I’ve been working on a lot of things recently that I can’t share, and some other things that I can share, but they aren’t ready yet.
I’ve also been finding the time to draw for myself, spending more time in my sketchbook, not posting everything and just enjoying drawing again.
This has lead to having a few hours spare this week to do a quick bit of personal work..
What’s this? A blog post?
A couple of months ago Canadian Running Magazine approached me to do a piece for an article on “Running into the Wild.” A piece focusing on the dangers that are lurking out in and around Canadian trails.
I tend to think in lines and mark making, and so colour is always something I have to push myself to work on. I’m always trying to find a way for colour to compliment my drawing as opposed to just being there because “that’s the colour skin should be…”
For this image I tried to limit the number of colour layers I was using, and deciding on the palette before really getting into the detailing. I think it’s worked here, giving a good feeling of torchlight to the scene, but I could have been stricter and applied the same palette to the runner. That probably would have forced me to push the gent into becoming a glowing edged silhouette, drawing more focus further into the scene, whilst keeping the subject a little more anonymous and more of an “every-man.” Either way, it’s easy to say that with hindsight and without a deadline! I think it’s a technique to experiment with more.
Illustrators, artists, observers: Is there anything you can suggest when it comes to comfort with working with colour? Any techniques you’ve used to improve your eye for palettes?
It seems odd to me that I spend so much time working on representing the world in lines that I would love to hear how others do the same in a less monotone way.
For the WHOLE of this year I’m going to try to post something from my sketchbook for every day of the year. It’s a great way to make sure I draw something everyday, which really helps me feel like I’ve achieved something on long slow days with paperwork and commission hunting, or when I work away in boring places. PLUS you, the viewer, get a sneaky peak into my brain via the pages of my sketchbook doodles.
January is almost done, and it’s going well, so it’s time to let the world in on my secret.
So heres the deal, visit sketchbook-everyday.tumblr.com and I’ll pic my favourite page of my sketchbook for each day and post for your viewing pleasure.
More Fantastic Four…
A christmas treat. A picture of me as the invisible (wo?)man from the fantastic four.
All will become, a bit, clearer soon…
Right! That’s it for now, I’m off to have a christmas holiday.
I’ll be back soon, stay warm and enjoy yourselves!
This mornings warm up doodle. in GIF form.
I made this leaving present/gig poster for a friend who is heading off to Australia.
Have fun out there!
So this is (probably) the last of this years Movember portraits, the full set will be viewable on my website soon, and they are also spread over the last few posts.
Each of the portraits was created for a minimum of a £10 donation to the Movember cause and were created in my spare time this month with 1-2 hours spent on each persons happy, furry, faces.
All together I raised £340, which contributed to a total on the Gallery of Mo site of over £7000.
Above you’ll see the ink-shaved chin of the brilliant comedian and presenter Adam Buxton who donated £100 before sending a very cross reference photo of his furry face. This has of course led to to revisit some old podcasts of the Adam and Joe Show which means that all subsequent portraits have “giggle wiggles” in the ink work.
Thanks to everyone who donated, I had a lot of fun working on my portraiture skills and doing some good with my otherwise fairly self serving inky hands.