I have had a tough few months. To be honest I’m not yet through it. The pressure of trying to draw daily was starting to add to my anxiety so I decided to have a break.
I have been wanting to take Fred to the next level recently. I have been doing ‘Inside My Fred’ for ten years this year and I really want him to progress technically. Forcing a drawing-a-day out of me isn’t helping me get the results and standards I am aiming for, so that is now on hold.
Instead I am drawing only when I have a solid idea in my head and I take a few days to actually get the drawing the way I want it before sharing it (if I decide to share it at all).
Social media, for me, has lost its way and is unhealthy platform to release work you produce in a serious way. So, again, I am trying to prioritise fine-tuning projects and sharing them here first.
Wow! Brexit all over again.
We 48-ish% need to stay together, stay strong and keep going.
This drawing was a long time coming.
It is inspired by my recurring thought that if it were 100 years earlier (as in, I’d been born 100 years earlier) I would possibly be in the trenches of France right now. Or dead.
The title comes after the Vangelis piece of the same name. While I was studying the First World War this particular track, from his 1995 album ‘Voices’, made me think about a moment of calm after the storm in the trenches. I’m not sure why.
Knowing Vangelis this piece of music is certainly about something more beautiful.
This drawing looked a lot better in my head. Perhaps I will revisit it one day when I have more time.
This was drawn on the Procreate App (on the iPad Retina) with a 53 Pencil. Incidentally, I wore the nib of my stylus out finishing this!!
A time-lapse video will be on my instagram for those interested.
Baking hot in London today. My usual trainline, so-called Great Northern was once again running with delays so I decided to get the reliable Piccadilly line home. It was bloody roasting on the tube but I managed to get a seat.
Despite literally sweating through my shirt and dripping onto my iPad I drew this. I have no idea where it came from or who it is…but he is the Piccadilly Man!
Another day…another group of innocent people killed.
Fighting violence with violence simply isn’t working…it isn’t and never has been the answer. We must look at the big picture: we don’t know how long we’ve got, we’re lucky to be here and we are ONE species. Yes, animals and insects fight each other to the death, fair enough. But we have been given the ‘gift’ of consciousness. We can decide what we do. We can choose our actions. We can rise above our basic instincts if we wish.
At the moment we are choosing to act like simple beasts.