The Case of the Turncoat’s… Coat
When Claudette Knickerbocker discovers corruption in The Force, she calls in the only person she can trust: an old friend from… The War.
Join Private Investigator Ford Phillips and Public Journalist Fig Wineshine as they help their pal untangle this knot of betrayal and intrigue in a deadly serious film noir with absolutely no jokes whatsoever. None.
Congrats on five years @shipwreckedcomedy, I’m so grateful for all the things you’ve made so far, and excited for everything you’re gonna make in the future.
PS: Shipwrecked are currently fundraising to make a holiday short and you can see donation info here if that’s the kind of thing you wanna see. (It is.)
Henrietta Swan Leavitt, a super cool astronomer I wrote about for AQUILA’s November issue: Science of Light.
I had Big Plans for sketching in Singapore. I wanted it to be like my Europe sketchbook (1, 2) but with a way higher pictures to days ratio, and in colour. I had visions of making a beautiful stop-motion video of sketches appearing on a desk, taking you all on a journey through my trip.
As it is I came back with a lot of sketchy scribbles and colour notes and photos and ideas, and things that mean a lot to me. There were a lot of lessons about materials (crayons melt in the heat) and sketching methods (as above: using memories instead of actual material can help me narrow down a picture to its key elements instead of overworking). And I learned some more about the sorts of things I want to make.
But I didn’t end up with a lot that I really want to share. So I’ll just leave you with this, and a link to my instagram for the two sketches I posted while away.
Alert! I am now one of Those People who takes pictures of their art materials. This is what working traditionally has done to me.
Anyway, I’m going to Singapore, and this is the stuff I plan to take. It’s definitely overkill, but that’s okay. We’re only gone for a week, and clothes for Singaporean weather don’t take up much space, so there’s plenty of room in my bag 🙂
Any recs for places to see? Things to do? So far our plans are: eat a lot. Wander around both the Botanic Gardens and the gardens at Marina Bay. Visit the fancy new Art Gallery and the Art+Science Museum. And see the Masjid Sultan and Sri Mariamman Temple.
brown paper, dramatic lighting and sports. basically all my favourites.
I went sketching at the Royal Show yesterday and even took my paints. The School Paraders gave me an opportunity to sit down in a peaceful place and sketch some fairly still subjects.
I’m still enjoying not immediately posting my sketchbooks online, but I gave this painting away to the mum of the competitor so I wanted to record it now. Especially because I was proud of my milestone of painting outdoors without a table.
I hadn’t really intended to blog today. Partly because it’s Sunday and I don’t want to burn out. But mostly because, so far, Blaugust has actually been really really effective. Way too effective, to be honest.
I’d set up a rough plan for the month, including a topic for most days, a few posts half-written here and there, and I’d even started doing ‘homework’ for future posts. But the point is to document a process. And the process is (happily!) taking me to places I couldn’t have anticipated.
I could press on into further topics and I intend to. But I also need to pause and put a few things into practice. So I’m giving myself a day’s breather, and letting you know the things I’m going to do as homework over the next few days.
- Do a few roughs for illustrations whose sole purpose is to convey emotions, ideas, moods etc. Do not consider their commercial/portfolio relevance.
- Take a few of my favourite one-off illustrations and develop roughs that belong in the same narrative but show different aspects of the story. These should be varied enough that they wouldn’t feel repetitive when put all together.
Happy weekend 🙂
Also FRIENDS I’m going through my travel sketchbook and this is the first iteration (other than a tiny thumbnail that shows nothing particularly interesting) of my little robot buddy explorer 🙂