I'm in a couple of artist communities online. It began with the free course I took part in over the summer by Louise Fletcher, which in turn convinced me to take the full paid course. Lots of un-learning and breaking down barriers, some of which I wrote about a couple of posts (and a number of months) ago. Since then I've been painting a lot, and this weekend I did some ink painting in a concertina sketchbook. Tap the image to read more.
Well I hadn't planned on participating in Inktober this year, but then on the second, I decided I would after all, but with no pressure this year. No attempt at a narrative which I haven't time to work out properly. The pressure to craft un-flawed images is precisely what keeps me from drawing half the… Continue reading Inktober has returned!
Strike a Pose I bought a new refillable brush pen last night; it takes cartridges of permanent ink like a fountain pen. I did this drawing to take it for a test drive, and I kinda love how it turned out, after some pushing and pulling. I paired it with a white paint pen and… Continue reading VOGUE
When I watch something like Blue Planet II, practically every frame of the incredible footage begs to be drawn or painted, so I spent several hours last night sketching some of the beasties— and consequently missing many of the others. Next time I can draw some of the ones I missed this time around. Last… Continue reading Netflix and draw: Blue Planet odyssey
I painted this little sketch from Friday night this afternoon, and finally made use of the goose-neck phone holder to record a time-lapse of it. https://vimeo.com/312606449
New Year's Eve: the borderlands of the year; symbol of hope, renewal, revelry. To some, the biggest party of the year. To others, just a day like all the others. I reckon my take on it falls somewhere in between. It's nice to mark it, to be in the company of others, but not the… Continue reading Crossing into a new year armed with a pen
Here is a sketch from last night that I initially posted on instagram with the title “It's Our Pleasure to Serve You, off the clock". New Yorkers may recognize this personification of the blue and white Greek-styled coffee cup; the default paper cup used in thousands of corner delis for years. And here are some… Continue reading It’s Our Pleasure to Serve you
The state flower of New York is the rose, which also happens to be our national flower. It signifies love and beauty, as well as war and politics. I'm researching and sketching them for a project in which they may play a large role— a wallpaper design to be precise. The tricky thing about roses,… Continue reading The language of flowers in statecraft
It's a fine Sunday, breezy and overcast; not bad qualities for a lazy morning at a window-side desk. A long time ago I used to use crow quill dip pens for drawing and lettering. Though it can be a chore keeping those nibs clean enough to flow nicely, their character cannot be matched by the… Continue reading Sunday morning, looking through old sketchbooks