”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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“The best way to learn is drawing, even if you’re no Leonardo Da Vinci.”

‘Our anxiety around drawing starts around puberty, when we begin self-critiquing our abilities to render a perfect likeness, Dowd says. “The self-consciousness associated with ‘good’ drawing, or a naive form of realism, is mostly to blame,” he explains to Quartz. ”If you take a step back, and define drawing as symbolic mark-making, it’s obvious that all human beings draw. Diagrams, maps, doodles, smiley faces: These are all drawings!”’

– Drawing shouldn’t be about performance, but about process.

Project Ethel (27.05.14 – 07.01.16): Pages 27-32

Notebook Ethel, Spread Twenty-Seven. Notes and workings for particle interactions on a surface in Autodesk Maya. 🌊 🔬 💥
Notebook Ethel, Spread Twenty-Seven. Notes and workings for particle interactions on a surface in Autodesk Maya. 🌊 🔬 💥
riggingOne
Notebook Ethel, Spread Twenty-Eight. Mind map in rigging, to help understanding of animation process ahead of projects with prehistoric reconstruction. 🕷 🦕 📓
Notebook Ethel, Spread twenty-nine. Garbage writing, cars in car parks and the view from the rear window at South Parade. 🚗 ✍️ 📓
Notebook Ethel, Spread twenty-nine. Garbage writing, cars in car parks and the view from the rear window at South Parade. 🚗 ✍️ 📓
Notebook Ethel, Spread Thirty. Garbage writing, unfinished Fudge story with thumb nail illustrations. ✍️🖼💀
Notebook Ethel, Spread Thirty. Garbage writing, unfinished Fudge story with thumb nail illustrations. ✍️🖼💀

Notebook Ethel, Spread Thirty-One. Garbage writing, short stories and illustrations. 👹 ✍️ 📓
Notebook Ethel, Spread Thirty-One. Garbage writing, short stories and illustrations. 👹 ✍️ 📓
Notebook Ethel, Spread Thirty-Two.
Mind map on rigging models in Maya and drawing of snacking child (artist included).
🧒 🕷 📓

Earliest known drawing found on rock in South African cave

Researchers believe the pattern on the fragment of rock is 73,000 years old, but are perplexed as to what it might represent

“Archaeologists found the marked stone fragment as they sifted through spear points and other material excavated at Blombos cave in South Africa. It has taken seven years of tests to conclude that a human made the lines with an ochre crayon 73,000 years ago.

“The simple red marks adorn a flake the size of two thumbnails which appears to have broken off a grindstone cobble used to turn lumps of ochre into paint powder. The lines end so abruptly at the fragment’s edges that researchers believe the cross-hatches were originally part of a larger design drawn on the cobble.

“This is first known drawing in human history,” said Francesco d’Errico, a researcher on the team at the University of Bordeaux. “What does it mean? I don’t know. What I do know is that what can look very abstract to us could mean something to the people in the traditional society who produced it.”

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Project Ethel (27.05.14 – 07.01.16): Pages 18-26

Notebook Ethel, Spread Eighteen. Me trying to mind map and plan my website. You can see the ongoing result at the #linkinbio. A work of art is never finished, apparently. 🕷 📓 🗺
Notebook Ethel, Spread Eighteen. Me trying to mind map and plan my website. You can see the ongoing result. A work of art is never finished, apparently. 🕷 📓 🗺
Notebook Ethel, Spread Eighteen. Newspaper clipping of Raphael’s Head of a Muse, some copying of that image and the beginnings of a mind map on fluid dynamics. 👁 📓 🗺
Notebook Ethel, Spread Eighteen. Newspaper clipping of Raphael’s Head of a Muse, some copying of that image and the beginnings of a mind map on fluid dynamics. 👁 📓 🗺
burningfpNotebook Ethel, Spread Nineteen. Horse drawings, daises, diary notes (text obscured). 📓 🐴 🌷
Notebook Ethel, Spread Nineteen. Horse drawings, daises, diary notes (text obscured). 📓 🐴 🌷
Notebook Ethel, Spread Twenty. Morning Pages writing exercise and drawing my comic book character Fudge (see more of him at #linkinbio). 🌳 👹 ✍️
Notebook Ethel, Spread Twenty. Morning Pages writing exercise and drawing my comic book character Fudge. 🌳 👹 ✍
Notebook Ethel, Spread Twenty-One. Documenting a two day journey from the West to the East and back again (full story at #linkinbio). Drawing from the window of a train, cars in traffic, route plan and garbage writing. 🚗 ✍️ 🚂
Notebook Ethel, Spread Twenty-One. Documenting a two day journey from the West to the East and back again. Drawing from the window of a train, cars in traffic, route plan and garbage writing. 🚗 ✍ 🚂
Notebook Ethel, Spread Twenty-Two. Mind map getting to grips with some serious understanding of the render engine #Arnold, soon after we began using it. Also eye doodles. 🕷 👁 🗺
Notebook Ethel, Spread Twenty-Two. Mind map getting to grips with some serious understanding of the render engine Arnold, soon after we began using it. Also eye doodles. 🕷 👁 🗺
Notebook Ethel, Spread Twenty- Three. More horses, and my attempt at the Ivan Brunetti drawing exercise in his “Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice”, it goes: “Using your sketchbook and a pencil or pen of your choice, spend 3-4 minutes drawing a car. Then, start over and draw it in 2 minutes. Then 1 minute. Then 30 seconds. Then 15 seconds. And then 5 seconds. Draw faster at each step-that is, draw the entire car within the time limit. Repeat this same process for four other subjects: a cat, a castle, a telephone, and self-portrait.” ✍️📓 📞
Notebook Ethel, Spread Twenty- Three. More horses, and my attempt at the Ivan Brunetti drawing exercise in his “Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice”, it goes: “Using your sketchbook and a pencil or pen of your choice, spend 3-4 minutes drawing a car. Then, start over and draw it in 2 minutes. Then 1 minute. Then 30 seconds. Then 15 seconds. And then 5 seconds. Draw faster at each step-that is, draw the entire car within the time limit. Repeat this same process for four other subjects: a cat, a castle, a telephone, and self-portrait.” ✍️📓 📞
Notebook Ethel, Spread Twenty-Four. Mind map on the Autodesk Maya Bifrost system, dynamic and fluid simulation software. 🌊 🖥 🕷
Notebook Ethel, Spread Twenty-Four. Mind map on the Autodesk Maya Bifrost system, dynamic and fluid simulation software. 🌊 🖥 🕷
Notebook Ethel, Spread Twenty-Five. Another Ivan Brunetti exercise from “Cartooning: philosophy and practice”: “Pencil out a grid in your notebook, enough to contain 100 small drawings.now spending no more than 5 seconds per drawing, let your stream of consciousness guide you, drawing whatever comes to mind (don’t stop to think about it).” I went back and inked them after. 📓✍️🖼
Notebook Ethel, Spread Twenty-Five. Another Ivan Brunetti exercise from “Cartooning: philosophy and practice”: “Pencil out a grid in your notebook, enough to contain 100 small drawings.now spending no more than 5 seconds per drawing, let your stream of consciousness guide you, drawing whatever comes to mind (don’t stop to think about it).” I went back and inked them after. 📓✍️🖼
Notebook Ethel, Spread Twenty-Six. Mind mapping notes for the content graphics of Countdown To Life. Ideas, concepts, storyboards, techniques. 📓 🕷 💓
Notebook Ethel, Spread Twenty-Six. Mind mapping notes for the content graphics of Countdown To Life. Ideas, concepts, storyboards, techniques. 📓 🕷 💓