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Playing with waterfalls

So I intend to track my adventures in drawing; be it pen and ink, pencil, watercolour or any other type of mixed media and I’ve been practising a few things to work on my landcape drawings and for a start I’ve been working on waterfalls as you can see below as well as trees.

Please excuse my notes but it helps me remember.
Bit lighter but the technique to draw trees in pen is wonderfully simplistic but the results look pretty good.

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My grandad

He’s 93, the son of a Boer war veteran, a Burma veteran himself; spent all his working life doing some seriously hard graft in a foundry and is currently the ripe old age of 93 and as it’s the Christmas period, I thought I’d take myself and my niece to visit. He seemed quite chipper but either way, here’s a shot my niece too. He’s definitely looking sprightly for his age:


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Arise Sir Michael Palin, you absolute legend!

So I’m so chuffed for my traveling hero and comedic legend, Michael Palin that he’s finally being knighted for his services to travel and global information (as opposed to just comedy). He’s been absolutely everywhere (including North and South Poles and Korea’s!) So I thought I’d post up one of the photos of the time I got to meet this amazing fellow….Just, please…ignore my stupid hat! :s

Yes, please excuse the silly hat but I was growing it a bit long back then.
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Headaches and Hydrocephalus

So I can’t sleep…Why? Because I have a headache. I often get headaches and this is because I have a condition called fluid on the braid or Hydrocephalus. Basically I have an artificial tube going from my brain to my stomach draining fluid. It affects my memory, spacial awareness and other things. I’ve had many head operations for it but hey, that’s why I can’t sleep anyhow, the hydrocephalus association in the US, for me is a pretty cool site with loads of information about it…so I’m gonna link it 😀

https://www.hydroassoc.org/
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Pen and inking

So I’ve been trying to draw with just an ink pen. I would love to be able to sit there, wherever I go, with my jotter pad an just draw a decent landscape and I have seen some really beautiful ones. So I’ve been taking some tutorials and here’s my first attempt at a mountain view from probably Fjordland in the South Island of New Zealand where I took a 3 week coach tour last year so expect more NZ ones from me.

I think I remember walking this way. I hope I’ve done it justice
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Thinking of travel

So working in cartography always gets me thinking about travel…Also constantly looking at Google maps will do that to you. Now, I’ll post some of my travel photos up shortly but just lately (since it’s been nearly 2 years since I was there last) I’ve been thinking of returning to New Zealand for another tour of the North and South Islands….as well as a weekend break in Paris and….of course, a trip around the UK like I promised myself. I will do all these things I promise but I always fail to remember how tiring travel can be….especially flying basically for days….Still, I’ll carry on looking through places I want to visit…it’s definitely a bug.

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Sound II by Anthony Gormley

So, I’ve been working in Winchester for about 4 months and had heard about this amazing statue in the cathedral’s crypt. I just recently found out it’s by the same artist who made the Angel of the North. Anyhow, I’m currently attempting to sketch my interpretation of it. Please forgive me as I don’t have a huge amount of experience with landscape or monument drawing but here’s my attempt:

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Paul Mccartney

So I’m thinking about trying my hand at landscape drawing. I wish I knew how to before as it would have come in very handy with all the places I’ve seen: The Taj Mahal, the great wall of China, the Pyramids and things like Sydney Opera House. But until then, here’s my current favourite sketch:

My dad reckons it looks more like Richard Beckinsale from Porrige but I kinda think e’s talking nonsense.
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Topics

So the main problem with writing a blog is what to put on it. Should I add my retro gaming hobby with my big collection of consoles? I think it might be good, like how I’m currently madly playing Super Mario Bros 3 which is frankly awesome or perhaps some of the troubles I find as a person with Hydrocephalus?

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Hey and welcome to my blog!

Thanks for joining me! I’m gonna use this site to keep a blog of my adventures but I’ll start with what I’m currently working on. But hey, it’s boxing day here and I’ve just spent the day working on getting over the bloating from the day before and working on some of my sketches. I’ve always loved drawing; have signed up to an evening art class and well? I suppose that’s what I really enjoyed when I worked for three years as a cartographer at Ordnance Survey…A chance to draw for a living…I’d absolutely love that but anyhow, I’ve just started digitally saving my drawings and I’ll post a couple of my favourites up below…please enjoy:

EricClapton

I’ve turned into one of those hipsters who enjoys listening to music on an old record player and as a bit of a guitarist I absolutely love Eric Clapton and I briefly sketched the above drawing from the back of his wonderful MTV unplugged album.

MarvinGaye

And above is my Marvin Gaye sketch from this “What’s going on” Album. My mum bought me some colour pencils for Christmas and I thought I’d add a slight bit of colour, i.e. the yellow suit he wore below his mack.