Monday, January 25, 2010
Still feeling a bit blue about my scanning issues.
But shoes always seem to cheer me up. View my shoe collection HERE.
Friday, January 22, 2010
I completely forgot I had these post-it notes until I stumbled across them last week. Since then I have obsessively drawn these very quick portraits of girls, until I'd finished the block. They are all ladies that I work with or from tv. Jacqueline Wilson is probably the only recognisable one. There's also a self portrait in there somewhere. Each one took about a minute or two.
It was an interesting little project and is something I am going to do more of from now. Not post-it note portraits specifically. But drawing people. When I was a kid I only ever drew people, I don't know why I stopped. So that's another of my drawing resolutions. Not just for the New Year but for life.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
One thing that I am definitely going to do this year is enter my drawings and book idea into Bologna's Book Fair Illustrators Exhibition for 2011. Last year being selected for the exhibition changed so much for me and I couldn't recommend it more for those who are interested in children's books. Plus, it's free to enter. What have you got to lose?
If you should be selected your work is featured in an annual that publishers and editors use all year round. After the fair, the work travels across the globe to be exhibited in all kinds of exotic locations. One of the most lovely things for me was getting a handwritten letter (how often do you get those, these days?) from a girl in Japan who had seen my work in the travelling exhibition. Getting selected doesn't end at the Fair, it goes on and on and on...
Monday, January 18, 2010
Anyway, for now, here's a girl. On a post it note.
A post it note portrait. And here's a previous post poem (if you don't know what I'm talking about just take a look at titles to the previous posts);
I'm walking down your street again.
Singing with my feet.
The world is turning, but I get so blown away.
I know that's who you are.
I want you, I want you so bad.
It's written in the stars.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Anyway, I thought I'd go ahead and set out a few drawing aims for the year.
One of those aims is to go in search of my perfect Mod drawing.
The 1960s are my absolute favourite time in history. I'm always inspired by the Mod movement. My love of it started when I was a kid, watching old 60s British black and white films and grew deeper through my father's record collection. The style, the clothes, the music, the art, I love everything about it. So I want to make a special drawing that reflects that.
What does all that have to do with desert boots? Well, for those not in the know, they were part of the uniform of any self respecting young Mod.
So, that's one of my drawing resolutions for the year. I'll be setting out the rest, post by post, over the next couple of weeks.
Saturday, January 09, 2010
If anyone would like to buy this drawing for exactly £75 that would really help me out with this dilemma. I admit it, I'm a shoe whore.
Lovely shoe in black ballpoint.
(Update: the shoes are mine!)
Monday, January 04, 2010
Last night I finally sat down with one of my many new Moleskine products. This is my new 'all things' diary; a diary, an idea book, a reference book. Even some sketches. And, these are the pens that I've selected to use in it.
I had intended a week full of posts about new projects and drawings. I don't know if that's going to happen now. But, maybe tomorrow I'll feel different.
I hope you don't turn away.