If you start me up

If you start me up

art, drawing
I went through a period when I became fascinated about creating paintings and drawings with a musical theme. Some were rather imaginative, some were portraits, others were largely exercises in throwing a load of paint around and seeing what turned up. I rediscovered this one in my old portfolio which I found neglected in the shed. The original is slightly larger than A1 on heavy watercolour paper. I liked working fast in acrylic and pastel at that time, I seem to recall.
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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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Rodney Fitch

Rodney Fitch

drawing, vector
Prof. Rodney Fitch CBE 1938-2014 It was with sadness that I learned only today that Rodney Fitch died a little over a week ago on the 20th October. A tour de force of British design, he created one of the most successful and lucrative design agencies in the world having risen from the most decidedly humble of beginnings. At the height of his powers he was a colossus in the world of retail design and it was during this stage in his life that I came into contact with him. Three years previously I'd given up a career in engineering and sold my house to fund a full-time degree in product design as a mature student. As the course neared its end I made a decision to continue my studies…
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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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