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). 🌿🐕✍️
Notebook Ethel, Spread forty-one. Kitchen still life in biro, Clifton windows, garbage writing (obscured) and @3dtimmy’s coat. 🥛 🏠 🧥
Notebook Ethel, Spread forty-two. Kitchen still life in biro, Clifton windows, garbage writing (obscured) and @3dtimmy’s coat. 🥛 🏠 🧥
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. 🏖 🏰 🏊♀️
Notebook Ethel, spread Forty-Four. More Cornish drawings, Godrevy Ligjthouse, garbage writing and stables. ✍️ 💡 🐴
Notebook 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. 🕸 🏔 ✏️
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. ✍ 📓 👞
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
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.
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!
Daily mini-maps, plans for website, doodles and the like.
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.
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.
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.
Incorporating Dismaland visit and the completion of the pub drawing.
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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: E thel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.