Wednesday, May 25, 2011

beneath the stains of time

The drawing funk is still going strong, but I've had other things to focus on. I've been looking back through my work, trying to decide what I should include in my upcoming exhibition. This drawing is an oldie. Over three years old, in fact. I have messed around with it a little since, just a bit more cross hatching.

You know, back then when I first made this drawing I really didn't like it very much at all. But seeing it with all this time between us and I feel quite differently. I really enjoyed looking at it again and reading all the notes. They amused me. I asked a friend what they thought about me including it and they said "definitely, it shows that art can be funny". That makes me happy.

So, if you visit my exhibition you will be seeing this one.

You know the drill; click on drawing to read the notes.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

i've got a pen in my pocket does that make me a writer?

It's so hard to get going sometimes. You start thinking this funk may never end. I did intend to do a pen review on the right hand side of the page, but then I just decided to go with what was troubling me at the moment. It's more relevant and maybe it'll free up some space inside.

You know the drill; click on the drawing for a better view.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

feathers fall around you and show you the way to go

Those of you who visit my blog regularly must be bored of hearing me say this; but there is just so much happening for me these days I can't keep up. Opportunities come and go before I've even had time to do anything about them. I suppose it's about prioritising but I'm not sure that I always get that right. People have often asked me for advice on becoming an illustrator and it's the same answer every time; don't ask me, I have no idea! I'm just muddling though it all.

A little while back I was asked to participate in a new little Moleskine project. The idea was to get a bunch of artists to decorate covers of Moleskine notebooks which would be placed for sale HERE. I was most excited to be asked, anything that associates my name with the beloved Moleskine is good with me, but by the time I got around to it it was too late and submissions had finished. This is typical with how things are going right now. But, I'm not complaining. It means there is a lot of interest in my work.

Anyways, the above little book is one I made for the project and as it was designed to go on sale then I've put it in my Etsy shop HERE.

I'd like to say my life was my own again, for a little while but I have another deadline lined up. My next project is my first solo exhibition at the Buxton Art Gallery. That's in three weeks. After that I intend to take stock and think about what happens next. Make some changes, particularly to my business and shop . That's unless anything else comes up in the meantime. But really, I'm really NOT complaining!

Saturday, May 07, 2011