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Gaugin: yellow Haystacks (The Golden Harvest)

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Gaugin: The White Horse

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view from the musee d’orsay

 

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Jean Dubuffet: Chaine de memoire iii

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Sonia Delauney

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Matisse: Les Possoins Rouge 1914

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Picked up this book called ‘Illustration Next’ from falmouth univeristy library – there’s some amazing work in there and wanted to share a few of my favourite images here:

Ana Albero: Southern Carnival

Ana Albero: Southern Carnival

Yu Matsuoka: Iceberg Koori No Yama

Yu Matsuoka: Iceberg Koori No Yama

Josephin Ritschel

Josephin Ritschel

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make-it-then-tell-everybody

www.makeitthentelleverybody.com

I picked up this flyer at the 22 Panels event at Falmouth Poly, and have been enjoying listening to the podcats over the last couple of weeks. They’ve become the listening equivalent of the post-working day cup of tea / duvet / moorish evening snacks…ETC. Really nice interviews with comics artists that focus on the creative process of making comics.

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I’ve been pretty home-orientated over the last few weekends, and it’s been nice to be able to work along to the radio. Last Sunday I began listening to the Grayson Perry Reith lectures (‘Playing to the Gallery’), in which Perry discusses various questions and issues regarding contemporary art, such as quality – can art be ‘good’ or ‘bad’?, and if it still has the ability to shock.

CThe fourth lecture is particularly interesting, which focuses on the urge to create. perhaps I like this one the most because it can also be extended to the field of illustration (and probably many other disciplines aswell), because ultimate, its something that everyone with a remotely artistic background shares… anyway, it’s given me some good food for thought over the past week.

(see below for link):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00729d9

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My recent illustration work for Porthmeor studios introduced me to the work of Edinburgh born St Ives painter Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912-2004). I really enjoyed looking at her paintings through my research, in particular considering the use of colour and composition. I found lots of really lovely examples in the book  ‘Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: A Studio Life’   which I couldn’t locate online, but here are two brilliant images which I did find:

According to the Tate website, ‘Glacier Crystal, Grindelwald’ (below), was an attempt to show the galicer in Switzerland from multiple viewpoints, ‘from above, through and all round, as a bird flies, a total experience’

Glacier Crystal, Grindelwald 1950 by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham 1912-2004
(http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/barns-graham-glacier-crystal-grindelwald-t00708)

Island Sheds, St Ives No. 1 1940 by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham 1912-2004 (Island Sheds, St Ives No. 1 1940 by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham 1912-2004)

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For the past few weeks I have been reading Ivan Brunetti’s book Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice (see below), which was recommended to me by Peter Morey. Each chapter gives a different exercise to focus on to improve visual imagination and communication in storytelling. One of the first exercises focuses on spontaneous drawing, which has been particularly helpful for the way that I work. Brunetti suggests that “when we doodle, we get closer to the ‘idea’or essence of the thing being drawn’

It’s made me question what I show from my sketchbook, and what I deem to be a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ page of drawing (previously, observational drawings were always the ‘good’, largely because this is what we are largely taught while we are at school). Even while studying for my MA, I spent much time cvering up pages where I was naturally letting my mind wander across a page – commonly dismissing it to a curious viewer, ‘Oh, don’t look at that, that’s just crap… don’t know what was going on there…’

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I wanted to use this post to show a few of the experiments I have been doing, inspired by exercises in this book, and how its helping to hopefully bring some narrative in to place.

Below: The 100 small drawings exercise – Brunetti encourges you to let your stream of consciousness flow, spending no more than 5 seconds per drawing

100-doodles

 

I tried this again, using a slightly larger grid, and found that you can begin to unconsciously link the images and impose a narrative as the drawings continue (I probably spend a little longer on these ones)

doodles

(I admit, it started to get a bit sinister)

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I also wanted to share a few other experiments of the use of more random doodling across a page and colour experiments:

below: observational drawing with gouache applied subsequently

 

 

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I’ve also found that when completely stuck for ideas, just working with one theme and sticking with it can produce some interesting effects..

dinosaursfrequency

 

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As you can see, the good news is that my 24 hour comic, ‘Whale’ is now printed and available to buy. Full colour A5, selling at £6 each. If you’re interested drop me a message or email. Soon to be added to my etsy shop! (Here are some pictures to tempt you)

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