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Painters Palace \ At its best.

The Painters Palace has been a hive of activity over this festival period Budapest. It's buzzing with the creativity of artists and musicians. Over the 2 days we've had a visiting Italian artist Lou Rido stay with us. He's travelling with his chalks and laying his swirls where he can, incredible drawings. For some reason there seemed to be an overwhelming amount of French people with two large groups passing through. We've had numerous noise complaints, even the police called once for just one guy on guitar at 5:30 in the afternoon. The music in general consisted of violin, flute, dijurido, saxophone, guitar, Cajon and guitar along with many 'un'classical instruments, beer cans, wine bottles etc. Sewn into the life music we had some improvised life drawing session, mixing up the models and times of poses as we went.

For me this is the palace at its best. People drawing and painting (creating in general) good live music (most often improvised by spontaneous meetings of musicians) casual nudity (its a must, it works so well with life drawing and pushing peoples concept of a 'normal/steriotypical' scenario or social situation) New people, when the palace has just over a few people inside it becomes a even bigger magnet for even more people. Its great to see so many faces in such a short amount of time come through the doors and experience a new type of space, it's even more exciting to see so many happy faces. The palace has been humming with good vibes and its been getting people to hum in tune. What more could one wish for?

Here's some of my drawings from these days, as always, enjoy.

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Taka Tuka 2017 \ Drawings speak louder than words.

When it comes to describing Taka Tuka Festival in words things become a little tricky, its somewhat the same as trying to render the idea of enlightenment into written or spoken language, you fundamentally just cannot and actually, the more you try, the further you get from explaining it. Thats because its a feeling, and feelings must be felt, not understood. 

The best way I can describe Taka Tuka however, would be to imagine the period surrounding Christmas, when you know Christmas is just going to be the best Christmas ever, your extended family is complete with around 350 beautiful people with lots of energy and special musical/artistic skills. Put all this festivity onto a small island on the Danube with a limited supply of electricity yet unlimited supply of alcohol, food and music, pepper that with casual nudity and glorious sunny weather and you have the recipe for a great festival.

Compared to last year everything was 100x better not only from the weather, the fact that there was a well and access to abundant clean drinking water, but also the construction and basic infrastructure were massively improved. Previously the bar and kitchen in the main area were basically built from oversized twigs, however this year, tree trunks set a solid foundation for the structures to live on for years to come. Even better is that no trees were cut down to build the structures but the trees had been fell by beavers and reclaimed by the gang to build. The dance floor went from flooded muddy swap land to smooth beach stones centred with an all new DJ booth which took the form of a pirate ship extending from the base of a dead tree. The ship was complete with its own sails and mast, which you could really climb! The tree house was also more solid and better established with ropes, rings and things to play on. A new addition was the hate bar, here you could release your inner demons and let it 'all' out. What was the chill/jam stage last year was only a seating platform for the new Esperanto stage. A medium sized tensile structure over a solid, surprisingly flat, stage and this year there was a much needed bar in this area too. There was also a new area, probably my favourite addition, the Garden of Eden. This area was located a short walk down the island, separated from the music, it was a paradise in its own right. Even though there was no stage so to speak, here I heard some of the best music of the festival as musicians would rock up with their instruments and go acoustic and jam together. Best of all were the dijurido and the flute, both sounds sent from above!

My personal experience of the festival was one of much drawing and a lot dancing, I held an Adam and Eve themed Life Drawing session in the Garden of Eden then became horrendously ill with flu and other things... The sickness stopped me for 16 hours but not for longer, I continued to draw and dance and see out the rest of the festival in good spirits. I drew so much that in 5 days I filled an entire sketchbook (roughly 150 pages) with pen drawings of various moments I found myself in.

Here is a selection of the best drawings. Please bare in mind that a lot of the drawings were made with in extremely low light conditions which makes legible drawing a challenge.

A few more...

I hope you enjoy these drawings, whether you were able to make it to Take Tuka or not, I hope they give you an insight (or my insight) into the island and the people that inhabited it for this small period of time. Maybe you recognise some of the faces in the scribbled lines, possibly even see yourself. I cannot thank the Taka Tuka crew enough, the Brothers, their lovers and everyone who pitched in big or small, you made the best festival I've ever been to, with that you get all my love and respect & my attendance next year! 

UbikFarm Festival \ One night in Drawings

This last weekend I attended the much anticipated UbikFarm Festival, the little sister of the wicked festival UbikEklectik. The event was hosted by the guys at Farmunk in Vértesszőlős and I recon about 250 people in attendance. A petite festival that was overflowing with kindred spirits and feelings of free love and good vibes. I took A fresh sketchbook to see what would come of one Saturday night on the farm. Below are the results in order. I arrived at around 5pm on the Saturday and the last drawing was from 10am Sunday morning, when I wasn't drawing I was dancing and dipping (in the lake). Please bear in mind it was very, very dark during the majority of these drawings, and that I was drawing with speed to capture more of an idea of the festival rather than a realistic image. Some images I missed, like the piglets running behind the bar and the goats cruising with a rattle through the trees but I had a wicked night and am happy with the sketches.

Biggest Thanks to the Ubik guys, Taka Tuka crew and the wonderful folk of Farmunk for, as always, a great gathering of people combined with all sorts of fun. You really know how to do it. 

For More info check here \/

UbikEklektik  \  Taka Tuka  \  Farmunk

Style Test \ Nick Drake

I've found this new style I want to experiment further with. Using ink and brush I go over an initial sketch with a continuous and directionless line to build up tonal regions. (original photo by Keith Morris)

My initial idea was to actually build up the tones in greys, however when it came to use the ink I was so excited that I forgot to dilute it down, therefore had to continue with pure black. Still a satisfying outcome, however many improvements to be made. I want to use this technique to portray characters and people that have influenced/inspired my life to this point. 

Watch this space, more too come.

 

flash back \ 2 models, same place, 24 hours apart, 1 BIG difference

Once upon a time I was lucky enough to have two separate models pose within the space of 24 hours on the same location. In normal circumstances the drawings would have end up seemingly similar, however, as it turns out, the drawings couldn’t be any different!

1st Lena, where I made one or two pencil drawings taking roughly and hour each, came out looking quite realistic although I would say somewhat masculine, which in reality, is not necessarily the case.

2nd Tempest, the difference is quite apparent. What emerged from this 2 hour draw session was a psychedelic, 3 legged lady thing lying upside down on the sofa, head dangling freely whilst one of her 3 big toes caresses the rim of the bulbous lampshade. The penned piece is so far flung from the previous nights drawing you would be hard pushed to say that it was the same artist who authored them. Had I not just told you.

So whats the difference, why the dramatic and sudden change in style? 

Easily put, the difference was music. On the first occasion I was catching up with a friend as well as drawing a figure, there was little room for music. During the the day prior to next evenings session, I spent the day with a good friend Monsieur MacDonald who so happens to be a member of this so called 'Dream Rimmy" band from Perth. Pretty finger licking stuff that played on my mind until the night. Tempest came to pose and I asked her to sit/lie however she wanted on the couch and then to get comfortable. She took it upon her self to lay her legs over the back of the sofa. Whilst capturing the scene in ink like this, I do not worry so much for proportion or irregularities, I get my one line and I got for it worrying more about creating an atmosphere and sense of the moment rather than fixing mistakes. This leads to fair accurate but absurd looking characters, in this case the third leg arose as I thought to make a "Dream Rimmy" piece out of it, I asked Tempest to imagine herself trying to turn the light "on" with here big toe. The rest is history. 

What is interesting to note, is that the impression of the lamp is constant in both drawings, this was intentional, I didn't want to mess too much with the for of the lamp, I mean c'mon, its beautiful. Also, in the second drawing, I captured moments of the model walking around the couch eyeing up the perfect spot to place herself, you can see her on the right.

brain jones town massacre \ Budapest concert

Got to see one of my all time favourite bands for the second time last night, Brian Jones Town Massacre. Arriving 2 hours early to the show at A38 we were lucky enough to run into and have a chat with the man himself, Anton Newcombe, who's music has accompanied many of my drawing sessions in the past and inspired me to no end! He was exactly how I imagined him in person, the only thing that surprised me was that he was wielding an iPhone and showing me some of the quirky collages he'd been making on the tour, I didn't expect a musical legend to be so tech savvy and apparently in that way orientated. He also had the phone in his back pocket the whole concert, killed the all white linen, angelic vibe I think he was aiming for with an outline of a house brick dangling from his butt. Music was great though, an eclectic 

Anyhow, didn't stop me making a drawing! I left it the drawing in Anton's pedal case, haven't heard back from him yet... haha

dream rimmy \ fan art

Yet another incredible band to come out of Perth, Australia. Dream Rimmy will take you on the psychedelic journey you're looking for. Soothing lyrics on some sick base and ridiculously raunchy riffs. Listen to the rim of your dreams for yourself and see. 

>>>> DREAM RIMMY <<<<