Scribbling in my ‘Stories’ book, crayon clutched in fist, wonderful worlds appear where the sky doesn’t touch the horizon, dresses are simply triangles and snowflakes are the size of footballs. Welcome to 7-year-old me.
Having been through art school, my current drawings don’t quite have the same care-free naivety where objects endearingly levitate. This is why I was excited to discover the Now and Then project, where for one artwork only, I could re-live the suspension of all artistic and scientific rules. No more perspective, or pesky gravity! The project asked artists to find an artwork drawn by themselves aged 8 or younger and then re-create it in their current artistic style.
Fortunately for me, my Mum was sentimental enough to hang on to a couple of masterpieces from my youth. I picked a ‘story’ from the 15th January 1992 about my favourite weather… Unfortunately I’d not illustrated my poem about dinosaurs (my favourite line being ‘dinosaurs are naughty’).
Doing an updated version of this artwork was a real pleasure, I like to think that I was pretty faithful to the original.
Have you been awesome today? If so, this robot is dedicated to you. If you’ve not been awesome, feel free to look at this page on a day when you are.
In an effort to remember yesterday’s formula for animated gif success, I’ve animated another doodle creature. Enjoy!
As part of a drawing exercise, I created some doodle creatures. I thought it would be fun to animate my illustrations – and with help from some friends to get better quality animations from my past attempts, I’ve gotten this critter snorting, hooray!
Hooray! I had an opportunity to go out into the world and draw real life burlesque models last week at Dr Sketchy’s. Behold – my favourite scribblings from each model:
The Diva – Ramona Rose
The Drag Queen – Dis Charge. (It made my day when Dis Charge performed an Amanda Palmer song)
The Dangerpants – Daphne Dangerpants
Some of you may know this about me already:
1. I love burlesque
2. I have a morbid sense of humour.
So to get a better grip with creating gifs, I’ve set myself the challenge of the ‘A to Z of Burlesque Deaths’. I’ve written the complete poem, I now need to work my way through each letter which will be released as and when. Ladies and gents, it is my pleasure to introduce to you, Audacity. Perhaps not the best painting I’ve ever done but I’m pleased to get back into the gif making seat.
As some of you already know, I have an all dancing, crazy-genius burlesque alter ego called Machete Rose. Her acts are quirky and love to include witty moments wherever possible – a bit like my personal drawing style…
One of the things that I like to play with when creating a Machete Rose act, is turning expectations on their head. After performing ‘Hotbot 3000’ at the Bristol Burlesque Festival last year, the lovely ladies at Coochie Crunch asked me to write an article about my distinctive interpretation of what is considered a ‘reveal’. You can view the article ‘The Alternative Punchline‘, complete with my own illustrations on the Coochie Crunch blog.