Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Freedom Hour Illustration

It's been one of those cold days where you want to be inside in a warm and toasty room, but for some reason you have to go to work and maybe wait half an hour for a good old bus to come and pick you up. Though I haven't had much time lately for illustrations, I thought I'd post something I did recently thinking about one of my favourite songs (by Italian songwriter De Andre'). The title is Nella mia Ora di Liberta, which could be translated "In my freedom hour" and explores the theme of equality in such environments as prisons (society), and yet the chance for the individual to be different from his jail wardens and the possibility of camaraderie between prisoners (or workers).

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Hollow? .....Illustration Friday

Last Saturday I was meant to do something I have been procrastinating for about a month: starting to write an essay for the end of the contemporary theory course, but the sketchbook tempted me with the possibility to tweak a meaningless sketch of bendy trees I made recently...
I was having breakfast and multi-tasking in front of the computer, when I thought: ok, I'll add a cavity to one of the trees and that will do for something hollow . Then I added more and more details, and finished just a few seconds before coming across the Flight of the Bumblebee, which would make a good soundtrack for the topic.

Actually, Danny Elfman's Beetlejuice theme could be another good soundtrack for this!

Monday, July 6, 2009

The Tree Man

The Tree Man is an amazing artwork and concept by Netherlandish master Hieronymus Bosch.
I got this giant book of prints and drawings from the Hamilton Library (yes, the same library where 2 gangs started a fight last week and at the end 4 were arrested), and I couldn't help trying to copy the Tree Man and a couple of other drawings and paintings.
The version I chose is pen and bistre, later adapted by Bosch into the right panel of his Garden of Earthly Delights.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


I got some nice vintage textures today from deviantart and thought I'd reuse some of my old drawings to experiment a bit. This one is Henry VIII, copied from some book of prints: it looks like he might have enjoyed this rich setting and the darkness of the environment...

Phone Conversation No. 1

I was on the phone with some folks from Italy the other day, and when I say phone I mean I was skype. I'm not saying that I didn't like being on the phone, actually I quite enjoyed the conversation with my family and friends, but for some reason I always had a need to draw, and draw a lot, during each conversation which is at least 2 minutes long.
So I thought, why not use this for some experiment with textures?