I was thinking about how I really do find drawing to be a meditative activity at the moment. When I'm drawing, and when I was painting this picture, I go into a zone, thinking, thinking, thinking, but calmly. I imagine the place as I draw it. I can feel the quiet. I can hear the fire crackling. I can see the darkness and the mass of stars above me. As I paint the picture takes me there.
Thursday, 11 July 2013
Tuesday, 9 July 2013
I have a lot of zines I'd like to make. A lot. I write down each idea and save it for when I'm ready to make it. But recently I've really put my mind to trying to actually complete one. I've been working on this bike riding zine for the last month or so.
Tonight I made a plan for the layout of pages and worked out which pages I still need to draw. Here I share some photos I've taken along the way.
The zine is a sort of journal about training over 10 weeks for a bike ride, going from being someone who doesn't exercise to (hopefully) completing a 120 mile ride.
I've got to a point now, in the drawing, that I know I'll complete this and get it out there. I'm excited about completing it. You can check out updates on my facebook page.
Tuesday, 2 July 2013
I've added a pouch and pencil case to my online shop. I bought the quilt scraps in a thrift store in Texas. The quilts had been hand sewn by their original maker and I then hand stitched them into a pencil case and two pouches. You can see them in detail here.
Monday, 17 June 2013
I pulled an old sketchbook of my bookshelf and realised it was from 10 years ago. I've gone back to this one sketchbook many times. I like the freedom in the drawings, really playing around with different ideas and styles, experimenting.
I like the one below. It's drawings of things I saw in a café on holiday. I can see here that I was trying out subjects and a drawing style that I still have now, though it was a lot more rough then.
I used to be really into drawing birds.
Friday, 14 June 2013
Tuesday, 11 June 2013
Last night I stayed up till midnight doing this drawing. I was excited to show it so have taken photos straight away. The light isn't too good and I don't have Photoshop or a scanner these days, but you get the idea.
Sometimes is can be pretty overwhelming to think about all my different hopes and daydreams, so it was therapeutic to get these ones down into a drawing, and then realise that I already do some of them. (camp, ride my bike, hike up mountains....)