…by chance or by design?

“I don’t have a clue. Ideas are simply starting points. I can rarely set them down as they come to my mind. As soon as I start to work, others well up in my pen. To know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing… When I find myself facing a blank page, that’s always going through my head. What I capture in spite of myself interests me more than my own ideas.”

Pablo Picasso

365 – Buses and Bus Stops, the first of many, perhaps.

aka: INTERMITTENTLY REGULAR #365 SKETCH PROJECT UPDATE 208-211

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Attempt to draw the inside of the bus on a very bumpy ride and with a short pencil found in the bottom of a coat pocket.(➡️➡️➡️). Excuses excuses.
Always make sure you have the right equipment with you, is today’s lesson.
Did also learn that the inside of a First West bus is way more complicated than I originally thought.
Notebook: Beto
20 mins
Pencil (short)
🚌 ✏️ 😬
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209/365 Bus Stop drawing. Silver birches on the Queens Road. Due to the workplace shift and commuting adjustment expect a lot more bus stop themed sketching. It’s the only time I get the time, if you catch my drift. There’s plenty to see at each one. 🚌 🌳 ✍️
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More Bus Stop drawings.
Another tree and a broken fence atop a brick wall from this morning.
Notebook: Beto
Coloured biro with very cold fingers.
20 mins
📓 🌳 🚌
211/365 Bus Stop drawings. Poorly executed renditions of municipal infrastructure. It’s done though. Notebook: Beto Biro and V-ball. #bfp 🚦🚏✍️

 

Drawings of dodo’s (generally assumed from to be life) by Joris Joostensz Laerle (1601) & Cornelis Saftleven (1638)

“Compilation of the first depictions of dodos (Raphus cucullatus) on the island Mauritius (Indian Ocean), made during the voyage of the VOC Gelderland in 1602. The caption says “These birds are caught on the island of Mauritius in large quantities because they are unable to fly. They are good food and often have stones in their stomachs, as big as eggs, sometimes bigger or smaller, and are called ‘griffeendt’ or ‘Kermis goose’.” (Fuller, Errol: Dodo – From Extinction To Icon, 2002)”

“Dodo specialist Julian Hume argued that the nostrils of the living dodo would have been slits, as seen in the GelderlandCornelis Saftleven, Savery’s Crocker Art Gallery, and Ustad Mansur images. “

via Dr Nick Crumpton

 

Also in observation:

 

The Schrift-Landschaften drawings by Herbert Pföstl

“The Schrift-Landschaften drawings are composed of a single text-fragment, written in Herbert Pföstl’s distinctly small script, inscribed upon a page from a nautical traverse table. One is reminded of the particularities of calligraphic expression and the meditative processes required to create needlework samplers, chronological tables, weather diaries, or even telegraphic code. Pföstl’s landscapes of script, however, come from a deep reading of and reliance upon literature; these lines are fragments from books gathered over many years and transformed into a landscape of incantations for the artist. What at first appears a wilderness of words on paper soon resolves into a garland of vows concealed within the text. These works are a meditation on the artist’s abiding interest in the liminal space which often exists between drawing and writing.”

Epidote Press

More in Codex:

Dostoevsky: the drawing as writing


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 “Indeed, Dostoevsky was not content to “write” and “take notes” in the process of creative thinking, he moved in the space and time of the particular artistic universe of his notebook, where the meaning and significance of words interact reciprocally with other meanings expressed through visual images, a method of work specific to the writer.”

from Dostoevsky: the drawing as writing by Konstantin Barsht


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represent that key moment when the accumulated proto-novel crystallized into a text. Like many of us, Dostoevsky doodled hardest when the words came slowest.” Some of Dostoevsky’s character descriptions, argues scholar Konstantin Barsht, “are actually the descriptions of doodled portraits he kept reworking until they were right.”

Konstantin Barsht


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More in “manuscript“:

”The Eyes of Orson Welles” by Mark Cousins (2018)

Just caught up with the Mark Cousins film, “The Eyes of Orson Welles”, a personal and expansive love letter to Welles himself.

The film shows many drawings by Welles, something I had not previously seen, it really builds an understanding of how he saw his ideas and the world around him.

It’s an unusual documentary with hardly any talking head interviews or people in frame at all really, unless they are drawn or filmed by Welles himself. But it touches on the nature of drawing, film making, film making as drawing, cameras as pens, calligraphy, notebooks, writing and creativity in all its forms, something Welles engaged with his whole life.

I don’t think it’s on the iPlayer anymore but there is a website here that has various links to different ways of seeing it.

Charcuterie à gogo!

One of the great legacies of Tumblr was this huge international friendship group we’ve built.
Here is a picture of the excellent @jacquelinedear holding up a serving tray with my drawing “One Hour on the 11:30 from Bristol Temple Meads” she had just received from @society6. How wonderful is that?!
Very.
Thank you so much, Jackie, I hope you have lots of great times with the tray. ❤️🙏🎉

INTERMITTENTLY REGULAR #365 SKETCH PROJECT UPDATE 200-207

A move at work and a change of routine means more commuting for me so more drawings on buses.
200/365200/365 Quick 5 minute sketching of horses grazing near local stables. All wearing fly masks to keep off those pesky Tabanoidea.
5 minutes.
Fountain pen.
Notebook: Gilbert.
201/365201/365 Gwythian Car Park, St. Ives Bay. 04/08/18
10 mins
Pencil
Notebook: Gilbert
202/365202/365 Bike shelter at Long Ashton Park and Ride.
25 minutes
V-ball
Notebook: Beto
🚲 🚌 ✋
203/365203/365 Commuters on the triangle. Again drawn whilst waiting for the bus. V-ball
20 mins
Notebook: Beto
🚶‍♂️ 🚌 ☔️
204/365204/365 New locations means bus trips up the hill for the occasional meeting. So here we have various random things drawn on the bumpy top deck ride down through Park Street and the rest.
Notebook: Gilbert.
V-ball
14 mins
🚌 🖊 🧤
205/365205/365 Commuter drawing on the Park and Ride. Rainy and cold.
15 mins
V-ball
Notebook:Beto
🚌 🚶‍♀️ ☔️
206/365206/365 Going nowhere in the A370 for a good 40 minutes due to very high winds. Drew some sheep. Sheep in the wind.
Notebook: Beto
V-ball
🐑 🚌 💨
207/365207/365 Keep your distance I’m quite ill. So can’t manage much more than watching University Challenge on series link. Here’s a drawing of Paxman mid-intro.
Notebook: Beto
Pencil
5 mins
📺 🤒 ✏️

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