Monthly Archives: December 2008

The first step.

1712081YESTERDAY I bought and read a book by a remarkable artist. Chris Ayers is a concept designer working in Hollywood, his film credits include, The Incredible Hulk, Alien vs. Predator, Fantastic Four and X-Men: The Last Stand. In 2005 he was diagnosed with leukemia, he subsequently received treatment and on his path to recovery, started a project, his project would be to draw an animal a day for a year. The results of which can be seen in his book The Daily Zoo a fantastic collection of drawings depicting a wide range of animals from bears to bison, each page beautifully illustrated.

After sitting down and reading the whole book last night, I was inspired, actually excited about the thought of starting a similar project myself, I don’t expect to reach the high standard that Mr Ayers kept up, but I’m going to have a damn good go at it, here is the start of my project, drawing number one… 364 to go. Gulp. I will be drawing anything and everything (not very good at animals, but I’ll certainly try to draw some) Wish me luck!

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Concrete wallpaper.

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PAISLEY is a nightmare to draw. There, I’ve said it, feel better getting that off my chest.This one was done for a company in London who specialise in concrete wallpaper of all things. Apparently the design is transferred to vinyl and then cast in concrete, to be displayed, I presume, in someone’s home. Paisley is a nightmare as I’ve said, but this job was actually quite fun, a nice change. Just goes to show not all jobs are straight forward illustration, this one especially!

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Weekly Inspiration.

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STEF’S Sketches is a fantastic blog created by StĂ©phane Kardos, an Art Director at Disney. The looseness in his sketches are fantastic, and something I am trying to do myself, loosen up, there is so much life in his drawings, and don’t even get me started on the iPhone paintings, brilliant. So if you need some inspiration, look no further than Stef’s Sketches, great blog with great artwork. Now, where’s my sketchbook…

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