Lady eating soup.

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If you draw a lot, you may notice unexpected connections or patterns pop up in your work—happy accidents if you like. While drawing the above lady enjoying her soup on the top-floor café of Halifax Public Library, I noticed a construction crane operating in the background. All of a sudden, they seemed to be working in tandem; as the lady carefully lifted the soup to her lips, the crane would heave its building materials. This revelation drove the drawing across the sketchbook, and the whole thing took on a life of its own.

Media: Fine brush pen.

Question Time from Stirling.

 

bbcqt_nov16_russell_webIt was a stirling Question Time from Stirling, Scotland this week. (British television programme in which the public pick the brains of a panel of politicians, journalists, etc.) It’s fun to try and hastily draw the panel, and even members of the public, who only appear for a few seconds with their questions—it’s good practice. Most elusive to draw is the programme’s long serving host David Dimbleby, who either stares head bowed into his notes, or makes quick birdlike movements. I was happy with this week’s drawing, so decided to work it up to a finished piece together with a QT inspired background. Brexit, Scottish independence, Trump, and post-truth politics were the main themes taken up by a noticeably split audience, and panel.

Media: Brush pen, and Photoshop.