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.

Cissie and Bea Go Learning

I have been doing an online course from Domestika – “Illustrated Stories: From Idea to Paper” by Alfredo Cáceres . Because I am thinking that maybe I should be learning something.

Who knew there was a difference between illustrating an action and illustrating a concept? That is how little I know. I take the challenge of choosing my own would be tale of twins Cissie and Bea in order to illustrate the concept of their story. Does this give anyone a clue?

Preliminary sketch
Completed linework

Stay tuned for completed artwork.

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.