Tuesday, February 28, 2012
out of the corner of my eye i think i see you standing outside
And, as promised, below is the recipe for Eyeball Chutney. I'm kind of kicking myself because I intended to add a spoon to the jar in the drawing. I felt that would have completed the composition. Who knows I might try to worm one in there yet.
Monday, February 27, 2012
a stranger to my eyes
Plus, a big thanks for all the comments. adds, likes and favourites in response to yesterday's post. Touched is not the word.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
might take the car up to the hills
I should have come up with a giveaway to mark this occasion. I will. Just give me a few days to come up with something.
For now, here's some little sketches I made while in Tideswell yesterday. I love this village for drawing (and eating). I love the houses. Each one is different from the next. Many are ancient. I went a little wrong with the composition of this so, as I said in the last post, the best way of dealing with that is to throw everything you've got at it. That way, nobody'll ever notice a slip up.
And, one more thing; can you spot the three cats chilling out around Tideswell? Click on the drawing to find them.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Roll up! Roll up! Come and see the amazing bearded lady (oops no, that was my last post)
The unfinished drawing followed the page below, in which I am having a little rant about how upsetting I find seeing animals performing for humans. Of course, I'm not talking about our pets here. I regularly get my cat to juggle knives, and in a way I feel that's how she earns her keep. No, I'm being selective with my disgust.
Anyway, the other day I was flicking through this sketchbook again when it suddenly came to me. I knew exactly how I should complete the page. Rather than being concerned about my state of mind my first instinct was to draw it, and that's how I came up with a circus of performing (drawn) animals that are actually souvenirs from my travels. It all made perfect sense.
Actually, I do think that this is a way of dealing with those pages that sit unfinished, the ones that you feel are spoiling your sketchbook; just throw as much at it as possible. Give it all you've got.
Just one more page to go in this sketchbook! One more page and my first carnet de voyage, volume 1 (because there will be another) will be finished. How will I pluck up the courage to start that final page? What will I put on it? Hmmm, the possibilities are endless, if a circus of performing souvenirs are anything to go by.
I have two mini travel sketchbooks on offer HERE. Pop them into your the pocket of your Moleskine sketchbook for when you need a little bit of inspiration. Cheers, my dears!
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
nothing without a woman or a girl
After rushing to get there I was thrown straight into a few poses before I had time to get my breath back. I always find it takes time to get settled in so I start with some warm up sketches and lots of blind contour drawings, like the ones below.
These are great events and I do hope that the Sheffield one will flourish. I'd recommend it to anyone in the city who loves drawing. Come along! Not only to you get to draw these gorgeous girlies whilst listening to scratchy old vintage 1920s gramophone classics, but there are prizes to be won too.
I won one for my drawing of the divine Fanny Divine at the top of this post. Bonus!
Monday, February 20, 2012
all the way home
Now, it might look like all we do on these meet-ups is eat, but we do actually get some drawing done too. No, really we do.
I've recently started using this little mini Moleskine, in fact I've dedicated it to our sketchcrawls. I'd never used one of these pocket Moleskines before. This one has been on my bookcase for a couple of years. I'm sure I won it as a prize back then, but I never fancied drawing in such a small book (A6). While it will never take the place of my larger Moleskine sketchbook, I'm enjoying using it. It's a really cute size and, of course, the paper is as beautiful as ever. Plus, it's always good to have the choice, isn't it?
Anyway, back to our curry sketching day. A couple of the members of the group did us proud with five different homemade curries. One of my drawing buddies, Matthew Midgely, not only made three curries but also drew up the recipes for each. This (below) was one of the stars of the show. It was amazing and I, for one, will be giving this recipe a go.
Check out Matthew's blog for the other recipes HERE, and while you are there have a look through his gallery. There's some lovely work on show.
More drawings from this sketch crawl to come. Cheers!
Saturday, February 18, 2012
just like starting over
Oh, plus this is my 600th post. Imagine that?!
Monday, February 13, 2012
what am i doing here?
This sketchbook took around six and a half months to finish and I used sixteen pens and various coloured pencils to complete it.
I though I'd try out a different brand of sketchbook for my next journal but now it's come down to it I don't think I can. I just love Moleskine. I'm suddenly feeling rather nervous about not having a new Moleskine lined up, to draw in. I need to do something about that.
The whole of this book can be viewed HERE.
Friday, February 10, 2012
i'll tie us together
Now, THIS is the bit I love; if I had not had the beret that I wore when I dressed as Penny Crayon, for my friend's children's tv character themed birthday party, I would never have thought of going to our sketchcrawl's Mad Hatter's Tea and Sketching Party dressed as a French artist and then I would never have come up with THIS drawing which in turn would never have developed into this idea for the next compliment slip. With me?
I really LOVE that about the artistic process.
I think these two look so cute side by side. I, in my mind, am seeing a poster of nine of them. So get buying so that I can work on he next seven! Only joking. A big thanks to each and everyone who has purchased my wares. You really do keep the wolf from my door. And my cat in fish.
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
you know that we belong in the presidential suite
The pencil case, above, was a Christmas pressie from my best mate. It came filled with all sorts of bits and bobs. From sugar sachets, badges and labels, all of which had designs that were right up my street and that could have only been collected by somebody that knows me so well, to old notes, letters and things from way back in our past; from times, places and people I'd forgotten all about.
I think this is such a fabulous idea for a gift. Why not do something like it for somebody you know? I think I will. Because what could possibly be better than receiving a Colman's mustard pencil case full of inspiration and love?
You can see the whole of the travel moleskine sketchbook HERE. And, buy the little travel Molezine HERE.
Sunday, February 05, 2012
when we got to the top of the hill
Click on drawing for a better view.
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
hidden in the back seat of my head
I came across this one the other day when I was searching the house for old receipts for my tax returns (which I got in on time, by the way). I found it behind the magazine rack. I haven't seen it since back in January 2010.
I think it shows that I wasn't sure what to do with them. It was filled with bits of this and bits of that. Back then, it seems, I even tried drawing outdoors. Well, I say outdoors but I actually mean in the car. I remember this day well...
We'd had a lot of snow that January. I'd made a trip to the bank and parked here where I almost always park. But this day was the first time I'd ever noticed the bulls head on the wall of this building. I felt the need to draw it, and did so in the ca rwith the heater and radio on. Yeah, you've guessed it I went to drive off after making this drawing and the car wouldn't start.