Monday, 8 November 2010
Saturday, 16 October 2010
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
Friday, 27 August 2010
One of a few pictures I made in a hurry to illustrate parts of the history of the Trojan war. I don't think I like this painting much. It's so very stiff. And Aegisthus' legs are definitely odd, I can't tell why. But there's something about Clytemnestra's face, a feeling I was trying to imagine and catch, that almost came right. And Cassandra's shade in the doorway is OK too. I think I have learned some lessons. Number one: never get cocky about watercolours.
Here's sketches of Ullyses' old nurse being surprised. Sadly she did not come out at all as nice in the eventual drawing...
Friday, 20 August 2010
I went to Russia! May I bore you with some photographs? I did think I was collecting lions - but it turns out any number of other creatures crept in. The cat is a rather fluffy and endearing Behemoth, drawn in the stairwell up to the flat where Bulgakov lived.
Apparently this scene is not one of decapitation as cure for toothache. They are characters from the Russian story of the little ball of dough, which pretty much matches the Gingerbread Man. Naughty baked goods get their come-uppance the world over i guess.
A few of the front covers of comics the kids made by the end of the week's workshops I ran at the end of July. Sorry the quality is rather poor.. Come Friday, they'd produced a good few truly epic and hilarious stories to surprise and no doubt delight their lucky reading public.
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
Thursday, 8 July 2010
I was trying to knit a hat for baby Sam, but without a pattern. The first one came out rather tiny:
Just perfect for a little bear - it seems a shame to take it from him. Anyway I don't think it could have accommodated a baby for long, unless very scrawny. So i had another tangle with the wool.
...or too small for bears this time.
But hopefully just right for the intended wearer!
Wednesday, 7 July 2010
Friday, 18 June 2010
Thursday, 10 June 2010
Wednesday, 2 June 2010
I've made a painting for a friend who wanted a picture of Heidi's bed in the hayloft. So that meant I had to go back and read parts of the book again. As bedrooms go it does sound magic
As she lay on the large soft bed in the hay loft, with Heidi near her, she looked out through the round open window right into the middle of the shining clusters of stars...
Sunday, 30 May 2010
These are drawings from a book I just finished last week. It's very short, and has no words, and I can't tell whether the story makes sense or not... also some of the work is pretty scruffy thanks to my using soft coloured pencils without realising they smudge so easily. But as a first try with the crayons, I do like parts of it. the top two details especially. It's getting closer to a kind of drawing I'm chasing after at the moment.