I finally got a scanner that will talk to my Mac, so I will be reviving this blog. I don't have any proper image editing software at the moment though, so the scans will be pretty raw for the time being.
Current project: ongoing drawings of random people posted to Instagram, based on tags. I started this a couple of weeks back, when confined to the house due to health stuff. I am still stuck at home, so the series continues.
It is a bit like people watching, only online, but the drawing process is very different from what you get when drawing from life - there is no element of perspective, movement or time involved, and I can break off in the middle of a drawing and pick it up hours later.
I don't normally draw from photos since I find it too lifeless and kind of boring, but I am having fun with these. I don't want to draw photos, so I try to do drawings based on what i find in the shots instead, if that makes any sense. I have fun with the lines, dynamic hatching, and playing around with composition on each page - not always equally successfully, but still enough to keep things interesting.
It is also interesting to see how people really like drawings based off photographic images. I guess we are so used to seeing the world through a lens that it holds a kind of familiar appeal to us.
Here are the first 9 spreads from my sketchbook. Each spread is based on images of people found under a specific Instagram tag: