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07.01.07 | Gone Fishin’ #2

I spent a fair slab of this weekend working on building a larger trout - to paraphrase and distort the old saying: "If you can build a better trout, the world will beat a path to your door".

Having finally settled on the correct method (see previous post), it was time to get cracking...

05.01.07 | Gone Fishin’ #1

Those trout made out of betting tickets will shortly be making a comeback as well.

As I've insufficient quantities of Japanese betting tickets left I've had to resort using local ACTTAB betting tickets. Unfortunately these aren't quite as busy and don't have the subtle colouring of...

29.12.05 | Squid Update #6 - Finito

OK we are in the home stretch now!!! This has been a marathon, I thought I could polish off this squid in 3 posts, but instead it has taken 6 thus far. Either I'm slow or verbose or both. Anyway, when I last left you I was starting the fins. Again, it's case of rubbing in graphite with...

27.12.05 | Squid Update #5

Not quite an early start on this today, a bit tardy in fact....well drinks last night took their toll (hey it is the festive season after all).

Well dear reader, as flagged in the last post, I started by doing some more highlighting on the tentacles - especially the outer edge of the...

26.12.05 | Squid Update #4

After a couple of weeks hiatus, I am determined to complete Charlie before the New Year...after all it is the Christmas holidays and I should take advantage of the time. I deliberately had a quiet Christmas (drinks wise), so I could draw today (Boxing Day). I'm glad I did, bright and...

20.11.05 | Squid Update #3

A number of readers have requested some larger photos - so that they can see more detail. You request, so I deliver. The following photo provides that detail and is a nice recap to where we were at last time around, namely a completed squid face. In real life Charlie's face is about the...

07.10.05 | Squid Update #2

Having started with Charlie's eye we best move on and complete the rest of his eye socket and head. The key thing here is to gradually layer graphite and build up tone, this will prevent Charlie being too monochromatic. Readers may recall from previous entries that I like to rub graphite...

04.10.05 | Squid Update #1

Iíve had a fascination with drawing a member of the cephalopod species for quite a while now. Over the past 18 months Iíve noticed that a number of the blogs which I visit have featured drawings of squid and octopus. The depictions range from the whimsy of Brandon Reeseís Octopus...

27.03.05 | Indian Rope Trick: Update #5

With all that anguish concerning the magician's face I have decided to tackle the problem head-on (pardon the pun). Rather than waiting up until the end to finalise the face, let's do it straight away so as to get me out of my misery! At least that way if I stuff it up then I can stop...

24.02.05 | Indian Rope Trick: Update #4

I originally wanted the magician to be pointing upwards towards the boy climbing the rope - half way through the drawing I lost enthusiasm for this idea. So it's scrapped as I think it would look a bit too contrived, also to achieve that effect I would have to scale back the size of the...

19.02.05 | Indian Rope Trick: Update #3

Last episode we had virtually completed the left hand side of the drawing - hip hip hooray. In this jam-packed episode, we'll cover the snake charmer's basket, the rope, and the stage curtain (not again, yes this time to demonstrate rubbing techniques), and floorboards. So let's get the...

24.01.05 | Indian Rope Trick: Update #2

Well me luvlies (said with a Cockney accent for no good reason), when we last left you we were about a fifth of the way through the drawing.

Since then progress has been slow, we've been having a semi-sustained heat wave here (a week of 40 degrees celsius = 100+ fahrenheit = too hot to...

12.01.05 | Indian Rope Trick: A Work in Progress #1

Two weeks into the new year and already my artistic plans for 2005 are being revised!

First the bad news, I had high hopes of entering the Turf Monthly Art Prize but after several weeks of trying to come up with a different way of interpreting all things equine I'm still at a loss for...