Category: Misc

Woman 1

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Art is calling me back. I’ve been away for the last 7 months raising my beautiful, delightful girl, but the longing for art never goes.

I spent a wonderful 10 minutes yesterday putting some colour down.

The Hanover Collection

I recently flew to Hanover for a business meeting, and drew the following five sketches while flying there and back, based on adverts and features in a paper I picked up.

This is my favourite of the drawings:
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I liked the quirkiness of the photo I drew this from – a shot of William S. Burroughs taken by Anton Corbijn in 1993.
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I didn’t capture this Calvin Klein Jeans advert very well – the proportions aren’t quite right and the face is best forgotten – but it is all good practice:
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This New Look advert sketch was much better:
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I think my final drawing came out reasonably well too. It is from Karl Lagerfeld’s supermarket style Chanel show at this year’s Paris Fashion Week:
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I am relatively satisfied with the little set of drawings that I made during the flights for this trip.

YES to an independent Scotland

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Scotland in 14 days will vote to separate from the rest of the UK.

Scotland in 50 years will have transformed into a dynamic Nordic nation, with a strong social democratic welfare system, befitting the outlook of many Scots.

I look forward to playing my part in this, and voting YES in the referendum to become independent. As an Englishman living in Scotland for a number of years, I observe a clear difference between the general attitudes in England (the south) and Scotland. Whilst I share the opinions more commonly observed down south, I strongly agree with the right to take full control of the decisions that affect the nation.

I believe separation will also have a positive effect on England, Wales and Northern Ireland, as people look to a new future with a renewed focus.

All of the opinion polls have pointed to maintaining the status quo, but the YES vote has been gradually creeping up, and now stands at 47% after excluding don’t knows. I am hoping that the desire to vote of those telling pollsters NO, is less strong than those saying YES.

Promisingly, the streets around Edinburgh are prominent with displays backing independence. For every NO banner in someone’s window or car, there are at least about 20 YES banners and stickers.

The signs look good, but unfortunately I expect NO to win.

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Figures

I had a little burst of posts 4 weeks ago, but dropped back into posting nothing as I’ve been too preoccupied with non-art matters unfortunately. Hopefully I will be starting to get back on track in a couple of months from now.

I have been doing the odd fashion illustration sketch on the bus though, trying things out. Not many, but some:

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They aren’t that good, but at least they provided a tiny bit of practice to avoid going completely rusty.

My new blog: foodfn

Making art is, and will remain, my number one interest – but I’ll soon be start developing another creative interest: cooking!

Until 3 or so years ago, I had considered learning to draw and paint as something I’d do “later”. Fortunately my wife encouraged me to take a course, and an amazing journey of creation began. My attitude to learning to cook has been similar to this – something I’d like to try, but “later” – but with the new kitchen we’re getting with our extension build, I’m encouraged to start this new journey as soon as the kitchen is ready.

Having this blog about my artist developments, and the support of my readers, has been brilliant. It occurred to me that I might be able to get similar benefits if I blogged about my cooking studies, so that’s what I’ll be doing. It won’t be as active as this blog, but it will be an interesting complement to my cooking. I may even try to introduce some art into my cooking, so might have some cross-posting going on too!

If your interest has been piqued, I’d love to welcome you over in my new blog: foodfn. I put the first post up a few minutes ago. Hope to see you there!

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