Tuesday, 18 April 2017

This week's Illustration Friday prompt is fable. My illogical draft was just quick, but the story is fun.

I wish I could remember where I heard it, though. If you have an attribution, please tell me.

A long time ago there was a stonecutter. The people of the village depended on him for stone for their houses and gardens. He was good at his job but it was hard work, and many times as he worked away with his chisel he'd wish he was anything but what he was.

One day as he chiselled at a stone, the sun was beating down so bright and so hot that the stonecutter cried out, "oh, how I wish I was the sun. I would shine down brightly until everyone would see that I was the most powerful thing in the universe. Then I would be happy."

Well, it just so happened that his guiding spirit had been watching and listening. It agreed to grant the stonecutter his desire, and the next thing he knew the stonecutter was the sun. He shone down on the people of the village to let them know it was time to work. He shone on the crops to make them grow. He warmed the whole earth with his light and gloried in his power.

Then one day a cloud drifted over in front of the sun. Try as he might, the sun couldn't make his light penetrate that cloud. The sun cried out, "oh, how I wish I was a cloud. I would travel wherever I wanted to and shade out the sun until everyone would see that I was the most powerful thing in the universe. Then I would be happy."

The guiding spirit heard the sun's wish, and the next thing he knew the sun was a cloud. He drifted happily through the sky, casting his shade wherever he desired. He danced with the wind and gloried in his power.

Then one day the cloud was joined by other clouds until they became a big, dark mass. Water started falling out of the cloud and joining the river below. The rushing river took the cloud water away as fast as it fell. Seeing this, the cloud cried, "oh, how I wish I was the river. I would travel over all the lands sweeping everything before me until everyone would see that I was the most powerful thing in the universe. Then I would be happy."

The guiding spirit heard the cloud's wish, and the next thing he knew the cloud was a river. He rushed headlong over the lands, carving steep banks and carrying along anything he fancied. He roared to the skies and gloried in his power.

Then one day he saw his path blocked by an enormous boulder. The rock caught up the water and made it double back on itself, causing the land to flood. Feeling this, the river cried, "oh, how I wish I was the boulder. I'd stand immobile and block anything coming my way until everyone would see that I was the most powerful thing in the universe. Then I would be happy."

The guiding spirit heard the river's wish, and the next thing he knew the river was a boulder. He stood gravely, impervious to sun, wind or rain. He laughed at the elements and gloried in his power.

Then one day he felt himself cracking and breaking apart. The boulder was shocked and cried out, "oh, how I wish I could be the thing that cracks a boulder. I would certainly, without a doubt, be the most powerful thing in the universe. Then I would be happy."

The guiding spirit heard the boulder's wish, and the next thing he knew the boulder...

Was a stonecutter.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Flame in pen & ink, metallic pencil, watercolour pencil, and tritone

Hard to believe that such a simple doodle took that many media... and after all of that the scanner played its usual games with the colours anyway. Ah well.

This week's Illustration Friday prompt is hot, which somehow prompted both a drawing AND my first poem in ages, such as it is.

Hey, I'm rusty. What can I say?

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Shell in pen & ink

I've already submitted once for Illustration Friday's word swirl this week, but since I had time this morning I thought I'd add a quick shell doodle. I have a feeling that I'll be getting out my model shells tonight (yes, I have shells that do modelling) and doodle a few more, because shells are fun.

This one was mostly imaginary, as anyone who knows their gastropods (which, actually, I don't. I'm a mammalogist) probably knew immediately. The pens are Stabilo's Point 88, which I picked up at Christmas to force myself to stop thinking only in black monochrome when I'm playing with pens. And why exactly these colours? Well, if you figure that one out, let me know. I'm curious too.

The wrist is still not as stable as I'd like it to be, but I miss pen work so I'm going to get back to it anyway. If it's shaky and people consider that a stylistic choice, I'm fine with it.

Or at least I'll keep telling myself that.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Digital spiral

I know that this is a repeat pic from a post below, but it was too appropriate to not use for Illustration Friday's prompt of swirl.

I'll try to do something new later in the week. Given my recent track record, it may or may not be posted.

We'll see.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Snowshoe art

Just quickly because I have work to do, but here's proof that art is still happening, even if it doesn't make it to the blog.

Well, doodles are still happening, anyway.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

More digital silliness

Maybe silliness isn't the right word, but calling it art seems kind of weird.

I have a few different... let's call them autodrawing apps for lack of a better term... on my phone and tablet. On my phone I'll use them if I'm waiting for something and don't feel like checking twitter or playing a game (ah, modern life). On my tablet it's sometimes distraction when I have a headache, sometimes wanting something to do with my hands, and sometimes just being too lazy to find something to do.

I don't, I should make clear, use them for meditation or trying to clear and/or focus my brain. I know some people have luck with that, but my thought processes just don't work that way. For me, it's just idle fun.

The odd thing, though, is that I often find myself somewhat drawn into the art aspect of it without realising it. For example, I have two kaleidoscope-type apps; one of which aimed at adults and the other just at entertaining kids. I get artsy with both of them, sometimes without meaning to. I guess some things are just ingrained within us somehow.

Anyway, here are a few of my latest down-time "art" offerings. Of these, Magic Fluids (the one that looks sort of like an aurora borealis) is the only app that I've actually paid for the upgraded version because I find it fascinating. The shot you're seeing here is from the free version, though.






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