#memorydoodle

A few days ago I was relaxing with a beer and my feet up after a hard day’s drawing, pen and sketchbook at hand and I started to doodle a little chair…halfway through I realised it was a chair that used to be in my grandparents’ house, so I drew me sitting in it reading a big book.

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I posted my doodle on Twitter and Instagram. People seemed to like it and it sparked off a lovely idea in the ever fertile brain of my friend, Dom Conlon, which was to get people doodling their memories and sharing them. ūüôā

So…if you have a memory to share, doodle, add a little text maybe, post it on Twitter with the hashtag¬†#memorydoodle ¬†or address it to @headfirst_dom so that he can share it on his Inkology website.

Read all about it and take a look at what other people have drawn here. ¬†You don’t need to be an artist or even good at drawing. Here’s Dom’s effort:

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(I don’t think he’s as bad at drawing as he claims though.)

 

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Hardback (with cat).

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Sunday lolling in the conservatory with the cat and a good book. ¬†‘Astro Poetica’ in hardback. ¬†It’s so nice to hold it’s putting a big smile on my face. The cover is shiny black and silver. ¬†It has a couple of extra poems and illustrations and if you’re quick you’ll get a piece of free art (by me) when you buy it.

You may have noticed that Leo modelled for one of the illustrations.

 

 

Astro Poetica

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This lovely thing landed on my doorstep last¬†week. ūüôā ¬†‘Astro Poetica’, a volume of charming poems about space written by Dom Conlon, with some pictures by me. ¬†It’s full of love and fun and aliens and planets and solar systems..and I managed to sneak my cat in there somewhere too.

As well as being a rather beautiful, nice to hold thing ‘Astro’ is the first time I’ve seen myself in print. ¬†And, by gum, I think I look rather good. ¬†(My work, obviously. Not actual me.) ¬†I’m immodestly pleased with myself. ¬†And with Dom. ¬†I think we did good. ¬†And to think, when Dom asked me to illustrate it I said “Don’t you think you should ask someone who knows what they’re doing?” ¬†I’m pleased he ignored me.

I think children will love this book. ¬†I hope they read the ‘Things to Think’ and ‘Things to Do’ sections and write some poetry of their own. ¬†I have a child on loan at the moment, so I’ll be testing it out later.¬†¬†I know adults will like it, because I do and I am one.

‘Astro Poetica’ is published by Inkology. If you look here¬†Inkology.co.uk¬†you’ll find lots of free and lovely stories and poems for children. You can follow @InkologyStories¬†on Twitter as well.

You can get a copy of ¬†‘Astro Poetica’ from Amazon. It is also available on Kindle from Amazon or for your ipad from itunes and there is a rather lovely limited edition hardback version, which has¬†extra content (also on Amazon).

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I’ve been busy working on a new illustration project lately (featuring Bears, unsurprisingly) or rather, busy trying to work on a new… ripping stuff up, getting cross, having no ideas and drawing in a very uptight fashion. ¬†If you are familiar with my scribblings you will know that my style is generally quite loose.. messy even. ¬†I use a dip pen and ink and water and pencils and crayons and paint and brushes and fingers… ¬†I’ve also got to the point where I think everything I draw or paint looks like crap. (Sorry, I swear and it will probably get worse than that.)

I had a bit of a moan to a very dear friend about how useless I am this morning. Sorry. You know who you are. x ¬†And decided to put the whole thing on hold for a bit and refresh my brain with completely different things, ie not art. ¬†Having a general clear up of my studio* (*corner of the conservatory) I found an old Rotring pen. 0.2 nib. I’ve had it for years, (slight guilt here) it was given to me by a good friend when her Dad died, as she thought I would use it. ¬†0.2 nib. That’s very fine. And fiddly. I’ve used fibre tip type pens that are very fine and not liked them. ¬†I like the variety of strokes that different pressure makes with pencils and nib pens. And wash. And rubbing things with my fingers. And flicking paint and ink about. Anyhow, I thought it’s not really my sort of thing but I’ll see if it works and maybe give it to a friend…

So I drew this (work in progress). ¬†In spite of being really hung up about drawing anything it sort of worked. ¬†I think it’s to do with being relaxed because you’re not expecting anything. ¬†Whatever, the concentration kicked in. I think I’ll keep the pen. And play about with it for a bit.

Bears can wait. But I’ll be back to them soon.

If you want to look at the drawing more closely click on the photo for a larger view.