Thursday, May 8, 2008

the first four pages minus the first

The upside of this enterprise is I'm catching up on my neglected record collection. Music isn't essential here but I was stuck for something to put. I suppose it contributes to my background but I won't have any of this ''soundtrack to my life'' nonsense. Please! This is my first moleskine and at this stage I have to say I prefer my old cartridge papered A4 book (and at a third of the price). In comparison this experience is like drawing on plate glass. Or, perhaps, teflon! I'm just an art slut underneath.

Still, it takes me three months to get used to a new sweater so, onwards...
Having probs scanning a decent image, and it's getting v. late so, please feel the urge to click and enbiggen.


molepage #2


molepage #3


molepage #4

9 comments:

steve said...

Oh wow, ian, these are great my friend--you look to be adjusting just fine here!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Beautiful work. Love them all. Sum of the parts is intriguing and fun and such a nice different approach.

The moleskines are different to draw on than anything I've used before.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

LOL!

I jsut studied the bottom one larger and at greater length, he he! :-D

ian russell said...

I suppose I should explain the superheroiness. Of course, it's the story of Gerald Goldelocks, a man so low he's considered unfit to sell the Big Issue magazine on the corners of Prospero, IL. So, anyway there's this one day he finds a bag of leftover, green-looking porridge in a dumpster outside Buy-Rite and he falls upon it like a dog to a chop. Well, he faints right there and then and when he comes to, he discovers he's Bearman!
It doesn't last and soon he's back to plain old, down-and-out Gerald - but with a strange and bizarre twist. Every time he eats porridge he must remember not to add pepper instead of salt!
There ain't much for a superhero to do in Prospero, the population is 673 and it had the lowest crime statistics in Illinois for five years running. It would have been six years running but a blind guy happened to step off the sidewalk two feet before the designated crossing. (Btw, he later became The UltraSound Skateboarder which only made matters worse, the last thing a small town wants is two stretched superheroes). People tell him, ''hey, man, move to Chicago! There they got crime!'', but he never goes. They even give him the bus fare but he spends it on porridge. It's a vicious circle...

The paw? Well he lost that when the dumpster lid came down unexpectedly. Some of those old rusty dumpsters have real nasty sharp edges on them - be careful!

ian russell said...

I borrowed the wife's make-up mirror for sum of parts. it's a bit like my shaving mirror only it rotates full 360 degrees in all directions and has a sturdy base. I balanced it on the arm of the sofa level with my head and focussed on small bits of myself. It's an interesting way of studying your own features without getting hung up on getting a likeness from the whole face.

Jess said...

I love the Robin drawing (it reminds me of something, but I can't put my finger on what...), and I love the Clandestino album! Yeah!!!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

hee hee I love your super hero story! :-D

Never saw a make-up mirror with a fishhook before--nice touch, though!

Michelle White said...

ooh i'm crazy for your first entry...
very clever

Andrea said...

Bravo Ian!