Almost Manga

7 Mar

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We have some little relatives staying for a sleepover and of course, they are scribbling fodder. My little niece was cwtched on the settee watching a film and I tried to draw her. So very hard! All children are aliens! They have such weird proportions – HUGE eyes, little turned up nose, tiny chin and chubby cheeks. She looks like a Manga cartoon! Every time I tried she ended up looking like a character in a comic book! None of these actually look like her, I’m still struggling so hard to get the proportions right. I’ll get there. I’ll keep on trying. I’ll crack it eventually. Scribbled into my new A5 hardbacked sketchbook with a graphite stick.

Bit of trivia. There is a now unused graphite mine in Cumbria, the Lake District, which used to provide the graphite for cannonball manufacture in the days of Elizabeth the First and pencils have been made there since the 1830s. There’s even a pencil museum in Keswick, a grand day out.

2 Responses to “Almost Manga”

  1. Mark Winter / Chicane March 8, 2015 at 15:58 #

    Very funny – you’re absolutely right. It’s much easier to cartoon children than to draw them. They’re almost living cartoons 😉

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