A 365 daily drawing project begun in good faith, but thwarted by life, death, progress and other forces. I have since scaled it back to “regular” but I still aim to fulfil the 365 target.
The process has thrown up so many unexpected things, ideas, personal development, a noticing of what I notice, discovery of stories, and connection with other people,none of which would have happened otherwise. So I would recommend trying it, as long as you don’t mind loosing time and don’t value your sanity much.
All images should link back to the Instagram post whence they came.
Some of these are available as signed prints on Big Cartel.
All blog posts about this project can be found here.
155/365 Seagulls, other sea birds and one hunting dog. Gwithian Sands 16.08.16 V-ball Notebook: Myrtle
13/365. Detail of “Studies for The Libyan Sibyl” by Michelangelo. Pencil on prepared paper. Yes, it’s a drawing of a drawing again, but this time, as our fair England captain tells us, there are #noexcuses. You learn so much by following the lines of these works. Not that I go around dispensing drawing wisdom like I’m all that and a bag of chips, but I have suggested that people do just that when they’re lacking confidence in their own abilities. Mickyangelo knew a thing or two. TMNG as well, proper renaissance dude. https://instagram.com/p/pezZwMny02/
111/365 Shoes, trainers and boots of various kinds. Season changes, footware changes. Ka-Ching🎶!!! You know how it goes. Straight to Uniball Micro. 15 minutes. Notebook: Ethel
12/365. Lot’s of sad, angry, loud, drunk English people wandering around the streets making people feel threatened, atm. Losers. In other news: I drew this earlier today, in stages, whilst waiting for test renders. Pencil on paper. View out the window at work. https://instagram.com/p/pcWPLOny-8/
View across to the Ring o’Bells and the Holy Trinity from the Grove. Another bonus summer weekend, a walk in the park, football, jumpers for goalposts etc etc. Time for the bears to start hibernating soon, no? Two colour Stabilo point 88. 15 mins. Notebook: Ethel
34/#365. View down the back garden, with the blessed shed number one in the middle distance. Drawn a day or so ago whilst taking a break from working on the 13 metre trench that’s going to be taking electricity down to blessed shed number 2. That’s 27/365 at the top of the page there. Pencil and fountain pen. https://instagram.com/p/qYkv8RHy5L/
Very gnarly old tree. Black Stabilo point 88. 10 mins Notebook: Myrtle
Trying that thing where you include yourself in the picture, like that other person but not as good. Started with my hand and ended up with a very distorted version of my front room. Repurposed a page with an unfinished mind map on rigging in maya (the fourth in a series hence it petering out). V-ball. 15 mins Notebook: the very-soon-to-retired Ethel.
.Tyndale Baptist Church.Pencil on paper.Struggling on with what I started on 10/365, still a way to go. That neo-gothic religious architecture thing is a real number.Notebook: Ethel.https://instagram.com/p/ptPlGEHyy3/
16/365. Drawing of hat. V-5 Hightechpoint on paper. Notebook: Zebulon. This is a hat my father gave my son. It’s from the Czech Ice Hockey team the HC Berounští Bears, but most of the badges on it relate to speedway. https://instagram.com/p/pmxZa_ny6O/
24/365. So yesterday my foot had a severe altercation with the front room door. A long and difficult story. Suffice to say it involved a rogue birthday balloon and some spectacular but involuntary aerial gymnastics. I don’t think there’s any breakages, but there is pain and I’m moving about with a rather swaggy limp. #parenthood Consequently keeping it up in the air like this to avoid unnecessary throbbing. Multi-coloured ball point. Notebook: Ethel. https://instagram.com/p/p7WsvVHy9s/
Back-ends of various vehicles drawn during mildly epic road trip (when stationary and when it was safe to do so, obv) from Hunstanton through Peterborough, A47, M6, M5 etc. 7 hours journey time in total.See images of both #east and #west seas (taken on same day) earlier in this feed.V-ball.Notebook: Ethel.https://instagram.com/p/tGGy09Hy_9/
Dismaland doodling. Quite good there, it is. Very lucky to get tickets, thanks S. Anniversary treat. A reminder of life before parenthood. Uniball. Notebook: Artemis.
Another lunch break pass at the architectural complexity that is the Vittoria. One more go after this and I think it might be done. Pencil Notebook: Ethel
Half full glass on patterned table cloth. Multi-coloured Stabilo. 16 mins Notebook: Ethel.
Saplings in Leigh Woods, drawn on the move whilst discussing the merits of time travel in narrative forms. It was agreed Days of Future Past was a bad example, I cited Philip K Dick’s The Skull as a good one. 5 mins (with distraction) Black Stabilo Notebook: Artemis.
Piano, Guitar, Drum-machine, Stool. 20 mins Pencil and Uniball Eye Micro. Notebook: Myrtle.
80/365 Work (actual) desktop, the bit inbetween the screens anyway. Drawn badly over a two day period whilst test rendering frames.V-ballNotebook: Ethelhttps://instagram.com/p/23xiEOny-4/
The After Effects User Interface and the back of Tim Marriott. 15 mins whilst rendering. Uniball micro. Notebook: Ethel.
Desk fan. Dealing will the heat generated by the all heavy heavy brain activity. 15 mins Multicoloured Stabilo. Notebook: Ethel
75/365. Various folks walking down Whiteladies. Drawn without looking. Snapseed accident. Pencil. Notebook: Ethel
21/365. View into Youngest’s bedroom. Pencil. Amazingly drawn yesterday just after we’d had a tidy up. Pile includes previously drawn hat, Nerf gun, foam clone trooper blaster, boxes full of various tiny plastic bricks and that. Notebook: Leonidas. https://instagram.com/p/p1iq7LHy9R/
Busy old week, just managed to fit in a big finish for the blessed Vittoria. I think the notebook paper has taken as much as it can with all the scratching away. Omitted the benches and the chalk board but they were always in different places each sitting. Pencil. Notebook: Ethel.
Saplings in Leigh Woods. About 10 mins all in. Notebook: Artemis. Uniball micro.
Fairly rapid rendition of handmade jug still life. Time is limited. 5 mins Uni-ball eye micro Notebook: Myrtle
22/365 The blessed electronic device. On the charge. Window to the world. Recorder of things. Night whisperer. Shower of ways. Government spy. Etc. The only thing I don’t use it for is CGI, but that’s probably just a matter of time. The other day a friend lent me a cardboard thingy that turns one of these into a VR viewer. If only my 7 year old self could see me now. Straight to V-ball. Notebook: Leonidas. 20-21 forthcoming. https://instagram.com/p/p1XihDny11/
11/365. Bottle opener left to me by my dearly departed Nan. With actual scorpion. Probably as old as I am, if not older. A cautionary tale this. I began this drawing last night but soon became distracted by the beer I was opening with said bottle opener then was soon lost in revery of the evenings benison. Therefore the need to finish this now and slightly slide it over 2 days. I know far better and more talented people than me have tried this #365 thing and not made it, so I am cutting myself some slack on that one. I can promise you that the scorpion is real, I’d like to think it’s encased in amber but it’s much more likely to be come kind of mid to late 20th century plastic. I am not an expert on such dubious matters. Nor am I an expert in the moral jousting of owning arachnid based cutlery. A small part of me feels I ought to destroy it, but it is beautiful, and my Nan gave it to me, and besides I have become quite fond of the shrieking sound the children make when they unexpectedly discover it amongst the spoons. Ink and pencil. https://instagram.com/p/pZpaKjnyyW/
157/365 Sand dyne, Gwithian Sands. 17/08/16
38/365. Sometimes it’s good draw stuff just to calm yourself down. A complicated week continued today when, amongst other things, a computer power unit died loudly in my actual face. This is Fudge. Look he’s dug up somebody else’s flowers, he wants to be your friend. https://instagram.com/p/qh2t_oHy2C/
Lunchtime sequential drawing of a random member of the white wire brigade enjoying the Indian Summer in various states of smart phone reading. Uniball 10 mins Notebook: Artemis (homemade)
18/365. Cars on Severn Bridge drawn blind whilst being driven back from extraordinary theatre experience in Monmouthshire. Straight to V-ball on paper. Notebook: Leonidas. https://instagram.com/p/psuKQRny4G/
25/365. Various lunch time folk on the green outside. Completely unawares I am misrepresenting them so wantonly and with such poor skill. Hahahahaaa. Stabilo point 88 and Staedtler triplus fineliner on cartridge. Notebook: Leonidas. https://instagram.com/p/p_X4RpHy9I/
30/365. From Monday. Ye Olde Stove Kettle. Had some trouble with the base of it there. Terrible business. Pencil and fountain pen. Notebook: Zebulon. https://instagram.com/p/qMODv5Hyy7/
View from window at work. It’s taken some time this one. This is probably the fifth update? I thought I’d get the leaves done before they fell off again. Drawn whilst waiting for large framed Arnold test renders. Time: unknown. Pencil. Notebook: Ethel.
36/365. Early birds catching worms, flies and seeds. Two sparrows were out maneuvering each other to catch a big moth like thing. (Tried to draw that down the bottom there) Pencil. Notebook: Zebulon. https://instagram.com/p/qdqoGUHy5E/
Fixing mechanism on the Draper Telescopic Trestle that supports my standing desk. Drawn whilst waiting for a thing. Uni ball micro. 7 mins. Notebook: Ethel.
35/365. The space between the fire place and the TV. Drawn during #BRA v #NED because it was so BORING! Includes one of the birthday ballons that caused the incident documented in 24/365, yet still lives on to haunt me like a tiny round ghost. Multicoloured Stabilo point 88 and fountain pen. Notebook: Zebulon. https://instagram.com/p/qZH51yny_d/
Recently rediscovered missing parts of a vintage 16mm projector, the rest of which was donated to a beloved local cinema some 14 years ago. I’ve been in touch and fingers crossed all the component parts will be reunited soon. Uniball. 10 mins Notebook: Ethel
Got a lift into work today, therefore car drawings. Uniball micro Notebook: Myrtle
Various species of scooter from outside Whiteladies Scooter shop. Some of them might be the same scooter, some of them may be the amalgamation of two. Lovely day though. 10 mins Straight to Uni-ball Eye Micro. Notebook: Artemis (homemade)
Horses and riders at this weekend’s lesson. Drawn without looking (no glasses). Tried to pick up the pace on the second page. Will try and Vine these as an animation when I get the chance. 45 mins Blue Stabilo point 88. Notebook: Ethel
Japanese anemones. Catching these before they keel over too. DRAW ALL THE FLORA ASAP. Coloured Stabilo point 88. 20 mins. Notebook: Ethel
82/365 Ye olde plastic garden chair. A small window of seasonally appropriate weather hits the UK. Everyone panics. But then a cold breeze resumes so. Pencil. Notebook: Ethel. https://instagram.com/p/3B3z3_ny2r/
Architectural detail, Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station. Waiting on Platform 5, sllightly hungover. There is no Platform 14. 15 mins V-ball Notebook: Artemis
Lunchtime car drawing. 10 mins Stabilo point 88. Notebook: Artemis.
Tea break drawing of the Gardena THS 400 which I recently have been wielding up ladders, trimming the hedges,bushes, trees and other rampant plant life as one does in the Autumn. 7 mins Straight to Uniball Micro. Notebook: Ethel.
‘s coat hanging on the second floor door at BDH. Just tipped a third of the way through btw. Straight to Uniball. Notebook: Ethel Cumulatively about 15 mins.
20/365. “…and the goal keeper’s got football pie all down his shirt.” Drawn off of the telly at various stages of #Brazil2014. V-ball. Notebook: Zebulon. https://instagram.com/p/p2MOC5ny-R/
Dormer window in the new bit of the house. Drawn whilst waiting for previously mentioned lift. Uniball micro. 7 mins Notebook: Myrtle
2/365. Drawn straight to ink in homemade pocket book (message me for instructions) whilst waiting in car park for delivery of supplies for twin 10 year birthday Sunday afternoon pizza blow out. Two panel doodle comic comes free of charge. http://instagram.com/p/o_GhFTnyzM/
Windows on Whiteladies Road. There’s plenty, I could do a whole book of these. Uniball micro. Notebook: Ethel Approx 20 mins intermittent whilst waiting for playblast renders.
Back after a long break (bean busy see blog for explanation).Bits of horse, mostly eyes.Clevedon Riding Centre, whilst Second Youngest takes a lesson.Pencil.Notebook: Artemis.https://instagram.com/p/2va8tSny8S/
More work on the sketch of the beloved Vittoria begun on 91/365. Still warm enough to sit outside so. Pencil. 15 mins. Notebook: Ethel.
.Caster wheel on very old piece of furniture we just repurposed into a different part of the house. We are undergoing a major reorganising, lots of memories being resurfaced. Pencil and fountain pen.Notebook: Leonidas.
26/365. Went for a swanky lunch in a swanky joint. There were swanky sugarcubes in swanky hermetic glass terrines. #livingit #swank Straight to V-ball. Notebook: Leonidas https://instagram.com/p/qCc-_tny5v/
154/365 13.08.16 Lifeguard point, Gwithian Sands. V-ball Notebook: Myrtle
Bit more done to the long term project that is the view over the road. Previously featured as 23/365 and 12/365.Feeling good today. Drawing helps.I have started collecting these on a single page on my blog, go there (link in my bio), and click on 365 on the menu. Also there is a link to my Facebook page which I have just cranked into action again. These drawings will go there as well as anything else I might see fit. Look for the Facebook “F” on the sidebar if you like Facebook.Pencil.Notebook: Ethelhttps://instagram.com/p/26bTgYHyzY/
37/365. Shakey rendition of the air con unit down the local health centre (don’t worry about me, I’m fine) earlier today. Pencil. Notebook: Leonidas https://instagram.com/p/qeFdjkHyxb/
77/365 View out of and during a quiet window at lunchtime. First one I have managed since the bereavement, so I am just going to pick up where I left off with the numbering and carry on. Bit rusty to say the least, it’s incredible to think how confident and fluid you become with just a small bit of observational drawing every day. I can see this one growing out sideways like those others. Having a Kate Bush day in the office. Pencil and Pilot 0.5 V-ball. Notebook: Ethel. https://instagram.com/p/yZrGiXHy0o/
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