The King is dead

The King is dead

art, drawing, Uncategorized
Riley B. King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015), aka, BB King died yesterday and left a hole in the world. BB King became one with his Gibson ES-355 guitar (his beloved Lucille) when he played, as was frequently hailed during his lifetime; the man and the instrument fused into a single musical entity. It was this, the inseparable nature of the bond between the man and his guitar, and the intensity of his perfomance that I tried to capture in this 1994 drawing I did of him. I had sometime previously found some black rag handmade paper and hadn't at the time found a use for it. While listening to the radio, BB came on doing what only he could do. That was all the inspiration I needed. Farewll,…
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Regina Spektor vector

Regina Spektor vector

art, drawing, vector
  It occured to me only recently that while I've drawn animals, birds, fish,  men and even lamps, I've never created a vector drawing of a woman. I've no idea why not, but maybe it's something to do with my rather messy style and perhaps a subliminal concern that I'd make a hash of it. It's easy drawing blokes - a wrong mark simply adds character, but a slack mark on a woman is a blemish, generally speaking. Anyway, here's Regina Spektor, singer/songwriter and creator of 'Samson' - an achingly, hauntingly beautiful song.
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Becks pecs

Becks pecs

art, drawing, vector
Drawn for no other reason than I thought it might be interesting to have a go at capturing something of Becks' slightly more rugged and less pretty-boy appearence now that he's approaching early middle-age.
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Handy

drawing, vector
Handy things; hands. Blooming difficult to draw too. I've been fascinated by hands, it seems to me, forever. The mastery of the hand-mind-eye relationship and its capacity to deliver near-miraculous material outcomes is undoubtedly a contributory factor in our evolutionary intellectual advancement as a species. I love the complexity of shadow, form, line and tone that hands offer as a subject - they are a real challenge and trying to capture something of their essence is - for me, at least, - a challenge I've never found easy. These seemingly swiftly produced drawings were an attempt to render something of the character and personality of my own hands. My frankly rusty drawing skills haven't made the task easy and it's clear to me that I'm a long way short of…
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Drawing a year on

drawing, vector
I started last year - 2012 - full of good intentions of drawing and painting regularly. Well, that didn't quite happen as rather more pressing events dominated the unfolding year. Anyway, on a whim I decided to tackle another vector drawing only this time it would be a self-portrait. I based it very loosely on an extremely poor quality webcam snapshot taken in low light. The dodgy lighting meant that there was not much detail, especially in the shadows, so I decided to use this as a basis for a rough and ready approach to the drawing itself. Having completed the image and while saving it I was stunned to discover that exactly one year ago almost to the hour I'd also just created a self-portrait. So this represents something…
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Fishy vector drawing

drawing, vector
It's been a while since I did any vector drawings; indeed, it's been rather too long since I did any meaningful drawings at all. What I did manage to do on a number of occasions this past year is to indulge in a little fly fishing which I found to be incredibly relaxing and good for allowing the mind to wander and wind down. Given the many long hours when nothing much was happening and the fish weren't showing any interest in my efforts, I came to imagining what it must be like  to see what they were up to as I worked to cast an assortment of flies in their general direction. This drawing is a consequence of that imagining. As with my earlier vector work (click on the vector…
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