So, I hand write letters to people and post them in the mail and rarely seem to receive a letter in return. And that’s OK. Perhaps, I’m one of the last hand writers left on earth. My grandmother used to write me back though. But she passed away a couple of years ago. Her handwriting was elegant and old style and it made me smile when I opened a letter from her to read. And, I notice as the years progress my own mother’s cursive handwriting is taking on that same scrolling form as is my own.
I tend to print in all caps though, and avoid cursive, as it’s slower to create and more cumbersome to lay down. My own handwriting is fast and deliberate; the letters flow seamlessly into one and other first forming sentences then paragraphs and pages and hence, volumes of journals.
While I lived in Vancouver from 2001 to 2005 the only medium I used was ink; more specifically Pilot G-tec C4 pens. I settled on that pen for writing after trying out a stupendous amount of pen brands. I spent that four years of my life purposefully writing and drawing in only ink. I wanted to eliminate the use of pencil and become adept at using only pen and ink on paper. At it’s height, it was all consuming; and emptying dry on average two pens per week. That is a lot of writing and drawing in this day and age.
I don’t know the exact date that I drew this on but it was sometime during mid to late 2009 while sitting on the couch in the living room and likely it was late at night as it is right now when all is quiet with the moon shining and snow melting and everyone is asleep and there is no phone ringing and no cars whizzing by and all I hear is but Missy Two Shoes the cat snoring in her basket.
I love the night more than any other time. I naturally gravitate towards it regardless of what timezone I live in. My brain seems to turn on at 3AM when I’m able to process copious amounts of information and the ideas just seem to flow onto paper more freely. Continue reading
I drew her with Pilot G-tec C4 pens, Pilot Hi-tec C pens, Pilot opaque white ink, water and Prismacolor Verithin colored pencils on 8.5 by 11 inch (21,6cm by 27,9cm) smooth white paper.
I should add that this illustration was inspired by Christopher Dewan of The Urban Sherpa. He’s beginning an online literary magazine called 3 Blind Elephants and is accepting submissions.
8×10 inch Archival prints of Martha the Elephant are available for purchase in the shop.
A one legged creature with one foot and three toes swinging it’s tail circling into oblivion.
These one legged creatures with three toes are common amongst my art. Found on flowers, on eyes and hoppers, a creature of my own creation they tie “it” together for me as an artist. A signature style of sorts.
I began *drawing Hoppers in Early 2004. Their upper body is always round, full of spirals encircling to the core of their being. Each circle represents an idea, a thought that we as individuals each experience every day we are alive on earth. A Hopper is memory. A Hopper is life.
A Hopper is usually happy. Eleven is ecstatic as he is full of many many dreams.
Size – 10 by 10 inches or 25.4cm by 25.4cm
Mediums used – Pilot G-tec C4 pen on acid free Fabriano Sketchbook paper.
*I am still recovering from my move to WordPress.com. Much, let’s say 90% of my images are still missing from my blog. It’s going to take time to put it all back together again. You’ll notice past hoppers not even there… only the trail of words written.
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