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Returned to simpler pencil drawing today with this picture of a pocket:

Pocket 23-10-13

I think the folds here suggest a full pocket. It was a nice break to come back to this method after so much computer imagery; I should maybe go back to some painting soon as well.


Without going into too much detail out of respect for other people, last week was rather difficult. Drawing helped to provide an escape; because there’s a lot to catch up on, I’m going to do two block entries.

Last Monday’s (7th October) image was inspired by Game of Thrones, a series I got into in a big way this year, and is a return to Rorschach patterning with this direwolf:

Direwolf Rorschach 7-10-13

I’d intended it so that, owing to the nature of the series, it would look like it ought to be on a standard or banner. Originally this had been a pencil drawing, which I refined in Photoshop; in retrospect I rather with I’d used more than one shade of grey but I’m rather pleased with the shape, and the rough edges add to the feel.

Tuesday 8th’s entry was a typographic image inspired by a piece of military slang – Charlie Foxtrot is the NATO Phonetic abbreviation for ‘cluster-f**k’. I thought there was something about Charlie Foxtrot that had a neat ring to it, and wanted to find a way to make attractive a euphemism for a somewhat unpleasant term:

Charlie Foxtrot 8-10-13

I think there’s something about this that looks like it ought to be a logo for something, which partly is why I tilted it – the other reason is to emphasise the meaning of something gone wrong. I like the letterforms; I do wonder if I should have done something more with the colour.

Wednesday 9th’s image is another swirl pattern based on the literary and philosophical tradition of four temperaments – melancholic (black), sanguine (red), choleric (yellow) and phlegmatic (green):

Four Temperaments 9-10-13

While the pattern itself is quite good it may have benefited more from depth of shading. I can’t help thinking this would have worked just as well as a representation of CMYK. I think next time I do a swirl I should go for a feel other than liquid to test myself more.

Thursday 10th’s image was much simpler, a praying mantis:

Praying Mantis 10-10-13

I believe this is the second time I’ve rendered an insect in this fashion (the first being a snail) and it makes for a nice change. Somehow it still has the same inquisitive look as the others.

Friday 11th’s entry was a shell in Sharpie and pencil:

Shell 11-10-13

I like the textural feel to this one. I do wonder if I should have put more patterning but the colour’s vivid enough as it is.

I’ve started listening to The Beta Band recently and thought their title ‘It’s Not Too Beautiful’ would work nicely in cursive:

INTB 5-10-13I went with blue because the phrase – and indeed the song – is somewhat melancholic; the lower case adds to the lower key feel. Admittedly the overall image is pretty slight but then that’s rather the point – for something like this it’s better to let the phrase speak for itself and then fill in the gaps mentally (which is the power of the song itself – it never fully explains the story behind the sentiment).



Something I meant to upload earlier was another swirl pattern that I did, loosely inspired by galactic swirls as seen from the Hubble Telescope:



This was done for the latest A4C Exhibition which happened in September and was the sequel show to February’s fundraiser. The success of both shows means that the total amount of funds raised for CPCKent is now in the region of £1k, which is something of which I’m proud to have been a part. I rather like the image itself although I do wonder if I should’ve included more white to suggest stars.

I had something of a bad turn late last night. Decided to get back to normality through illustrative mockery, using sharpie and pencil:

Mental Bomb 3-10-13

Most people who know me personally know that my hair is a state and it’s really only one step removed from resembling a mushroom cloud anyway. But when I’m in a truly foul state it wouldn’t be surprising to see a full detonation – it would be quite funny if that were the case and would certainly take some the edge off of whatever caused things to reach that stage. Either way the image tickles me.

Apologies for the hiatus – I was away for a friend’s wedding at the weekend, so as per previous absences, these four images are for each day away plus today. The first image was inspired by the wedding – my friend the bride wore bracelets patterned with dragons so I thought it’d be nice to use that and make a two-dragon picture:Dragons Entwined 28-9-13

I like the overall colour scheme and form but I do wonder if there’s something I’ve missed here; it somehow seems too understated.


The second image is a return to a panel-strip format about the notion of things I really wouldn’t want to hear in a cinema. The first panel actually happened to me at a club screening; I’ve since been pondering if anything else could make me react with further gusto and so I came up with this:

Three Things 29-9-13 001

I love the reactions of the other cinemagoer. It must be stated that for those of you who haven’t seen Tommy Wiseau’s The Room, it is a yawning chasm of awful albeit in the most hilarious way imaginable. For those who have… you’ll understand the fear of a sequel, if only for the utter logic bomb needed for it to exist.


Bizarrely, there appears to be a Tommy Wiseau theme emerging via the next image. I had this idea for a crossover between The Room and Adventure Time, borne out of one of the former’s more infamous lines of dialogue; the resulting image practically produced itself:

Adventure Tommy 30-9-13


I’m rather pleased with the overall composition here and the Finn-Tommy hybrid character looks better than I thought it would (I think it’s the eyes that make it) but I’m undecided on the font choice. The size of the type is fine, but I’m unsure as to whether I ought to have made it look more hand-written.


Finally I made a return to animals today with this kiwi:

Kiwi 1-10-13I’ve always found kiwis to be cute but the thing that’s always puzzled me about them is that you can never quite tell where their wings are. I love the inquisitiveness of this particular fellow here.


A return to daft puns today; I mispronounced the word ‘pineapple’ and it led to this:Panapple 27-9-13

It was nice to come back to sharpie-and-pencil today. I’m still wondering if I should have just turned the bottom half of a pineapple into a pan and stuck a handle on it, but pineapples always look more distinctive with the leaves attached. Either way the joke tickles me due to its utter silliness.