Make it personal.

WELL, after a long break from blogging. I’m back. Work load has been a major factor in my absence, juggling a blog and work isn’t easy. But not all the work was paid, some recent illustrations have been for myself.
I found I got very stuck in the ‘If I’m not getting paid, what’s the point?’ mode. I used to say it religiously. Then one day I heard myself, what on earth was I saying?!
I got into this through a love of of art, of the visual, of creating something, for that buzz you get when you complete, and are happy with, a piece of work. I need to regain that feeling.
So I set myself a project, some of the fruits of which you can see above. I decided to do a book of bird portraits. I am a bird lover anyway, paid -up member of the RSPB so portraits of my feathered friends seemed the obvious choice.
And I won’t lie, I’m loving it! The fact that I’m not getting paid matters not. You can’t buy the feeling of creating for yourself and that is why I will always endeavour to do just that, as often as I can.

It’s good to be back!

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Absence makes the heart grow fonder?

Well after over two years neglecting my blog I’m back. Anyone out there? I suspect you’ve all gone away, bored of my lack of posts! Well if by chance you are still looking in here, keep an eye out for new posts, they’ll be coming thick and fast…

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Weekly Inspiration.

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URBAN Sketchers is a great and very inspiring site. It features the work of numerous artists from all over the world.

Urban Sketchers is exactly what it says on the tin. People who sketch in the urban environment. The main rules are that the drawing should be urban, made at the location, no drawing form photos and no compuer generated images.

So have a look and then get yourself a sketchbook and get drawing.

It’s inspired me to get out there, when I get chance I will be doing just that.

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365.

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WELL It’s been a while since I posted about my intention to do a drawing a day for a year. Inspired by Chris Ayers I started on my graphite journey. I started with great enthusiasm, loads of ideas, a month or so down the line, it’s getting harder, I find trying to think of what to draw to be the hardest thing, reminds me of when I was a child and I would shout ‘Mum, what should I draw?’Also hard to get time to draw every day, but then I realised that not every drawing had to be a masterpiece, as long as I draw.

Things however have got easier, after a comment from Mr Ayers on this very blog, I am now extremely motivated to complete this task. So, on the drawing goes.

Above is a very small selection of drawings, more will follow. Oh, and if anyone has any suggestions of things to draw, please let me know.

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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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