Monday, August 08, 2016

Tendonitis Recovery

It's been a long time since my last post on this blog, which this time around isn't due to forgetting or laziness. About 3 months ago now I ended up with tendinitis aka tennis elbow in both my arms, beginning with my left drawing arm and shortly after I ended up with the same thing in my right to a less severe degree. A combination of climbing, training and lots of drawing (both for work, and personal) took it's toll.

What's followed has been months of recovery, which is still on going but is finally at a stage where it's no longer painful. I couldn't draw at all for 6 weeks which was hell. I don't think I've ever not drawn for that long. It was hard and depressing. I felt like I'd lost part of myself. This was made harder by the fact that I was more or less in constant pain and was struggling to do most things because both my arms were injured.

So I spent most of my time walking listening to audiobooks. It was either that or sit around doing pretty much nothing except mindlessly watching videos, which I can't do for long.

But after months of physio I am more or less functioning normal in my day to day life. I don't think I'll be climbing for some time yet but I can deal with that. Being able to draw was my main concern as not only is it my career but my passion in life. As it stands I am getting back to full drawing potential, which is awesome! :) Still there are good and bad days but compared to how it was it's a lot more bearable.

Think it'll be awhile yet though before I have no problems at all!

If any other artists stumble upon this and are suffering with a similar thing then it does get better! Find a good physio, make sure you rest and ice your arms and build them up slowly. It is hard to not draw for weeks but you will get back to it!




Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Warrior Ink Sketches

Some sketches of clan warrior people using ink pens and markers. I find the brush pens good for fast drawings where you just want to be loose and not constrained. You also get some really nice lines!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Prince

Today's pen & ink doodle with some coloured pencil, Prince!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Lilac-Breasted Roller

Another colourful little bird! Ink and Coloured pencils



 I actually made a mistake in this one which I had to cover up by cutting out paper and sticking it over the messed up section. It's very hard to tell from the scan though but you can see it on the original.

I originally tried fixing the mistake with a while paint pen I have but it comes out like tippex and dried hard and bumpy so there wasn't much I could do with that surface so I had to cover it up.

The paper fix actually doesn't look too bad :) I've got a small brush and some white acrylic to try for next time,hopefully that will give better results!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Dancing Figures

Been awhile since I posted any figure gestures. Here are some dancers!

Monday, April 04, 2016

Spider Boy!!

My latest creepy ink character. Wasn't sure what to call him but I figured 'Spider Boy' would do for now. I had fun doing the little spiders.


I actually gave up working on this guy during the inking process. I just wasn't happy with how it was going and wasn't sure if it was worth continuing. A few things hadn't turned out quite as I planned and there's not really much you can do, except start again, when things go wrong with ink except start again or make the most out of your mistakes. So I left him awhile then looked at it again a week or so later and decided I did actually quite like him and decided to make it work and this is the end product. Sometime it really is a good idea to walk away from a piece for awhile and look at it again with fresh eyes before making a final decision.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Grumpy Bird

I've been doing some ink and coloured pencil drawings of little birds recently inbetween other things. This is the first!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Origami Crane Project

I love seeing the projects of other artists. One I've been following for some time now over Facebook is the Origami Crane Project by Icarus Mid Air.

I first saw this via an article on Bored Panda and thought it was really inspiring and unique. Some of the crane's he's made are beautiful!

Here are a few of my favourites:







If you like origami and paper art or like me you enjoy seeing the projects of other artists then I definately recommend checking out his work!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IcarusMidAir/?fref=photo
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/icarus.mid.air/

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Something Colourful

I've had a rough couple of weeks lately having physio for nerve damage in my neck, which I've had for a few years, but recently it began affecting my left/drawing arm which has been really concerning, and also nerve damage in my right arm after hitting my elbow on a hold when I fell in climbing last year.

During the treatment for my neck I ended up having issues with my back because of the tension build up which has been pretty scary and caused the muscles next to my spine to pull, very painful and worrying but thankfully I'm finally feeling more or less normal. I've even been climbing again this weekend! Saturday and Sunday because I was so happy to be back on the wall and feeling like myself!

So to celebrate I did this quick bird doodle and before I headed out this morning with my brush pen and some coloured pencils!

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Ulf the Little Viking

My entry for this month's #CDChallenge with the theme 'Viking' :D


Had fun working on this little guy!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Cat Daily Doodles

Some more of my daily Cat doodles! Got a more of these to share then I'll post something other than cats :D

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Daily Doodles

One of my resolutions this year was to make more effort with this blog and update regularly. I'm aiming to update every Sunday and hopefully one weekday with my sketches and anything else I've found inspiring or inspirational throughout the week.

Even though I don't post everything I draw I like to do a doodle of something everyday. Sometimes I have a theme or a particular idea, if not I'll often pick an animal and do a drawing. I particularly like drawing cats! Probably because I have one and I just find them such characters!

Here are a few of my daily cat drawings:


And on the theme of cats, this is a great blog to check out:

 http://dailycatdrawings.tumblr.com/

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Dr Sketchy Sketches

A selection of drawings from last night's Dr Sketchy event. The crazy squiggle ones were from an excercise where you had to put the pad on your head and then draw, crazy! Though I kind of like how I did manage to get some sort of picasso style face in one of them. I think it's probably my favourite drawing from the evening, haha!