30 days of creativity – Day 19 – Skeleton

30 day creativity challenge Day  19, Bones

I was waiting somewhere there happened to be a skeleton, so I drew it.

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The proportions are right but I was too chicken to shade it.

No Haiku today, not in the mood.

You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 days of creativity – Day 18 – It seems I am a fucking hippy

30 day creativity challenge Day  18, Glastonbury Tor

It seems I might be a fucking hippy after all. Sitting on top of Glastonbury Tor makes me feel good. Apart from when some wanker comes along and inflicts us all with his musical instrument, then the kill instinct comes out good and strong and I feel more like myself.

My son joined in today by racing round taking pictures.

The first sketch was of the field opposite where I was sat in the shade trying to filter out screaming children and happy fucking bastard families.

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This is what it really looked like, though the camera’s perspective is different to mine. I think I was higher up. I was playing with concentrating on shadows more than anything.

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Then I thought I was being a bit wishy washy with my line so I got out a Sharpie and drew the next field along. This was good fun to do and looked better before I tried to shade it with a fineliner.

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Lastly today was a sketch of people sitting on the hill next to the church on top of the Tor. I get so far with a sketch then I’m scared to put in detail in case I mess it up. Seems to be a bit of a block.

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These are some of the pictures my son took, before we went down the hill and got some spring water, like the fucking hippies we are.

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No Haiku today, not in the mood.

You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 days of creativity – Day 17 – Sprog and a mobile phone rant

30 day creativity challenge Day  17, child playing on tablet

Quick sketch of my son playing on our lovely new Samsung Galaxy Tab. Behind the main drawing is his arm, when he moved to lean back and stroke Scumspawn the cat, but he kept moving and there is no way I can draw a moving hand.

The tablet came ‘free’ with the doggiest piece of shit phone I have ever had in my life; the Samsung Galaxy Ace.

If you want a phone that seizes up everytime you want to make a phone call, check your Facebook or text someone, then this is the phone for you. It’s a total pile of shit. It can’t cope with more than 3 apps on it, there are loads of totally useless space taking up apps installed already for you, that you can’t take off unless you root the phone and invalidate the warranty. I might drive over the fucking thing and they can stick their warranty where the sun don’t shine.

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Haiku time, on my state of mind

Fucking Idiot

Why did you do it like that?

I hope you hurt too.

 

 

You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 days of creativity – Day 16 – Narco Lounge Combo at the Louisiana

30 day creativity challenge Day  16, Music

This was a quick sketch of the very entertaining Narco Lounge Combo who describe themselves as Bristol’s Handsomest Band. They had nice shirts and good cheesy demeanors and they play lounge with electro/prog overtones if you can imagine. If you can’t, you can here it here – http://narcoloungecombo.bandcamp.com/

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Anyway, they were entertaining and I liked them and I attempted to draw them. In the dark that is the upstairs room at the Louie.

After this lot there was a horrible samba band, lots of noise and writhing bints but after that was this!

They are called Armchair Committee and they totally rocked. The restorative quality of gratuitous guitar solos, clever riffs, lovely harmonies, smashing drums and basically lovely loud noise made me feel loads happier.

So lets have another Haiku

Chugga Chugga Wah

Screaming guitar mends my heart

For a sweet short time

 

 

You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 days of creativity – Day 15 – Fucking Glastonbury tor and lots of swearing.

30 day creativity challenge Day  15, Glastonbury tor.

I’m not a fucking hippy trust me, but I did need to get some exercise and blow some cobwebs out of my stupid mind that is full of what if’s and if onlys. I was hoping to get to the charity shops because my retro Denby came from Glastonbury but I have a very low tolerance of crystals and fucking dreamcatchers make me pull wings off fairies.

It started raining about half way up the hill, and I did this quick sketch of the door of the church at the top of the hill, I was sat in the relative dry (stupid thing has no roof) but the raindrops made it really difficult to draw anything so I stopped and was menacing to a fucking hippy instead. Only indirectly menacing; I told him I liked the music he was making with his Indian hippy flute thing, then I told him that it was lucky he wasn’t a drummer because I would have thrown him down the hill if he was. I hate fucking drummers.

Which made me feel lots better.

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Along side it comes a Haiku, maybe I am a fucking hippy after all.

I have cried so much

I got cramps from lack of salt

I hope it stops soon

 

 

You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 days of creativity – Day 14 – Drawing without looking at the paper

30 day creativity challenge Day  14, breakfast with my son

This was a really quick sketch of my son (on the left, he has long hair) drinking orange juice while waiting for breakfast to arrive at Bordeaux Quay. 

We needed a treat, it’s been shitty recently.

After the quick sketch we both did drawings of each other, some when we looked at the paper and some without looking at it.

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You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 days of creativity – Day 13 – Drawing things I can’t see properly

30 day creativity challenge Day  13, tired and stressed

It’s late, last night I was woken up by some arsehole fixing his fucking car outside my window at 2am, then by munters shouting in the street at 4. I’m not a happy bunny, I am knackered. I never shout at them in case the take it out on my windows, I just hope the arsehole runs the munters down and gets locked up for life.

Anyway. It’s nearly 10pm, the light isn’t great and I had a quick sketch of the Eudicella which are beetles that deserve a longer drawing because they are stunning. Then I started drawing the cats on top of the crap beetle drawings.

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You can see Bug in the picture, she is almost impossible to draw as she is just smudges. I tried drawing her with squiggles but she started to chase the pencil on the paper. Then I managed a reasonable outline of Scumspawn before he came to lurk behind me on the sofa, so I tried drawing Bug again. She had her face smushed up against my leg, she doesn’t really look like a bulldog.

You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 days of creativity – Day 12 – Seagull descending a staircase

30 day creativity challenge Day  12; drawing things that move.

Sat in a cafe in central Bristol trying to draw a seagull who was chomping down huge chunks of bread left over from someones baguette. I spent some time looking at a pigeon with the most amazing eyes, orange like beacons. The rest of the pigeon was manky and citified, half a foot, walked with a limp, asking me for any spare crumbs, but his eyes were amazing.

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You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 days of creativity – Day 11 – Vase on the right side of the brain

30 day creativity challenge Day  11; I blame Diana Powell for this idea.

Diana’s idea is to do an exercise from Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain every Sunday. The first exercise is also on the website for the book and you can see it here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm There is also an online version of the exercise but I couldn’t get it to work. Not that I could get the real life version to work that well either.

I experienced real conflict with this seemingly easy challenge. All you have to do is draw a face on one side of a bit of paper, draw horizontal lines top and bottom, draw over the existing lines naming them, forehead, nose etc. then mirror what you see on the other side.

I had a few goes, my first is the biggest. I didn’t use an eraser ‘cos I felt that would be cheating. It really hurt my head.

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You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 days of creativity – Day 10 – Foot

30 day creativity challenge Day  10; Copying Shani

Shani Burgess is also doing the 30/30 challenge – and on her day 5 she drew a picture of her foot. Shani also does amazing Paper mache I am very jealous of!

This is a great idea because I have control over my foot moving! It’s not like trying to draw cats or people.

My foot drawing was done last night, by the light of the reading lamp in my bedroom. It’s not an excuse for the lack of quality of the drawing. I feel a whole lot better about my ability to represent something on paper than I did 10 days ago. I don’t think I held my breath for any of this. I’m happier with my outlines now, my shading is that of a small child but I can work on that when I have nailed outlines. Even after 4 years of art college, I lack technical skills. I probably just wasn’t listening when I should have been.

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I gave up trying to draw the check on the duvet cover. Yes, it’s July and I still have a duvet, and a thin quilt on top.

Feet are weird, the only way I could do this was to not analyse what I was looking at. If I just draw what I see and don’t think about how weird and generally freaky it is, all is well. I like my feet, they have glossy deep blood colour nail varnish on right now, but I still think they are weird.

You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.