Posts Tagged ‘illustrator’

I can’t believe I last posted on a haiku and now I’m doing it again. Am I hung up on writing haiku? Badly??

Nope. In between I’ve done some editorial work (both in words and art) and tended to my Redbubble shop. It’s just that now, tonight, after time in the fresh air on a lovely sunny day, I was thinking of how vast nature is and how cramped I feel in trying to put that awe and wonder into words – and the haiku form entered my head.

It started off badly – you know how it is when you fiddle with the words and they don’t come out quite right. So two failed attempts. They went like this:

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In fact they were totally awful haha!

And then the third try hit the itch I was trying to scratch. And immediately I thought of two images I had made on separate occasions that would illustrate this idea nicely.

One, an acrylic nighttime land/skyscape; the other a pensive person watching. So here is the result, amalgamated in Photoshop with the proper haiku superimposed. Feels satisfying to have done this 🙂 Hope you like it.

nature haiku


Of shoes and haiku

Posted: September 9, 2017 in Art, fiction, poems, thoughts, writing
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Was sketching feet in shoes because it’s something I do badly when attached to a human figure – even if the figure looks good overall. So I’ve been observing more carefully.

But they also looked lonely by themselves, so I wrote three haiku. All describe the same feeling – that drawing shoes is probably a slightly easier task than getting a human foot correct. Which is weird, because shoes should be more manufactured/structured, but the human foot has a lot of variations after their owners have lived for a while! Anyway, here they are – both shod feet and haiku attempts.

shoes haiku screenshot

graphite shoes

I really believe in the benefits of drawing something every day. I always start with a proper sketch, which I upload to a sketching thread on ArtTutor, or sometimes maybe a few thumbnails for an illustration I’m planning to make. I try to fit in some writing too – and that’s all before breakfast!

But at Christmas, a friend gave me a Moleskine Accordion notebook:


I’d never had one before but have many times followed Lynn Chapman’s adventures  as a resident artist doing similar things (with greater skill haha!).

So I set about it, documenting bits of my life every few days or when I felt like it. And today I got to the end of the second side. (You work through it one way, then it sort of folds over and you work your way on the reverse until you get to the cover again.)

It has been such a fun journey. Here is one of my spreads from a month or so ago.FullSizeRender 8

I might have to buy another, but then I also need a few other things, like, um, food! Although art does tend to become all-consuming 🙂

In truth, I am a foiled children’s book illustrator. Not that it’s important. In the current climate, we stand little chance of being published whether we write the books or illustrate them. But it eats away at my soul. I keep wondering if I can bribe St Peter to let me try again with a different career before throwing in the towel and fixing on my wings.

Justin Cook at Folio Academy

Anyway, while I should have been sorting the order of scenes in my new YA novel, I have spent the morning faffing with Adobe Illustrator (a particular tool is defeating me). But it all started with, which has recently been set up to sell art vids to people like me who are amateur and wish to improve. The one in question was the one on Digital Inking and Colouring by Justin Cook. Well it is bank holiday. I’m entitled to a little play, surely. And I’ve had a great time. I have collected seven of their tutorials – many of which are by the lovely Will Terry,  and they’re well worth the small outlay.

Will Terry video

But now, without a moment’s backward glance at the career that might have beckoned, I’m opening up Scrivener to continue writing. Four more days (at least) of relative freedom mean I can get on in peace and try to achieve something in this life – never mind a second life, which may or may not be on offer.

If you’ve written your quota today, go have a peek at Folio Academy and be tempted.