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Chilled Out

6 Feb

 

that's not an exercise regime, it's a junta copy

Sparta Puss isn’t lazy. She’s just relaxed. So she says. My digital drawing, Husb’s caption.

Anti Cat Propaganda

5 Feb

remote

I’m with the late, great Little Ming on this one. Too many films portray cats as the villains. And we know they’d never behave like that. Oh no. πŸ˜‰

Another of Husb’s captions over one of my cat drawings.

Do Not Disturb

3 Feb

you could move and lose a few pints of blood and your dignity, or we could stay here copy

So here’s another one of Husb’s captions on one of my cat drawings. Sparta Puss was sleeping on my lap of an evening, like she often does. She doesn’t like to be disturbed!

 

 

Lazy Bones

1 Feb

seen the light

Husb is putting captions to my cat drawings, for a laugh. They’re so accurate too. This is Sparta Puss chilling out, drawn with a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen into a very nice sketchbook made with banana leaf paper.

 

 

Blame!

31 Jan

who, me copy

Sparta Puss always blames me.

 

Husb is putting captions to my cat drawings. It’s fun πŸ˜€

 

 

There’s Millions Of Them!

30 Jan

to be honest, this obsession is starting to feel a bit creepy copy

Another bit of fun from Husb and me. Sometimes you just gotta loosen up and have a laugh, art can get very serious. Husb has been adding captions to my drawings of our cats, done over many years, we’ve been cat people for decades. This is Sparta Puss pointing out the obvious. She doesn’t have a high opinion of her trained monkeys.
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Mission To Kill

29 Jan

talked about this before

Husb and I have been having fun, he’s been taking some of my drawings of our cats and adding his own text to them. This is the late, great Little Ming, a tiny fluffball and so very sweet, except with vets. It was her mission in life to kill vets. She had a red dot on her notes at the vets because she was so dangerous. Aaaawww.

 

 

Hairy Haiku

28 Jan

food now

Hairy Haiku. It’s my cat again. She’s very clever.

 

 

A Big Box Of Pencils

13 Jan

 

tracing 3

I did a bit more work on my next woodcut today, making a tracing from my original drawing to transfer the image onto the wood block. I used a thick charcoal pencil for the tracing because I have to turn the tracing paper over to reverse the image onto the wood. Once the reversed image was in place, I drew over the thick charcoal lines using a smaller 2H pencil which gave a fairly fine line. Finally I took the tracing paper off the MDF and went over the faint trace lines with a B pencil, which gives good definition without being too smudgy. I have a big box of pencils. It’s really nice.

tracing 5

I bought the box at a very reasonable price from the Derwent Pencil Museum in Keswick in The Lake District. It’s a fabulous little gem of a museum, so informative and a great place for graphite geeks to hang out. Just outside Keswick is an old graphite mine, which is why the pencil industry took root there. And it has a factory shop, with cut-price pencils and boxes!

From left to right: tracing over the original drawing; the tracing reversed onto the block of MDF; going over the faint trace lines with a darker pencil.

A Bit Each Day

7 Jan

tree stage 2

It’s easy to get precious about making art, I’m guilty of that! I spend so much time agonising about what to do that I almost get creative paralysis at times. One of the things I do to overcome this is to start working on a process and just do a bit every day. Sometimes you can work flat out on a piece of art for 7, 8, 9 hours but other times it’s just not possible. So a bit each day is good enough as it gives time to think about it, and thinking time is really important. I carried on redrawing from an original drawing, scaling it up and thinking about the technical problems I’m going to have to work out to develop this into a three-colour woodcut print. I’m using contΓ© crayons in black and sanguine over graphite.

 

 

 

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