Thursday, March 20, 2008

Monday, March 17, 2008

The Scales of Truth

A stomachful of home-truths can be a heavy burden, best lace it with positive messaging.
I enjoyed drawing this fellow, he's on the cusp of thickening middle age. I used a Rotring pen for this sketch; it's a bit like drawing in a straight-jacket (as far as I'm concerned).

Friday, March 07, 2008

Illustration Friday 'Garden'

I found it tricky drawing Churchill. Drawing likenesses isn't my bag, but what the hell, I did it anyway 'coz it's a good challenge for me and I need stretching. However, on a personal note, it does carry a great risk, namely in the form of having one's lights punched out if the subject dislikes my work.

The last time I sketched a real live human being was at a London comedy club in Soho a couple of years ago. A comedian came over to see the sketch I'd drawn of him. Reluctantly, I turned back the pages of my sketchbook mumbling get-out clauses (which stank of excuses) such as: 'it's only a rough' or 'I never went to art school' or 'my arm hurts' etc...Anyway, this bloke grabbed my sketchbook, studied the artwork for a bit, then threw it on the floor: 'That's crap, it don't look like me, you're really f*cking sh*t at drawing'. He was about to punch me in the face, so I ducked.