Some more dreamy drawings

Today winter really begins to bite.  I can feel that cold in the air that means that snow has fallen on the mountains somewhere.  Its the perfect weather to sit in front of the heater and draw.


Here is another page from my sketchbook.  I’ve been experimenting with coloured pencil and ink: More

Dreaming and Drawing

I never know what is going to happen when I start drawing.  In fact, its a state I cultivate.  I try to get my mind to make those unexpected leaps it makes when I am dreaming.


The drawings often come out looking as though they mean something, when in fact, they probably don’t. Just like many dreams. More

Masha’s Visual Dairy Diary

A while ago, Brendon gave me a little sketchbook to get me drawing again, which he decorated in typical style:


I’ve filled it at last, and started another one.  I’ve already shared some drawings from this book  at my post on doodle meetings, and pictures that have lost their stories.

Here are some of the early drawings from my little book. More

Pictures that have lost their stories

In my last post, I showed some of my drawings that were inspired by stories.  Now I’m back again to pictures that seem to have been inspired by stories, but the stories are missing and never really existed.


Here are some more pages from my sketchbook. More

Pictures with stories

A couple of posts ago, I shared a number of pictures that seem to tell stories. This time round, I’m sharing two drawings I did myself, which was inspired by a stories.  The first inspiration came from Cornelia Funke’s “Inkdeath”.


In that book, there is a giant who takes on the colours of his surroundings. I find now, when I go back to read that passage, that I got several things wrong.  The giant is supposed to have inhumanly round eyes, and he is also supposed to be naked.  Oh well. Here is the passage: More

New Tatoo

After a very long break I am back to blogging to celebrate the addition of a new tattoo:



Writer / Illustrator Mervyn Peake: Drawing a vivid darkness

Inevitably I have come to Mervyn Peake. Mervyn Peake! That name casts a shadow. Have you read Titus Groan, or Gormenghast? Did you realise he was well known as an illustrator for such classics as Alice in Wonderland, and Treasure Island?

If you have not read him yet, Mervyn Peake is the master of true, dark goth. His creations live below the page, he sculpts his characters and crosshatches them with words. No one else writes, or draws, like Mervyn Peake.


What my art teacher taught me: Make Mistakes

I was reminded of this bit of wisdom by Jesse Breytenbach.

What my art teacher taught me: Make Mistakes.

When doing creative work – whether in the planning stages or in execution – don’t grip the steering wheel.  Hold on with your fingertips and guide the process, allowing unexpected things to happen. Skill is in recognising happy accidents and making the most of them.   A unexpected line may suggest  the curve of a back, the turning of a head in a way you could never knowingly have contrived.  Paint splatters, unexpected colour combinations – accidents can breathe life into your work.

My art teacher taught me: Make Mistakes

What My Art Teacher Taught Me: Don’t be scared

I have learnt so much from so many art teachers. Some ideas that have become part of my personal “positioning system” as an artist. I will share these thoughts in this series of posts. This is my way of re-paying that debt in a small way.

What my art teacher taught me: Dont Be Scared

Whether you are painting, drawing, embroidering – whatever the medium – dont tiptoe around your own creation in fear of “messing it up”. You may feel the parts that work happened by accident, and that you cannot repeat them.

Fact: If you did it once, you can do it again. After all it was you who made it happen in the first place. Forget words such as “overworked”, “busy”, “labored”. You will learn more by pushing through than by hanging back. A space created by erasing what was there is richer than one which was never filled. With this comes the responsibility to be honest. Does it really work? If I re-do it, will it be better?

My art teacher taught me: Dont Be Scared.

P.S.  I have since found this post at Laini Taylor’s blog.  She writes about her creative process and ends off with:

— BE OPEN. Cast your imagination wide. Don’t be afraid to think of new things and go in whole new directions.
— BE BRAVE. New ideas may come to you now that will require a ton of new work. This can be overwhelming, but this is your chance to make the book the best it can be. Do whatever you need to do.
— BE EXCITED. Anything can still happen. This is marvelous. You can still dazzle yourself.
— BE DETERMINED. You can do it, and you will do it.

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