Thursday, August 28, 2014
When I am doodling away in my little studio I love to listen to artistic podcasts. It reminds me of being in a group studio whilst studying for my degree, the background chatter of people discussing a very particular subject.
My favourite podcast of the moment is the paperwings podcast (hosted by Lora Innes, Justin Copeland and Chris Oatley) or any of the podcasts created by Chris Oatley. The man seems to be really driven and intent on helping others reach their artistic potential. There is loads of excellent advice available and some really interesting articles on his website.
I don't really use photoshop for colouring but after listening to a few of his casts I have been inspired to give it a go again, using my little wacom bamboo (which I thoroughly recomend).
The podcasts for paperwings are here.
All of the Chris Oatley podcasts are here.
If you get a chance, head over to one of the links and check out the podcasts.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
I really like to study famous people, espcially those from history. Lincoln seems to have changed the world that we live in, he seems to have had a possitive impact on the world. I say seems, there is always a chance that we look back on him with rose tinted lenses, though it does look like he was a really powerful and important man.
I like the challenge of capturing the likeness of the person and linking that likeness with representative items from their life.
You can find out more about the man by visiting these websites
White House Lincoln page
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
I use techniques that would be very familiar to artists like Tenniel, Dulac and Searle. I love a bit of dip pen action, even though you do get covered in ink. Also, your floor gets covered in ink if you are not careful.
I have thought about where my love for drawing and illustration comes from and I have decided that the history books that I used to read at secondary school we a big influence on my artistic sensibilities. The cartoons from the two world wars as well as the victorian cartoons about poverty and vice really ingnited my imagination. I have a collection of books on the subject over politcal cartoons my favourite of which is a the cartoon century. In honour of the publication that was responsible for many of the wonderful cartoons created to illustrate the events of the last century, I have created mr punch. Punch magazine has a wonderful website and I suggest that you go and have a look at it.
Monday, August 25, 2014
Ronal Searle is one of my all time heroes, both as an artist and as a person. He had an interesting tour of duty during the second world war, nearly dying several times in a prisoner of war camp. During his time in the camp he risks everything to steal/borrow/improvise paper to draw on. You can see his war drawings in the book To the Kwai and Back. His life has been captured in a biography by Russell Davies. I love the line and wash that he used to create his images. I was always aware of the St. Trinians images but I didn't grow to love his work until I saw his reportage illustrations.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
My fingers are completely covered in ink and I have loved drawing this. I used dr martins india ink and a selection of brause and hunt nibs as well as my trusty rotring isograph (also filled with india ink).
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
I love Cult pens. They have a wonderful new website which is easy to navigate. They have a huge range of pens and supplies, some of which are quite hard to track down anywhere else like some of the fude pens. They carry whole ranges of colours for several brands that I use daily, like copic and diamine, and they always have something new and interesting to lust after. They have a quick turn around on their orders and I normally get my delivery two days after I have placed my order.
I would like it if they had slightly more sketchbooks, though I would probably go to the Jacksons or Lawrence website for those sorts of things.
What made me even happier with this particular delivery was that they sent me a free sample. The free sample was a faber castell 'no-dust' rubber. I use one of these rubbers all the time and my current one is on it's last legs. Thank you cult pens.