Doodle Time: Getting Perspective

Another exercise from Mattias Adolfsson’s Domestika course “The Art of Sketching” brings me the delights of isometric perspective. I really enjoyed this one. It didn’t hurt my head half as much as linear perspective.

Would you believe that no one taught me linear perspective at art school? Though my Foundation course did give me a try at the isometric version. They supposed that we may go on to design things and could need the skill. Good for them. The Fine Art course taught me to just get on with it myself.

But then I didn’t enjoy that part of my education.

Doodle Time: the Art of Self Torment

One of the exercises on the drawing course is to develop a “selfie” cartoon … a character self portrait. This caused me to use up a lot of pages in the sketch book. And to get really upset. Vanity struggles with realism. Ageing is not a good look for me, never mind the artistic challenge of frizzy grey hair.

Doodle Time… learning to get serious about it

I am doing another Domestika art course. This time it is a course by Swedish illustrator Mattias Adolfsson whose complex work has kept me fascinated … and laughing … for some years now. Very pleased to get the chance to learn from his insight on “The Art of Sketching: Transform your Doodles into Art”.

Above all this keeps me drawing every Lockdown day. And ironically is helping me overcome that dreadful “this is ART” feeling which descends upon me like a heavy, tight, Sunday Best hat.

This is a licence to play. Of course, having said that, I am already tearing my hair out.

Thaddeus & Mavis: Finale

Thaddeus hears that his patrol buddy Coral is dead. Rumour says that the trauma got her and she ended it. He doesn’t believe Rumour.
He still has the lacy kerchief she’d used to mop his brow after some particularly hard drinking. He stares at it and makes up his mind to find out what really happened.
But Thaddeus is so absorbed in his hunt that he doesn’t notice the way Mavis is looking at him. And when the rat guy comes after him and Thaddeus finds her card in the man’s pocket … his heart breaks, a trust breaks.
So Mavis now knows that she has done it all wrong. But neither of them knows if Thaddeus can forgive her.

Maker’s Note: I started out intending to stitch my Inktober 2020 prompts into a crime story. But it turned into a love story. Who knew. Don’t ask me what happens between Thaddeus and Mavis … because for the moment I just don’t know.

Thaddeus & Mavis: 3

Unable to sleep, Thaddeus gets a job as a chef in a local nightclub. It’s a throw of the dice and after a while he starts to hate cutting up the dead animals. Then he hears the smoky tones of the club’s singer Mavis and floats away. He is gone. He has to know this lady. From the toes of her sassy shoes to the tips of her lynxy ears, he knows she is the one. The one who will stop the nightmares.