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Illustration Friday: Radio

So I’m trying to get better at drawing men. Which is not working out all that well in my opinion. But I tell myself that if I keep working on it I’ll get there. I struggle with the body proportions. So I’ve kind of cheated on this one by giving him a baggy jacket. Yep, cheating. Hope you like it. I promise to put in more effort next week.



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Illustration Friday: Boundaries

In celebration of this weeks theme, ‘Boundaries’ I decided to set myself no boundaries, make no plan, and pretty much just start doodling.As a result this sort of came to life. I started off with the lightbulb and the fireflies. The the stripy border thing, I’d recently been to the V&A with two of my younger siblings who are twelve and seven, and we had done an activity on Islamic art, and I’d made a couple of doodles from various things we saw, so the border thingy is originally from a design on an ancient middle-eastern table. Then came the windchime (copied from one I gave my mother for Christmas last year) and then the birds. and then I thought the speech bubble coming from the bird would be cool, string it all up, add sun moon and stars (inspired by my former Illustration Friday entry “toy”) and voilà!

Done with pen, watercolour, and a bit of felt-tip pen to enhance some of the colours. Also, some of the text I edited in on photoshop, because it ended up looking really crappy and difficult to read on the original painting. Hope you like!

It started out as a feeling
Which then grew into a hope
Which then turned into a quiet thought
Which then turned into a quiet word
And then that word grew louder and louder
‘Til it was a battle cry

~ The Call by Regina Spektor

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Illustration Friday: Disguise

Have been working on this one over the weekend. I saw a gorgeous picture in this art book my dad owns, ‘Lifestyle Illustrations of the 60s’. I would recommend it, it’s a gorgeous book, with amazing pictures, and such a great book to dip into for inspiration. So the idea of part colour, part black and white comes from an image in this book.

The link to this weeks theme comes from a completely different source, I was baking, and when I’m baking/cooking, I always listen to music, and ‘Hey there Delilah’ was on the playlist, and (I’m sure for the first time) I noticed the line, “Listen to my voice, it’s my disguise, I’m by your side” and immediately though, Illustration Friday! It’s such a cute line, and inspired this. The story behind it is that he’s an author, he’s in love with her, and she’s holding one of his books, and his voice through the novel is his disguised way of telling her that he loves her. Points by the way to the person who can guess which actor I used as reference when drawing the guy. 🙂

The actual scene is the second-hand book market under Waterloo Bridge in London, which I absolutely love, its right beside where the IBM London office is, where my dad works, so sometimes I take my younger siblings to London to the museums, he drives us, and when we’re done we take the underground to Embankment, and meet up with our dad under Waterloo Bridge. I totally tell him we’ll meet him there, just so I can see the second-hand books, disguising it as making it easier for him. 🙂 I just can’t resist the lure of secondhand books.

This is a bit different than normal, done in pen and watercolour, and then because I didn’t feel the colours were strong enough, I went over it with felt-tip pens, except the sky and the skin. I quite like how it turned out, first time I’ve tried that…

‘Close your eyes
Listen to my voice, it’s my disguise
I’m by your side’

~ Hey There Delilah by Plain White T’s

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Whoa, Mona Lisa

I’m sure many artists are inspired by music. And I am certainly included in that number. Quite a large amount of my sketches and drawings are the result of a specific song. This is my latest of such results. Listing to The Ballard of Mona Lisa by Panic! At The Disco. It seemed like a good idea to do my own version of the Mona Lisa.

She has ended up looking very much like a heroine out of Bronte novel. The actually outfit was designed based on the Mona Lisa and looking at John William Waterhouse’s paintings, particularly, ‘The lady of Shallot looking at Lancelot’ & ‘Ophelia’. This is just the ink outline. Working on the watercolour at the moment.

“Whoa Mona Lisa I’d pay to see you frown
Oh Mona Lisa
Say what you mean tell me I’m right and let the sun rain down on me give me a sign
I wanna believe”

~ The Ballad of Mona Lisa by Panic! at the Disco

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