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Here is one of Euron Crow’s Eye with the driftwood crown (unintentionally looking like evil Jesus).  (Sorry, Jesus.)

Playing around with some new pens and markers from the London haul this year.

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December 19, 2019 at 10:52 am

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London calling

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From a 2014 trip to London:

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My mind has been on London the past 1-2 days, because I was just at Denise’s house to figure out our accommodation for our upcoming short July trip, and I ended up putting together a list of Things for the trip. There is never enough time in London, that place which is such a lovely mix of the familiar and the new.

These two were drawn at some of my favourite spots in London. First at the grass patch outside the Tate Modern, across from St Paul’s Cathedral. The second in the National Gallery (quite possibly my favourite painting there, or at least in the top ten… a really dramatic, haunting scene).

It hasn’t really occurred to me before but maybe one of the things I like the most about travelling solo is the opportunities it affords to draw. I would say draw and write, except that I am pretty crap writer, and all I write are long and long ramblings about things I just can’t seem to figure out. I haven’t done much solo travel in the last few years, except a few days in Hong Kong last year, and I was being too wrapped up in my own head to do much drawing there. Maybe a day trip would be good for me. To the beach, to the beach.

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July 8, 2018 at 8:33 am

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fears

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More doodles from some time last year, this time of Ted and Jude. Although Jude is looking a little bit like Arya Stark here, with the quote to boot.

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I added the bit about the fear being debilitating though, because it is… Perhaps this was the right time to post this, what with the setback on Friday and all. It is the fear that is the worst.

If it looks like all T & J do are stand around looking thoughtful, it’s probably because they’re my usual go-to to get thoughts and feelings out, and I definitely think too much. They are actually a bit more interesting than that.

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January 21, 2018 at 2:06 am

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two portraits

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More doodles from 2017, lightly edited:

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Was testing out a new pen (actually I think it is a marker for kids). Was also watching a lot of episodes of “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt 23” which was a surprisingly funny and refreshing show, hence the second doodle.

Also, I can’t get enough of the combination of light neon blue + salmon orange ugh such a lovely blend…!

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January 7, 2018 at 4:58 am

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the pack survives

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I -finally- scanned in a bunch of my doodles from 2017, and I’m going to slowly post them beginning with this one:

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(Lamy pen on proper sketchbook, lightly edited)

The end of the year and the start of a new year is always a great time to be extra introspective – I say extra because I think I am always pretty introspective, I am always (over)thinking, looking into myself perhaps almost a little too much.

Over the coming year I hope I can look outwards a little bit more… and think of the pack.

That is going to be very difficult, and just to demonstrate how much I dislike human beings, here is part of a “poem” that I wrote some years ago:

People of the world
I must confess
That at this moment
I hate you all

…Yep.

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January 2, 2018 at 12:48 am

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where do you want to go?

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Keith and Stinky (and probably one of the Brownies), Mongolia 2017

There are times when riding a horse when it feels strange, out of rhythm — especially when in Mongolia, the horse may be chugging along but I am a few strides behind. Then I am just bumping along, dragged unwillingly through the momentum.

That is how the last few weeks have felt like. Me, following along with the never-stopping ticking clocks. Looking forward to any small opportunity to pull myself together again but never quite managing to.

I thought it was just Mongolia, and the melancholy that naturally comes after the end of the trip. But it is starting to feel like a funk, generally.

At some point I’ve got to get it together but just now I’d really like another afternoon by the river, another gallop up a hill, heck even another shit in the woods. Where do I go if all I know is I want to get away?

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July 31, 2017 at 4:24 pm

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The lone wolf dies, but the pack survives

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It’s done… for now.

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April 15, 2017 at 4:11 pm

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