I went to a wedding the other week – first big event since the A-Ha concert in Feb 2020. Australia is in a really strange place, we are a bubble of ‘normal’ in the world. Currently around 14000 people a day are dying of covid, and we are fine Hard lock downs, stomping by authorities and mandatory quarantine for people coming into the country means no more mandatory masks and a semblance of normality. For now. It can and will change in an instant.
So this wedding: I went to that – my only unmasked venture in months (I still mask up in shops but not eatery places, not that I eat out a lot) and I came down with a virus. STINKY HUMANS. I got a rona swab, came back negative, so there’s that. I was a few days off work and a few more days feeling pretty much like total shit. It did mean I got a lot of drawing in, once I started recovering but wasn’t up for moving around much.
I’ve been watching youtube tutes from graphite artists. I have until now called it ‘pencil’ but from now on I might interchange that with ‘graphite’. I’ve been experimenting a bit and playing a bit an drawing a lot. Practice is good for any new skill. I am sad to say I never before really valued pencil…erm…graphite…as anything other than the thing you use to get where you want to go.
This is my latest batch of drawings based on knitting patterns. I managed to find a pattern with someone who was not white-skinned, which was a really lovely change and piqued my interest in finding more. 1940s-1960s english speaking knitting companies tended to have a certain type of model (young good looking white men and women) so I’m going to have to resort to finding photographs on the internet with the right requirements for me to be able to draw from, and hoping they are good enough quality to draw from. Until then, here are the current batch.