Separated at birth?
Friday, January 19, 2007
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
If you're interested in my technique (or lack of it), here's how I work.
Then out comes the black ink. I use a mix of brush pens, dip pens and roller-balls. I also use coloured biros on some areas for outlines or extra detail (beard hairs etc.). Finally I add highlights in white gouache, watercolour pencils and (occasionally) Tippex. Okay ... I may not be a purist. But I do get the work completed on time.
I'll post the finished pic when it's ... er ... finished. I'm having fun with this one. I liked the idea of adding lots of little humorous details ... like the skull clothes pegs and the spare beard in the laundry basket and the skull and crossbones Y-fronts.
Everyone should have a pair of skull and crossbones Y-fronts.
Monday, January 15, 2007
But I digress.
He was in Liverpool and working with a local on-site IT man. And while he worked, he was chatting to me on his mobile. Anyway, as we're chatting, the Scouse Techie opens up his laptop and, lo and behold, his desktop displays a cartoon of a pirate. My cartoon of a pirate. The one I did for International Talk Like a Pirate Day. This pirate:
I've never met this man and, until last week, nor had Murphy. But now, here I was chatting to him about his desktop wallpaper. That I drew. What are the chances of that, eh?
I'd like to say that it's the oddest tale of coincidence I know. But it isn't. This is:
My personal favourite coincidence story concerns Sue Hamilton, who was working alone in her office in July 1992 when the fax machine broke down. Unable to fix it, she decided to call her colleague, Jason Pegler, who had set off for home a little earlier. Finding what looked like it might be his home phone number pinned on a notice board, she called him and began to explain the problem. But Jason quickly stopped her: 'I'm not at home', he explained. 'I just happened to be walking past this phone box when it rang, and I answered it.' The number Sue found on the notice board was not Jason's home number. It was his employee number - which just happened to be the same sequence of numbers as the number of the phone box Jason was walking past when she called.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
I found the photo of 'Mr Winky' in an old photo source book and liked it immediately. However, my numerous attempts to draw it onto the canvas failed dismally (I was determined not to trace it). Then I realised that it was probably because I'm right handed and Mr Winky was looking right. You may not be aware of this but it's a lot easier to draw someone looking left if you're a Righty. So I reversed the image and, suddenly, I had a workable drawing. I then blocked it in with an underpainting of deep red ... and completely buggered the eyes up. So, out came the brush and a spot of correction and I managed to fix it (I think). Then, I spent a chunk of New Year's Day slapping on some basic tones and trying to work out what to replace the black areas of the original high-contrast image with. By the end of the day I felt I had some semblance of a picture going. Watch this space to see how the picture progresses when the real painting starts ...