Thursday, 3 August 2017

Gig Sketchbook


Sketchbook diary from last Saturday night (29th July), at a gig organised by Neonworkshops at a secret warehouse location in Wakefield. The electro punk music of Tirikilatops who hail from South Korea and the etheral soundscapes of Sensible Soccers from Portugal.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Nostalgia Sunday


Certain images from the comic 2000AD have the ability to transport me back to being a kid, not any old image mind you. It has to be from the seventies (...perhaps the eighties) and drawn by a handful of artists that went by names like Mike (Weston), Eric (Bradbury), Mick (McMahon)... Carlos. I ended up looking at Ezquerra's art of The Mighty Tharg. I never thought about the likeness the galaxy's greatest editor has with the Mekon. Both green skinned aliens in eyeliner set on world domination.

In his own way, Tharg is winning.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Zatoichi Sketch Quick



Excuse the upside down video. It was in the way so I moved the tripod  I was using thinking I could rotate the clips in Windows Media Maker. Turns out I had uninstalled WMM at the last big Windows 10 update and it's not available to download any more. So I've been downloading and learning Lightworks, which is okay but different enough to WMM to make me SCREAM!

Monday, 10 July 2017

Some pens are better than others

I'm probably going against the grain with popular artistic drawing practice but I definitely draw better with some pens than I do others. And after 35 years of drawing as an amateur, enthusiast and professional I can’t answer why. Here's a gun slinging mouse drawn with a variety of pens...







It used to be Dip Pens that I used with confidence. Over the past year life and work have changed direction and slowly the confident use of the dip pen has dissolved. The Pilot Parallel Pen has stepped up to replace the dip pens. Why does this matter, surely an artist can use anything to create. They can, although it’s the tool that enables me to express my ideas the simplest. The only thing I struggle with is the continuous refilling of the pen with Carbon Pen ink.

This may all change when I wake up tomorrow.



Thursday, 15 June 2017

Zombie Prime Minister



Zombie PM Theresa May walks an apocalyptic wasteland of her own making.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Vintage Nib Test Drive



Vintage shop emporium Eyewood in Wakefield gave me a couple of boxes of vintage pen nibs that they picked up in Bruge for a few Euros, they were happy for them to go to a good home.



The Perry & Co No. 227 (EF) Nibs are brilliant dip pen nibs. Fine lines and flexible enough for broad strokes giving it a good range of ink mark making abilities.




Heintze & Blanckertz LY 6 95 nibs, these look different to most dip nibs with 3 vent holes punched along the shank and the tip is angled more for calligraphy than drawing. I thought these were just old nibs and surface corrosion was interfering with the ink flow. I persevered and struggled with them only after researching a little further, it turns out these are left handed nibs. I had a quick scribble using my left hand and they do work although it feels like patting my head and rubbing my belly with a huge serving of lack of coordination jelly.


It's very rare to get something for nothing in this world so a big thank you to Robin and Natalie at Eyewood, seriously this is a life times supply of pen nibs.