Sore eye syndrome!
Are the stars out tonight?
A soothing bath.
Not been the best week for productivity, had a few grown up things to sort out! I hate those.
So no new project work carried out.
Despite this, the discipline of the daily book perseveres. Some examples of this daftness above.
Page quality of the daily book is still poo, so I am using a thinner nib. Which was annoying at first, but has actually started to grow on me.
Oh! And I have been roughing out new stories in pencil, which is not my usual practice. I’ll dig out some of the ramblings that are presentable.
Also noticed that a lot of my recent drawings are about health issues – I had some sort of lurgi last week and my dreams were riddled with ailment malarkey!
The ol’ mind eh?
See ya’ week amigo!
New drawing book still a bit pants, but I am either deluding myself or the pages are gradually starting to thicken as I progress through it.
Still using a thinner nibbed pen than usual (which I am oddly starting to enjoy), but still noticeable bleed through. Sally above (in the middle, with a secret) is drawn with my preferred 1.2mm nib, and can be seen clearly on the reverse page.
Still able to scan and colour without too much issue, as you can see from the three sketchbook pages above.
Bye fer’ now!
Is this seat taken?
A stark Janus.
A new book!
I started a new drawing book – one of my favourite things.
Except this one has a few issues. Mainly the paper quality. I normally get a bit of bleed through, but this is mental. An image can totally obscure the drawing on the reverse.
Today was my first chance to scan from the book. And the page quality does seem to improve – and once scanned the bleed through isn’t that bad as I get through more pages.
The right image above (“A new book”) was on the inside fly page – normally quite thick – under the dude’s chin you can see bleed through from the previous image.
I started drawing with a thinner nib pen, but that was shit. I like my thick line – Staedtler Pigment Liner 1.2 nib! Ooh rah!!!
Anyhoo – not the biggest world issue currently, I shall persevere like the trooper I am!
Until next week amigos!
I’ve mentioned this before but this Galaxy Note phone is great for drawing on. I can scribble on the train, at the barber’s, and in the boozer!
The standard ‘Notes’ is perfect for jotting down ideas, roughing out stories, and random sketching. The drawing is really natural.
I am yet to do any finished artwork on the phone – might set that as a wee project*!
Also considering getting the Samsung Galaxy Tablet as I’ve enjoyed using the s-pen so much.
More updates in a day or so.
*Might want to finish more of the outstanding projects first!
Hope yer’ well.
The last week has been up and down and not entirely conducive with creative world domination. “The struggle continues” etc.
Another “Daily Book” bites the dust! A big thing for yours truly. So the current books cover roughly six months of daily ideas, dreams, rambling, and nonsense. Approx 200 pages of drawings.
The books started off as a discipline to keep me on track and have become an invaluable aspect of my creative activity.
New book = happy days! Need to break out a new drawing pen too! Double whammy.
The drawings above are from recent weeks in the newly finished book – one of them being a common occurrence of berating myself for missing any days. I always try to make up any missing days, but for some reason I feel it’s important to use the REAL date any drawings were done.
I occasionally omit any personal notes from these pages when I post them. There were one or two tragic events over this time that I jotted down at the time – and took them out before posting them here. Didn’t realise how many notes I had actually made until I went back through them.
The Hank & Crystal drawing was the start of one of the stories I mentioned last week. More to follow.
See you then!
You’ll be fine.
Bit up in the air this week – what with Christmas etc.
Still filling the drawing books and my phone memory!
Also, have a new strip all laid out ready to start. Which I roughed up on my moby phone whilst spending Chrimbo up in Dundee with the family.
Should be back in the studio tomorrow. This is a personal strip, so I am not tied by any NDAs etc. so I can post progress etc.
The images above are all drawings from the daily book, they are all from my dreams, and all are single colour with a ‘shadow’ tone only. So there’s a theme of sorts.
I luvs drawing I does!
(Oh, and the Dundee quote is a song lyric – Half Past France by John Cale, it reminds be of my son.)
Well hello there! Hope yer’ well.
So last week I decided to call it a day on my Instagram and Twitter onslaught.
I had been posting on both platforms as much as possible to see if this constant activity (daily for several months) would generate increased interest in all things Nulsh.
I’d had an Instagram account for a while which I had barely posted. A good friend of mine who is all over social networking advised me that Instagram was THE platform to get noticed on.
So I took onboard this advice (and some other wee pointers) to see if I could gain some notice. I played with hashtags and the like (even throwing in things like “#cats” to see if this would benefit me!) and other wee tips to assist me.
Unfortunately I saw no benefit whatsoever (for myself I’d like to stress) on Instagram. In fact likes and views seemed to dwindle as time went on. Instagram still seems to me like a social networking thing – i.e. personal stuff.
I got way more traction on Twitter (best part of 10k views on one post). But it did seem to be less reward than I had expected.
I am not giving up on posting all together, but will need to focus on other areas for now.
Like you lucky folks!
“Every day is a school day!” etc.
See ya’ next week!