Monday, 10 December 2007


As some of you will no doubt be aware, I actually got round to doing something artistic in the last couple of days. Mark decided that he was fed up of being the only one in the house who drew things, so he (with food and promises of snacks) bribed us (Richard and I) into sitting down and spending an evening drawing things. The result is posted above. I have to confess to being reasonably pleased with how it came out, and to being surprised that it actually looks recognisable. You can find Mark’s commentary here, but I thought I’d take 5 and give my two cents. I currently have U2 on in the background so the language may become florid. I’ve noticed that happens while editing my thesis.

What do I think of this picture? Well, as I said I’m reasonably pleased. As I haven’t drawn anything for a very long time and I never was an artist, it seems to have come out well. I like the fact I managed to get perspective on it, and that (as one person commented) it has a sense of movement. The colour came out nice and ominous in Mark’s scan, though the original is much brighter. I think it’s generally recognisable for what it is, and I personally like that in a picture.

What does this picture say about me? Well I never was one to try to read the artist by his art (other than looking at it and deciding the artist was a nutter). I’m sure someone trained in looking at this would be able to extract all sorts of symbols from it, and would probably be able to condemn me to a looney-bin on the strength of this picture, but it really started out with the tree on the left and the road. That was drawn on the basis that I remembered a similar scene from driving home one day. The rest of it was introduced to add dramatic effect. That said, I’ve always had a thing for storms and lightning and the idea of travelling a long road under a brooding and stormy sky appeals to me.

Would I do it again? Probably. I’ve spent worse evenings, but I have to confess it’s not what I do as a form of relaxation. I suppose it’s just not the way I’m wired. That said, a little creativity never hurt anyone (apart from van Gogh usw)….

1 comment:

Jason said...

Graeme! It's Jason from jeffthefish.com. I do have a question for you that I thought of last night, about fossilized bones. Would it be better if we emailed about it? My email is jeffthefish@gmail.com.