Rare return to vectors

drawing, Uncategorized, vector
I haven't quite given up on ever drawing meaningfully again. Jeez, when's there ever the time these days. Anyway, I stayed up way too late to do this and as usual, once I started I couldn't stop. I struggled with the eyes on this one - couldn't get them to track correctly. Actually, this was not made easier because when I get tired my right eye goes a bit cross-eyed and I had to work really hard to make it behave. It's not that I mind drawing my cross-eyed state as such, it's more that it just ends up looking like I couldn't get the gaze right! As usual, click on image to load bigger version. This version (below) has had a bit of noise added to it to see…
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Finding China Part 3 – Wuzhen

china, drawing
Click on image for larger version A short bus ride from Tongxiang, Wuzhen is an ancient town - or, probably more accurately, a collective of ancient districts - built on a collection of islands surrounded by canals. While undeniably a major tourist attraction that must pull in a significant income for the local economy, it is, even so,  a living town in its own right, with some 12,000 permanent residents calling it home. While aspects of it do feel somewhat like a living museum, nevertheless, there is a buzz and a vivacity that brings the place to life. Wuzhen is characterised by narrow labyrinthine streets - (no cars here) - and of course, the canals that serve as the arterial byways through the place with shops selling local crafts. And,…
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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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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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Going ape with vectors

art, drawing, vector
The fun with vectors continues. Starting to get fast and loose now. I’ve tried to capture something of the sheer mass and power of this wonderful animal. Since I first posted these images, I've created a larger version (1400 pixels wide) with added noise to increase the sense of texture and freedom. Click on the image above to load the this latest version. Grateful acknowledgements to http://www.yunphoto.net for use of source photograph.  
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