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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
via Lynda Barry
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).
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61/365. Guitar (in pink) under stand up desk with office chair. Drawn during Close To The Edge re-render. #humanuniverse May come back to this on the morrow. Been listening to Art Speigelman talking on layering in #process. Took me back to my watercolour days. Bless. Biro. Notebook: Ethel
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62/#365. My car died yesterday (terrible business), so this was done waiting for a kindly offered lift to work. Backwell. V-ball. #Notebook: Leonidas. (This is on the card inside cover of Leonidas. Leonidas is a 6 minute Moleskine, very easy to make yourself. For instructions please visit #burningfp.com and search for "6 minute moleskine".)
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66/365 Backwell, waiting for lift to the workplace. Development of previous sketch. Cycled in yestetday, took it easy because it had been a while. Thus annoying a lot of MAMILs who needed to be going faster than was actually safe. One chap nearly took out some old fella's dog because he just had to overtake on a blind corner, leaving me to apologise on the behalf of him and all other cyclists. V-ball. Notebook: Leonidas
Our new website has an embedding facility.
Here is an ad we did for HSA. I got to contribute some flying saucers.
It doesn’t get much better than that.
That is Steve in the green catsuit by the way.