bay-tree in a plastic pot, peeking out of a carrier bag in his hand.

@MrPaulGroom

13 @400FootGhost

@400FootGhost

4 @Trev71_M UFC

@Trev71_MUFC

5 @Trev71_MUFC

A lady stands in Euston warily eyeballing her floppy eared dog, who’s definitely decided he wants to spend the entire night on the pavement.

@Trev71_MUFC

1 @new_toon

@new_toon

@KateDreyer

A businesswoman heads to work through Hackney, her heels on the pavement like someone from Monty Python making walking sounds with coconuts.

@KateDreyer

7 @Trev71_MUFC

Man in Waterloo (to a woman holding onto her hat): Where are you off to now?

Woman: Wherever the wind takes me. Literally.

@Trev71_MUFC

9 @new_toon

@new_toon

@ben_cameron

@ben_cameron

8 @Trev71_MUFC

@Trev71_MUFC

10 @Trev71_MUFC

A tall guy turns round to look at a pretty girl, who, pretend-oblivious, swishes through the train in a blue dress covered in yellow birds.

@Okeating

A small, marble-shaped man in a mint green jumper struggles with a fold-up bike at the tube station, with wonderfully a cheerful expression.

@OKeating

13 @Trev71_MUFC

A girl in Clerkenwell scrunches her eyes up against the rain, her cheeks as vividly rosy as the cloth flowers pinned into her dark hair.

@Trev71_MUFC

10 @400Foot Ghost

@400FootGhost

11 @Trev71_MUFC

@Trev71_MUFC

5 @400FootGhost

@400FootGhost

 

4 @asphaltandair

Four women in town with one cocktail umbrella between them spend an astonishing amount of time arguing over who gets to wear it in a selfie.

@asphaltandair

17 @Trev71_MUFC

A lady in Hackney with a white shell clip in her sea blue hair gazes at a sun yellow dress in the window of a closed-for-the-night boutique.

@Trev71_MUFC

1 @EmpJNorton

No Miranda, your Oyster card will not open your front door, any more than your spider plant, would be inclined to feed your cats.

@EmpJNorton

18 @Trev71_MUFC

A little girl sits on her dad’s shoulders wearing a splendid reindeer hat and surveying the city before her with a wrinkle-nosed, regal air.

20 @Trev71_MUFC

@Trev71_MUFC

3 @EmpJNorton

An apple-shaped man in a Christmas jumper sits in a cafe in Manor House, contemplating on the table before him, a small potted basil plant.

@EmpJNorton

22 @Trev71_MUFC

A man smokes outside a corner shop in Tottenham, vivid orange wotsits scattered across the grey pavement before him like confetti.

@Trev71_MUFC

6 @robdoylecouk

Lady in town: I’ve got nice underwear for my holiday. Except for on the flight days. I mean a plane is a shuttle, not a lingerie experience.

@robdoylecouk

23 @Trev71_MUFC

On a patch of grass in the park muddied by relentless rain, a small boy in bright yellow wellies charges through puddles with a joyous roar.

@Trev71_MUFC

25 @Trev71_MUFC

Guy in town: What’s wrong?

Girl: (in a day-glo-pink migraine inducer of a jumper): Martin in human resources said I look like a highlighter.

@Trev71_MUFC

28 @Trev71_MUFC

A woman sits on the bus, the purple furry handbag on the seat beside her like a character from Dr Seuss.

@Trev71_MUFC

4 @EmpjNorton

Man in town: She’s got this cat. Called Greg. Well I say cat. He’s more like half cat, half sofa.

@EmpJNorton

14 @Trev71_MUFC

A man stands in the rain, having just blown up two balloons, which he now holds untied in each hand, with an unsure expression on his face.

@Trev71_MUFC

29 @Trev71_MUFC

Man on the train: You don’t believe in them then?

Woman: What, werewolves?

Man: Yes.

Woman: Of course not!

Man: Interesting. Silence.

@Trev71_MUFC

8 @new_toon

@new_toon

31 @Trev71_MUFC

Through the misty morning bus window, the colours of the city melt into each other like spots of ink dropped close together onto damp cloth.

@Trev71_MUFC

7 @New_toon

@new_toon

32 @Trev71_MUFC

On a street corner in Hackney, three solemn-looking guys stand together in deep silence. One of them reverently holds a ginger cat tea cosy.

33 @Trev71_MUFC

Man outside a cafe in town (shouting): Dave! Dave! Dave! Dave! DAVE!!!

Dave (in the distance): Yes?

Man: You off?

Dave: Yeah.

Man: Ok. Cool.

@Trev71_MUFC

34 @Trev71_MUFC

A man holds two dog leads behind his back as if trying to pretend he’s not actually walking the pair of dogs excitedly bounding beside him.

@Trev71_MUFC

10 @new_toon

@new_toon

35 @Trev71_MUFC

I like to imagine the purple-haired girl on the bus with a suitcase labelled ‘Venus’ has had a lovely time on earth and is now flying home.

36 @Trev71_MUFC

Lady at a bus-stop in town to a large ginger cat beside her who glares out from his cat-box at the driving rain: It’s not my fault, Geoff.

3 @400FootGhost

@400FootGhost