Sunday, June 01, 2008

Half-term fun with skeletons

How mysterious is this picture? Does anyone else have one of these in the loft? We went to the Grant Museum, which is a fascinating treasure trove hidden away behind the British Museum. We liked the hairy toad, the woolly mammoth hair and the anaconda skeleton. Joey liked the scorpions in bottles, and of course, the bat.

The giant millipede (bottom right) was quite something too. It's like Hogwarts in here.

Ah-ha! The mystery of the box is solved.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Monday, March 10, 2008


No gigs for a (very long) while. I did go to see Ray Lamontagne at the Albert Hall, but we were right up in the vertiginous top bit and I felt a bit squashed and queasy the whole way through, so didn't draw.

I've been drawing all kinds of other things though, so I am going to bend the rules a bit and allow drawings of other live-action fast-moving people to feature here. It's a similar discipline, in that they move too quickly to really 'copy' what you see. I have to rely on really observing what is happening, and making very few marks incredibly fast. The ratio of looking to mark making is about 20:1, and each figure takes around 10 seconds to draw, maybe less.

This is my son's Taekwondo class in action. A very exciting week as the teacher's teacher was in town - Master George (7th dan black belt). He brought with him one of the Nigerian Taekwondo athletes for the Beijing Olympics. He was terrifyingly fast, strong, accurate and supple. Here he is doing the splits, they were all transfixed.