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In most important business, I want to send Mim's wonderful, treasured, mailart 365 stamp on to another lucky mail artist. Please let me know if you want to have it. I will pick a name out of a hat or somesuch on the September 28th and may send it on to you! message me on IUOMA http://iuoma-network.ning.com/profile/RebeccaGuyver if you are interested!
I loved making this piece. The initial pencil work had no life at all, but as I added colours, with subtle changes in yellow for the beak and toes and a hint of red for the tongue the bird came to life. I added the blue sky in promarker flex at the end, and the colour seemed to breathe life into the piece. At that point you could really feel the movement. I didn't think colour was that powerful a tool until now
Depending on which comics I'm reading I do sometimes spend weeks and months dreaming of being a particular artist or writer. This week, I'm reading the 4th instalment of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's "Locke and Key" and I'm torn between wishing I could write like Joe Hill or wishing I could draw like Gabriel Rodriguez.
Up until book 2, I was definitely dreaming of being Joe Hill, despite Rodriguez's art being so amazing, but now on the 4th instalment "Keys to the Kingdom" Rodriguez has slightly pipped into the lead. In the opening story of the book, "Sparrows" he adopts a drawing style similar to Charles M. Schulz (of Peanuts/Snoopy), but plays with panel layouts so fluently I can't help but drip with jealousy. His foreground artwork in the childlike style of Peanuts makes you think for just one brief moment that you may be able to draw like that, until you realise that in the background he's drawing like Gabriel Rodriguez and it's just out of your reach again!
So I picked up a foreground panel of sparrows in attack formation and put my pens to work. If I start with a little Rodriguez, and work my way from there, who knows, maybe one day...
It's been a crazy Bank Holiday weekend. The August bank holiday, which always falls on the last weekend of August is my favourite weekend of the year, being carnival weekend, so everything else takes a back seat as I hit the streets of London and party in costume to the sounds of the Caribbean. This year, over carnival weekend, we sold 6 packs of Sharpies, so I had to take some shortcuts, so out came the flower again, this time with different colours and border