Project Ethel (27.05.14 – 07.01.16): Pages 40-47

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). 🌿🐕✍️
CoatandWindowPage
Notebook Ethel, Spread forty-one. Kitchen still life in biro, Clifton windows, garbage writing (obscured) and @3dtimmy’s coat. 🥛 🏠 🧥
GlassAndListPageNotebook Ethel, Spread forty-two. Kitchen still life in biro, Clifton windows, garbage writing (obscured) and @3dtimmy’s coat. 🥛 🏠 🧥
BeachPage
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. 🏖 🏰 🏊‍♀️
LightHousePageNotebook Ethel, spread Forty-Four. More Cornish drawings, Godrevy Ligjthouse, garbage writing and stables. ✍️ 💡 🐴
FanPageFBNotebook 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. 🕸 🏔 ✏️

Project Ethel (27.05.14 – 07.01.16): Pages 33-39

Notebook Ethel, Spread Thirty-Two. Early dinosaur choreography for what was to become “Dino Death Match”, full CG prehistoric animal project. 🦖 💃 📓
Notebook Ethel, Spread Thirty-Three. Early dinosaur choreography for what was to become “Dino Death Match”, full CG prehistoric animal project. 🦖 💃 📓
Notebook Ethel, Spread Thirty-Four. More workings for “Dino Death Match”, render planning, lists, visualisations etc. 📓 🦖 ✍️
Notebook Ethel, Spread Thirty-Four. More workings for “Dino Death Match”, render planning, lists, visualisations etc. 📓 🦖 ✍️
Notebook Ethel, Spread Thirty Five. Mind map and storyboard for Dino Death Match, here referred to as NanoTrex as the programme focused on a fossil discovery of a “baby” Tyrannosaurus which some contested was actually a new species named the Nanotyrannosaur. Storyboarding behaviours, deciding render settings and shot timings. etc 🕷 🦖 🔬
Notebook Ethel, Spread Thirty Five. Mind map and storyboard for Dino Death Match, here referred to as NanoTrex as the programme focused on a fossil discovery of a “baby” Tyrannosaurus which some contested was actually a new species named the Nanotyrannosaur. Storyboarding behaviours, deciding render settings and shot timings. etc 🕷 🦖 🔬
Notebook Ethel, Spread Thirty-Six. Website planning. During the last few years I have been “gardening”(?) my blog, more building a record of thoughts, art, work, notes and personal history than for actual self promotion. I have been doing this using WordPress with the intention that I can go self hosted at some point when I have the spare energy and resources to make that happen.  This mind map is a plan of this process from a few years ago. I still work on this as many time in a week as I can manage. Hopefully it can become something that will survive the too and fro of Sofia media silos. It’s still a work in progress. It’s not finished and it’s not perfect, but it’s very much mine and become more mine the more time I have a chance to put in.  #isleofblogging #linkinbio ✍️🕷🗺
Notebook Ethel, Spread Thirty-Six. Website planning. During the last few years I have been “gardening”(?) my blog, more building a record of thoughts, art, work, notes and personal history than for actual self promotion. I have been doing this using WordPress with the intention that I can go self hosted at some point when I have the spare energy and resources to make that happen. This mind map is a plan of this process from a few years ago. I still work on this as many time in a week as I can manage. Hopefully it can become something that will survive the too and fro of Social media silos. It’s still a work in progress. It’s not finished and it’s not perfect, but it’s very much mine and become more mine the more time I have a chance to put in. #isleofblogging #linkinbio ✍️🕷🗺
Notebook Ethel, Spread Thirty-Seven. Garbage writing stories with bad illustrations. 📓✍️🖼
Notebook Ethel, Spread Thirty-Seven. Garbage writing & stories with bad illustrations. 📓✍️🖼
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bm7-N80BmCL/?taken-by=burningfp
Notebook Ethel, Spread Thirty-Eight.
Mind map, notes, doodles and lists for the graphics and CGI in what was to become “Countdown to Life”, then called 9 Months., which followed the development of the human foetus through the 9 months of gestation.
🗺 👶 📓
Notebook Ethel: Spread Thirty-Nine.
Garden chair, ornamental bush and garbage writing. Ornamental bush is a bit hidden in the mess, but it is there.
🌳✍️🛋

The Codex Rotundus

Great Post on the Codex Rotundus from Book Addiction UK:

Book Addiction

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The manuscripts and codices which survive from the late 15th century are often large and lavish affairs and usually conform to certain norms in terms of shape. But this curious and unusual little gem, which takes its name ‘Codex Rotundus’ from its unique shape, measures just over 9 centimeters across and is circular.  Its 266 pages are bound along a spine just 3cm long, so small that three clasps are needed to help keep it closed.  Thought to have been rebound in the 17th century, the original clasps which help hold the tiny codex together, were reused. As so many of the manuscripts from this period, it is a devotional text -a lavishly illuminated Book of Hours in Latin and French.

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Remnants of a coat of arms, which a subsequent owner appears seems to have tried to obliterate, in the first initial ‘D’ suggests that it was created for Adolf of Cleves…

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Split

This is an incredible book of many intense stories of the process and survival of divorce. It doesn’t sound like a barrel of laughs as a concept but give it time and there’s joy, inspiration, hope, sadness, hilarity, devastation, fun and beauty.

It is an intense read, especially in the knowledge that it is all true, and as someone who has not experienced this directly (I think another reviewer has said this) an incredible window into a world that is not often written about. That intensity might be why it’s taken me so long to finish. I generally have five or so books on the go. I didn’t want to binge this, I wanted to remember each one so I took my time.

Looking forward to other publications from Fiction and Feeling.

Heavily recommended.

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. 📓 🕷 💓

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.

The future, in fiction, is a metaphor.

“All fiction is metaphor. Science fiction is metaphor. What sets it apart from older forms of fiction seems to be its use of new metaphors, drawn from certain great dominants of our contemporary life—science, all the sciences, and technology, and the relativistic and the historical outlook, among them. Space travel is one of these metaphors; so is an alternative society, an alternative biology; the future is another. The future, in fiction, is a metaphor.

A metaphor for what?

If I could have said it non-metaphorically, I would not have written all these words, this novel…”

 –  Ursula K. Le Guin, 1976 Foreword to The Left Hand of Darkness (via Nearlya)