Perennial Summer – Bottled

If the endless summer’s day isn’t already animated for you, double click on the image, an animated .gif file.  

In the middle of a colder than usual winter, I’ve bottled an endless summer.
Medium: Adobe Photoshop, & Flash Ink & Paint


Don’t Eat all the apples first!

Illustration Friday topic: Gesture

“Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence” – Henri Matisse

The animated .gif expresses the future of our new drawing tool. Double click, on the smaller image. (3.63 MB .gif, with 5 loops)

I’m not sure how Matisse came up with his thinking about the permanence of drawing, as a drawing could always be erased, torn, crumpled up and tossed away….and that was before the delete button of the digital age . With that in mind my “expressive gesture” in response to this week’s Illustration Friday topic takes on the modern drawing tool, the computer. Plus, I’ve been wanting to learn the animated ghost typing technique. So, this post is my homage to the digital era.

Animation enthusiasts: If you haven’t yet come across Adam Bowman’s animations, here’s a link He is a web developer from Maine who has created a collection of great gadgets/widgets, etc, which are small applications that can be added to web-pages or your desktop. Take a look.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Illustration Friday topic: Stay

“Life opens up opportunities to you, and you either take them or you stay afraid of taking them.” ~ Jim Carrey

To view the animation double click on the smaller image . 

This week’s creativity was inspired by a bunch of friendly colourful chooks I came across, running wild in the North Coast great outdoors.  
Medium: Ink, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator & Flash

Artist’s Block? – sketchbook to the rescue

An Illustration for the topic: “Remedy”






To do nothing is sometimes a good remedy” ~ Hippocrates.

Well, it is, and it isn’t. The case can be made for doing something, anything, on the chance that you might stumble upon the remedy.

Healing is not only a matter of time, but also opportunity. Take the case of Artist’s block. Getting out the sketchbook, picking up a pencil, and loosely experimenting with random thoughts, opens up a realm of possibilities. Blank pages, ready for the artist to free-associate, and connect with the pure pleasure of drawing! This raw expression can lead to unexpected tangents and accidental ideas.

Our neighbours’ creative remedy for this season’s abundant choko crop, a richly flavoured, spicy choko chutney, has made it into the sketchbook. A stand-out visually, it deserved a simple label to set off the deep orange colouring, and a sprouted choko which hadn’t made it into the pot, as a sidekick.

After quickly composing the label, I played with pen, pencil, and acrylic paint, watercolour style. I took the outlines into the computer and used Adobe Illustrator to create areas of flat, coloured shape. There may be nowhere to take the idea from here, but the directness and immediacy of this type of unfiltered rough is enough in itself.

Melissa Mackie’s delicate watercolour was my initial inspiration to make this unusual vegetable a sketch-worthy subject.

A note about sketchbooks: For those of us constantly making images, it’s inspirational to be given the opportunity of viewing the visual thinking revealed in the journals of other artists. Sketchbooks may contain the first thoughts of a project as the mind wanders randomly around the outskirts of an idea. Scribbles, experimental chaos, clippings, notations, significant thoughts, structured diagrams….reveal ambitious plans for a concept. Some artists use the blank pages for loosening up before settling down to a more disciplined approach to a more formal project.

I recently came across this impressive website, Book by its Cover, which has a notable sketchbook section. There are many links to travel through in this site, so much to explore in the world of books. To make revisiting this site easy, the link appears on my Blogroll.