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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Year of the monkey

Year of the monkey

china, drawing
With the Chinese New Year approaching, I thought it might be a nice idea to create a drawing of monkeys¬† in a Chinese brushed ink and wash style for my Chinese friends. I used traditional materials of Chinese ink (prepared using an ink block and slate rubbing stone), calligraphy brush and rice paper. I'd had a short lesson in the technique of drawing with a brush while I was at Shanghai Open University and had some sense of the challenges of this way of working. The paper is incredibly absorbant and unforgiving of mistakes. Mark making is not easy and there is no option other than to be brave and just go for it. After scrapping countless sheets of paper and really struggling I eventually got this pair of monkeys…
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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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Blowing cool

Blowing cool

art, drawing
This was originally done as a sketched idea for a more fully developed commissioned painting. I was happy enough with the painting (of which I no longer have a photograph) though I do remember that it didn't quite have the zest and energy of this swiftly and playfully produced sketch. The dribbles and splodges of running paint I felt (and still feel) added to part of the spontenaiety of the sketch and I came to deliberately induce these sorts of happy accidents to happen in future work.  
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