how sweet it is to be loved by you.
a new personal project: natural beauty. a comment on the concept of “natural beauty” being something you have to strive to achieve, rather than simply embracing what you’ve got. also an opportunity to use illustration as a means of saying something, which i don’t do often enough (this is something that’s been on my mind a lot lately).
you can see the rest of the series & read more about it on my website.
experimenting with gouache in the least experimental way possible.
i’ve barely seen my favourite person over the last week or so & i miss him, so i guess i’ll just look at this mediocre portrait of him instead.
we went walking around some forests looking for birds & waterfalls today. clambered around pathways, listened to rushing rivers, saw nesting peregrine falcons. it finally feels like spring.
this image is from 2009, but it rings true once a year.
the concept of flying, through the sky, to the furtherest possible country on earth is a strange thing when you start to think about it. the first weekend of this month saw me travel for over a day to get to new zealand (losing several hours of my birthday in the process, wah), & it’s a long journey to mostly stay in one place for. towards the end of our second flight, all i could think of was how glorious it would be to lie down. i sketched haggard self-portraits, a woman embracing a cloud. as someone with only the options of sitting down & occasionally standing up on a crowded plane, the next best thing to freely frolicking around that i could do was draw it.
in short, that’s where the above ladies came from. flailing around, naked, carefree. drawn at a way higher altitude that almost all of my work. & now they’re one big romping dance party that you can use (in two colours: one, two) to decorate your desktops. enjoy.
(for personal use only, please. remember to download rather than hotlink).
currently waiting on a flight in christchurch so thought i’d share this; i’ve got a couple of things in issue two of sad girls. much thanks to lovely leah goren for having me.
providing i’ve not completely misjudged time-zones, this queued post should be appearing in your blog-roll whilst i celebrate the wedding of two friends in new zealand. i created a small edition of lino prints that they could give out to guests, created just a few days before we had to leave to catch our flight. it’s been a few years since i’ve made a successful lino-cut so i’m pretty pleased that it worked out. happy wedding times, dave & jenni!