Saturday, 28 April 2012

My monochrome mind . . .



This is what went on in my head when I was Twenty . . . 1983. The date at the bottom of the picture is 1988 as this is not the original artwork. A printer I worked for in 1988 wanted to do a limited amount of personal Christmas cards using this picture . . . but wanted to make it look as though it had just been drawn (?) . . . So this is the 1988 version . . . Enjoy ;-)

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  1. The drawing is amazing... you look sad though - were you?

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    1. Well funny you should say that .. . The photo that I "copied" my face from was taken about a week after my Brother killed himself . . . So I was, but I never noticed that it looked that way. Maybe I always look like that ;-)

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  2. WoW! That is seriously amazing. I love it!!

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    1. Thanks JJ . . . I'm glad you like it, love it! x

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  3. You drew this!!!!! You are amazing! Sorry I haven't been commenting as much, but I'm reading.

    I see the detail here and feel the emotion, incredible drawing!

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    1. Hey Barbara . . . I thought about you last night, rocking away with Bruce ;-)
      I'm glad you like it, and pleased you're still reading,thanks x

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  4. Wow, incredible, I would have bought this, esp. as a 20 year old, it has an 'other-wordly' quality. And so much detail. You should seriously pick up a sketch pad again. And I really like those other pages. And I love how you reply to each and every comment, it reminds me of the pen-pals I had as a teen-ager, only more immediate. I will start sending you presents soon!! They will have to be virtual though!
    Kiwigirl xo

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    1. Kiwigirl,
      I do intend to draw again one day . . . Soon.
      I know each blog is different, and I don't mind bloggers that don't reply to comments. . . But for me it's a two-way thing and I "see" you people as "cyber friends" rather than commenters.
      Hey yeah virtual pressies . . . What a cool idea. They do say it's the thought that counts, and these would be 100% thought! Take care Kg x x x

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  5. Wow. So much talent. So intricate, and moving. I love it. Thank you mega heaps.

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  6. Simply stunning. So much conveyed. It's one of those things that you see something different in each time you look at it. It also moves me and I'm not sure why. Serenity surrounded by so much....what?

    Wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Sherry . . . It's strange that I never made the connection, until Furtheron said I looked sad, that I drew it soon after my brother killed himself . . . So I'm looking at it in a new light. Maybe the other side of the gate is some sort of "heaven".
      I didn't actually plan any of it. It started as a "doodle" in black ink, on the back of a sheet of menu from the restaurant where I worked in France. It started with the face and I just "doodled away" from there.
      I always thought it looked a bit messy personally, but so many people liked it over the years that it became a bit special.

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  7. You have quite the talent, Bugs.

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  8. Beautiful - so much detail - and intricate - ethereal - you are far more an artist than I'll ever be so I hope you are still keeping at it.

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    1. Jeannie,
      You're an artist . . . not more, not less. We've got the same gift and after that I think it's just the more we do the better we get.
      I've not done a portrait for 14 years and I dare say the first one I do will be crap. But it will improve if I work at it.
      You are using your gift and honing it, I can already see the progress in your new portraits from your first few (sidebar) . . . In france I drew a lot of portraits(pre-kids and relatively at peace within)and I improved.
      Although this one (above) was a one off. I only ever use pencil . . . I don't even consider it "good" drawing-wise. It came from another place totally, and when I tried to do a second one in the same style . . . nothing. Strange. Ethereal is the word.
      Since I've posted it I'm beginning to suspect it had something to do with My brother's suicide, but I would've never had known that. I'll end up sitting writing a post here. Just got back from a "city" N/A. Good hard-core reformed rats! Good to see that, it gives me hope ;-)

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  9. Wow you really do have a talent for art ;-)

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    1. Hi Gledwood,
      Thanks . . . Possibly a bit rusted at the monent, but any day soon I shall be sharpening some pencils, getting Hamper G to school and, for the first time in twelve years, spending some quality "me" time ;-)
      Can't wait. Take care x

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    1. Hi, I nearly missed these comments at the bottom. Thanks CxoMwah!

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  11. Girl, you have real talent. I am waaayyyy envious. I would love to have you do a portrait of my dog with a really cool background. Let me know when you sharpen those pencils..Be well..

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    1. Thanks Lori . . . I must say, I've never draw a dog portrait. I did an ink sketch of a wolfhound once for a brochure (at the printers). All this encouragement could well lead to me buying a pencil sharpener soon. I'll let you know. Take care

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  12. Oh my goodness,you are so talented!!! I love the style even,it has a japanese feel to it,well for me anyway and a bit of a tattoo art feel to it...maybe cos i been looking at japanese tats...?I have a thing for their blossom and wave drawings.Gawd,its lovely.Seriously.xxxxxxxx

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