I’ve been slacking, I know. It’s strange how I feel so reluctant to start drawing, and yet when I do I always realize just how much I enjoy it. That’s a hurdle I need to work on.
Otherwise, the marks are in for my course, and I’m happy to say that I haven’t been kicked out (sweat wiped from brow). With the end of work, both for me and everyone else at Uni, comes plenty of celebration, and this week and just whizzed by, as they do. I can hardly believe it’s already Friday. Today I had a brief, but successful, drawing session. The style of my book is starting to really show itself, almost entirely organically. It’s so refreshing to draw with actual implements, rather than doing everything digitally as I usually do, and I really wish I would spend more time playing with this new style I’m discovering. I transferred them to the computer today to see how they faired on the screen, and the rendered results are a joy to look at – the pen and ink translates beautifully on the screen. I created a small test page for my book, and it’s looking just as I had hoped. Whether or not this is the final page, I’ve yet to decide. I want the style to look deliberately sketchy and rushed, but also I think this picture looks almost as though Mo is half the size of tree, when really he’s meant to be the size of a toad.
Looks really nice though, I can’t wait to do more. And hey, wouldn’t you know it, I also drew a tree (as I was supposed to be this past couple weeks), and it’s super fun drawing trees in this medium, since you’re really able to let your hand fall loose, and a tree will very naturally start to form.
I have a number of interesting projects to complete over the summer for my course, as well as plenty of reading. What’s most exciting though is that we’re asked to create a zine which we will then sell at the Bristol Zine Fair (you may recall I went there last year) in competition with the Illustration course at my university, to see who sells the most zines. If there was ever an incentive to finish my book in-time for coming back from summer, this is it, as I’ll have two self-published zines ready to sell to whoever’s buying – and I might even get my own table! It’d be so cool if some of my work would end up in someone else’s collection, my first real drip into the real world. For now though, I need to keep drawing.