Colourful creatures

Colourful creatures

art, drawing
  More coloured sketchbook pencil and ink drawings. Some are a bit more literally-representative than others, but each was done with a slightly different outcome in mind. At some level I wanted to render the images with a sense of realism in terms of the play of light, shadow and texture but at another level I was concerned with their aesthetic portrayal as symbols or icons. For instance, with the seahorse, I wanted it to look like a seahorse, but I wanted the scale of it to be ambiguous and so I imagined what a seahorse would be like if it had an armoured hide in the manner of a rhinoceros. With the octopus, I wanted to convey its ability to contort itself into knots, and with the weird robot-fish…
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Autumn fungi

Autumn fungi

photography
Fungi are amazing organisms. This small collection were all photographed within the same week but across four different locations. The inkcaps (3rd and 4th, top row) were found growing out of a mix of hard gravel and stones between a concrete wall and a paved footpath. The bracket fungi were all on the same rotting tree stump. The large parasols, about 10cm across, (1st and 2nd, top row) were in a garden. I think that the cluster of fungi shown in the bottom row, last image, is honey fungus, but I'm not entirely sure.
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Play misty

Play misty

photography
These images were taken in early-October about an hour after sunrise. On two consecutive mornings, there was dazzlingly bright sunlight shining through a low-lying mist that combined to produce some wonderfully atmospheric images. The effect didn't last long and within an hour the mist had cleared. All these images were taken on a Moto 4G phone. I am constantly amazed at how brilliant mobile phone cameras are becoming.
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Cool blue cat

Cool blue cat

art, drawing
This drawing of a blue cat continues a theme I was working on for a couple of weeks in which small sketchbook ink drawings were filled using single block colours. In this instance I wanted to convey an air of mystery and other-worldliness. The contoured background landscape is a technique I first explored as a boy when I became fascinated by contour lines on maps. On and off, I've continued to create these sort of ambiguous contoured landscapes over the years.
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Bird of a feather

Bird of a feather

art, drawing
This sketchbook drawing of stylised imaginary bird was conceived as a sort of iconic or heraldic signifier. I imagined it in my mind's eye featuring in an old book illustration, tapestry or in a stained-glass window. Based on the red colourway of an earlier dragon doodle, I wanted to explore the creative possibilities in using only a singe key colour.
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Enter the dragon

Enter the dragon

art, drawing
This started life as an abstract doodle in a notebook. The shapes that eventually came to form the head were where the drawing started. Once I  began to see the potential for a dragon-like creature emerging I decided to let the dragon emerge. You might note that this species of dragon is characterised by a shortage of legs...
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