Here are some character doodles inspired by drawing with my daughter.
“Daddy, draw some blob dudes.”
“Okay. Let’s listen to some jazz.”
“Ok… what’s jazz?”
My blogs and sites have turned into a bit of a mess over the years. The most simple thing would have been to keep everything in one place which is what I had done for a long time, but I thought since I make such different kinds of work (fine art, design, illustration, cartoons, blah) I decided to create different blogs for different content. Now I realise that was a ridiculous idea simply because it’s so difficult to upkeep!
When I was younger I used to draw cartoons all the time, but when I started taking art seriously I moved away from that. I did things here and there for fun, but nothing that regular. Then I got tired of working mundane jobs in order to pay the rent and fund my art making, so I started working in design after I had finished my funded MA. Through working in design people realised I could draw so I often produced illustrations. In 2010 I moved to Finland, got a job and then in 2011 my daughter happened into this world. This was a great time, but it was also a tiring time and I think I spent two years like a zombie. During this period I began making the cartoons. I think it was my way of dealing with what was happening in my life at the time, trying not to take things too seriously and trying somehow to stay sane! So I began again picking up from an old hobby just for the fun of it.
These were the beginnings of the more complex drawings I now create. So rather than migrate across all those drawings and make even more of a mess of this blog I’ll just direct you to the archive which is here:
Below are some drawings from that archive I’m quite fond of.
These are some experiments with line and colour. I got inspired by some free painting at a kids event and I couldn’t resist getting involved. It was great to make a mess and experiment; it was also inspiring and fun to be around such enthusiastic young little artists! The painting made at that event is at the bottom of this post. It’s a mess, but something about it was refreshing.
I’ve been participating in this years Inktober on Instagram. If you’re not familiar with it then basically each year in October Jake Parker, the founder of Inktober on instagram, invites people to create a drawing in ink everyday throughout October. There are other variants on the main theme, but so far Jake’s Inktober is still the most popular.
I tried to participate last year by drawing a character everyday to illustrate the daily theme that eventually would build up into a larger single drawing by the end of October. I didn’t mange to complete the drawing in October last year, but the result is here!
This year I’m doing a similar thing; so far I’ve managed to make a drawing everyday and I’m on my way to completing some kind of final drawing. Below are a selection of the drawings I have made so far.
I’ve been making movement drawings in my sketchbook whenever I can for some time. Often I like the results on their own, but I rarely post just these sketches; they often inform other drawings, but I like the raw quality of the sketches.
I’m thrilled that my work has been referenced in the very interesting research blog investigating drawing:
The continuation of this strange journey. This city never ends…