Posts Tagged ‘library’

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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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I’ve been taking a break from Weekword, but Carmen over at Tales of a Biomouse lured me in this week with the word library.  We seem to be having a library crisis here in NW London…

Is there anything sadder than a derelict library?  Cricklewood library has lost its fight against closure (click here to read more) and is to be sold to developers, and it would seem that Kensal Rise library (below) is set to go the same way.  Such a crying shame.  I’ve never visited Cricklewood library, but I spent many long hours in Kensal Rise library when I was little; the children’s section was upstairs, and I have very fond memories of climbing up the winding stairs to this magical place full of books which I could help myself to.

That’s all from me for this week’s word!

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11th October 2012 – “Derelict library – saddest sight in the world?”

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