JANUARY IN BLACK AND WHITE
I can hardly believe the first month of 2016 is nearly over, but it has been a lovely one, if rather wet down here in Devon. After some consideration, I feel as though there has been a clear theme…
Over the course of the past month, I’ve observed that monochrome is really my favourite way to illustrate. I’ve been experimenting with picking a knitting project to complement what’s on my drawing board, and it has been a lot of fun. Above are my Fledgling mittens, designed by fellow Pom Pom Quarterly contributor Anna Maltz, which I knitted while working on my Penguins of the World poster (which is nearly finished, but not quite). Matching crafting and drawing themes is something I plan to continue.
January concluded with a visit from my friend Katriona Chapman, and the excuse to go to some beautiful local spots one can easily take for granted. I was especially inspired by our visit to the beach, perfectly timed with my re-reading of Ursula Le Guin’s masterpiece A Wizard of Earthsea (if you have not yet read this book, why on earth not?). I’ve decided the magic of the seashore will become the theme for my coming months’ drawing and knitting, including the new issue of The Green Bean. The perfect excuse to visit the sea more often…
I’ve just returned from a wonderful holiday in Scotland, with good company from my illustration buddy Katriona Chapman. The weather was very, very kind to us (I couldn’t resist a dip in that perfect water) and the fresh air, mountains and sheep were very, very good to my brain.
At this point, I would normally say I’ve returned re-inspired and promise to knuckle down and be productive, but I’m wary and cautious of putting pressure on myself. I have returned inspired and energised, full of ideas and more keen to be at the drawing board than I have for many months. But I can make no immediate promises of what I will draw and when, just that I will practice turning up at my desk and being patient with whatever that brings. Thank you for being patient with me.
Miles and miles of nothing but grass and gorse. Then what? A tiny forest of tiny stunted oak trees with a lush green carpet of moss. Dartmoor is full of surprises.