Wednesday, September 05, 2007
However this is my issue and not wanting to misery anyone who actually reads this crap, I thought I would run a little insight into my creative process, whatever the fuck that is.
1). Basically I start by getting out a blank pad, I put all my sketchbooks aside, and just look at the page for a while, maybe listen to some music, and just try and relax, but not too much so as not to take the edge off. Then I just start drawing and see what happens. I sketch out a bunch of dudes, ideas and try and link them all together with some kind of narrative, however vague.
With this in place I break out the liner and get tight with that shit.
2). I start rocking a fill, I got this pen in Japan its like a refillable indian ink brush pen. It's really nice to use, with a valve and everything. It's pretty dope.
3). I am usually getting into it by now and maybe Eddie Cochran gets going on Itunes.
4.) Cup of tea. I need some kind of stimulation. I have been inking for a good three or so hours by now. I am pretty slow.
5.) Fills are fucking boring, but theres something about the tranquility of it. As a person, especially when I work I have to try and keep at bay an over active anxiety problem, my hands sweat, my mind races, and sometimes using a nice brush and some ink really helps to appease the demons.
6). I learnt a lot of technique from my Dad, who used to be practicing signwriter in the Royal Air Force. Those guys were fucking amazing, he used to paint the insignias on forces aircraft, such precision and the scale was awesome. Puts most people to shame, that level of skill and precision. All free hand too, not this digital bullshit.
Anyway, if anything I pride myself on getting down freehand, its a dying 'art'.
7). Right thats it. 7 Hours work, give or take. This part will form a piece of print I am doing for the guys over at Manual Magazine. Hope they like it, and thanks for reading.