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Monday Project Submission: “They grouped under the lamp post, alone.”

I’ve hit one of those times at work where theres nothing to do. You’d think that would give me the opportunity to get all inspired and creative for my own projects. However, it’s one of those workplaces that even when you’ve got nothing to do, you can be seen to do anything productive that isn’t related to the company. So I basically get bored into brain death on a daily basis which seems to spill over to the out of work hours.

So with that discalimer, I present my Monday Project submission for the month. It’s pretty much a literal interpretation of the phrase (the first idea that popped into my head) and me playing around in Photoshop again.


“They grouped under the lamp post, alone.”



Monday Project Submission: Canberra Autumn

Surprisingly, this months Monday Project theme came to me easily this time around.

So, here is the picture and below a brief story…

Canberra Autumn
Canberra Autumn

So I had joined some friends at the pub, but since they had to talk business, I broke out the sketch book so I wouldn’t interfere.

Now at first I had absolutely idea what I was going to do. I’ve never been to Canberra, so I was at a lost on how to start. I wanted to avoid all the jokes about Canberra and really, with that said, 99% of my knowledge of the town was out the window. So I focused on the ‘autumn’ part.

Trees and leafs are a favorite of mine to draw and I quickly had sketched out the leaf followed by the rest of the layout, which was influence by the picture Soph took and had put in the post of the theme. My first thought was to complete the picture in pencil. However, I had bought a new toy, a wacom tablet. So I scanned it in and finished traced over and finished it on the computer.

The font choice was more a gut feeling and going with something I like more than anything else…

Anyway, I’m happy with this one.

Beach Baths

Ok, two things.

First, I’ve been really meaning to be putting more time into the Monday Project blog. But really, this last month has been kind of… well, to put bluntly… batshit crazy.

Second, normally I’d put in a long incoherent  ramble of what’s behind the picture. But, y’know, see above.

Basically, let me put it this way, I drew a complete blank on ‘beach baths’ so I focused more on beech. Which lead me to an interesting discovery that I have a love / hate relationship with the beech. But I’m starting to go all long and incoherent, so I’m going to have to save that explanation for later. Anyway here is the picture. It didn’t get beyond the rough sketch cause, yeah… still see above.

Beach (Baths)


The Monday Project

Last week the Monday Project re-launched, and a new project theme is up and running for all that wish to take part.

As you may or may not know, I’m helping Soph and Kate organise things this year, but I thought it may be worth explaining why. And no, it’s not because I thought the MP blog would benefit from the spelling mistakes, typos and wanton disregard for grammar and readability that most people expect from my ramblings. Not at all.

I originally joined the Monday Project, because it can be really hard to keep up with being creative. As someone who does enjoy just relaxing and doing nothing, watching movies, having the odd drink, having the odd drink with friends, and doing all those boring things like work (including the occasional freelance job) and paying bills, I often find that months have gone by without allowing myself a couple of hours just to sit down and draw.

By joining the Monday Project, I found it easier to schedule myself an afternoon or two a month to motivate myself to be creative again.

Another unexpected bonus was how much I would end up drawing things I would rarely come with on my own. The Monday Project themes will often lead me to draw subjects that were totally different than the typical illustrations I used to create just for myself. I would often still use my own styles and techniques, but would end up with an image completely unlike the work in the rest of my portfolio.

Something else I’ve noticed, is that when getting involved the projects, I started to take a little more notice of the creative things around me. In truth, most of my submissions to the Monday Project were done in one or two afternoons. For me, it was a great way to experiment, and to take things I had seen recently… exhibitions, posters, books, movies, and even ads… and try to adapt what caught my eye into that submission.

And of course, I’ve met some really interesting people being part of the Monday Project.

So when real life meant the first Monday Project went on hiatus for a while, I really did nag Soph about it… Repeatedly. I found again without the deadline, I was, once again, going back to months at a time going past without me putting pencil (or pen) to paper. And at a certain point, I realized there was only so much I could nag other people, before putting my money where my mouth is, and actually offer to help out.

I’ve found the Monday Project to be a fun and rewarding collective to be a part of. So really, that’s why I’m excited about the site being re-launched.

Mr Sketchy

Cross posted at the Monday Project

He looked at the Monday Project theme and thought “What the hell am I going to do for that?”

Alternative title; He draws the picture or he gets the hose again!

Honestly, when I  saw the theme “She looked at the pile of books and wondered how she would ever fit them inside her head.” My thought was “…”

Followed by “Maybe if I drew a… no, that won’t work.”

Which lead to the thought “…”

And I concluded with “Oh, shit!”

So a while later I got to drawing patterns again and I had the image of a picture of a girl with large hair and keeping books in it. So…

She looked at the pile of books and wondered how she would ever fit them inside her head

(Click to embiggen)

PS. I just wanted to thank Soph & Kate for running the Monday Project. I know they’re both really busy, but I find it a great motivator and a lot of fun. So thanks!

But first: a message from Mr Sketchy’s Mother…

My mother, who really needs get her own blog, had a bit of free time last month.

So I pointed her towards the Monday Project and a week later she sent me the following email.

It is called Osmosis … the little red blob also says that. But I wanted to draw a jewel with Osmosis in the middle and have that dripping down her forehead.

The title “She looked …” is what is snaking-up her forehead.

Her hair is titles of books from my wish list that I add to constantly … and these are ones I haven’t got round to buying yet.

So what is Osmosis … the books and all the words just leak off the page into my head while I am asleep.


Actually, to tell you the truth, I don’t know if she wanted me to post this, but I’m travelling down to Tassie in a couple of weeks to visit my family. So she can tell me off then. And I’m going to tell her to start up her own blog!

Well, either that or she’ll just kill me as soon as i get off the plane!

I’m not late, I’m just being silent for a moment…

Buy that?

No, I wouldn’t either.

Anyway, here is the picture. The explanation follows soon after…


Now you might be thinking “How the did you get that from ‘And then there followed a moments silence?’”

It’s a fair question. It’s a good question.

The answer is “Well, you see, I totally buggered it up…”

So allowing for that one small thing, it works perfectly.

See, after all my notes from training that I shared with you (see previous 5 posts, I can’t be bothered linking to them all) I was actually enjoying the random pattern phase I was going through. Although I realised that I always worked the same way, which is to divide up a bit of the spare page and if possible fill up not only all the available space, but the whole page.

I was trying to work out if there was a way I could ad more movement and fluidity to the style. I figure I try it for this Monday Project, the shape, with it’s patterns and movement would be noise, and I wanted it to get thinner and circling a white space that represents the silence.

Oh, you’ve noticed the lack of ‘circles of white space representing silence’?

That a big part of where I went wrong. I’ve been putting off posting it, because I was trying to work out if I could fix it. I haven’t yet and am now willing to admit defeat!

Next time, Monday Project. Next time.


P.S. OK, time after next, Monday Project. Time after next.