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First Things First

23 May


My Nana always used to say, “First Things First”. I should have listened to her. I started drawing my new boots a few days ago on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet but I didn’t do any preliminary sketches first to work out how the boots related to each other, the difference in perspective and angles. And now I’m stuck because the boot on the left of the digital drawing just doesn’t look right. So I started sketching them in my little paper sketchbook – and I still can’t get it right. So I’ll have to carry on until it works out.

Here’s what I’ve done so far. I think one of the problems is that Doctor Marten’s have soles that turn up quite sharply at the front and I’, having lots of trouble getting that angle right.

Blocking In

21 May


Blocking In. I’m carrying on with my digital drawing of my new willow pattern Doctor Marten boots, blocking in the second one. It’s not as easy as the other as I have to draw everything in relation to the first and it’s tricky. It’s taken me much further with the digital drawing app (Markers) than I’ve done before. The first two stages are below.

More Boot In Blue

20 May


I carried on with the digital drawing I started last week, of my lovely new Doctor Marten boots, decorated with a blue and white willow pattern. They are a gift from a dear friend and I’m chuffed to bits with them. I drew on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 using a free Markers app. It’s getting old now, practically an antique, but it’s still fit for purpose so I won’t be changing it any time soon.


This is where I left off last time


New Blue Boots (Work In Progress)

15 May


A dear friend gave me a pair of blue and white Doctor Martens boots. They’re fab. They are covered with a blue willow pattern, like the one on pottery. I’ve been a bit sluggish creatively lately so I thought I’d get a bit of still-life drawing in, so I plonked them on top of my plans chest, loaded up my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a free Markers app and got stuck in. Then I got distracted by the cat. So I’ll work on them again tomorrow.

Puss ‘n’ Boots

6 Dec


Spent a lot of today using the Columbian press at Swansea Print Workshop and then went visiting family. When I got home, I didn’t have much time so I scribbled a quick sketch, just a few minutes, into my little A5 Peter Pauper Press sketchbook. I sketched my boot and my cat, Sparta Puss.

Puss ‘n’ Boots

13 Feb

14 cat n boots

Still nursing the lurgi this morning so I was sat with my legs up on a footstool wearing my cool Magnum HiTec boots. Sparta Psychokitteh came along and stretched herself on top of my snazzy leggings. I’m a scribbler. So I scribbled her.

As I was drawing, I drifted off into ‘the zone’. This sort of repetitive, physical mark-making induces a kind of meditative state in me. I thought about the books I’d read and the documentaries I’d watched over the past few weeks while I’ve been ill, about paleolithic art andΒ cave paintings in particular. Most of the art from the Stone Age is recognisably animal or human, but there are lots of examples of abstract shapes, grids, dots and dashes and a number of theories about them. One is that early artists were trying to depict entoptic imagery, another that they were drawing hallucinations caused by intoxicants or rituals. I wondered how many artists have been consulted in the formulation of these theories because when I’m in ‘the zone’ I get totally absorbed in the phusicality of drawing; the physical nature of making marks over and over again. Were the earliest artists in our species experiencing something similar? Hmmmmm.

Drawn into my A6 blue silk recycled sketchbook with a Pentel V5 pen, size 0.5mm and Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens sizes XS, S and B. (Sparta chewed the bead off the ribbon and I had to tie it back on and it’s skanky now!).

Wonky Boots

8 Oct

Only time for a very quickie sketch today so I scribbled my boots which are a bit wonky now that I’ve worn them in. I’m not a shoe person and I don’t like shiny, pristine footwear so I like my boots best when they’re a bit battered. I don’t get the shopping for shoes thing at all. However, I have far more pairs of boots than I let on to Husb πŸ˜‰

Model And Me

16 Jun

I’ve been photographing and cataloguing all my old sketchbooks, no small matter, there are dozens. This drawing is 6 years old. I was still using drawing pens but working on size A3 and sketching not just the model, but the life drawing room and whatever was reflected in the large mirrors. Here I am in the background with my well-worn and well-loved Hi Tec Magnum boots. They’re the most comfortable boots I’ve ever had. I bought them in the Army and Navy store. They had trouble getting my size because they’re supposed to be for men and I had to have the smallest ones and still have to pad them out a bit with socks. They have lasted really well, very good value. I first saw them when I did some training with the local police force and most of the officers wore them. I thought they’d look really good with thick woolly tights and a skirt. The chaps didn’t think so! πŸ˜€

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