Friday, 25 February 2011

Getting to Grips…

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I have been tinkering with my website recently. One major change was getting to grips with a new web authoring program called WebPlus x4 by Serif. Having used Dreamweaver Mx for the past few years,  the frustrations it created getting simple things done, like text and image alignment, had come to a head. WebPlus is much better to use. I’m not a web designer, but I like the look of a nicely turned out web page and WebPlus is aimed squarely at someone like me.

Automation is a good thing when I have no inclination to get to grips with HTML code and technology in website presentation has gone far beyond what I could ever hope to achieve. Saying that my website is still pretty simple.

I wanted to stream line the drawing things I have done in the past so have concentrated mainly on the projects I want to continue to do, which is the drawn storytelling in  theatre,  comics and books.

And maybe get away from drawing Devils all the time, I don’t want to attract their playful attention any more than necessary.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

SketchBookery, A Couple of Devils


Unrelated doodles from my sketchbook. Drawn freehand with a Ball Point Pen and Water Colour. It’s been a fine day out side with birds Twittering (and Face Booking. Oh… never mind) away, even managed to get out on my bicycle for a bit of manly exercise. Didn’t go well, ended up in a near feint (White out vision and unplugged hearing, you know the sort of thing), due to the lack of exercise I’ve had in the past few months.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Devils and Dry Biscuits

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Sketches made while watching Ben Haggarty perform The Tsar, The Devil and 3 Dry Biscuits at the Unicorn Theatre 19th February 2011.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Drawing Practise and the Necessity to Do It

So while I spend my days formatting a book, I am also trying to get some drawing practise in. Images from the web and clippings from news papers are useful for this. My brain is occupied with the minutiae of designing and illustrating a book of Oral History Stories for Agbrigg & Belle Vue, which needs to go to print mid March, and I’m aware my drawing hand is out of practice.
This is a sketch of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, poet and author of The Soul’s Expression. I can’t remember how I got to the web page with a tiny grayscale picture of Liz, but I liked it enough to make my version of her in my sketchbook. Not happy to present just the sketch I decided to put a digital overlay over the top of the original ball point pen drawing.

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Prisoner Chit Chat
And these two scoundrels are conspirators in the assassination of members of the American government led by John Wilkes Booth 1865. At this point in the day I have a sick headache, so I’m listening to electronic/industrial ambient music on my head phones with a blanket to keep warm. Can’t remember where the words came from, just a mix up from a mash up from what I was listening to. Note to Self: Cross hatching can be very therapeutic in these circumstances.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Unicorn Theatre, I’m On My Way…

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Ben Haggarty, international storyteller, is performing at the Unicorn Theatre 15 –20th February, and for part of it he’s using the drawings I did for him for The Rabigoodbegone Kamishibai (紙芝居), literally "paper drama" style storytelling. Most splendid.