THE REAL McCOY
I love real things – not copies.
Last Saturday I went into Pontypridd to buy the latest edition of Flow (“the magazine that takes its time”) from WH Smiths. After doing a few other errands I then retired to Costa Coffee for a read and to passively watch people and immerse myself into teh aromas and sounds of coffees being made.
I love to do this as coffeehouses make me feel creative and relaxed and often I spawn new ideas while mulling and reflecting.
The magazine had an article about illustrators and as I read it I realised that it was expressing what I had always felt about real as opposed to copied things.
HUMANITY & SOUL
There is more humanity and soul in them. A particular sentence struck a chord with me – it said – “It’s the love for the line that veers of course slightly because it has a certain charm”. I totally resonated with that. I love little quirks and imperfections in raw, real work and immediately the idea popped into my mind of drawing more directly and freely.
I had a flash idea of how I could start doing that right away in my artistic life by drawing directly onto brown kraft paper and blank white A6 cards.
Why those 2 things you ask?
Well – I always gift a free card to anyone who buys an 8×10 print from my online Etsy shop and I always wrap their parcel in pretty floral Liberty tissue paper followed by brown kraft paper. I could picture (excuse the pun) a wildly scrawled original drawing on the outside of the parcel – and I liked it!
FOR THE JOY OF IT
As I finished my coffee and read a bit more of the magazine I felt an excitement welling up about the fun of doing this – I am all about process not product and don’t care that there is “nothing in it financially” for me. Some things you just do because they sing with your heart.
As soon as I got home I cut up 5 sheets of kraft paper and slid one of my pre-cut cardboard stiffeners into the middle and folded the side over thus making a portable drawing board of the paper. I was ready to go! But not before I cued a YouTube video on the Slow Movement by Carl Honore.
He is the advocate of doing everything slower in a bid to live better. I totally agree with him. And so with his wise words accompanying me as I worked I put pen to paper.
I sat in front of the computer and randomly pulled up my file of dog paintings that I had done and immediately started drawing one – then I stopped and drew another slightly overlapping. Then I drew some random leaves and felt compelled to add some blocky words – I was on a roll!
Before I knew it I had done 3 and then I switched to A6 cards.
Once again I pulled up bird images and started drawing them and created a few cards that were a joy to draw. Very hit and miss (due to the organic and unpredictable nature of my bamboo dipping pen and ink technique) and totally me I loved them!
What appeals the most is that they are what they are – no middle man and not manipulation – no prep – just from my gut to the surface.
Now – a few days later I am building up a batch of dog ones to hopefully donate to Hope Rescue in Pontypridd. They have a fab charity shop there and I would like to give these as a way of supporting their work for dogs.
Anyway – upshot of it is that I feel so satisfied at my products but most importantly I am engrossed while the drawing is going on – loving that line that is veering of – because it has charm in it!