I’ve been feeling the urge to draw something recently, to get back to basics, with a pen and paper. I’ve been churning out digital imagery to sell online …. http://www.istockphoto.com/search/portfolio/911920/?facets=%7B%2225%22%3A%226%22%7D#1ec98cad

but sometimes it’s hard to keep up the momentum, and declining sales and views has made me feel restless and needing to explore possible new avenues. I’ve a pile of lino printing tools and lino, and I have thought I’d like to try some printmaking, but in the search for quicker results I decided to get drawing, using a nice long landscape format Tate watercolour pad I was given at Christmas, and a set of varying weight Staedtler pens I decided to use my local park as inspiration. I walk my 2 dogs there twice a day and it has a great collection of trees, some many hundreds of years old, and as I draw a lot of trees to sell online it seemed an obvious place to start. I also like the formal layout of paths and flower beds, a bit map like but in 3D, so I quickly sketched an idea in my sketch book and then worked this up more in the long pad.ImageThe first sketch is here, and this is the finished version, drawn with little or no planning, just straight onto the paper with a pen and hope for the best.

ImageThis was based on the arboretum area (the grey on the corner of the picture is just the shadow of my arm), and I then moved on to a couple of others based around the same theme, the 2nd one starting to get away from the looseness of the first one, as usual getting caught up in too much detail.ImageImageI then decided to return to a theme of a dividing road, something I’d illustrated before and which sells reasonably well as a stock image, useful for showing ideas of direction and choice.ImageI felt this one was loosening up a bit stylistically too, I tried to get away from the tightness of the 2nd one. I’ve done a couple of individual trees too, and I’m planning a bigger one, worked out now but not started. I’ve done digitally coloured versions too, but I’ll come back to those in a future post. I’m hoping to do an art fair here in Ipswich next month, something I’ve had a bit of a break from, and I’m planning to do one or two more to take to that framed.

Went shopping this morning at one of our favourite home stores at Snape Maltings…

http://www.snapemaltings.co.uk/

Snape is home to the world famous Aldeburgh Festival and not only has the fabulous concert hall, but also a collection of great shops, full of the sort of tat we find hard to resist.

We managed to not spend too much today, but, in the kids shop, found this little knitted owl, sold by a French toy company but made in Nepal as part of a project to inject cash into poor communities, and particularly relevant to me given my recent owl production phase..

It’s all knitted, with a little brass bell attached to the branch. It now resides in my cabinet with all my other favourite little bits and pieces ( see an earlier blog for a full picture)

Fabric owl

June 8, 2012

Been lacking inspiration for the last week or so, long public holiday, lousy weather, all encourage non creativity, so to fill the yawning gap I decide to revisit a former theme, not entirely mined out, and managed to pull together an image I felt OK with. Got it accepted today, appearing early next week in my istock portfolio..

http://www.istockphoto.com/search/portfolio/911920/?facets={%2225%22%3A%226%22}#600b398

 

The Doors

May 18, 2012

OK, relax, fans of 60’s/70’s prog rock God Jim Morrison and his band of elegantly wasted West Coast musicans, I misplacesd a plural, I’m talking about doors, of the entrance variety.

I’ve already got a few in my istock portfolio, I think one has sold 39 times, so not huge sellers but with potential so I’ve just drawn a slightly more detailed version in colour, in the hope of selling a few more.

http://www.istockphoto.com/search/portfolio/911920/?facets={%2225%22%3A%226%22}#600b398

Hopefully appearing in my portfolio and available to buy in a few days……

It’s been such terrible weather this Spring in the UK there have been few days when going out with a camera was worthwhile but a couple of weeks ago we had a nice morning which coincided with my desire to get out of the house and do something other than drawing for a change, so I nipped down to Sizewell beach here in Suffolk and managed a few shots of the power station ( a favourite subject of mine) and some boat bits left by the fishermen, plus a bit of rusty texture on some machinery, not a bad result for a couple of hours out, all now in my istock portfolio…

http://www.istockphoto.com/search/portfolio/911920/?facets={%2225%22%3A%226%22}#600b398

That shadow under the boat is a bit annoying now I look at it again!

I go through phases of taking photos for my iStock portfolio…

http://www.istockphoto.com/search/portfolio/911920/?facets={%2225%22%3A%226%22}#1358bc5c

when I’ve really run out of inspiration for illustrations, and assuming the weather is half decent, I’ll go off with my camera to see if I can find anything of interest.

I never sell a lot of photos but I do get a few that are in high double figures as far as sales go, so it’s always worth having a go. I was out with my partner and her mother and brother in the little riverside town of Orford a few weeks back, and in the one crack in the clouds managed to get this shot of a little 17th or 18th century cottage. It sat in my camera until the other day when I thought I might as well process and upload it, so here it is!

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