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Sketching And Stretching

23 Jan

2018 beatbox tangent

I was scribbling in the dark at a venue called The Moon in Cardiff last week at an evening of performers of words and music gathered there by Rufus Mufasa at the launch of her album. Of course I had to have a scribble….. Here’s Beatbox Tangent who was moving so fast that a lot of the drawing was done very quickly, focusing on generalisations rather than details. Working like this, the drawings often look a bit stretched. It’s hard to draw in the dark, but good practice.

 

 

The Hairiest Man

22 Jan

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Another drawing from the Cardiff gig last week, the launch of Rufus Mufasa’s album, “Fur Coats From The Lion’s Den”. This is Steve Andrews, possibly the hairiest man I’ve ever seen and also a fantastic musician.

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Another Scribble In The Dark

21 Jan

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Drawing at gigs in the near dark is good practice as I have to squint to see the basic details of what’s in front of me and get them down quickly before people move too much. It sharpens my instincts and improves my drawing in the light. I did a load of drawings at the launch of Rufus Mufasa’s new album, “Fur Coats From The Lion’s Den” in Cardiff earlier this week with a 6B graphite stick into my little lined notebook by Peter Pauper Press.

A Scribble In The Darkness

20 Jan

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Husb and I were up in the ‘Diff (that’s Cardiff if you’re outside Wales) earlier this week for an evening of words and music the like of which I haven’t heard before. I’ve always been a metal-head, headbanging’s in my blood, but I loved the different styles of music I heard the other night. Rufus Mufasa has put together a great mix of performers to launch her album. Of course I had to have a scribble….. Here’s Beatbox Tangent (I think, I was so busy scribbling I kept forgetting to listen out for performer’s names) and someone in the audience listening. It’s hard to draw in the dark, but good discipline.

Check out Rufus’ album, “Fur Coats From The Lion’s Den“. If you like it please buy a copy as it’s so hard to make a living as a creative xxx

 

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Cover art on Rufus Mufasa’s album ” Fur Coats From The Lion’s Den”

 

I’m A Rock Chick But ……..

18 Jan

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Husb and I were out in Cardiff on Tuesday night, at The Moon venue, to see the awesome poet, Rufus Mufasa and her friends, a crazy crew of rappers, poets and musicians. Now I’m a headbanger and rock chick and I’m not usually in to any other sort of music but the hip hop and rapping scene in South Wales is amazing and I bought a non-rock / metal CD!!!! It’s Rufus’ album, “Fur Coats From The Lion’s Den”. It’s brilliant. Really brilliant. She’s immensely talented. You can hear it on YouTube but if you like it, please buy a copy because it’s so hard to make a living when you’re a creative.

 

 

Of course, I had a scribble. Craze The Jack is performing on the left and Jordan Da Cruz (I think) is leaning up against a wall on the right. It’s not easy scribbling in a very dark club, but it’s really good practice. And the rappers tend to jump around a lot so that’s good exercise too, capturing them in a few lines when they’re moving so much. I used a 6B graphite stick into my A5 lined notebook by Peter Pauper Press.

Mari Lwyd’s Friends

14 Jan

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Mari Lwyd, the ancient Welsh tradition linking back to the ancient Celtic goddess Epona and the mythological Rhiannon, welcomes the new year by parading a life size puppet constructed around the skull of a horse along with a group of characters who each have a role to play in the celebrations. These characters vary from group to group and the Ystrad Fari Lwyd (from Ystradgynlais) includes a character in white representing the New Year and one in black representing the old year. They carry decorated sticks with bells on.

 

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Mari Lwyd’s friends at Gellionen Chapel

 

 

 

Bits Of Backs

6 Jan

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Husb and I went to a fab arty party last night, several artists shared a birthday and organised an evening of performance and goings on. It was lovely. Of course, I had to have a scribble, but I could only see people’s backs, but that’s ok. It’s all good practice.

And there’s some interesting things going on, wild hair, wacky tattoos and eyecatching boots. I scribbled into my tiny little Paper Blanks Ukiyo-e Kimono sketchbook with a biro (ballpoint) pen.

A Little Bit Of Kimono

5 Jan

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Here are a couple more heads I scribbled last night at the WAM (Words Art Music) monthly event at the excellent Workers Gallery in Ynyshir. I did my usual thing of being an art voyeur, scribbling people’s likenesses when they were absorbed in what was going on.

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I am very fond of this tiny sketchbook, you can get an idea of its size from the pepper next to it. It’s by Paper Blanks, hardback with a fabric cover which is based on a Japanese Ukiyo-e kimono pattern and the whole thing is so beautifully made, with acid-free paper and a precisely folded paper pocket on the inside back cover. Ukiyo-e is a genre of woodblock prints dating back to the 1600s (the Edo period) and the word means “pictures of the floating world“.

WAM

4 Jan

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It’s late and Husb and I are just back from a great evening at the lovely Workers Gallery in Ynyshir in the Rhondda Valley. We went to the monthly WAM (Words, Art, Music) event which is held on the first Thursdays. Of course I had a scribble, catching the faces of people in the audience who were absorbed in the performances. I used a biro (ballpoint) pen into my small (A6) flowery hardback Paper Blanks sketchbook.

 

 

Variations On The Spoken Word

2 Dec

 

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I went to Rufus Mufasa’s album launch last night at Cinema & Co in Swansea and it was a fantastic explosion of word performance, so different to traditional poetry performances, so energetic and angry and joyous and funny and full of life. And so varied. She had invited lots of other performers to join her. Of course I had to have a scribble. In the dark. As you do. I used graphite stick into my A5 lined notebook by Peter Pauper Press. Here it is with Sparta Puss, who seems a bit miffed by it.

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If you want to check out Rufus’ album, Fur Coats From The Lion’s Den, which is fantastic, please click here.

 

 

 

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