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early morning in greenwich park


Today's tree drawing was a bit trickier than yesterday's picture. I thought I'd zoom in closer so I could draw the bark in more detail. But that didn't simplify things, it actually made it more complicated. That bark has SO MUCH detail.



On my first attempt, I tried that thing I did last time with the coloured markers, and when I went in with the black lines, I actually got lost. Each time I'd look up, I couldn't remember where in the complicated pattern I'd left off, and my pen was starting to scrabble about haphazardly. It didn't help that I was sitting on a slope looking uphill, that the sun kept dazzling me in the face, and that a fat snorty bull terrier named Pixie came and stuck her drooling mouth over my coffee cup.



So I ditched that picture, and started over, trying to draw a bit less, and doing it just in black ink. The unfinished-looking result wasn't too bad, but I wish I could do a better job of catching that cool diamond pattern. Hmm, next time.

Oh, if you're a grown-up, you might like to read the fabulous comic strip about roommates and odd relationships by Boulet called Darkness. (Thanks for tipping me off to it, Woodrow Phoenix!)

Also, tickets for my Cakes in Space Edinburgh Book Festival event with my co-author Philip Reeve have just gone live on the website! Bizarrely, instead of using a photo of both of us on the website, they've used an old art college photo of just me, from 2007. (So I have drawn a more realistic photo.)



...I wonder if we should have a chorus line.

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shiwatsu
Jun. 12th, 2014 07:49 am (UTC)
Inspiring tree sketches:)
jabberworks
Jun. 12th, 2014 12:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
mr_sadhead
Jun. 12th, 2014 02:02 pm (UTC)
I have to say that I was listening to "Candles In The Rain" by Melanie and it had just gotten to the part where they go on full gospel chorus with clapping and singing and THEN I happened on that chorus line picture you drew, and it made me laugh out loud.
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