Sunday, 14 January 2018

Writing...


In recent years I've written short stories mostly about my childhood. Keeping memories alive and colourful. They're true stories with a little added, because a storyteller always adds a little. When I write short stories I am a storyteller, not a historian. 


And now I'm wrestling with a novel I started a few years back. It all began when I was 14 and walking home from school past bullies who gave me a really hard time. This was the 70s when Northern Ireland was in the middle of civil war. So, a girl dressed in a convent girl's uniform was an easy target for lads who 'kicked with the other foot'. I was spat upon, shoved onto the road and had stones thrown at me. I'd had enough. I created in my mind's eye a companion to walk home beside me, an Amazonian warrior. She was built like a brick s**t house, carried a sword and a shield and made me feel not so alone. She was the brave parts of me manifested. She helped me deal with the sectarianism.


The novel is about her, her origin, her life and her adventures. Fiction. Although her history took some shape over 40 years ago I began writing it down in 2016, the words gushing out of me onto paper. Hard copy. I ended up with 70k words which I then cut down to around 40k. The beginning of the story needs work and the end of the story is strong. But the middle is the hardest, trying to pull it all together so that it reads well, so that the story flows. I've been putting off finishing the novel even though it excites me when I'm working on it. It excites me so much that already ideas for 2 subsequent novels have taken form. I just need to sit down and write it, not worry whether it's a good tale or not. I'll leave that up to the publisher.



'Everyone has a book inside them, which is exactly where it should, 
I think, in most cases, remain.' Hitchens


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Thursday, 11 January 2018

Picking up pigment pens...


It's been October since I last drew regularly. Bar making a little art book in Dec I haven't felt the inclination to draw. Feel I should be drawing but just didn't or couldn't. Guess that block hasn't yet gone.

Had got myself a new Passion Planner which I liked using throughout last year, for art, writing and blogging. Finally got it opened and scribbled in it. A few false starts but now seem to be planning drawing and researching. That Andrew Loomis book I got for my Nov birthday has been opened. Great book. It was first published in 1943 and many of the illustrations seem quite vintage but it breaks down each main part of the body, male and female, giving useful tips on figure drawing


The first drawing in my sketchbook was out of my head, not looking up any visual references. When I do this the features tend to be ill-placed and too large - the eyes in particular. After drawing some exercises from the Loomis book the image has improved a little.



Loomis suggests first drawing a sphere, flattening the sides and then adding lower points for the nose, mouth and chin. Drawing and re-drawing makes the method more second-nature.


The drawing I like most using his technique I drew in pencil. I become aware of the features in relation to each other and the hair 'fits' better. The drawing is unfinished but I like it how it is. This is an imaginary person drawn using the tips in the book. 


I've written about other drawing aids available online, to buy and to download. I'll list the relevant blogs below.

ISBN: 9780857680983 'Figure Drawing for all it's Worth' by Andrew Loomis




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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

mini art book


Another mini art book - individual images, no storyline.


Sketched images using a Techniclick G propelling pencil. Ideas from my head - this is a quick project. Some images I discarded and ended up with 5 drawings.


Inked using drawings pens (brand written in Asian script) and laid down first layer of colour.


Both first and second layer colour done with Winsor & Newton pigment markers. Coverage is not as flat as alcohol markers but very vivid - closest thing to using actual art grade pigment in a marker format. It's possible to get a painterly effect and the layers can be built on top of one another.


Third layer of colour was laid down with Faber-Castell Polychromos coloured pencils. 


Finally the book pages were glued back-to-back and a cover attached. I cut out part of an image from a discarded drawing. Mini art book finished!




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Monday, 30 October 2017

2017 INKTOBER..29 - 31 Conclusion



downloadable pdfs from http://mrjakeparker.com/inktober/

By day 24 I had begun to waver and had to really push myself to finish. I find this with each challenge I do. Begin with lots of interest and forge ahead for the most of it but by two thirds into it I'm having to work hard. I suppose by then the novelty had worn off.

I didn't post every drawing on Instagram which is where the sharing and liking mainly happens. The images I didn't like were kept to myself. On this blog though it seemed counter productive to hide anything as the blogs have been about doing the challenge in its entirety. 

What I did get from completing Inktober 2017 was a freer style and a little more confidence. That's the value of practice. Now I've got myself a new sketchbook that'll be my focus in the next month or two. I feel I need to do some work on drawing hands, improve the accuracy of anatomy in my drawings. And I'm keen to take up Inktober 2018 challenge when that comes around.

Was uploading day 27's drawing onto Instagram when I realised I'd drawn the prompt twice. I think I like the second version better.
CLIMB





Days 29 - 31 have the Inktober 2017 Official Prompt Words: 
UNITED FOUND MASK




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Friday, 27 October 2017

2017 INKTOBER..22 - 28

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Towards the final stretch of this year's Inktober challenge. Am enjoying it for the most part and I didn't draw a picture per day but instead drew a few each day. This enabled me to have each blog ready for publishing at least a week in advance which reduced the pressure. 

The drawings started off being very much instant without any preparation. As I got further into the challenge I found the need to sketch first in pencil before using ink.

Days 22 - 28 have the Inktober 2017 Official Prompt Words: 
TRAIL JUICY BLIND SHIP SQUEAK CLIMB FALL 









The face in Juicy and the ears of the mouseman in Squeak aren't that good - I did think about re-doing them. But I kept with the spontaneity of this challenge and let them be. I draw some good stuff but amongst it is the odd clanger.






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Saturday, 14 October 2017

2017 INKTOBER..15 - 21

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Ink drawings continue as I complete INKTOBER2017. Some prompts are easier to draw than others - ideas jump into my mind. But I felt that 'GRACEFUL' was more difficult. Began drawing a woman in a certain pose, changed her to a plus sized woman, gave her a flower to hold and it was all getting very naff. So I simply drew the flower. Not that happy with it as I feel most of the other drawings I've done in this challenge have a bit more of a story to them. In the end I had to draw something just to get past the prompt.

Days 15 - 21 have the Inktober 2017 Official Prompt Words: 
MYSTERIOUS FAT GRACEFUL FILTHY CLOUD DEEP FURIOUS











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Friday, 13 October 2017

2017 INKTOBER..8 - 14

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The second week of art challenge INKTOBER created by Jake Parker. Seven new prompt words and I find I've established an approach that I'm using for each drawing. Black brushpen creating dense solid areas, patchy areas or uneven lined areas. In contrast to pattern made with bottom left to top right shading overlaid with circles and dark to light filling in. White areas help inked areas pop.

Check out artist Jake Parker's YT channel

Days 1 to 7 have the Inktober 2017 Official Prompt Words: 
CROOKED SCREECH GIGANTIC RUN SHATTERED TEEMING FIERCE













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