Sketchy XIX

…at the top we have the “detailed” plans for what became my paintbox…

…below that we have me running out of ideas and beginning to fill the page with skulls and crossbones before remembering “Phil Mcandrew’s Big List Of Stuff To Draw”…

… somebody posted it ages ago and it’s a wonderful set of prompts for the stuck and (for me) usually ends up like….

…go seek it out….

…but only if you’re stuck.

…(and, no, the paintbox didn’t fit into a banana box when finished)….

Not As Directionless As I Implied

….pre yesterday’s template piece….

…3 days later….

…outside the sketchbook pieces….

…to the right is a pre-template-ruled-line-felt-marker job…to the left is a post-template-with-new-improved-skull-size-standardisation-colour-pencil job….

….no, I won’t be making enough to paper the hallway….

…(or will I?)….

Saturday Night Lockdown Flyby

…this is piece is taking forever…

…big burning (pyrography) session over the next couple of days….

…then a bit of line work and it’s done!….

…can’t wait to get on to a scree of unfinished smaller odds and sods that are piling up around the place…

….maybe chuck some more paint on those octopuses….

…yeeeess….

….paint the octopuses….

And Exhale

…(for those of you that were holding your breaths between posts)….

…been tardy with communicating with the outside world, but I have an excuse or two….

…have been focused on the above…

…have been adjusting to new work hours and getting my head round larger, heavier machinery to operate…

…have been trying to assimilate the fact the my local city council representatives think “consultation” means telling me how it’s gonna be and not answering a single question I have put to them re:- them screwing the resale value of my property by sticking a sewer thru half of it….

…(am supposed to be typing a lengthy letter to “them” instead of blogging!)….

…being asked to come out of retirement from a certain area of my skill base to help someone organise a huge donation to charity….

…being asked to contribute to two (count ’em) compilation comics after god knows how long away from black and white creations….

….but I am still here.

…here’s a wee sneak at what this piece might be heading towards when done…

…bones still need to be re-burned, but I think this should elucidate the matter somewhat….

…and…

…inhale.

I Should Be On Stuff

….like t-shirts or skateboards…

…thats what that gallery owner said way back before lockdown….

…took me awhile to realise that nephew Max could be a source for used boards….and when asked at the Xmas brunch table if he had any he immediately left the table for 20 minutes to go find them!….

….and here are the results…

….Cheers Max…

….all boards had the original graphics ground off….stained to look like “real” wood…all skulls “n” bones and graphic edges burnt on with the trusty poker work machine….

…Max decided to go for a ridable option (these three are well thrashed)…and will bring me a fresh board to redecorate….a board we can document the wear and tear on…

….should be interesting….

Sketchy XVI

…this page….further musings on the “Raise Zealandia” idea and some plans for the library day bed….

…that page…back to the real work at hand….

….mmmm…sketchy….