Creative 2017

Yesterday, I decided that this month’s creative act would be to learn napkin folding. Unfortunately for me, all of our napkins are rectangular and thus unsuitable for folding techniques that rely on a square napkin.

I have taken this as a sign that this month I ought to do something else, and that other thing is to work on my novel. I’m still at the planning stage, which means building the world I’ll be writing about: deciding what technology exists and how widespread it is, where the novel is set, what society is like, who is in the community and what their relationships are. This novel is not one where I can just start at the beginning and see what happens. Everything needs to fit together in a sensible way, so I need to be clear about the science and everything else.

I don’t do well with “let’s just see where it goes” writing anyway. I need a scaffolding upon which to sculpt, which means working out the details before I get going. I need to know where the thing ends before I can work out where and how it starts.

I don’t know that there’ll be much to relate on a day to day basis. But I did some good work both yesterday and today, so have done my Days 91 and 92. I may or may not blog updates, so if the blog goes a bit quiet, that’s not a sign that I’ve given up, it’s a sign I’m hard at work.

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C17: Day 90 – Peekaboo

by Suw on March 31, 2017

Peeking kittehs!

This is the last day of cat pictures, and I confess I’ve had a glass or two of wine and these probably aren’t my best. Overall, I’ve enjoyed this month, especially once I let myself draw from reference pictures when the cats were not playing along. I did have a bit of a wobble mid-month, but still, it’s been good for me.

I have no idea what I’m going to do tomorrow, but I’m sure that I’ll carry on drawing the odd cat here and there.

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C17: Day 89 – Stalking and pouncing

by Suw on March 30, 2017

Google Images is great! Bottom cat is a wee bit elongated though. I know that part of the point if this exercise was to draw from life, but the last few days I’ve not had quite the amount of time to devote to it, but still there’s much to learn just from drawing from photos.

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C17: Day 88 – Moar jumpz

by Suw on March 29, 2017

Because Google Images is easier and more interesting than sleeping moggies.

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C17: Day 87 – Run, run, run

by Suw on March 28, 2017

More from Google Images. The last cat looks a bit goofy, but I swear that it really looked like that in the photo!


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C17: Day 86 – More leaping

by Suw on March 27, 2017

I rather liked the kitties in motion yesterday, so took a look at Google Images for inspiration.

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C17: Day 85 – Leaping and sleeping

by Suw on March 26, 2017

Working off photos again today, from when Grabbity and Mewton were younger and slimmer and had bigger ears, proportionally speaking.

Present me is, though, starting to wish that past me had specified “One creative thing five days a week” rather than daily, because there are moments when this starts to feel like a chore. I’m not sure why it’s starting to feel onerous, whether it’s just that I’ve been doing this for nearly three months and it’s wearing thin or whether there’s something specific about drawing that’s bugging me. Cats aren’t the best of sitters, that’s true, but I don’t know if that’s actually the problem per se, or whether it’s because I expect to be getting better at each thing I do, and I’m not sure that I am any better at drawing today than I was 26 days ago. And I have no idea what I want to do for next month, either. Or maybe this is just Sunday night speaking.

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Took a day off yesterday, so have done double duty today. Cats were uncooperative so worked off photos instead of Fflwff and of a two-week old Grabbity!

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C17: Day 82 – Floof!

by Suw on March 23, 2017

Bit of a mixed bag today. You might spot that the top kitteh today is not Mewton or Grabbity, he’s just a bit too floofy for that! He is, in fact, Emo, one of their brothers, who is basically just made of fur and dribble. Obviously this is from a photo, but it’s not too bad at capturing the vast amounts of fluff that make up an Emo.

The bottom one is Grabbity, and it’s just not good. Bad proportions, head’s all wrong. Bah. Should have quit whilst I was, erm, ahead. Oh well, live and learn.

C17 Day 82

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C17: Day 81 – Lickety spit!

by Suw on March 22, 2017

Grabbity, covering herself in cat spit.

I think I am getting a bit better at these quick sketches.

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C17: Day 80 – Nosey parker

March 21, 2017

Bit tricky today as Grabbity just wanted to wash. But I still managed to get a few noses!

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C17: Day 79 – Let me tell you a tail

March 20, 2017

Mewton’s tail is quite odd, in some ways. Very broad at the base, but otherwise very slender and sleek. When he fluffs it up (that’s called piloerection, btw) really only the bottom 10cm really fluffs, whereas Grabbity’s tail goes full bottle-brush for the whole length. Anyway, have some tails.

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C17: Day 78 – Snoozy washy Mewton

March 19, 2017

Does what it says on the tin!

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C17: Day 77 – Impressions

March 18, 2017

Mewton had jumped up on to the island in the kitchen, something that he knows he’s not allowed to do, and Grabbity was on the floor watching him. They didn’t stay still, not even for a moment, so here are three incredibly quick impressions of them.

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C17: Day 76 – Technical (ha ha) drawing of Mewton

March 17, 2017

I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to measure a cat, but it’s not an easy endeavour. However, I got some basic measurements of Mewton, despite his desire to just sit down, and have done a rough technical drawing, side elevation, of said Mewton. It’s not my best technical drawing, to be honest, rather lacking […]

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