Life Drawing 14_10_10

Blimey, that’s a bit of a surprise… almost entirely straight drawings from this evening’s Life Class. Not a head worm in sight, and only one slightly meaty hunchback.

I wonder why that was? Perhaps it was because today was a new sketchbook day, or I’m using a pencil that’s not entirely worn down to the nubbin. Who knows. I’m beginning to think about using inks and some sort of nibbed pen instead of the old faithful karismacolor Black pencil crayon. I’ve been in a bit of a quandry as Karismacolor no longer exists (and hasn’t done for some time…) with what to replace my trusted medium with. I’ve just realised that Berol made Karismacolor pencils, so that explains why they disappeared, but I digress. I love dip pen and ink, but its inconvenient and messy unless you are at a drawing board – so what to use for life class? Its a joyous world of discovery! I must get colour into my work somehow, but that’s a longer term goal. I’m circling round the idea of using inks to make tracing vector shapes from the drawings in Illustrator an easier process and colouring digitally, but digital colour? …its just, not right. hmmm… Anyways, read on to see tonights’ selection of images, lower volume this week as I stuck to 15 minute poses to get a more finished picture -> Continue reading Life Drawing 14_10_10

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Special Prize for my 100th Twitter Follower: @plymptoonsdoc

This Squidgy Blob, just for you Alexia Anastasio! (@plymptoonsdoc) enjoy!

@plymtoonsdoc

Twitter is ace! so lets share the love. Just so happens that I love Bill Plymptons’ films and a couple will feature in my animation classics segment – ’25 Ways to Quit Smoking’, ‘Push Comes to Shove’, ‘Your Face’… and more. Huzzah for the twitterverse and its tweeps and  twitterati!

Animation Classic No.1

I’ve been thinking about resurrecting this bit for a little while now. When I first started out using twitter for my company Evans & Finch I posted a daily feed of animation classics, both for my own amusement in tracking down great forgotten films and to provide a bit of light entertainment to anyone following our stream. I recently found this list of animated gems that I posted and I’m feeling saucy, so I’m bringing them back! It won’t be daily as before, but certainly regular. So to kick things off I’m going to start with my 3 top favourites of all time – the first being, ‘The Cat Came Back‘ – by Cordell Barker

I remember vividly the very first time I ever saw this cartoon. I used to religiously watch ‘Rolf Harris‘ cartoon time’ as a kid in the 80’s. I absolutely loved it. My dad even built me a drawing board just like Rolf’s, took me to WHSmith’s in Boston 10 miles away to track down some big fat marker pens and I used to draw along with Rolf!  Read on…

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Life Drawing 07_10_10

When Life Drawing goes bad!  Looks like this blog is going to be a warts and all type affair… so be it. I’m knackered, got a stinking cold that won’t quit and too much work to do to be able to take any time off to recover. boo hoo, wah, wah.

I suppose its the way things have always been with Life Class, sometimes it goes great, sometimes its like drinking sick. So fill your boots and read on to see what happens when things don’t go to plan. There’s a perverse kind of pleasure posting up drawings that I think are fundamentally a bit shit… so lets go with it

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The Man from Del Cropley… he say Yes!

Its Sunday (day of rest?) and I’ve been at work all day (sigh… again.) so lets wind up with a cup of tea, a chocolate hobnob and some classic photoshop sillyness…

The Man from Del Cropley... he say Yes!

I created this in early 2000 on my 1st PC, a Pentium 3 500MHz beast utilising a cutting edge 1 Megapixel digital camera (which was the size of a small housebrick). Nearly 11 years later and the processor in my new phone is twice as powerful as that PC. Had loads of fun taking ridiculous pictures of myself and grafting them onto a composite of the apple tree in my then garden. Lets call it an homage to the crappy Del Monte Orange juice ads of yesteryear…