October 30, 2010

A LOT more time on my hands

Unemployment and this ridiculous lethargy means that I've been at home a lot more than usual. But it's been kind of nice to rest up and do some well missed activities. For example, last weekend I stayed at home, watched Dead Man and drew a little.

It's nowhere near finished but I haven't been in the right frame of mind for tree drawing since, but it will come.

I gave into an overwhelming need to mother some plants. With any luck, these will not suffer the same fate as the last. I really forgot how great it is having your own herbs. I love these guys already and it kind of makes our lack of garden space bearable.

While I was potting those babies, I remembered that a while ago I plotted to make a tiny terrarium. I've had an old Glasshouse candle container sitting in my kitchen for months and months to remind me. Today I had enough of it sitting there on the windowsill, looking empty, gathering dust.

I bookmarked a whole lot of reference material when I first hatched the plan after being inspired by one in Obus.
Terrarium Man has a hell of a lot of information on how to get started. But it was the pictures on this blog that got me going. How great are the images from Better Homes and Gardens? Actually, the pictures from The A Treasury of Things to Make by the editors of Sphere Magazine might even be a little better? Maybe?

I couldn't start it today as I need to go on a scouting mission to collect gravel, various little plant clippings, moss and twigs, etc. and the weather today was pretty...rainy. Also, I felt flat as a pancake, so I wasn't going anywhere.
Instead I thought about what I could possibly put in the little thing. An old work friend told me about Moss Stories yeeeeeears ago and I found the work by Marguerite Keyes so completely impressive. It was the itsy-bitsy house that came to mind at first, but it was THIS:
that did it for me. My train of thought came back to Dead Man and reached the logical Tipi conclusion. A tent/Tipi meant that I could improvise with materials. And so I started to work out how I was going to make the little guy.

I started on one and wasn't sure it was quite right, so I started on another. Here they are in progress. Fiddly work!

Finished! They weren't very complicated. They are made of/with: an old ikea pencil, canvas scraps, plenty (haha, hardly!) of glue, masking tape, markers and thread.

I had so many wooden splinters lying around that I thought I might as well make them a little fire...it's glitter.

This was supposed to give you some kind of an idea about scale but it just kind of looks like a bomb hit my desk. You can see the soon to be terrarium in the background. I started with my charcoal layer...the rest will come very soon. I am promising myself right now that it's not going to become a charcoal house. ugh.

So this Saturday night, instead of celebrating Halloween or seeing some really good bands, I stayed at home and made tiny Tipi's...telling myself all the while that no, I am NOT mad.

October 22, 2010

i forget

I forget to post these things when I do them, this is gosh, from May?

October 16, 2010


They are good.

I'm in the process of creating a summer mixtape. So far, I've got my track list down and now all I need is some sort of packaging.

For some summer inspiration, I decided to flick through some old photos. These are from a particularly fun weekend outside of Lorne a few years ago:

I've been working on some mediore drawing things which I shall scan and mash things together in photoshop. then it's just a print, burn, fold, put that in there, etc, et voila, summer mixtape.

October 13, 2010

October 9, 2010


I get the Monty Python lumberjack song stuck in my head whenever I look that this one. This guy has been kicking around some of my sketchbooks for a rather long while... in several forms (I might do a progression post type of thing maybe). But I'm fairly sure this is his final form, his name be Joe Lumberjack. He takes his lumber quite seriously and lives in a log cabin deep in the heart of a forest somewhere in America, he can build furniture and a mean fire. And does this guy know a thing or two about fishing, birds and squirrels. That's all I've got on him so far.

Detail. He is watercolour and pencil on Arches.

fox hat watercolour

This is a full watercolour version. It's pretty different to the original. I'm happy with the fox but the girl just doesn't do it for me in colour. But! sometimes these things need to be done. Add too much and then subtract!

This little photo fellow is a little on the blurry side, but it gives you some idea about the details! Watercolour on Arches.

hold fast

As I've had a lot of time on my hands, I've been drawing a bit. I was messing with a this for a while, there were a few variations but I settled on this and then decided to transform it from pencil on paper to needlepoint. It still needs a little work I think, it could definitely flow better, the f and a...really not right but still, it's a start. Perhaps I'll do another. I plan to hang this one up some place.

October 5, 2010

fox hat

i don't usually post half-finished because, well. i just don't. but i sort of like this just as a pencil drawing. i've started photoshop/illustrator work on it but i don't know. if it weren't for a severe lack of decent paint brushes at home here in adelaide (they are all in melbourne, or here but caked in acrylic paint...or glue. way. to. go.) i think i would be inclined to colour it by hand. maybe?


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