So I've been drawing. I don't know how you'd go about classifing them, I guess they're somewhere between a vague form of illustration and a doodle. Doodlestration? Another word like "ghostaroid" that I'll forget I ever used.
I've actually been doing a lot more drawing than anything else. Though I still really think of myself as a 'photographer' and that photography is my 'thing', working full time all the time doesn't lend very well to being able to set up and shoot the sort of things that I want to achieve in the studio. Drawing is something I can do when I have a free moment, pretty much wherever I am. The whole process of sketching something, erasing MASSIVE parts of it that I'm not happy with, re-sketching and then inking is totally therapeutic. It's also something I can do while playing video games or watching Buffy.
As a matter of fact, screw my drawings. I'm going to write this post about what I'm playing at the moment - Bioshock Infinite
It's good and I like playing it.
Ok. So, I don't have much to say on that at the moment. Let's try...
Ok, no. Maybe another day.
Back to whatever it was I was talking about before. As I have updated my gallery with an illustrations section
I thought I'd take this opportunity to post a few of the things I've been drawing to practice my skills. I'm still learning a lot about shading and shadows and what makes a face a face and things like that.
So here we go.
So one thing I've really wanted to improve on is drawing faces. When it comes to photography, I do a lot of portraits. Over time, I just came to realise that most of the images that I was happiest with were of people, and people are fun to work with. So it seems to me that it makes sense that I'm trying to get better at drawing people also. I'm not sure why I've written that like I'm trying to convince myself that's the truth.
So these are some of the most recent drawings I've done. We'll sort of be going reverse chronological, starting with the more recent and heading back through time.
Old acquaintance, but a new friend - Charlie has colourful hair. So I thought I'd take my first step into the world of using colour in my drawings. I snapped open a felt tip pen and dunked it in a glass of water and painted with the furry insides. Came out kinda cool!
I have titled this "An Illustration of a person who may be, but probably isn't, comic book artist Kate Leth." Kate Leth is a Canadian webcomic artist...well, that's kind of all I have to say. Immediate cool points awarded based on pure description. But this image is based on a photo from her instagram, but it also looks like it could be Brody Dalle. The fact that I drew something that looked like anybody is pure amazement to me. But anyway, I've no idea how I came across her website but I have a feeling it might be some sort of Adventure Time or Ryan Pequin related tweet or link on a wiki.
Either way, I like the way she thinks
Go check her stuff out, she resides here, here and here.
So along with people, I decided to draw my second favourite thing. Batman.
The idea behind was this was it was meant to be drawn from a description of someone who had seen Batman attacking someone, presumably a criminal. So it's kind of this creepy, unnatural, deformed shape stooped over someone, questioning them or checking their pulse or I don't know. That's why there's a pair of legs just coming out of nowhere.
Now here's a little look into how I design some of my posters for the Duke of York's cinema. I've also done this sort of comparison before with my poster for the Korean monster movie 'The Host', but this ones more directly related to drawings and sketches.
I saw a incredibly interesting documentary recently called Blackfish, which explores the history and treatment of killer whales in captivity. Whether you like it as a documentary or not, it really is an emotional piece of film and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in animals. I drew this with help from my rather cool drawing nib, nib holder and pot of ink, bough from Pen to Paper in Brighton. They're an amazing shop of notebooks and drawing supplies!!
I couldn't even begin to start to explain why I drew this.
Slightly Twin Peaks inspired cup of coffee.
Drawn after a really good christmas. I think I felt I had to draw something depressing to balance it out.
I felt it totally necessary to sign and date this doodle, so it must have had some importance? Can anyone tell me what the importance is?
This is the facical expression of a man who wakes up one morning, looks in the bathroom mirror and sees that he has started to grow tentacles. On his face.
Everyone's favourite Jhonen Vasquez created robot dog G.I.R reimagined as a cat. Pure genius if I do say so myself. This is the oldest thing I've included in this post, this must have been from about 2007.
So that's a nice little collection of things that I've drawn. Now for an image of something someone else has drawn for me.
The year was 2010. The month was December. I had decided that Scott Pilgrim was one of the best films I had ever seen and GOD why couldn't more films be made with that much attention to detail in every tiny little aspect of it - but yes it was 2010, for sure. Edgar Wright was doing a signing at Forbidden Planet in London, and me being the awkward gentle boy that I am, decided it would be a good idea to not just get him to sign my Scott Pilgrim DVD.
Just for the record, I have a bad history of awkwardly getting famous people to sign things. I once asked Amanda Palmer if I could take her photo with my polaroid camera, and then she insisted on me hanging around so we could do more. Like, a polaroid of her holding a polaroid of her holding a polaroid. WHICH WAS GREAT. Like, actually pretty awesome. I think I probably felt it was really awkward at the time though.
|A much younger, beardless me with AFP|
ANYWAY, I asked Mr. Wright if he could draw a little self portrait of himself for me. And he did. And here it is, on the internet proper for the first time.
|A Handsome Chap|
WELL THAT'S ALL FOR TODAY. Oh, except I did this
My t-shirt collection is so large that I decided to document a month of wearing different t-shirts. Damn, I'm interesting.
So now that's all for today. I hope you have a bloody lovely weekend.