I was looking for a picture to illustrate today’s quote by artist Howard Ikemoto (below) and happened upon just the thing ― I found it in my one surviving primary school exercise book. And no, it’s not upside down.
“When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college ― that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared back at me, incredulous, and said, “You mean they forget?” Howard Ikemoto
A little nature study…
Brian Wildsmith (born 1930) has written and illustrated more than eighty books. I love his use of colour and the way he combines abstract textures with carefully considered details. And his animals… his animals have such life and personality. You can check out his website here.
In the style of… appears occasionally instead of my regular Shoot it, Sketch it posts. Using my own photographs as a starting point, I’m drawing inspiration from some of the world’s greatest illustrators. It’s not about slavishly copying someone else’s art; it’s an experiment in seeing things differently.
Here is a new version of a house I painted for a Shoot it, Sketch it last year, this time with deep rusty reds and lush lime and olive greens. You can see the original painting here.
“If we do not honour our past, we lose our future. If we destroy our roots, we cannot grow.” Friedensreich Hundertwasser
Commemorating the 2011 Christchurch earthquake in which 185 people lost their lives. Many homes, businesses and heritage buildings were destroyed. We are still a city in recovery. This is a period in history which will, no doubt, be remembered as both the breaking and the making of our city.