So continuing my sketch series on our interesting neighbors, I thought I'd tell you about one of our current neighbors.
**N.B. I'm trying to keep this series a lot more messy and quick, so hopefully as the series goes on these drawings will get better - in the meantime it's great sketching practice just trying to get across some emotion etc so here's hoping the practice pays off.**
Picture, if you will, a tranquil domestic scene...
Here I am just knitting peacefully away.
When suddenly out of nowhere...
Our next door neighbor lets rip a string of profanities.
We live in an apartment complex where we are surrounded by neighbors on three sides. The guy who lives on the other side of our lounge wall will often get mad at something and start screaming. All I can say is I'm glad we don't have kids. :P
As far as I can tell he lives alone (although often when he arrives home he starts talking to himself/someone once he is through the door) - and I don't know what exactly is making him so mad that justifies that kind of language. It's especially nasty because he says it as if he is swearing at someone, and it's hard not to take it personally.
But maybe I'm being too hard on him. Perhaps he has really good reason for his potty-mouth, such as...
Maybe his floral art is just not falling into place.
Or maybe he just can't work out that 1000 piece puzzle.
I'd be mad wouldn't you?
Or perhaps he just CAN'T get those creases out of his shirts!!!
I feel his pain.
Or his scones came out of the oven burnt and resembling rocks.
This one I really empathize with. Been there for sure.
(Mine ended up on the floor)
So I guess in the meantime this is just what we have to deal with while living in an apartment. Looking forward to having a house to live in in the future.
I have been trying to come up with ideas of themes that I can use to help me practice drawing more. Especially things incorporating the complete figure. The other day I was musing on the clothes that I used to wear as a kid, and just how much fashions have changed since then. Growing up in the 80's and 90's meant that there were things that we thought were so cool - but if we pulled them out and wore them now people would think we were nuts. It was a fun time.
So anyway, I had some pretty rockin clothes that I used to wear and I thought that I would try and remember some of them and draw them out for practice. All of these outfits are completely genuine - I actually went out in public wearing them (if you can believe it)(those born pre-1990 will understand).
Why anyone else would be interested remains to be seen - however it's amusing for me in the meantime. :)
So here we have 'Things I used to wear: #1'
~ The oh so stylish overall kinda things - made from fluorescent colored fabrics ~
(the more fluorescent and the more colors the better).
~ The slouchie socks ~
(making something of a comeback I might add)
~ The kung-fu shoes ~
(hands up who had kung-fu shoes and who thought they were awesome)
I was thinking about it the other day, and we have moved a lot over the past 9 years. And as a result we have had quite a few different neighbors. It seems that often we end up living next to some, well, interesting people.
One good example is when we first moved to London, and were living up in the attic of this amazing old terraced house in Notting Hill.
The view from out of our attic window.
Because we were living in the attic we had to walk through our landlord's house to get out the front door. If you have ever been in one of these houses, basically there is a staircase running right up through the middle of the house - this one went up 3 flights plus our attic on top that we reached via a little spiral staircase.
Our spiral staircase
All the rooms of the house just came right off the staircase. Right at the foot of our little spiral staircase was our landlord's bathroom.
And they often would have baths with the door wide open.
And we had to walk right past the door if we wanted to leave to go anywhere.
It was interesting.
Hey it makes for a funny story anyway. And there are more stories where that came from.
And yes I was that white after spending a year in the UK.
As well as trying to get back into keeping this blog updated - I thought that I might as well spend some time updating other web-spaces where I keep my artwork too. So below are links to other places you can find my art - and if you have similar profiles (on DA or Instagram or Facebook) then let me know, I love to see other people's artwork.
Ah that classic tale of teenagerdom. All the innuendo that I didn't pick up as a kid. Yikes.
Pretty cool characters though - and most excellent music. It's just fun.
So I thought it was about time that I watched it again last night and did some sketches of some of the Grease peeps. I am in the need for practice so they didn't all come out the way that I would have liked, however it was a good start.
Here's my version of Frenchie...
She was always one of my most favorite characters and I don't really think that I did her justice here, but it was fun to draw anyway. I've also done versions of Rizzo, Sandy and a not so great one of Kenickie - so will add them up over the next week or so.
Another thing that I would like to work on this year is style. I got a couple of amazingly cool Christmas presents this year - 'Design' and 'Layout & Background' from the Walt Disney Animation Studios Archive series. They are pretty amazingly fantastic!
So whenever people start a new year they do actually seem to have 'great expectations' of what they are going to achieve for that year. Thus the whole New Year's Resolutions thing. I kind of gave up on that a few years ago after constantly getting frustrated at myself for not keeping those resolutions! So the trade off I have made is to stick to just one basic thing that I want to learn for that year. And usually something that applies to a lot of stuff.
So last year I really wanted to learn more about humility. And boy did I learn about it. Stopping full time work, moving to a new country and having to rely on other people is a humbling business.
This year I have decided that I really need to focus on discipline. A scary kind of a word. Even scarier I think than humility. But I do need to become more disciplined. More disciplined in my work, exercise, faith, and life in general. So we'll see how that goes for 2014.
Speaking of Great Expectations, and on a more art related note... I watched a version of that classic Dickens tale the other week and it was really good! It had Gillian Anderson in it as Miss Haversham and she was awesome. So if you are into classics, Dickens and BBC (or at least one of the above) then check it out. (Plus it inspired me to want to watch The X Files).
I decided to do some sketches while I was watching - so here's my version of Estella and Pip (based on Douglas Booth who played the part of Pip)(and who is a very appealing guy to draw).
That's all from me for now! Happy New Year everyone.
So somehow I have found myself volunteering as an art teacher for a couple of groups of children over here in the US. : ) The younger group of kids is especially interesting because I've never taught that age group before. However, hopefully they will get something out of it (here's hoping!).
One of the girls in the older group very sweetly came over to me after last weeks lesson and said 'Mrs. Flinn,' (funny huh, I'm still getting used to being called Mrs. Flinn), 'would you please be able to teach me how to draw Rapunzel?' How could I resist that!!!
So I told her that I would draw up a tip-sheet for her. I thought perhaps I would share it here, just in case someone else would like to check it out too.
**Now time for a little disclaimer**
You will notice that every pic of Rapunzel I have drawn on here looks kinda off (if you have an eye for it, this looks more like Rapunzel's younger and slightly out of proportioned sisters), and this is the first time I have done a tip sheet - so it's a bit all over the place.
However all that aside, maybe - somewhere, somehow - someone will find it helpful. :D I am definitely not the authority on this kind of thing, and I know for a fact that there are a bazillion other 'how-to' sheets you can get online that are a bazillion times better than this one. So if you are really keen to learn to draw - go do a good old fashioned Google search and you'll probably find them. :) All the best!
Been watching some old movies lately which inspired this lady.
Speaking of old movies - I watched 'How to Marry a Millionaire' the other day, with Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall - what a fab movie. Marilyn was so funny and sweet in it.
We were also super amazingly blessed the other weekend to be able to go and visit California to spend some time with friends (who were the ones who very generously got our flights for us!!!). It was so nice to see the beach again, and just see a different part of the States. It was gorgeous.
And I found these flying space cat leggings in Target the other day. Nuff said.