Doodle 27.01.17

Good afternoon.

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Starry Wood. Fibre tip pens, The Scanner.

Spot the castle.

Drake

Comission (20.01.17)

Hello!

Today I am very excited to introduce you to Losori.

Losori is a wonderful blog about sewing, theatre and performance, and lots of other stuff. Lottie, the mind behind it, posts about how to alter skirts and design dresses whilst writing about her life and sharing a brilliant sense of humour. She asked me to illustrate a cover for her blog, and it was such a pleasure to work with her that I wanted to post it here.

Don’t forget to visit Lottie’s blog and see all the wonderful things there!

Thanks for reading,

Drake x

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Friday 13.01.17

Hello!

Isn’t today a day for bad luck? Here’s a castle. You can go and live there to hide from bad luck. Of course, this castle (in Cheshire) is quite cold and breezy, so you might want to take a flask of hot chocolate for the top of the hill.

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Beeston Castle Drawbridge. Fibre tip pens of various sizes. Prepared for the internet by my trusty low resolution scanner.

Until next Friday.

Drake

Doodle 06.01.17

Hello 2017!

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Star Boy. Indian ink, wash and pen, and low resolution black and white scanning.

I begin this year where I left off (remember the last post of 2016?). It is the same picture, but the light has changed.

The beginning of this year is black and white. There are two reasons for this.

Reason no.1: In an age where digital art has become super popular, I feel it is important to embrace the role machines play in how we view art. Even though I like to draw on paper with pens I have to put my doodles through a camera lens or a scanner to get them online, and what you see on your computer screen is not the same as what I see in the daylight on my kitchen table. Shortly put, you will never be able to see the same doodle that I do, and I am not going to pretend that you are. The low resolution scanner I use to digitise my doodles changes the pictures, and I like how they go fuzzy and blurry and the off-kilter contrast. The cheap little scanner is my partner in artistic crime.

Reason no.2: Whilst at my parents’ house for the Christmas period I am banned from using liquid inks in the house. Usually this would mean painting in the garden shed, but it has been requisitioned as my father’s personal brewery. As I cannot paint, my only other option is mess-free felt tip pens. Hence the mono-tone.

Aaand, I feel like we have grown closer through this heart felt sharing of artistic thought.

Look out for another doodle next Friday…

Drake x

Doodle 23.09.16

Happy Friday 🙂

My arm is getting better, and can draw in short snatches before it starts to protest.

This week I’ve been trying something new. A little involuntary, due to my weak arminess, but these doodles are much less overworked than usual. Also note that the black and white photocopiness of these pictures is intentional, and is a prelude to a possible zine I’ll be working on. 

I’d love to know what you think! -Drake

“Troll Hitchhiker”, pen and ink, sketchbook


“Mr Grumpy”, pen and ink, sketchbook


“Mr Sleepy”, pen and ink, sketchbook

Doodle 16.09.16

Hello again! A week ago I broke my arm. Unfortunately, it is my right arm, and I am right handed. Fortunately, I also have a left arm, and a left hand. So, this week I have been training my left hand to draw.

Here is the very first thing I ever drew with my left hand:

Left Hand: the birth


As you can see, at first Left Hand did not display any obvious signs of artistic ability. However, we persevered, and now I am happy to introduce you to my artistic alter ego, Left. 

Here you can see works by Right and a copy by Left. Their styles differ somewhat.

Lost Girl (right hand)

Lost Girl (left hand)

Old Man Bob (right hand)

Old Man Bob (left hand)

Right is slowly recovering, but Left might be taking over the blog for a few weeks. In the meantime, let me know what you think: how does my left hand compare?

Doodle 09.09.16

Greetings!

This week I relocated to York. I left my shed, somehow managing to cram all art supplies into this tiny suitcase…


And now, instead of a shed, I have a tiny corner 😀


So, in honour of this newness, I have dedicated this post to a little piece of York. Here is my impression of York Minster:


See you next Friday 😜

Doodle 02.09.16

Look! A monster!


Yes, there are monsters here. In fact, here is the entire monster…


Welcome to a scene from The Princess and the Troll. Clearly, the princess is using a giant hand monster sea creature thing to dislodge an oversized star from the sky (or is it the sea?) I had a lot of fun painting this, mostly because it involved a lot of paint splattering and peeling off masking fluid (think how fun peeling PVA glue off the back of your hand used to be and double it).

And here is the concept sketch in lots of lovely black ink!



So, there is proof that princesses, trolls, and odd-looking monster are still in the mix.

And, if you haven’t already seen it, check out this wonderful post by my mate Buttons, about balloons: Buttons and the balloons.