Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Running, Drawing, Taking Notes


I spotted a small patch of Snow Drops in the park today and then promptly set about drawing another broken, gnarly tree. This got me thinking that Spring is there waiting to do its thing.



I use my phone to take reference photos. I aim to do 80% of the sketchbook drawing on site and a photo is good for referring back to what I was drawing. It also provides me with the time that I started the drawing which is part of my documentation style. Doing the writing back at home just makes for a neater hand for the reader and I can check my atrocious spelling.



If a particular thought occurs to me as I run around the park beforehand then I make a digital note, not worrying too much if it makes sense. Sometimes auto correct is a pain (deadest > dearest). Its a good way of me remembering as I would never recall the phrase or intention by the time I get home.


Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Contemplating My Own Mortality



A couple of sketchbook pages. Went running around Thornes Park on Tuesday. I usually treat my 40 minute run as a reccy for something interesting to draw in the park, spied this bulbous tentacled tree and returned after my exercise to draw it. Definitely a feeling of an Elder God from this tree.

Wednesday I had a meeting with a client not that far away in Walton and on the way home took a detour to Walton Colliery Nature Park. A cold day but it was really peaceful by the waterside. I planned on colouring this sketch in the evening but the news of Mark E. Smith passing away kinda took the wind out of my sails. I wasn't a huge Fall fan but he obviously had an effect on me, as I spent the evening listening to their music on 6Music contemplating my own mortality.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Losing Control in the Rain


It was sleet and rain today as I ran around the park. I thought I had found a shelter under a tree to draw but there was plenty rain getting through. I use water proof ink in my Parallel Pen, even so the page was soon soaked. Ink transferred to the opposite side in a Rorschach Inkblot meets Chinese Brush Painting effect when I closed the sketchbook to get home and dry out.


It felt kinda nice to lose control over what I was drawing. And it felt nice to get warm and dry out at home too.


Thursday, 18 January 2018

Sketchbook Thornes Park


Found a little corner of the park that I've not explored. Rain is making everything look ultra real. Ivy is a lush green in the shadows. I watched squirrels messing about up in the tree canopy. Marvelling at them hanging on to the end of the very thinnest of branches. Was a bit disturbed when one fell about 15 feet and hit the grass and mud. It didn't seem that phased being dropped on its head, getting up and scampering back into the foliage.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Stormy Weather


Parkland horizon on a stormy day.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Walking the long way home

Hadn't eaten properly by this point, coffee and fudge cake for breakfast in town. Full of cold although I feel pretty chipper at the moment. I'm crossing over Wakefield's park lands and pass the pull up bars at Thornes/Holmfield Park. I try a few pull ups, get to 12 and can do no more. I can normally do 24.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Lurking In The Undergrowth


Drawing outside in grey light and drizzle. Finished most of it back at home. In the warm. Comfortably sat down.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Drawing Practice


Happy New Year.

I'm back out in the parkland's of wakefield with my sketchbook and trainers, trying to keep my drawing practice in tip top condition. Grim winter is here. Mud and low light.