Friday, 20 April 2012

the day a dog caught the tube

the day a dog caught the tube
On this day this sleepy man decided to make the difficult decision to take his rather large weimaraner dog on the tube. He was lovely, I love seeing pets on the tube. I always remember coming back one night with my roomate and sitting across from a woman with the most beautiful well behaved little black chihuahua on her lap. I think we both decided chihuahuas weren't so bad that night. This weimaraner was pretty well behaved but refused to sit down. Every time the man nodded off the dog would stand up and block the entire pathway through the tube, he was pretty big! I do try to fill up my pages that aren't centred but I'm loathe to distract from his lovely legs.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Pick Me Up

A week or so back (I honestly can't remember) on a rare day when I finished work early and the sun was out I eagerly headed to Pick Me Up. I actually forgot my camera (because I'm so incredibly smart) which was made even more irritating than it would be normally because not only were there so many artists there that I really admire but also so many that were new to me. I thought I'd share a piece or two by some of the artists I noted down that were new to me, with styles rather different to my own but that I really liked. 

Tim McDonagh, somehow Tim has passed me by despite being fairly well known but this piece totally grabbed me. I'm always up for a child tribe theme!
David Sparshott , all of the pieces I saw at the exhibition and indeed on his website remind me of travel sketchbooks. Things caught quickly on the go and coloured in quick so you can grab on to the memory and make more of it later. 


I don't even have words for how much I love this guy's work. The atmosphere in them reminds me a little of Dan Clowes work in that it seems to have an air of sadness about it. Definitely a new favourite.

Pablo Delgado, I haven't looked at wheat pastes and indeed graffiti for a long time so it was nice to see it again dispersed with all the more standard illustration. I liked how these guys were so small and you could just stumble across them.

 The spoils! I also bought the new Varoom! but it's nestled in one of my bags somewhere. That Lizzy Stewert zine is a dream, it was so nice to see her work in real life. It was also a real dream come true to see Yoko Furusho's work. She's been one of my absolute favourites for the past couple of years now. I bought the one of her prints I could actually afford which hopefully will be coming through my door soon as well as this beautiful book.

Such a rush to finally own a piece of her work. New paintings coming soon, (like me on facebook for progress pictures! )I'm taking my time with them xxx

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Tired Tube

first page
(as always click through for my flickr and a better view : ) )
This is the first page of my tube sketchbook. I try to really fill up the pages (or have very large singular people) so it's taking me a long time to fill up a rather small sketchbook but I enjoy it none the less. You can tell I was a bit nervous when I started out and just stuck to sleeping people. I also live towards the end of the line when the tube tends to empty so I think people are more inclined to risk a quick nap. For once living so far from central London works out! That lady in the yellow, her tote bag says "nordic naturals", I still wonder what she bought from them, it was a nice tote bag. 

Friday, 6 April 2012

Yet Another Jumper

A good jumper
So you guys know I have a thing about jumpers right? Me and knitwear, we got a good thing going on...Anyways, as soon as I sat down near this guy I knew if I couldn't own that jumper I was definitely going to have to draw it. He was pretty absorbed in his ipad and stayed with me for the full duration of my commute so it worked out rather nicely haha! I kinda liked the contrast between his grandad jumper and slightly battered Barbour style jacket (not to mention his old brogues) against this weird shiny little tablet in his hands. I'd really like to see more pictures that illustrators have done of people on public transport. (I know James Jean has some lovely ones) If anyone knows of any or indeed any blogs featuring this kind of thing please let me know in the comments?

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

The Booth Museum

A couple of weeks ago I got thoroughly lost and drenched in Brighton while looking for the Booth Museum. It was worth the effort to find (good god Brighton has a lot of hills!). The Booth Museum is pretty small, just a little larger than the Grant Museum's old location but it's very different from any other museum I've been to.
The animals, predominantly birds, are set out to look like they're in their natural habitats. I'm used to weird little guys like this bat, all cooped up in jars with their faces bent into funny expressions and losing their colour.

Big Ears
(as always click through to flickr for a better view and more)
Somehow it was more unnerving to see them peering out frozen in time. The cases are also stacked from floor to ceiling. It took me a lot longer to get used to staring at them intently to sketch than it does in somewhere clinical like the Hunterian.

Monkey Skull
I stuck to the bones for a bit until I felt comfortable haha! This guy was a little spider monkey. It was interesting though, especially from my birdwatcher's point of view as it means I'm now better at gauging the size of certain birds.

Great Auk
It also had a couple of extinct birds like these Great Auks, which were like our very own penguins.

Little Birds
I'd like to go back with more of a plan as I went not knowing quite what to expect and I really enjoyed it. If you're in Brighton and looking for a quiet spot for drawing specimens it's pretty perfect really.

Brown Wings

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Commute and Commit

a good hat

I'm not going to lie, I worry about this pursuit. My want to travel (and needing to make the funds for that) and my general life plans often don't fit with attempting to become solely an illustrator and it makes me wonder if it's what I want. I don't know how to make it all fit together (I sure as heck can't make rent on a part time job and a novice illustrator's salary) but I know I love to draw and I draw every single day. So I'm going to commit myself to sharing those drawings with you as often as I can, to help me get rid of my doubts and because I think they're pretty good sometimes and you might like them  (and maybe even want to buy them if I ever get round to making new zines and prints up ; ) ). So here's my favourite from my sketchbook I keep specially for people on the tube. She's rather different to my little watercolour nomads, so I hope you like her (and expect more ) xx