Of Low Moral Standard

…and no educational value…Scan 274

 

…can’t say I didn’t warn you.

 

…(I’m pretty sure I stole this “concept” from Skip Williamson…but google is trying to convince me it was Kim Deitch…ha!…at least I can kinda claim I can’t remember seeing the idea before!).

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All Smiles On These Dials

Scan 101

 

…so, flicking thru the sketchbook I came across a series of these tapa cloth inspired doodles that were drawn over a period of three or four days and decided that they should be reproduced in colour….

…and at twice the size that they were doodled at… A4 instead of A5….

…am kinda wishing that the manic-sans-nicotine state that they were created was still available to me in a non nicotine consuming way…

…’cos they sure are laborius to do.

 

….(finished article makes it all worth while!)….

Like A Cigarette Packet

…don’t know about your country, but over here in NZ (and in Asstralia as well) “they” are trying to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products….Scan 102

…this seemed like a natural progression to a recently “bereaved” smoker…and considering our governments current behaviour, very topical.

10 Days Sans Nicotine

…from the sketchbook at that time…Scan 84Scan 85Scan 86

…ideas waning…line work loosening up…composition drifting…

…spending way more time on finished art and manic posting on WordPress…

…oh, and day job stuff.

…(if you’ve arrived here late….this blog was started as part of my journey to exorcise the demon nicotine from my system…”sketchbook” was (still is) largely what I did with my hands instead of smoking…”finished art” is a direct result of that burst of creativity and this blog is an ongoing record of all three…welcome to my nightmare…)…

Originally Titled

…something like…”The Proletariat Disappears Up The Right-Wing-Banker-Tax-Breaks-For-The-Rich-Interest-Hike-Petrol-Price-Rise Arse Of Our Current Government”Scan 76

 

..but I changed it to “Give Me A Goddam Cigarette”.

The Wide Wide World Without

…without nicotine mainly…Scan 69Scan 71

 

…sketchbook dated 06/01/13 ….(01/06/13…for our American cousins)…

…that’s no nicotine for a week….

…allegedly I’m better now.

A Pattern Is Forming

…every time I visit my sketch book for finished art ideas…
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…I’m reminded what a wonderful thing it was to be infused with the madness of nicotine withdrawal and how explosively creative it made me….

…would you all think ill of me if I re-started so that I could re-quit…

…to paraphrase a local health professional….

“tobacco, a marvellously stimulating drug,  shame about the delivery  system”.

Make A Helicopter Noise

…now sing the next bit in a Jim-Morrison-from-the-Doors voice….Scan 53

 

…and that, boys and girls, is why you shouldn’t take up smoking in the first place…

…nicotine withdrawal is like tripping in a Saigon Hotel room at the end of the Vietnam conflict.