With the Illustration Friday topics, I usually pretend the illustration is to accompany an article on that theme and go from there. I went a little further sideways with this week’s topic and decided to do an illustration for a piece on neologisms and the fun (and problems) of watching language develop through popular media. The reference, of course, is to the Buffy-ism of forming nouns by adding “-age” to, well, everything.
The house is intended to look invented and fantastic, but is also an only-slightly-edited version of the view from my verandah. The hill opposite is so steep the houses on it appear to be balanced on top of the trees.
Comments and critique are always welcome.
(And there are still free bird (and other) prints available).
- I had an epiphany at a Turner exhibit – the importance of boldness. This was the biggest lesson: to be bold in terms of time, line and materials. I have always tended to pale, tentative sketches. The limitations of time and materials forced me to far less subtlety, and I think that is a good thing. You can get away with a lot more if you do it with confidence and flair. I’m still working on both of these, but I am aware of the difference now.
- To appreciate markers and coloured pencils. Not always like, but appreciate.
- The joy of having the book constantly up to date.
- Paying attention to little scenes. I remember places keenly because of a knitting girl or a moldy pumpkin.
- People complicate travel sketching. I am conscious of their possible reaction (both to my sketching and to others’ reactions), time constraints, the need to move at a joint pace rather than individual, the vagueness it lends my half of conversations. I need to practice drawing in company and to stop being rritated by conversations which on drawing time.
- I have become much more comfortable with drawing/sketching from life and have continued this in other sketchbooks since returning.
- I like having a visual record. It is more legible than handwriting alone, I look back at it more frequently than a written journal, and I think it is more self-contained and interesting than a photo album alone.
- I feel less self-conscious about inviting people to look at sketchbook than at photo albums. This is partly vanity and partly because I am never convinced people actually want to look at photos (and I have to sit there and explain them).
Next time I will:
- Take less.
- Ignore perfection – better at all than never.
- Draw more.
- Be bold.
- Make hi-res scans the first time around (still, better at all than never).
I don’t generally read category romance. Not because I write it off as a genre. Like all genres, it has its problems, most of which dovetail with my reasons not to pick up a book. I do at times read non-category books which are packaged as romance (and historicals and ‘novels’ etc), especially Ibbotson and Austen and Heyer. I did spend a miserable week at boarding school laid out with a bad back (or was it after I had my wisdom teeth out) reading through the house mistress’s stash of Mills & Boons because I couldn’t concentrate on a story which took more than 50,000 words (the misery was due to lack of concentration, not what I was concetrating on). A few of the books were astonishingly well written. And the circles I swim in overlap with romance readers and writers from time to time, whose opinions I respect.
So, with that in mind, I read an email today and reacted as follows:
Just don’t give them names!
An illustration in fine black marker and food colouring on watercolour paper. The latter is not the most permanent colour but it has such lovely strong colours and I haven’t found shades of ink which are quite as satisfactory.
Comments and criticism are always welcome.
And in housekeeping news, I have internet access at home again so should be back to more regularly scheduled, not-exclusively-art posts after the long weekend. Oh, and commenting, too.
This Illustration Friday picture was drawn in Corel, which was less daunting after a break. I also tampered with it in Photoshop:
You can see larger versions by clicking on the pictures. I like the second one best, but my mother prefers the original. There is also a blue version.
Comments and criticism are always welcome.
I’m back! Well, I’m back from Thredbo after a rather unexpected jaunt to the “highest mountain on the flattest and lowest continent”. I’m not fully back in action as we don’t have internet access at the house yet, but it’s pending!
More about the media junket, hellish movies and mothers in fiction (or possibly gnome emoticons) to come. In the meantime, here are the left-overs from my encounter with photo printing.
They are all 10X15cm (4×6″) including a narrow white border and printed on DNP Centura photo paper (if you needed to know that) and signed on the back by the artist. Also, they are free!
If you’d like one (or a few) let me know what you’d like in the comments and email me your postal address.
Here’s what I have (click for larger views):
Miss You: 1 gloss
Humbug: 1 gloss, 1 matt
Primitive Bird: 1 gloss, 1 matt
Gold veil: 1 gloss
Hair nest: 1 gloss, 1 matt
Eat your greens: 1 gloss, 1 matt
Stargazer: 1 gloss, 1 matt
Empty speech: 1 gloss, 1 matt
Tea and theories: 1 gloss, 1 matt
Dark and stormy bird: 1 matt
Red bird: 1 gloss, 1 matt