Apr 19, 2015

Thumbing My Way...

YESSSS!!!! I got a Pearl Jam song title into my own blog post title! Self props!

Anywho... I'd like to talk about thumbnails today, as I really haven't had much time to do anything other than those very things lately.

So what is a thumbnail? Well, a thumbnail is essentially a very small drawing or quick colour study with the aim of establishing composition and tone and various other key elements. It is usually done quite roughly, and the less time spent on them the better.
I think they are probably most used in the comics medium these days, though I've seen a lot of fantasy artists use them quite a lot too.
The general idea is to make a little mock-up of ideas you have for the final piece. You can work out figure placement, lighting, gestures and all of that fun stuff, while not having to spend a huge amount of time on making full size roughs of each idea as it comes to you. You can just scribble down your ideas on a really small scale and still get an impression of what works and what doesn't.

Basically, a thumbnail got its name from the size of the drawing. While most artists who utilise thumbnails would tend to draw them larger than an actual thumbnail, the name just stuck.

Personally, I use thumbnails (or thumbs for short) for many things. From paintings to illustrations to comic pages.
As I'm currently working on a comic at the moment, I thought I'd show you how I use them and why I probably need to change my system.

As it stands, my system is this: I work on a roughly 10 x 6cm thumbnail size. I have made the below frame using my beloved Adobe Illustrator, based on my buddy Bart Sears' preferred dimensions and have reduced the original size so that I can fit four of these on an A4 page-
I've kept the above picture at the correct A4 size, so if you want to use it as a template, go right ahead! Feel free to save the image and use it yourself.

So here are some of the thumbs for the 4-to-a-page sheet I've been drawing for the Dryad comic.
I have then been taking the layouts that I like and redrawing them on a 2-to-a-page sheet.
In this way, I can bump up the detail a little and get a better feel for the success/failure of the page. I like the idea of this system, but I think the execution of it is a little off and it needs a tweak.
Here the template for the 2-to-a-page layout:
I think the issue is that my initial 4-to-a-page thumbnail template is too large a scale. It is just big enough that I am still putting in detail and trying to get likenesses, proportions and such in there. Which is absolutely not what this stage is for. This stage is for big, dirty and ungainly strokes. It's about quickly trying out ideas and moving on to the next one within a really short amount of time. It's about the relationship of shapes and forms.

So what I am going to do is start using this template for that initial stage:
Again, if you want to use this template yourself, it's all yours.

I think the two-to-a-page size works well for getting in the slightly finer points. This is where I try to nail down likenesses and get the details loosely in there. What I then do is take one of those 'roughs' and put it into Illustrator and blow it up to the final page size. I have Bristol Board cut to this size and the guide lines pencilled in. So all I have to do is print out the scaled up rough and throw it on a lightbox with the Bristol on top and transfer the roughs.
Then it's just a case of tightening up the pencils to a point I need (which varies depending on the object) and then slapping on some inks. But I might leave this part of the process for another post, where I'll show you how the pages shown above progress.
Sound good?

Mar 31, 2015

Shaping The Circle


Now that the first installment of The Circle is out the door and setting the internet on fire (one can only assume...), I thought I might take a little bit of time to talk about what form these stories are going to take in the future and what I hope and tentatively plan to do with them as they start to stack up on top of each other.
Because this is it for me, this is what I want to do for the foreseeable future. It's so important to me that I am making 99% of all of my future artistic endeavours be in some way related to this stuff.

Formatting
I've spoken about this on the podcast and probably elsewhere as well, but I don't think I've gone into any kind of detail here on how I plan to present these stories.

Put simply, I am going to jump from the illustrated prose seen in The Wilds Will Bide to a comic page format whenever and wherever I think either is required, and back again if needs be.
I don't think this is a drastic measure, nor is it particularly novel or new, but I think it is a system that isn't really used often at all, perhaps for reasons I will soon find out!
But I like it. I like the flexibility of being able to look at a part of a story and decide whether I want to tell it through detailed text with some accompanying images, or to look at it and see how it would be more dramatically told through comic panels and word balloons. That, to me, is an exciting way to tell a story.

The Circle, to me, is a story that could probably be told in either a straight novel, or a straight comic, without the need for the intermingling of those two formats. But I honestly don't think either way would reach the full impact I think the story deserves. A novel would be great, because I could get right into the nitty-gritty of character motivations, emotions and reactions. But the actions scenes wouldn't be as fun to do. Conversely, if I were to do it as a straight comic, the action would be enjoyable, but I would be restricted with how much character development I could inject into the story. Many people may argue that the comics medium is a perfectly fine place for character development, to which I would totally agree. But I don't think you can achieve as much depth through pictures and word balloons as you can with the freedom of the written word. Just my opinion, anyway.

So I've gone for the blended format. Now this won't actually take effect until probably 2026. Here's why...

Schedule
For the rest of 2015, I will be doing short stories that introduce you gorgeous people to the characters that make up The Circle. The Wilds Will Bide (a title I quite like, don't you?) is a mere entree to the main meal that will be The Circle comic being produced next year. But there are going to be lots more entrees to come before we get to that. There are a total of six main characters in The Circle (Alanna, Strongbow, Dryad, Wildling, Longbeard and Hedgewitch), and I want to do at least one (I'm planning on doing two though) story on each character like the Alanna one before I get to the main continuity in 2016. These entrees, which will come under the umbrella of...


...will come out in different forms. Where the Alanna story was told in the form of illustrated prose, the Dryad piece, currently being worked on, will be a traditional comic. Some of them will be your typical origin story, others may just be chapters from their lives, some might even involve circumstances leading directly up to the main story. I am currently working out how to make these stories best fit into the build-up to the main story in a way that is both informative and exciting, with a healthy dollop of enticing in there for good measure.


Once these short stories are done and released for free, things will really get interesting.
Ideally, I want to do a Kickstarter campaign for the main The Circle story. Maybe a Patreon sort of thing too/instead. By then I will have all of these 'Tales From Outside The Circle (TFOTC, for not much shorter) already produced and hopefully they will be getting some sort of notice. The more I can get these stories out there and read (and hopefully liked), the more successful, theoretically, the Kickstarter campaign will be. I'm not entirely certain of how I want the main The Circle story to be released, but my gut is telling me that a nice chunky book (in the blended format of illustrated prose and traditional comic) of a healthy page length is the way to go. But we'll see what happens with that.

This is the area I am the least certain of. I want to keep my options open at this point and there is a lot of work to be done before those decisions need to made. So I'm staying open to what way I go with the project as a product in 2016. The product will get made whatever way I choose, but that way is unclear still at this point.


Goal
But let me get one thing clear- I'm not doing any of this for wealth beyond need or some ridiculous and utterly repulsive thing like fame. I just want to make fun stories that hopefully people like. If The Circle gets popular enough for me to be able to quit the day job and concentrate on it full time... well, I won't say no to that!
But only because it will give me the freedom to produce even more of these stories. I really believe that creating The Circle and the Realms of Faerie are what I am best suited to doing creatively with my life.

One guy that I am kinda in awe of and think has it right is a comic artist by the name of Erik Larsen. If you haven't heard of him, go check out his Savage Dragon comic. As you'll see, he's produced over 200 issues of that comic on basically his own steam. He writes, pencils and inks 99% of it all himself. I think that is a bloody amazing effort.

Honestly, I don't think I can produce that amount of work, but I like that Erik has made Savage Dragon his life's work. That's exactly what I want The Circle and Realms of Faerie to be.
It's the sort of thing that if I won the lottery tomorrow, which I actually intend to do, after an extensive tour of the world, I would still want to write and illustrate The Circle and Realms of Faerie.

But at the end of the day, even if I fail miserably at winning the lottery, or running a successful Kickstarter campaign, or even in gaining a meagre readership for The Circle, I will still find a way to tell this story.

WATCH OUT!
So where do I go from here? Well, seeing as I have a lot of stories I want to release this year, and considering how long it took me to get the Alanna story done, I am going to be a little bit more strict on myself. Not too much, though, because I do want to take my time and do this stuff right, and have fun doing it, but I need to catch up by a couple of months if I want to get the twelve individual stories done by the end of the year.

So the plan is to spend more time on the stories, but to still increase the production schedule by actually making more time for the work. That will mean that I simply cannot take on any other freelance illustration jobs for the rest of the year. I have to be very strict about this! I mentioned at the start of the year that I had planned to do this from the beginning, but a couple of juicy projects did come along that I couldn't knock back. But that needs to change. I just can't afford the time or the energy to take on further gigs.
So from this point on, I am only working on The Circle and Realms of Faerie (excluding current ongoing jobs, that is, which will wrap up soon).
So all of this will mean that you will see the first Dryad story, which will most likely be six comic pages long, by the end of April. There will be a Strongbow story soon after that (probably in the illustrated prose format) and I have the first Wildling story written to follow that. Then it'll be Longbeard's turn, with Hedgewitch bringing up the rear for this first round of stories.
So there will be plenty of activity here in the coming months. I've also set up a Facebook page for The Circle, where I will be posting sketches, thoughts and whatever else I think to put up there. I am seriously considering some sort of website too, but that will probably be a while away.


But for now, I hope you like the sound of what I am trying to achieve here and I look forward to giving you all lots and lots of stuff to read in the coming years!

Mar 30, 2015

The Wilds Will Bide

Well, here it is, finally!
This is the first of the many The Circle stories that will be published in the coming years by me. This particular tale is just a first taste, a mere nibble, of the vast and varied world I have created.
I hope it whets your appetite for more. Enjoy.



 
For your convenience, here's a prettier PDF version too-
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-Ox8jXfabhbR3lXS0JZa1pXSkE/view?usp=sharing

Mar 29, 2015

Remember me?

jeeez, I'm bad at this blogging thing this year...

I'll not go into some big long paragraph about best intentions and all of that. I've just been busy, okay?

Busy with important things, though. The first of the 'Tales From Outside The Circle' short stories is mere days (possibly even hours!) away from being released on this blog, and I have a whole swag of stories written that just need art put to the words too. I'm really excited about these stories, especially the ones involving the characters from The Circle.

My aim is to have a story revolving around each of the six main characters of The Circle, a sort of 'Origin Story' as it were, done by the end of the year. Put together, these 'Tales From Outside The Circle' (a title of which will make sense in time, I promise) should run to about 40-odd pages. It is then my desire to look at getting these pages, with some cool extra content like character biographies and maybe even a pin-up or two, printed in all of their glory. But all of these stories will be released digitally for free on this blog or somewhere even prettier first, I promise.

This project is exactly what I have been working toward for the last couple of years. This is the beginning of my Magnum Opus, and I'm loving every minute of doing it. So what if it is taking longer than I had hoped it would. I've decided to make these stories and the art the very best I can make them. And that takes time. But as I mentioned on the podcast recently, I've been putting all of the parts together for this machine, and now that it is up and running, things will go a lot smoother from here on out.

I have plans for this story of mine. Nothing crazy, mind you, but I have plans in the works. I'm weighing up whether I need a website (which I probably do...), there's cool merchandising options to look into, and there's also the notion of selling this stuff to folks. If I were to make a print run of the collected stories, I'd have to look at venues to sell them at, so conventions and all that they entail will possibly come into the mix too.

But I'm not getting ahead of myself. I'm still just happily writing and drawing away. There's plans formulating in my head, but it's all about creating quality content at this point.

So why don't you pop on back here in a couple of days and check out the first little introduction to my Realms of Faerie world?

Feb 15, 2015

Excuses, excuses...

I can't remember the last time I went so long between posts. And there are no EXCUSES!
I've been doing plenty of design work, some writing, some life drawing, attended a workshop run by PJ Lynch and a couple of local artist meet-ups. So there's plenty of stuff to show and tell.
But I think I know why it's been so quiet here lately...
It's because January sucks and all I wanted to do is crawl up into a ball and hibernate for it. Honestly, I think I'm still getting over some residual Christmas tiredness and I just can't seem to shake it.

But there is light at the end of the tunnel! I have a slate that pretty much only features my own projects for once and there has been a great deal of groundwork being laid for the rest of the year.

So seeing as I have so much to get through and because I want to be more personal/diary-like in these new posts, let's just treat it as a sort of 'here's what I've been doing since last I was here' sort of thing. Okay?

So, yeah, I had promised to have an illustrated short story complete by now. Well, it's nearly there. Kinda. I have it written and a couple of illustrations have been completed. I just have a couple more pieces to do for it and then I can choose fonts and all the nitty-gritty stuff  that needs to be done before I release the whole thing into the wilds. It's shaping up nicely though and I really like the format I've chosen for these sorts of things.
So as soon as that story is done, it will pop up here. I'm thinking PDF for it but haven't quite decided yet.

Next up is some design work for The Circle. This has been taking up a great deal of my recent spare time and most lunch breaks are spent sketching away while chomping on either a healthy salad or some seriously UNhealthy fast food (there is no room for anything inbetween!).
So here's how the characters are starting to look...
Yep, I blocked one of the character's names. Can't be giving away too much now, can I?

There's a little bit of work to be done on a few of them, but for the most part they are pretty locked in. This has been a really fun and important step. I am constantly amazed how the flourish of a single stroke can take you down a completely different direction with regard to character design.

Let's see, what else... oh yeah, speaking of PJ Lynch. I discuss the class I went to that was run by PJ in Episode 8 of the podcast with Gord Mackay, so I won't go into it too much here, but I do want to say thank you to PJ again for such a fascinating and inspiring day! Here's some pics from it...
The portrait at the point where the details have been worked on and the colour is starting to be applied.
The only selfie I will EVER take! That's PJ on the right, by the way.
the set-up.

The portrait at the end. Ignore the eyes. Ignore them, I say!

And while we're on the subject of model depicting, here's a recent life drawing piece I was relatively happy with. I thoroughly enjoy using the gouache for the highlighting. When you get the consistency and flow just right on it, it's a dream to work with.

Finally, we big-wigs at the Galway Pub Scrawl HQ decided that meeting up every second Monday evening to draw and chat simply wasn't filling our requirements. So we now meet up on the Sunday afternoon in between the evening scrawls to further feed our need. It was kinda the brain child between myself and all-round good guy/boss, Donal Fallon. We've wanted to meet up for some more prolonged sessions for a while now (post 24-hour comic day, I believe) and the Sunday afternoon sit-down has run into its fifth hour on the two occasions that it has been held.
It's a smaller crowd involved and the setting is more intimate, and it's really fun to work in such close proximity to everyone. Here is Donal's write-up of the most recent gathering.

And that just about wraps it up, I suppose. I promise I won't be gone for so long for the next one! I'll be heading back to the land of Oz soon for a couple of weeks, but there are a few events lined up for march that will probably get a mention here too.
So I'll see you all soon.
Good Journey!

Jan 4, 2015

Resolutions

It's that time again...
Can you believe how quickly 2014 went?

As is tradition around these parts, at the end of a year I take a look back at the previous 12 months and see where I went wrong.
But I'm not going to do that this time.
I think that when I looked back at 2013, I was too focused on the negatives. Not that it was all positive or anything, but I didn't balance it right. But I think perhaps that is an important point I want to make here. The 'me' of 12 months ago is quite a different beast from the person I am today.

Rather than looking back at what 2014 entailed, the new me is all about looking ridiculously positively at what 2015 could have in store. This IS a subject I have talked about recently, but I have a few more solid plans in place now that I would love to share with you all.

But first, here are some things that are going to change in 2015-
  1. No longer will I be a slave to self-promotion, new audience reaching, platform building, crowd pleasing. It is my aim to not be obsessed with hit counts and all of that stuff anymore. I'm just going to do my thing and if people like it, awesome! It's kinda like Field of Dreams, but it's more a case of 'If you draw it, they MIGHT look at it. But it's really okay if they don't.'
  2. I'm going to not be so fooled by internet fads like Twitter and such. I just don't get Twitter and I don't think it is necessary for me and what I want to achieve. So I'm making a conscious effort to cut out that unnecessary stuff. So, yep, I'm a Twitter Quitter, once again.
  3. 2015 is about creating narratives. I've produced a lot of single pieces in the past number of years that don't really tell a story or would be considered part of a written piece. That will change. 
  4. Generally speaking, my art is going to become self-indulgent. I won't be catering to any particular audience or trying to please a certain client. I will be creating art that I want and in a way that gives me artistic pleasure. I think this may be the best way to make art, actually.
  5. I will be more prolific than ever, because I will be immersed in my own little Realms of Faerie world.
  6. This blog will remain essentially the same, but I'm going to try and make it more personal, filled with things from my daily life. Because my art is my life and permeates all that I do.
 So the things that I want to specifically create are still open to change, but these are a few things I definitely want to do-
  • I want to produce at least 100 pages of The Circle this year. I might need to create a website for all of those pages, and I wouldn't mind printing a book up once the first arc is completed. I might try and do this with crowdfunding, or I might even approach a publisher.
  • I want to write and illustrate a single, stand alone illustrated short story every month. These might take the form of a 'further adventures of...' sort of thing featuring characters from The Circle or some such. These might also take the form of a children's book every now and then.
  • I have a love of gaming and comic character sheets. You know the ones, with all of the vital statistics and a cool shot of the character. Yep, I want to do some of them too. I'm trying to format a template that I'm happy with still, but look for them to start appearing in the near future.
  • lots of stuff on toned paper!
  • more sculpting!!
  • more painting!!!
2015 is going to be a really busy year, but I also think it is going to be satisfying and full of happy art making. So this is my pledge to you, dear reader-

I am going to produce as much art that I think is cool and is as close a representation to what I want and like in stories and art that I possibly can in the year 2015. All of it will be free and made for the pure love of what I am doing. It will all be made by me, for nobody really except for me and my crazy whims. But it will be lovingly shared with anybody that wants to look at it. I will create the art and words only for their own sake, not for popularity, money or anything like that. I have stories to tell and pictures to draw and 2015 is the year that they come to life.

So the next post here is going to be the beginning of the new phase of my artistic life. I'm pretty darn excited by it, I can tell you.
See you then.

Dec 23, 2014

Bookmarks Mark II (see what I did there?)

Okay, it's the 23rd of December. That means I've finished up at the bookshop for Christmas and the bookmarks I made for my fellow staff members have all been handed out. So now I can show them all off here! Glorious day, hey?
For those of you that have absolutely no idea what I'm talking about... yeah, that's probably everybody actually... I started a tradition at the bookshop last Christmas where I give out a bookmark to each staff member for Christmas. Last year, I made a printed bookmark of my Goblins piece for everybody. But this year, I went a little nuts and made a one of a kind original bookmark for everybody instead.

Here they be!
 
 
 
 
 
I found these little bookmarks rather enjoyable to produce, I must say. I would usually start off with a head at the bottom for the vertical ones or to the left on the horizontals. Once I had that first one in, I would start blocking in the other objects to get the feel for the whole thing. Once I had everything roughly worked out, it was simply a case of inking the individual creatures and then adding the white touches. The inking was done with the fantastic Tombow brush pens my buddy Bart Sears put me on to, and the whites are done with varying degrees of diluted white gouache.
 
I previewed a couple of these bookmarks on Facebook last week and they seemed to get a pretty lively response. So I'm going to keep making them. I have a few people down for the next batch, but then I'm going to start selling them in my Etsy store. I'm also going to do some larger pieces in this vein. One of my art pals, Ruth Campion, is going to do an art swapsy for an A4ish piece in this style while I get a piece she is going to do for me! Very much looking forward to seeing what she comes up with.


So anyways, I hope everybody out there has a really great Christmas, spent with loved ones in good cheer.
Talk to you soon.

Dec 7, 2014

While you're waiting...

I know, I know.
It has been quiet here for the last week or so. The bookshop is proving to be an exhausting and unwieldy beast at the moment (something to do with a fat home invader in crimson), so I don't really have anything new to show, unfortunately. But I do have a few things in the works, including that blasted Slaine picture, some more bookmarks and a few other odds and sods. They'll be appearing here as soon as I can get a spare couple of hours for my own art (a couple of fresh quick drawing jobs have popped up recently too).
So as I have nothing artistic to show at the moment, now is as good a time as any to show off some pictures of my dog, Louie.









And here's a video of him brushing his own teeth:


Back soon!

Nov 25, 2014

Bookmarks (not the website kind!)

I can still remember quite vividly a day all of 18-odd years ago now, when I discovered the charm of toned paper. I was working in an awful bookshop in a dodgy shopping centre (a mall, to my state-side friends) and I hated every second of it. Well, nearly every second. There were some moments I suppose.
One of those moments that didn't totally suck was when a box of books was delivered to me and as I opened it, I saw that the books within were wrapped in a really nice and toothy toned paper.

For those of you that don't know what toned paper is, it's basically a type of coloured paper that can vary dramatically in texture and, indeed, colour. Generally speaking though, it's that sort of brown paper that is used for paper grocery bags, wrapping paper, envelopes, etc. It can be quite grainy, even woody; sometimes it's rather waxy and smooth.

So anyway, it didn't take my puny little brain long to look at that toned paper in the box and decide that I wanted to draw stuff on it!
Thus began my love of making my own bookmarks out of toned paper. I've done lots of them over the years. Some were for family members, to sell in a bookshop (Kenny's bookshop in Galway back in 2001), and to use myself.

Here are some old ones:
 
Earlier this year, I purchased a big stack of pre-cut blank toned paper bookmarks from a person called Marylou Holvenstot through her Etsy store time2split. Marylou creates some really great stuff and she may well be able to sate my toned-paper obsession all in one place!
I've only just now gotten around to placing a single pencil line on any of the blank bookmarks I got from Marylou, but I want to start creating lots of bookmarks for my very own Etsy store. Also, I've started a crazy tradition (all of 1 year old now) of giving bookmarks to my co-workers every Christmas, so no doubt they'll be getting some of these news ones too!
 
I love making bookmarks. There's something about the tall and thin frame shape that makes drawing something on it both a challenge and a great effect if done right. You can do some very designy things with it too. Couple that with the toned paper, and the way white pencil and gouache looks on it and it's no wonder I love doing it.
 
I'll do another post on these bookmarks I'm making once I have a big stack of them for sale. The vast majority of them will feature characters and setting from the Realms of Faerie, of course.
 
Back soon with Slaine (most likely).

Nov 21, 2014

Designing The Circle - Dryad

I'm going to do a series of posts here about my process of designing, and in many cases re-designing, characters and elements of my The Circle comic/illustrated story. I think I can safely say that none of the initial designs from the 8-page Chapter 1 are going to be left unscathed. Some will have physical alterations, others will have origin re-imaginings, one will even have a name change!
I am doing these things only because I want this story to have legs and longevity. So I want to do it right and proper. To do this, changes are required.

So I've been working on some stuff with Dryad. I think I had her pretty close the first time around, it's just more about fleshing out her personality and locking in her origin. So here are some Dryad design pages from my trusty Cahier sketchbook.

 
I've been doing these designs in my lunch break, mostly. I normally wolf down some food (usually a homemade salad, because I'm sometimes a good boy) and then get right down to it.
I've probably been a serial offender at not giving the design process the full attention it deserves in my desire to move on to the finished product in the past. Which was silly of me, really. Because it is in the design process that those magical moments happen when just a few little scribbly marks can lead to a true eureka moment. I had one on the first page where I wrote that bit about Dryad's emotions being tied into the shapes of her horn-thingies. Up until that point, I had imagined them just being rigid objects that served no other purpose than to look somewhat interesting and be a means of making her recognisable, even in silhouette.

As for Dryad's origin... well, it wouldn't be at all fun for me to give that away just yet now would it! But here's a little bit of new information about her that doesn't give anything too serious away:

Dryad, like all of her kind, has no name of her own. She is of the Dryad, and that is enough. Each Dryad is the caretaker and spiritual embodiment of their own area of forest.
Dryads live forever, really, after they are 'born.' Once they are attached to their own wood, it physically pains them to be apart from it and they cannot endure long without renewed contact with it. Other woods can heal them to a great degree, but they are only ever whole while as one with their wood.

And that's all you're going to get out of me regarding Dryad for the moment. I still don't think I have her design 100% down, but I'll keep working away at it and you'll definitely see more of her in the future.

Back super-soon!

Nov 19, 2014

An afternoon with Eva Widermann... and Patrick.

On Saturday the 15th, I had the great fortune to attend a talk given by the great Eva Widermann on the subject of Concept Design for the Film & Gaming Industry.
It was part of a bunch of events geared toward younger humans than myself, but my good mate Patrick Gavin and I decided to go anyways, as we kinda know Eva already and we have an interest in the subject. In fact, we Galway based artists have been trying to get Eva up here to do a talk just like this for years now, so there was no way I was going to pass up the opportunity.
The thinking Patrick
I tried to record some audio from the event, but the room was pretty big and sparse, so the recording ended up being quite echoe-y and barely anything could be made out. Which is a pity, because Eva gave some awesome advice throughout the talk. (I talk about this event in episode 5 of the Gord & Jay Talk Art Podcast)

Eva also gave us a little exercise to do, involving some random outline shapes on a page that we had to make objects out of-
The class was SO intense that this poor lass got a nose bleed half way through it! But don't worry about her, she draws great and will definitely go places.

And this poor girl got some marker on her face! But, yeah, she'll do big things too.
Here are my fairly unimaginative exercise results
After the class, Eva, Patrick and I met up with Galway Pub Scrawl chieftan, Donal Fallon for a cup of tea and a bite to eat. We were joined by new Galway resident and fellow artist Anna too. 'Twas a great time had by all...
...despite Donal's look of contempt. That was just directed at me, not the general vibe.
Oh, and I got to add Eva's business card to my folder. It's flipping cool!
Yummy transparency
A big thanks and sincere shout-out goes to the artist that is Eva Widermann. Thanks for a great day and some fun chats!
Go check out her website, won't you all? Yes, yes, you will...