Saturday, 22 December 2007

Only Another Four To Go...

I have reached the end of my first roll of 10m long paper, these pictures show me working on the last image to go on, which is all good. It means I can get back after Christmas and start a new role.

Thursday, 20 December 2007

Another Image from 'The Wall'..

This happened last week, I thought it was good that I wasn't the only one out looking at the sights of Wakefield at dusk.

Tuesday, 18 December 2007

'The Frozen Claw'

I am fast approaching the end of my first 10m role of paper, here's an excerpt from a recent bit. As Christmas is fast approaching I want to finish this role and get a new one under way for the New Year. The cold days have hampered the joy of drawing outside a bit but I have plenty of reference stuff in my sketch book to keep me busy.

I think that my sketch book never looks how other peoples sketch books look, you know all in a 'style' with lots of thought, I love the way that working from my book is effecting my finished drawings .

Friday, 14 December 2007

Santa.... Sunglasses Please

It was so bright this morning by the Waterfront that I had trouble seeing clearly, the sun bleached out my retinas as I made this sketch.

Sunday, 9 December 2007

Watch Your Letterbox...

Spent the day preparing fot the Westgate Sudios launch and open evening tomorrow night 7 - 9pm, be there or.... well just try to be there alright. When I wasn't 'preparing' I was printing off my Christmas card, so friends, keep an eye on your letterboxes, they are on their way, kind of, after I've got stamps and envelopes.

Mini Sketchbook

This is a page from a mini diary/sketchbook I've been keeping and features a man impervious to the harsh winter cold we had on Saturday. How I wish I could be like that instead of the frozen rake that I am in winter.

Thursday, 6 December 2007

'Old Faithful'

I have had this Rotring pen for 22 years and it's still a good pen to write and draw with. The graphics have long gone off the side, I think it's an Isograph with refillable cartridge. My first employers gave me a set of drawing pens with compasses way back in the eighties when I was doing stuff... with graphics.

Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Bull Ring Sunset

These spreads were done sitting in the Bull Ring late afternoon with the sun setting to my left. I was a bit exposed and wary of two people to my right who seemed to be up to something, they were taking mobile phone pictures of the sunset, which was the most 'Hi-Def LCD monitor' blue and orange saturation you could ask for.

I started to plan out a comic page then realised I was working in poor light, poor for drawing in . Wakefield by night is great this time of year with the shops and decorative lights in the trees by the Cathedral, very 'York' like I would say.

Monday, 3 December 2007

Wild and Windy and Rain and Hail and Sun

I started this drawing just as the clouds gathered yet again, and another bout of 'strange weather' moved in. It rained enough to make the ink a bit wetter and I sort of worked with that adding a bit more back at the studio.

Thursday, 29 November 2007

Sketch Book Stuff....

Went out with dip pen and ink on to the mean streets of Wakefield (well over by the retail units really), watercolour wash added later back at the studio.

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Why Reproduce Reality...?

Today has been bad in that I had one of my headache and sickness days (I maintain, brought on by watching the film 'Syriana' with George Clooney). So although I have felt queasy and uneasy all day I am surprised that I have enjoyed drawing.

I attended a talk at Wakefield Art Gallery by William Rea a lecturer at the University of Leeds about 'Yoruba' sculpture and enjoyed it. I didn't know a thing about the subject, but connected on a base level with the use of the 'everyday' as a subject matter for their work.

Afterwards I went back to the studio, agonised about my role as an artist, then walked around Wakefield in the rain for a bit, I didn't feel any better headache wise but I started drawing these pages with a dip pen and ink and enjoyed the process. I was listening to the Sigur Ros (-) album as well, which added an 'other worldly' feeling to what I was doing, which is something I want in my work. Why reproduce reality when you can add to it (I like that bit so much I'll use it as the title for this entry?

Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Problem Solved......

I have a problem with the paper rolls unwinding themselves from the drawing board spindles, so I commissioned Helen to go and find me the finest paper roll clips in Wakefield. From the photo, you can see she did admirably, (who would have thought that there is a demand for paper roll clips like this in Wakefield?)

Friday, 23 November 2007

From Sketchbook to Wall....

Photographing this work is difficult with the level of light in the studio, I had to adjust these photos in Photoshop to get rid of the 'grayness' and to represent what the images look like more accurately.

The thing with enlarging a sketch is that it stops being a sketch and becomes a drawing. I am not using a 'device' to enlarge these images from the sketchbook, it's all done by 'eye' alone. The drawing of 'technician Dave up a ladder' for instance, I penciled him five or six times, each time erasing the pencil drawing because the proportions were horrendously out from the sketchbook. The sketch and the drawing both have a unique quality about them, with the finished drawing being the best representation of the original sketch.

LEFT: Detail from the 'Free Bus' image. The bigger drawing take longer to do which gives me time to think about adding and editing the image as I work on it. My original sketch didn't show the reflection of the woman's face in the bus window, I thought it needed something to make the back of her head a bit more human.

Monday, 19 November 2007

First Drawings on the Paper Roll

At last, I have bitten the bullet and started drawing on the first roll of paper. When lighting conditions permit I'll get a close up photo of the line work. The paper is great to draw on, smooth and white, this bit of drawing took 8 hours to complete, I was nervous and questioning every mark I made, plan all you like but the actual 'doing' is nothing like you think it will be.

(MATERIALS: I am using Artline Calligraphic 2.0 Pens to go over rough pencil guide lines, then using Rohrers ink and a size 8 Winsor & Newton brush to fill in the blacks, adding a number 4 warm Grey maker pen for a bit of tone. Easy!?)

Thursday, 15 November 2007

Life in Wakefield Drawings.....

After all the studio shenanigans I get around to getting outside and doing some drawings in my sketch book.

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

New Studio... Continues

Finally got a role of paper delivered to try out the turning mech for the drawinhg board. The paper was suppossed to be 1.2 x 10 metres but turned out to be 1.5 high instead. I like it though and think the scale is right for the both the drawing and the space it's going into.

Westgate Studio

This is me to give a bit of scale, I'm 6 foot (ish). The paper acts well against the board and is rigid enough to stay in place flat against the board. The paper sits on turntables either end of the drawing board so that I can move the paper back and forth as I work on it. Well that's the plan, I am still staring at the paper in terror not knowing what the first mark shall be. talking to people it seems I should just get on with it and not worry about making mistakes, I can always order more paper, right?

Monday, 12 November 2007

Studio Views

Looking out the front of the studio and to the right. The main reason for getting this space is to document the changes in the city over the next six months, I think this is a pretty ace spot to do it from.

Westgate Studio in Wakefield

My new studio, early days yet.

8 x 4ft drawing board with spindles waiting for the roll of paper to arrive.....

Saturday, 10 November 2007

Outside the supermarket.....

I met this man outside Sainsbury's last week and he started chatting away while I was repacking my bag and unlocking my bike from a rail. It's amazing how many topics can be covered in a short space of time when you remember a conversation.

Thursday, 1 November 2007

Morphing Pumpkin Heads

Click on the image.... go on I dare you.....

Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Christmas Spirits

Although it's Halloween I have been working on my Christmas card, to me the two are entwined in their myths and human interpretation.

Drawn freehand with dip pen and ink on a scrap of card I found laying around. I will colour it in with Photoshop when I get the time. I am busy with a big project at the moment which will take me through to April and around that I'm doing other nice projects too. I'm not bragging, it's just nice to be occuppied and 'wanted' at this moment in time, having experienced seasonal slumps in the past

New Sketchbooks

Waterstones have got a three for two offer on Moleskines at the moment, I bought a large sketchbook and a 2008 diary and got another large sketch, for nearly free. (The lower priced item is the free one).

They cost a lot more than I would normally pay for a drawing book but having used smaller Moleskines to doodle in I am converted. I love using dip pen and ink in them and the 13 x 21cm size is just perfect, not too big and not too small. With luck I am going to use them on the 'big project' that will be starting soon.

Saturday, 13 October 2007

Thursday, 4 October 2007

The Joy of Pencils

Things have been a bit sporadic on the drawing side of things, I blame the time of year, the change of the seasons, the cold weather, the warm weather and my body not having proper thermostatic control.

I have updated my website a bit, no real new content that you lucky people haven't already seen on the blog, but it is a start. I have been drawing with bog standard HB pencils recently and getting all excited, my brief foray into dip pen and ink a few weeks ago was fun but felt like it was a bit out of control (in a sloppy way, not a reassuring finding myself way). I remember running a workshop and telling someone how great dip pen and ink was, and that they should have ago, their response was, that they were brought up writing and drawing with dip pens in India, which is a great thing in it's self, they just wanted to have a go with marker pens. I went through school using pencils and have always thought they were at the lower end of mark making implements, how wrong of me. And you can rub the drawing out if you don't like it - just like the undo on a computer. The upshot of all this rambling is I am dead excited about drawing and want to get cracking on more diary pages again. Hurah!

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Sunday, 23 September 2007

Friday, 21 September 2007

Pen & Ink

Pen and ink cat studies.

Friday, 31 August 2007

Day by Day Diary Pages August 2007

And in August 2007 it all came to a grinding halt. The cartoony and colourful drawing of the past few months ended in good old black and white. It wasn't a time thing , I think I still had the time to make the pages it was just that old chestnut... motivation. If I had to draw ‘me’ doing something mundane one more time I would scream.