Tuesday, 14 October 2014

found drawings

Manchester, UK + a camera = found drawings

the road loops and underpasses where these were found itself a found drawing...

Sunday, 12 October 2014

a bunch of art books....

...mine included :-)

I'm honoured to've had my book Freehand critiqued in such salubrious company by Sama Nainen Suomeksi / @saranna00

She says:

"Books I've had a lot of experiences with...

...Freehand - sketching tips and tricks drawn from art. Artists' sketchbooks. A bit like Taschen publishes "Art Now" and "Illustration Now". This is not quite so much of a catalogue. This is more like how people draw and gives you ideas of you can use your sketchbooks.
If you're in to visual arts it's always a good idea to see what other people are doing. This is one of those books."

and the others....

Joseph Albers - The Interaction of Colour

Tate Artist Timeline - Sara Fanelli

101 Things to Learn in Art School - Kit White

500 Self Portraits - Julian Bell

The History of Western Art - Peter Whitfield

The Story of Art - EH Gombrich

Damn Good Advice for People With Talent - George Lois

The Figure in Action: Anatomy for Artists - Louise Gordon

Sunday, 7 September 2014

GEGO: 3D drawing

The current exhibition at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK

- 24th July 2014 - 19th October 2014

Gego. Line as Object

...an exploration of the possibility of line as an object.

This exhibition investigates the artist's 

" ... engagement with the problems of form and space, using light, shadow, scale and gravity...
This ... solo presentation of Gego underlines her... approach to sculpture, a terminology that she refused to use for her own work. 
In one of her notebooks she exclaimed: 'Sculpture, three-dimensional forms of solid material. Never what I do!"



Links to other examples of '3D drawing' on this blog include:

Manchester degree show 2013: drawing / sculpture

3D drawing: Elliot's moorland grass boats

& the cut paper works of Kasia Breska and Val Britton
full '3D' blog listing here

I've been interested in the idea of 3D drawing for some time.

See my ongoing collection (or board) of images on Pinterest - 3D drawing 

Thursday, 28 August 2014

iphone drawing apps pt2

Can an iPhone app truly transform a photo in to a drawing?
I've posed this question before - see here 

Does it really matter?

They can be a useful tool for suggesting mark making possibilities and compositional ideas. Playing around with the phone camera's contrast / light and dark settings can help inform drawing decisions too.


man-made / inorganic...

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

scribble + draw

A childhood game ... scribble on the page...get someone else to transform the scribble in to something. 

I found these recently - the transformed scribbles of a 12 - 14 year old self + friend.

I'm liking the face profiles most..oh, and the cat :-)

The process seems to be favoured as a form of creative therapy (blog)

A 3 minute video of the same idea....

and another as weekly scribble drawings ...

The scribble as an important part of children's creativity and development is featured in this Art and Creativity blog which offers a pdf handout too...

+ a parent / illustrator's observation of her youngster's work...
"I've created a monster"
+ Digital versions....
Scribbles app

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

"Eye Candy" in August

"Exciting news! The ebook of Freehand has been chosen for Chronicle “Eye Candy” ebook promotion, lasting the entire month of August."

Throughout August 2014 my book Freehand is available as an ebook at a bargain sale price from a variety of ebook retailers:


Monday, 11 August 2014

drawings (and more) for an imagined film

An exhibition at Cornerhouse, Manchester (Jan - Apr 2014)

Jamie Shovlin: Hiker Meat
Another of the artist's hoax works - this one a film that never existed, complete with convincing posters (including pinholes and old sellotape marks), character pencil studies, drawn annotations, blackboard configurations, a film score, rough cuts, film posters in several languages and director's notes too.

"Hiker Meat and its fictitious Italian director Jesus Rinzoli have been imagined by Shovlin to represent an archetypal exploitation film – a type of filmmaking characterised by its low budget aesthetic and exploitation of sensational subject matter, which boomed from the late 1960s to the early 1980s."
"Shovlin collaborated with writer Mike Harte and composer Euan Rodger to produce a full screenplay and soundtrack for the film. He then made a prototype cut-and-paste feature by collaging over 1500 found clips from existing exploitation films."

Intro from Jamie Shovlin (video)