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It’s been a while since my last sketchblog post, because I’ve done that thing where I’ve mislaid my drawing mojo.  I know I’ve said this before but it bears repeating: I’m not someone to whom drawing comes naturally.  I have to really work at it.  Which isn’t a bad thing, I mean I can draw well, but when I go too long between drawings I lose confidence and then I sort of tense up.  When I’m tense my work is absolutely shite, it really is.  My drawings are at their best when they’re loose and feel alive, but when I’m lacking in confidence I tense up and overwork things: I try to get things too precise, and that’s when it all goes tits up.

I did a bit of practice work a couple of weeks ago to try and get to grips with perspective, for a very specific project that I have had in mind for a while, but I’m not sharing those yet.  Today I’ll share what I did last night.  Nothing thrilling, but I was reading a magazine on my Kindle and decided I’d just draw bits of it as I went along (and also making some notes).  Just an exercise in loosening up again, a bit like stretching to warm up before going for a run (as if I’d ever do anything as crazy as running, ha! But you get the idea).  Oh, yes, and I’ve abandoned my usual sketchbook for the time being and am using a cheap crappy notebook, just to take away another aspect that I have issues with (namely not wanting to muck up a decent book).

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Back in April I noticed that someone (or several someones) had taken the opportunity to scrawl some drawings on Lord Hills Bridge.  When I passed by there again a few months later I noticed a couple of new additions

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Way back in 2014 I shared the festive boards that Coco Nail Bar had put up for carnival, and here’s a new one for this year.

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As an added bonus here are a couple of other bits that I spotted the same day

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After enjoying Alice painting the roses red for a few months (click here to view), which I did think was nice and topical given it’s right next to a flower stall, the board changed hands in early July and was replaced by a very cheerful sunflower!  Artwork by Gary Alford.

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Heading overseas again today, courtesy of the amazing Kat.  These are from a trip she took to Budapest where, apparently Marilyn Monroe is still alive.  Do we think Elvis is also there?

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