Project Ethel (27.05.14 – 07.01.16): Pages 9-17

Continuing the project of uploading most pages form Notebook Ethel. As I said before these are from a few years ago now.

Notebook Ethel: Spread 9. Weird comic strip, drawings of the diners at the cafe over the road, dude eating his sandwich on the wall outside, some cows and a copying of a drawing of an old man by Chris Ware taken from his Acme Novelty Datebook Sketchbook facsimile book thing.
Notebook Ethel: Spread 10. Office coats, vintage teapot, Tyndales Baptist Church, pressed flowers and garbage writing. 📓 ✏ 💐
Notebook Ethel Spread: 12. Incoherent comics strip and the view across Whiteladies Road from the window at BDH. ✒📓🏢
Notebook Ethel, Spread Thirteen. Garbage writing, guitar in the workplace, refuse container. 🎸📓✒
Notebook Ethel, Spread Fourteen. Satellite data coordinates, designing polygon construction, internal combustion engine visualisation, missing render frame numbers, Titan storyboard. 🔨 📓 🎨
Notebook Ethel, Spread Fifteen. Mind map of the nCloth gynamics system in Maya. Also very old QOTSA concert ticket I found in a shoe box. 🗺 📓 🎸
Notebook: Ethel, Spread Sixteen. Mind map for Forces Of Nature, episode “Where”, visualisation of the launch of the Planck rocket, Titan, storyboard, eyeflower comic, timings. 📓 🚀 🌎
Notebook: Ethel, Spread Seventeen. Drawing of injured foot (this is from a while ago), Wacom pen and garbage writing. ✍ 📓 👞

Project Ethel (27.05.14 – 07.01.16): Pages 1-8

Beginning a large project of uploading old notebook pages. These are not high res scans as that would considerably increase the amount of time needed, so these would have to do for now.

These are all generally going up on Instagram first.

Ethel Spread 1
Opening page of Notebook: Ethel. I’m going to be uploading notebooks in a more systematic fashion (with sensitive info deleted obvs). Notebook Ethel is a few years old. This is before I started using the first page spread as an index for the rest of the book. So the lists here are largely inspirational items and ideas of content capture. There’s not much order and I tend to fill empty spaces with bits of ephemera stuck in and doodles.
Clifton windows, lists and words.
This is a systematic uploading.
Notebook: Ethel Spread 2
First drafts, mug drawing, rough mind map, comics and a quote from Lynda Barry.
It’s along the lines of: “I’ve come to regard comics as something like a song. It can be about anything. We can address all sorts of things in a song, love gone wrong, truck driving, Daddies, smoking, boots, birthdays, cheating, space travel, big butts, revenge, war, a turkey in the straw, regret, genders, hands, purple haze . We can this way we can make comics about anything.” – Although I did write it down in a hurry!
Notebook: Ethel Spread 4.
Daily mini-maps, plans for website, doodles and the like.
Notebook: Ethel Spread 5.
Preliminary notes on Shark Brains, Art Speigelman on Maus: “Reality is too complex for any media” “Ironic Distance” “Fourth Wall” “Blank expressions allow the reader to impose their own” “I draw my comics one to one” “The past and the present intertwining, simultaneously in the same space” …& Ray Bradbury on writing: “Libraries are full of people not books” “Love what you do. Do what you love” “I don’t write the book, my characters write the book, they come to me and they tell me” “Stand on the top of the cliff, jump off, build your wings on the way down.” etc…
Notes for a very short film called “Bevel’s Nub” that appeared in the @strangealtars project a while back.
Marker pen, biro, pencil.
Notebook: Ethel. Spread 7.
Mind Map of the early days with Arnold and Maya before he full recent integration.
Mind Map on understanding Linear Colour Space within Maya and Arnold back when we first started using it.

“Style is the difference between a circle and how to draw it”

Opening page of Notebook: Ethel

I’m going to be uploading notebooks in a more systematic fashion (with sensitive info deleted obvs). Notebook Ethel is a few years old.

This is before I started using the first page spread as an index for the rest of the book. So the lists here are largely inspirational items and ideas of content capture. There’s not much order and I tend to fill empty spaces with bits of ephemera stuck in and doodles.

Intermittently Regular #365 Sketch Project Update 117-123

Limped through Autumn. Working on health a bit more now. Can’t do any harm.

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The rest can be seen here.

117/365 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
117/365
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
118/365 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)
118/365
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)

 

119/365Horses 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
119/365 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

Horse drawings from daily sketch 119/365 animated.

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120/365
120/365  Selection of barns and various farm building near Tickenham, North Somerset. Drawn whilst hiding in the car from the cold. V-Ball. Notebook: Ethel. 20 mins
121/365 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.
121/365
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.
122/365 @mrtimmytimtim'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.
122/365
@mrtimmytimtim‘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.
123/365 Saplings in Leigh Woods. About 10 mins all in. Notebook: Artemis. Uniball micro.
123/365
Saplings in Leigh Woods.
About 10 mins all in.
Notebook: Artemis.
Uniball micro.
124/365 Architectural detail, Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station. Waiting on Platform 5, sllightly hungover. There is no Platform 14. 15 mins V-ball Notebook: Artemis
124/365
Architectural detail, Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station.
Waiting on Platform 5, sllightly hungover.
There is no Platform 14.
15 mins
V-ball
Notebook: Artemis

(f,t,T,g)

Intermittently Regular #365 Sketch Project Update 102-116

Incorporating Dismaland visit and the completion of the pub drawing.

All images link back to original Instagram postings.

If you’d like more immediate updates you can follow on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

Other 365 drawings can be found here.

 

102/365 Lunchtime car drawing. 10 mins Stabilo point 88. Notebook: Artemis.
103/365 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.
104/365 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.
105/365 Japanese anemones. Catching these before they keel over too. DRAW ALL THE FLORA ASAP. Coloured Stabilo point 88. 20 mins. Notebook: Ethel
106/365 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.
107/365 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)
108/365 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.
109/365 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
110/365 Desk fan. Dealing will the heat generated by the all heavy heavy brain activity. 15 mins Multicoloured Stabilo. Notebook: Ethel
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

 

112/365 Half full glass on patterned table cloth. Multi-coloured Stabilo. 16 mins Notebook: Ethel.
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113/365 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.
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114/365 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
115/365 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.

 

116/365 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.

 

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.
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.
84/365 Tree stumps drawn on the slow move in Leigh Woods. Pen Notebook: Artemis
84/365
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
86/365
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.

Extremely Undaily 365 Drawing Project Update 72-82

There’s good few months between the first and the last on this post. I have mentioned the events over the winter which have compromised my progress somewhat.

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 time keeping is your strong point and don’t value your sanity much.

Now dust had settled I recommence with added perspective and purpose.

All images should link back to the Instagram post whence they came.

If you’re interested in seeing the rest, most are in gallery form here, and you can see all the previous posts about the project here. If you would like more instant updates on this you can follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, if you like those sorts of things.

74/365 Various people on Whiteladies Road. Pencil and V-ball. Notebook: as-yet-still-untitled https://instagram.com/p/uOSs5mny2C/
74/365
Various people on Whiteladies Road.
Pencil and V-ball.
Notebook: as-yet-still-untitled
here
75/365. Various folks walking down Whiteladies. Drawn without looking. Snapseed accident. Pencil. Notebook: Ethel
75/365.
Various folks walking down Whiteladies.
Drawn without looking.
Snapseed accident.
Pencil.
Notebook: Ethel
76/365. Horses in motion. With special emphasis on the ears. Pencil. Notebook: Ethel. https://instagram.com/p/u225_NHyy9/
76/365.
Horses in motion.
With special emphasis on the ears.
Pencil.
Notebook: Ethel.

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/
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.

78/365 Cars, looking into the morning sun drawn yesterday morning waiting for Halfords to open after blowing a headlamp bulb. Yesterday was all about wheels turning, big new project beginning, new boiler actually working, technology happening. Pencil and V-ball. Notebook: Ethel https://instagram.com/p/yeGus4ny1F/
78/365
Cars, looking into the morning sun drawn yesterday morning waiting for Halfords to open after blowing a headlamp bulb.
Yesterday was all about wheels turning, big new project beginning, new boiler actually working, technology happening.
Pencil and V-ball.
Notebook: Ethel

79/365 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/
79/365
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.

80/365 Work (actual) desktop, the bit inbetween the screens anyway. Drawn badly over a two day period whilst test rendering frames. V-ball Notebook: Ethel https://instagram.com/p/23xiEOny-4/
80/365
Work (actual) desktop, the bit inbetween the screens anyway. Drawn badly over a two day period whilst test rendering frames.
V-ball
Notebook: Ethel

81/365 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: Ethel https://instagram.com/p/26bTgYHyzY/
81/365
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: 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/
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.

Very Undaily 365 Sketch Project Update: 69-73

..and to add insult to injury two of these I have already posted here. But in the spirit of complete-ism and putting everything down this blog pipe, here we are.

Notebooks Zebulon (9 x 14 pocket Moleskine) and Leonidas (8 x 11 homemade pocket book) are now retired (so you can see I do continue to use them, it’s just most of the content is not suitable for posting in the internet (and I mean that in a nice way)). Ethel (13 x 21 Moleskine) is still going strong, and is what I am mainly using for writing, mapping, drawing, general ranting and work. I also have a new shiny currently un-named homemade pocket book. I’m sticking with just the two for now, as I’m currently liking seeing the consistency and flow in build up in Ethel, and I obviously need a smaller pocket book that I can be a Everyday Carry type object for emergencies.

(above from a week or so ago) Notebook Zebulon is close to the end. But there are a few corners not filled with indecipherable tiny writing.

A few items are coming to a head, at BDH one large project at work is being broadcast at the moment and the Very Large Animation job we did earlier in the year is on the brink. Also a small personal piece to be published in a new and very exiting way with other stuff that’s much better than mine. The “things planned” part are art things (as opposed to wok things) that I hope to post about here as I progress through them. That involves removing a few shackles of hesitancy on my part. Not to mention my bionically slow progress. But one can only try.

What? Oh, yes sketches, they get pushed to the back of the queue on a daily basis, then I feel bad. But I have to keep reminding myself, NOBODY CARES, so it’s ok. Might also start playing with posting them straight here and pinging them out then putting them on Instagram, instead of the other way around.

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69/365. Elaboration on guitar under the desk started in 61/365. It does get played, btw. Multi-coloured biro. Notebook: Ethel 

 

70/365 Various horizon lines drawn from the window of the 11:30 to London Paddington. Going through Bath Spa, Chippenham, Swindon, Didcot Parkway. V-ball. Notebook: Ethel. https://instagram.com/p/tC5i5kHy-A/
70/365
Various horizon lines drawn from the window of the 11:30 to London Paddington.
Going through Bath Spa, Chippenham, Swindon, Didcot Parkway.
V-ball.
Notebook: Ethel.

71/365 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/
71/365
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.

72/365 Hot air balloon that just flew low over our town at speed. They take off from Ashton Court which is about 9 miles away so they seem to have got the pace without the altitude. We could see the shape of the flames from the burners very cleary. I have friends who have seen balloons so low over Bristol they have had conversations with the occupants. Pencil. Without looking. Notebook: Ethel https://instagram.com/p/tezzeJHyxy/
72/365
Hot air balloon that just flew low over our town at speed. They take off from Ashton Court which is about 9 miles away so they seem to have got the pace without the altitude. We could see the shape of the flames from the burners very cleary.
I have friends who have seen balloons so low over Bristol they have had conversations with the occupants.
Pencil.
Without looking.
Notebook: Ethel

73/364 Heads of moving horses, drawn without looking. Straight to V-ball. Notebook: Ethel https://instagram.com/p/tuokIGnyw9/
73/364
Heads of moving horses, drawn without looking.
Straight to V-ball.
Notebook: Ethel

 

 

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).

 

56/365 Discarded headphones. Biro. Notebook: Leonidas.

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