I went back to the Lyric sketchbook I made at the start of second year (I might be mistaken, it was in 2013) sometime round mid September. I’ve been doing periodical updates, but I recently did a few big ones to pieces I’d already been updating and ones that I’ve finished before this summer.
A note on the Lyric Book – I wrote a lyric on each double page spread from random songs that I thought particularly interesting at the time. I thought it would be a good idea to try and illustrate bits of songs without being influenced by the song itself. It’s an curious process with surprising outcomes most of the time.
Once I finished this piece, I went out on the look for frames. I knew I didn’t want this drawing to be forgotten away somewhere in a sketchbook or an album, and I wanted to give it an honourable place in my room.
Above is a development illustration on one of the fairy tales I was working on this summer. I was trying out different perspectives and I thought it’d be interesting to see some whales underneath, to give that sense of depth and scale. (I thought hey, imagine an albino mermaid…)
The image below is a circular wet-on-wet ink perspective study. I was combining the ideas of ‘blue crescent’ and ‘floating above the whales’ in the simplest piece possible. It felt fitting and it was intriguing to see whether I’d succeeded in the eyes of others.