Carmen chose this weekend’s super speedy word, and it’s a great one for me!
…almost too good, because there’s too much material around the house for me to work with. For those of you who are new to my blog, my son was nicknamed Dragon before he arrived and my husband is Welsh, so we’re not short of fire-breathing friends. (This is our line-up from last year’s Six Nations.)
I had hoped to do a photo-introduction to all the dragons in the house, but we had a busy weekend. Instead, I only managed to start a portrait of Dragiau Bach (which is terribly bad Welsh for ‘Wee Dragon’).
Don’t forget to pop over to see Carmen’s post and everyone else who is participating.
I’ve posted my sketchbook for this year, it was a great relief!
I decided to have my sketchbook digitised by the Art House Co-op, so it will all be done official-like. You can see it when it’s done here (and if you’re on the project, let me know)!
The last few days were a little frenetic, but it was much better than last year’s effort.
I’m pleased with how it turned out, mainly due to a choice of theme, colour pallet and style which made the whole thing a consistent body of work.
To list the things I’ve learned:
- I can draw, I just have to practice more (surprised? me neither).
- I can’t yet draw successfully without working from life.
- I like taking my time, but I can dwell a little too much on one image.
I’m even full of plans for next year (it might involve timed drawings)!
We’re over halfway through January, and regular readers of this blog know what that means…
Time for the annual Sketchbook Project Panic.
Books need to be postmarked by 31st January, and my cover is going to take some time to dry, so I have a little under a drawing a day to finish before it’s done.
In fact, looking at last year’s post from about the same time, it was no better last year…
I came across an article about illustrator Dave Devries who has a project called The Monster Engine whose basic premise is to faithfully copy childrens’ drawings and then complete the three dimensional aspects and colour them in.
I have to admit that my first reaction was one of horror, not about the technique but the subject matter. The world is a child’s head is a strange place and I wasn’t sure I could handle it!
Beautiful, if a little haunted…or haunting, I can’t quite decide.
I’m feeling rather pleased with myself..not less than three days after rediscovering my Sketchbook Project 2012 sketchbook in a nice safe place, I’ve started work on it! It is (as my mother would say), the new me.
I’ve left the washing up in the sink,
left over the random boxes and bags strewn all over the floor,
and started straight in at Page 6…with almost exactly the same subject as my first page in last year’s sketchbook. (I might have to call it a tradition!)
We took a family outing to Liverpool because we’d never been.
It seems that Creamfields had just finished and so all around the city were piles of abandoned welly boots. It alternated between being sweet and slightly disturbing, as if the wearers had all been magicked away suddenly.
There was an interesting series of facts and questions sprayed onto the walls of abandoned buildings. I’d really like to know who or what was behind them.
We went to Tate Liverpool where we got to see the world from Dragon’s point of view and play with some very disturbing toys. There were wooden-looking blocks that were made of foam, and twigs which were magnetic and stuck to other magnetic twigs.
It maybe doesn’t look as disturbing as it did at the time…but when Batman threw a piece of wood at me and what hit me was foam it made me jump!
This arrived the other day.
I’m quite excited about this year’s Sketchbook Project. I feel like I have a better handle on how to approach it. I’m going to make the entire book one coherent piece, instead of a series of independent drawings. The crumpled bit of paper is a series of rough sketches, trying to flesh out my ideas.
I’ve decided to get my sketchbook digitised this year, they put the online version on your profile, so it makes it a lot more interactive.
They’ve improved the sketchbook as well this year, there aren’t any perforations and it seems like there are fewer pages. I have to admit I’m not-so-secretly pleased about that part, it makes it easier to contemplate getting it done!
Let me know if you’re thinking of signing up, or if you’ve already signed up…