Tuesday, 29 June 2010
This morning I was woken up by the postie ringing my doorbell over and over again. Bizarrely, todays scheduled sketchbook diary is about the same thing pretty much. Here's a page from a just before we moved to our new flat.... Just like today I had to put on a girl robe to answer the door.
Sunday, 27 June 2010
Friday, 25 June 2010
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Here is the final sketch from my holiday diary. It's a little comic entitled:
"My Holiday Changed Me"
Please click the image to see it larger (and read the text)
I will be re inking this piece to go onto my website, but for now... while it was timely I thought I would post it up for your enjoyment.
Monday, 21 June 2010
Here is the final part to my Holiday Sketchbook. Save for the comic I drew while I was out there "My Holiday Changed Me" (which I will post up tomorrow).
I had to skip about 4 or 5 pages of the sketchbook because they were packed with ideas I plan to use in the next 6 months, so I don't want anyone getting the jump on me! haha
Sunday, 20 June 2010
Saturday, 19 June 2010
Hello you! I'm back from my week away!
I thought you might like to know about my holiday, but rather than type loads of words... I thought I might post up some extracts from my sketchbook! Pictures YAYYY! I did about 50 pages, so I may have to post up a few each day for the next week. But anyway....
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
So don't expect any blogging until I'm back.... But I will leave you with these thoughts:
I've never really been a holiday person to be honest. Sure... I've enjoyed holidays that I've been on, But I can go years and years without even considering one. I think it's to do with the fact that my family never really did much holidaying when I was growing up. We already lived in a hot climate, so there was no need to travel for that, and as a kid... you can have just as much fun with a cardboard box and some marker pens as you can by travelling to the beach.
Well, at least I know I could.
In fact, I find beaches in general to be a bit annoying and always have. The only holidays I remember genuinely enjoying were camping trips. Mostly because they were times where my dad truly came out of himself and tried to connect with me. I'm not trying to paint some sort of sob story here, but my dad seemed more at home in the woods, or fishing on lakes and rivers, than he did at his actual home... And it was nice. Camping trips are different in America, because there is a lot more wildlife and nature to experience. The British countryside can be beautiful, but it is mostly tamed, so not really camping country.
Back on to holidays in the more general sense, For me... unless it's for some sort of cultural experience, (travelling somewhere historic etc) the idea of trying to get away from what you do confuses me.
Normally, I do the things that I do because I want to do them. So getting away from them for a long period of time doesn't make much sense. In actuality, it usually stresses me out because I'm off in some other place, powerless to achieve anything.
Regardless of all this anti holiday ranting, I shall endeavour to enjoy my week away. Even if it's just for my girlfriend Kate's sake. We are off to the Canary Islands, (aka Hot Britain) and I intend to, if nothing else, come back with the ability to breathe underwater.
This one is quite a fun Sketchbook entry. It involved a bit of imagination and experimentation. Have you ever tried drawing in the pitch black? It's quite difficult!
That should say "(shaven)" not "(unshaven)". Whoops.
My mum was unimpressed that I involved the royalty. Perhaps more so that the Queen Mum looked like some sort of goblin.
Tuesday, 8 June 2010
...A close friend of mine recently converted me with her distinctive style.
Jewellery designer/maker, Emma Witwicki swayed me with her braided tweed and silver bracelet shown below. It features the lyrics from the NIN song 'Hurt' (popularised by the late Johnny Cash.)
I have long admired her work, but my dislike of having paraphernalia on my arms always outweighed my desire to own one of her pieces... But I think she has recently stumbled upon an almost irresistible concept for personalised accessories.
To check out some of the pieces she has for sale at the moment, click HERE.
Keep in mind that she also makes them to order, so if you have a particular favourite song, line etc, she will accommodate all requests.
Monday, 7 June 2010
Here's another couple of pages in my sketchbook. I normally don't post any of my real "ideas" pages. But this one I'm cool with posting as I don't think I will ever get around to making any more of it than the gag on this page! Haha!
Sunday, 6 June 2010
"Researchers at McGill’s department of natural resources, the National Research Council of Canada, the University of Toronto and the SETI Institute have discovered that methane-eating bacteria survive in a highly unique spring located on Axel Heiberg Island in Canada’s extreme North. Dr. Lyle Whyte, McGill University microbiologist explains that the Lost Hammer spring supports microbial life, that the spring is similar to possible past or present springs on Mars, and that therefore they too could support life.
Friday, 4 June 2010
As regular readers will know, I'm now the proud owner of an MPC 2000xl. If there are any producers of electronic music out there, or budding musicians, you might want to know where the best place is to get pro quality, copyright free samples. Well I've scoured the net, and the highest recommendation goes to an American site called MPC Sounds. They've got a great selection of sounds and drum sets, and they are actually cheaper than a lot of the british sites.
Hit the link below to check out their website:
Bow down before this function drummer's AWESOME ROCK SKILLS!
I COMPELL you to watch the whole thing. This guy's got moves you've never seen before!
Take note drummers... If you learn to rock this hard, you could be in a band as good as this!
Yesterday I was out for a meal with some close friends, and one of them thanked me for bringing the sunshine out that day. I laughed... bemused, and asked what she meant.
She explained that if they were going out without me, it would've most likely been a horrible day, with bad weather etc etc. Now, although that is a ridiculous statement, because the day was as it was, it allowed me to look at my life a little differently. I mean, Apparently I am considered to be quite a lucky person.
A strange new perspective on my life, I must say, because I have always thought that I had shit luck. I'm fairly clumsy, and often break and spill things, I was in crippling debt for years, and I have had more than my fair share of knocks and bad/sad times.
This having been said.... I was in town today, painting my friend Richard's face pink and purple (as you do), and I received a phonecall.
Picking up my blackberry, and subsequently covering it in a pinky/purplish smear, I answered the call.
"Hi is that Mr. Patrick Currier?"
"Yes it is..."
"Excellent... well I am about to make your day!"
"Well Patrick, this is Chris from Overture, the HiFi shop in town.... and I'm calling to tell you that you've won a pair of Linn Loud Speakers in our competition."
"!@* f´®u*!˚bç∆g©kj!^&!!!!!!!! THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU!!!!"
"Um... I'll be down in a minute to pick them up."
So here they are:
I think probably everyone thinks they have bad luck.... either that or I've just been really ignorant for a long time about all the wonderful things that life gives me.
In either case, whether my luck has changed, or if I've had it all along.... TODAY is a good day.