Sunday 21 December 2008

Miroish planes

I really wanted to finish off the whole doodle plane 'quick' project before the silly season hit. New year, new projects and I've some ideas I cannot wait to push about the sketch book in spare moments between mince pies. Miro is still in my head and the planes ended up a little ways from where I was originally intending...not in a bad way though. I had a lot of fun and it gave me a chance to loosen up with pattern a colour.

Happy Holidays to everyone! I hope the break brings you whatever you want from it. See you in 2009!

Sunday 14 December 2008

30 weird tall robins

A blog is for life not just for xmas! I've let things slide but to make amends here's an xmas card for everyone who has been nice enough to stop by. Season's Greetings to you all (now there's an inoffensive religion non specific sentiment for everyone :)!!!

I've been hand drawing and colouring my cards this year! Well it saves on printer ink, spray mount and card... and I actually found the production line process quite relaxing after a while. So to paraphrase the song... "on the 30th day of christmas (OK I realise that's January 6th...anyhow) Matt sent sent out to his friends, 30 weird tall robins..." In keeping with my creative leanings of late there is more than a little of Miro's graphic style in these little fellas. Just for fun I wanted to see what an animation of all 30 would look like. I was hoping for a kind of Rhubarb and Custard wobbly line effect (for any non Brits, Rhubarb & Custard, along with the smoother action of Henry's Cat, were felt tip pen drawn children's TV animation by the great Bob Godfrey back in the early 80's). I quite like the end jumpy result...although if I went to the trouble again the bird would have to do something! There was also something strangely satisfying about the inky (Miro starish) snow flakes (watered down blue ink drawn onto heavy textured watercolour paper with the blunt end of a kebab skewer) and I felt the need to fill up my practice paper with them. The whole project ended up with a playschool / kindergarden thing going on (perhaps I should give it to my mum to put up on the fridge...!). It was a nice change to get stuck in with real materials. I think I'll hand draw again next year (sorry hallmark, no cash from Matt). Ho Ho Ho to all!