The King and Lucille

The King and Lucille

art, drawing, vector
The death of BB King gave me all the excuse I needed to draw him again, this time in vectors. As someone who was larger than life, I've nominally drawn him at A1 size, but of course, since the orginal is in vector format, he can be scaled to almost any size. The image below is cropped closeup of his face.  
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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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Research poster

creative thinking, creativity, drawing, technology
Copy of Research Posters on Prezi This is an update of a Prezi was produced for students at Coventry University on the MSc Industrial Design and MSc Transport Design Courses. The students were required to produce an A1 sized poster that described their research project, its methodologies, outcomes and how it would be used to feed into their major design project. The presentation itself may be of use to others who are required to create information rich documents and features advice on the creation of inforgraphics and poster layouts as well as links to external sites that are both supportive and critical of infographics.  
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So little time

art, painting
If ever there was a symbolic illustration of how little free time I have in my life these days, this painting is it. In total it probably took around 8 hours or so to paint.  Sadly, those eight hours were spread across nearly a month. What with TMA marking, day schools, work commitments, family life, domestic emergencies and the ordinary hustle and bustle of everyday life I began to feel I'd never finish this picture. When I started it I was clean shaven. Over the time it took me to complete it I grew a beard (which I started to paint in) and then a few days ago I shaved the beard off which necessitated the painting out of the beard and getting things back to more or less where…
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Drawn to it

art, creativity, drawing
This portrait is somewhat out of sequence in relation to the recent paintings. It's from one of my sketchbooks and I rattled it off in about twenty minutes one evening in early December 2011. It was one of those sketches that simply drew itself; every line seemed right and the whole thing was effortless - to use a contemporary idiom, I was in the zone. It's weird the way it sometimes happens and to this day I've not been able to reliably get myself into the zone at will, which can be infuriating on those occasions when things simply do not go well and everything seems difficult. Strange, strange processes at work. Until today, I hadn't seen this sketch from the time I initially drew it, and looking at it…
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Critical v creative

creative thinking, design
This Prezi is serves as a brief introduction to the differences between critical and creative thinking and was created as part of the course material for tutorial sessions delivered to Industrial Design students at Coventry University. Some of the notes are based on an article by Robert Harris, An Introduction to Creative Thinking, 1998. I've been unable to attribute most of the images as I no longer have those details, so in the event that the an originator takes offense at their use in this educational contact, please don't hesitate to contact me and I will withdraw any offending image at once. I am, of course, delighted to acknowledge the originators should anyone be able to identify themselves as such. Acknowledgements: EyeClops Night Vision Goggles - http://eyeclopsnightvision.com/ guardian.co.uk - http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2011/4/22/1303469654294/Law-student-studying-007.jpg…
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