Project Ethel (27.05.14 – 07.01.16): Pages 40-47

This is the last set of pages from Notebook Ethel. Now they’re all up I’ll have to update it’s homepage.

It’s been really interesting going through an old book like this and systematically posting everything I can. I have more, so after a short break I’ll begin again on Myrtle.

Notebook Ethel, spread forty. Garbage writing, Cornish undergrowth, and office dog drawings (three varieties). 🌿🐕✍️
CoatandWindowPage
Notebook Ethel, Spread forty-one. Kitchen still life in biro, Clifton windows, garbage writing (obscured) and @3dtimmy’s coat. 🥛 🏠 🧥
GlassAndListPageNotebook Ethel, Spread forty-two. Kitchen still life in biro, Clifton windows, garbage writing (obscured) and @3dtimmy’s coat. 🥛 🏠 🧥
BeachPage
Notebook Ethel, Spread Forty-Three. Drawing of sandcastles, Cornish life guard hut and people on the beach. Also notes and a small diagram doodles whilst explaining UV layout to son. 🏖 🏰 🏊‍♀️
LightHousePageNotebook Ethel, spread Forty-Four. More Cornish drawings, Godrevy Ligjthouse, garbage writing and stables. ✍️ 💡 🐴
FanPageFBNotebook Ethel, spread forty- five. To do lists, mini mind maps, drawings of family shoes and desk fan. 👞 🕷 🗺
Notebook: Ethel, spread forty-six. Horse and rider drawings from life, went on to become the animation I have in my current pinned tweet. About 40 mins. Pencil and fountain pen. 🐎 🖊 🎞
Notebook Ethel: Spread Forty-Seven. It’s the last page from Ethel!! Classic work page. I do not usually share work stuff but this is all non-descript information on creating landscapes from DEM data. 🕸 🏔 ✏️

Before last Tuesday’s news…

Intermittently Regular #365 Sketch Project Update 162-166

Yes, I’ve been pretty shaken up over the last week. Who hasn’t. The drawings here were all made before last Tuesday’s news.

This week I’ve been putting all my energy into redecorating our kitchen, so I haven’t managed drawing yet.

Hopefully soon though.

Be kind. Be useful.

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162/365 Pedestrians in Clifton scribbled in pocketbook. V-ball. 30/09/16 Notebook: Artemis
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163/365 I dug the hamsters grave then I drew the hamsters grave. RIP Pearl. (This is my first for Inktober) 02/10/16 V-ball 5 mins Notebook: Myrtle
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164/365 Clifton Window (agin) V-ball Notebook:Myrtle
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165/365 Lotte the Fluff Dog in full office effect. To be honest she didn’t sit still all ****ing day. V-ball Draw whilst downloading various bits of data. Notebook: Myrtle
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166/365 Ivy on tree trunk. 10 mins. Straight to V-ball Notebook: Myrtle

Intermittently Regular #365 Sketch Project Update 132-140

I was talking to a friend yesterday about this kind of regular drawing and discussing if it gets easier as you go, if there are any patterns or systematic ways of doing each drawing that makes it easier as you go. But I have found that if I try and emulate a previous success it usually ends with a weak picture or a mess.

With each one of these I feel like I am starting again from scratch, like an adventure, and the ones that work really well are often those where I end with something I wasn’t expecting when I began. They transcend my plan.

I would like to experiment with materials more but usually they are done on the fly when I just have a pencil and a Uniball in my pocket. The onion picture below I did at home so had various different media available.

Here’s a useful post about the use of a dip pen.

 

132/365 Beryl the patterdale terrier sleeping in the office. Uniball Micro. Notebook: Myrtle

133/365 Small collection of winterified pots down by Shed A, on another rainiest day ever. Pencil and Uniball micro 10 mins Notebook: Myrtle
134/365 Bowl of onions, Sunday afternoon. Kuretake multinibs, Sanguine oil sepia pencil, pencil and Uni-ball micro. 20 mins. Notebook: Myrtle
135/365 Desperate attempt at hamster cage. Feeling unwell, if that’s a excuse. 20 mins Uniball micro, Stabilo point 88, disappointment. Notebook: Myrtle
136/365 Occasional table. Still Ill. Pencil Notebook: Myrtle
137/365 Youngest trying out some animation on the big telly. Straight to V-Ball. 10 mins Notebook: Myrtle
138/365 Various vehicles parked throughout the day on Whiteladies Road. Pencil and V-ball. 5mins per car. Notebook: Myrtle.
139/365 People walking on Whiteladies Road. Cold Spring Day. Pencil and Uni-Ball. 10 seconds – 2 minutes per figure. Notebook: Myrtle.
140/365 Farm gate with distant golf course. 20 mins Pencil and Uni-ball. Notebook: Myrtle.

 

Mostly Regular #365 Drawing Project Update 83-89

Progress, progress, limping into action. Always reminding myself how it gets easier the more often I do it so it encourages me to keep going. The pockets of time are there it is usually just a question of being ruthless with oneself.

So if drawing had value even when it was practised by people with no talent, it was for Ruskin because drawing can teach us to see: to notice properly rather than gaze absentmindedly. In the process of recreating with our own hand what lies before our eyes, we naturally move from a position of observing beauty in a loose way to one where we acquire a deep understanding of its parts.

The Book Of Life

Couple this with the basic idea of habit forming and applied consistency:

Let no youth have any anxiety about the upshot of his education, whatever the line of it may be. If he keep faithfully busy each hour of the working-day, he may safely leave the final result to itself. He can with perfect certainty count on waking up some fine morning, to find himself one of the competent ones of his generation, in whatever pursuit he may have singled out. Silently, between all the details of his business, the power of judging in all that class of matter will have built itself up within him as a possession that will never pass away. Young people should know this truth in advance. The ignorance of it has probably engendered more discouragement and faint-heartedness in youths embarking on arduous careers than all other causes put together.

William James

Maybe that inspires you. Who knows.

Back to my efforts. As ever there is a link to the Instagram post in the caption of the picture:

83/365 Week off art. Drawing the bed before the weeding. Buttercups and honeysuckle. I am officially in 3rd gear. Straight to Uni-ball micro. 30 mins. Notebook: Ethel.
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Week off art.
Drawing the bed before the weeding.
Buttercups and honeysuckle.
I am officially in 3rd gear.
Straight to Uni-ball micro.
30 mins.
Notebook: Ethel.
84/365 Tree stumps drawn on the slow move in Leigh Woods. Pen Notebook: Artemis
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Tree stumps drawn on the slow move in Leigh Woods.
Pen
Notebook: Artemis
86/365 Hanging branch of Russian Vine with a hint of shed. Pencil. Notebook: Ethel
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Hanging branch of Russian Vine with a hint of shed.
Pencil.
Notebook: Ethel
87/365 It was Three Dog Friday at BDH towers today. Beryl, Rufus and Ralph. Patterdale Terrier, Boxer and Cavalier Poodle Cross respectively. Some cubist elements due to constant movement. Uniball Micro. Notebook: Ethel.
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It was Three Dog Friday at BDH towers today. Beryl, Rufus and Ralph. Patterdale Terrier, Boxer and Cavalier Poodle Cross respectively.
Some cubist elements due to constant movement.
Uniball Micro.
Notebook: Ethel.
88/365 Throwback to last Thursday's #BDHunzipped event. That's Steve, John and Rob (the B, the D and the H respectively) on stage there, being asked questions about their twenty years since founding the company. I meant to do a series but I forgot my glasses so I basically drew this blind, then got lost in the endless spiral of a Rob's scarf. Pencil. Notebook: Artemis
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Throwback to last Thursday’s #BDHunzipped event.
That’s Steve, John and Rob (the B, the D and the H respectively) on stage there, being asked questions about their twenty years since founding the company.
I meant to do a series but I forgot my glasses so I basically drew this blind, then got lost in the endless spiral of a Rob’s scarf.
Pencil.
Notebook: Artemis
89/365 Another catch up. Very fast doodle of the insides of the fridge at my beloved local chip shop. Filled with a variety of sugary enticing nastiness. Drawn at speed. V-ball. Notebook: Artemis.
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Another catch up. Very fast doodle of the insides of the fridge at my beloved local chip shop. Filled with a variety of sugary enticing nastiness.
Drawn at speed.
V-ball. Notebook: Artemis.

365 Day Sketch Project Update: 55-68

I suppose I’ve lost the “everyday” part of this project, but, you know life’s too short to get stressed about these things. The point is I am having a lovely time drawing stuff from (mostly) life, my sense of perception and observation has developed and sharpened, my skill with the various implements I am using has improved.

So I am going to keep going with it, even though I am breaking the rules somewhat (there are no rules).

Something that seems to be happening also is sometimes I will finish a drawing and think it’s not great but it gets just as much feedback across the networks as the others.

At the moment I have them automatically cross posting to Twitter and Tumblr. Still haven’t quite got the guts to fire them off to Facebook as well. Not sure why that is, I have always struggled with Facebook, and hate the idea of oversharing on there. But for Tumblr and Twitter I’ll overshare with no worries, which is odd because people who I am connected to on Facebook are more likely to be people I know “Away From Keyboard” as it were.

Anyway, as ever these are embeds from Instagram, you can follow me there if you want them straight off the page, if you catch my drift. I have posted the accompanying comment I posted it with, but you’ll have to click through if you want to read what other people have said. (Don’t bother if there’s only one though that’s usually me adding hashtags after the fact).