Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Monday, 25 February 2008

Lurking in the Bushes...

Dip pen and ink with grey ink wash in a large Moleskine sketchbook.

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Miss Prim

Started the day off by drawing for an hour at Wakefield Museum. I was grateful for the chance to draw inside as fog and snow descended upon Wakefield. I drew the figures and props on location, then back at the studio, a few minutes walk away (I spent more time in the lift getting to my room on the third floor than I did walking the frozen streets between the museum and the studio), I inked in the panel divisions and added a few bits and pieces to make it more of a 'story' and then added a wash. This is how I shall remember the morning.

Work in Progress 1

Benedict needs photo reference and a guide around Wakefield, so we're kind of hanging out looking for interesting things. I should be drawing but it is too cold, I manage the sketch on the left on location but really, I need to be comfortable to create. This again is a work in progress as the page on the right needs a poingant and emotional ending.

Works in Progress 2

I have also been working on this today. The photo shows it about half way finished. I left the very obvious defects in the drawing, the size of the curly weather vane bit compared to the dome for instance, and the building angles and the details and the.... (I'll stop there) as I enjoyed the process of drawing more than the action of erasing and getting the details right, it was killing the joy of drawing for me.

Monday, 18 February 2008

Changes to Coronation Gardens

The drawing on the right is from the corner of Laburnam Road and Rishworth Street in Wakefield where they have opened up the Coronation Gardens. It was a snugg little seating area and hide-a-way from the bustle of roads and shops and was favoured by drunks, the homeless, students bunking off and artists. Fence and walls and seats have been removed and a big ol' tree cropped back to make it all the more inviting. I hope the benches will return.

Monday, 11 February 2008

Out of the Window...

Spent fifteen minutes in the afternoon looking out of the studio window drawing really quickly with a brush pen. I am coming to the end of my A5 Moleskine sketchbook and I am on the look out for another type of book to draw in. Moleskine are lovely but I was only really happy drawing in them with a dip pen and ink. I found it frustrating and a little bit impractical.


This little book is just a standard A6 sketchbook with standard cartridge paper. After using a Muji notebook (which are no longer stock) I am surprised that there are not more sketchbooks on the market with different types of paper (Laid/ Vellum).

Comparing Sizes

Thought you might be interested in this, the original sketch (bottom right hand corner) is roughly 'A6' (105 x 148mm) size compared to the finished sized drawing panel which is approximatly fifteen inches (381mm) across.

Saturday, 9 February 2008

The Old and The New....

This goes to illustrate what is going on in Wakefield. Buildings that have been around for a long time like the red brick and skewed slate of 'the Old Vicarage' are suddenly put into a new context with the modern pastel coloured architecture of the twenty first century. It makes the Vicarage feel like a gothic mansion that has popped into existence for the next heartbeat, where I have wandered off the path and into the orbit of a perculiar old man who offers...

Monday, 4 February 2008

Comix Voodoo Magic

Okay, so I am using my God given talent to exorcise some frustration here. My lack of control over a situation is re-enacted in a way that makes it light hearted. In reality, being woken up constantly, disrupted sleep patterns and dealing with threatening behaviour on your door step is not the way to generate a harmonious state of well being. So I re-enact the scene, make fun of it, then discard the situation... until next week.
(You can see the page here on my website).

Friday, 1 February 2008

Return to the Railings....

Am I going to get arrested hanging around back streets like this?