Inkblots

A series of inkblots. Created a little while ago, in the midst of other deadlines, in a fit of desperation to make-and-finish something, anything. Even so the accordion set did not please me. The textures on the larger pages were interesting (Winsor & Newton Indian Ink, dropped or swirled or spattered into patches of water).

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A parrot. The eternal game of finding patterns in ink and kettles and clouds.

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A story. Another game, of finding a tale in the structure created by something else — in this case, something to connect ten inkblot drawings (it turned into a little story for patrons).

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Art or writing activities:

  • Make inkblots.
  • Find other ways of making inkblot-equivalents. Dropped scarves become landscapes. Homewares become historical personages. Take photos of strange clouds.
  • Find pictures in them. Draw or describe them into greater clarity.
  • Take eight (or five, or three — the number will attract a story-shape, but any number will do) of any of the above. Fix up a story (graphic or written) to fit them.

Read and Seen — March 2020

March was… certainly a month, so I didn’t get drawings done, much read, or this post up at the end of it.

But over the last few months I did seem to read quite a bit (entirely, or partially) about time and lives and disguises and occasional plot-incidental cats, so here is a sketch:

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It is said you can’t bring anything through that wasn’t yours to begin with… but that doesn’t stop them following.

Books:

Movies

  • Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears (I am very glad this was my last movie at the cinema — it was also interesting for the clarity with which it stated, affirmed, and stuck the landing of its genre/aesthetic choices)

Several of these show up again in my Notes on Books in the observation journal, so I might have more to say later

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Bat Time, Bat Channel

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Claire just reminded me of this today: Back in 2018, I sent some fashionable bat sketches to C.S.E. Cooney and Carlos Hernandez, and people wrote poems about them, which was delightful and hilarious.

Bat-Folk: A Virtual Anthology Based on the Art of Kathleen Jennings

Bats are delightful to draw, and the more bats one draws, the simpler it is to classify people one meets by the variety of bats they would be.

You know you’ve met them.

Here’s a little piece I did a year or two ago for those patrons who get monthly stories. (They are also up on various things in black-and-white on tanaudel.redbubble.com: Bats and stars).

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And of course not forgetting all the bats drawn for Stray Bats by Margo Lanagan:

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This was another project which at least began fairly spontaneously, although it ended with me spending three days running around London in a heatwave looking for a suitable scanner.

(Also, if you’re in Western Massachusetts, a lot of the original art and sketches for Stray Bats is at Book Moon Books).

Illustration Friday: Poof!

Poof!

This week’s Illustration Friday theme became (indirectly) a 150 word short story written and illustrated on sticky notes and titled “The Entymologist”. This is a further working-up of the cover drawing. Comments and criticism are always welcome.

Here is a teaser of some other sketches. You never know, something may come of them*.

The Entymologist

*That is not a promise.

FINISHED!

NaNo Winner

The Write-in Worked

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18,631 / 50,000
(37.3%)

The story… well, it hasn’t progressed as such, but I’ve developed some conspiracy theories.