Is grumpy, and very very very small. It lives in Anemone, FOR NOW. It has a plan you see. If it eats enough plankton, then eventually... YES EVENTUALLY… but that is top secret. For now Glenda is looking rather fine, very LIKE a crab though actually not a crab AT ALL. Either way, speckled and well armed. She has teeny tiny hands and also GREAT BIG hands, which she can choose to use as she pleases, if the plankton are getting a bit dull, then the clown fish next door is gonna get it. SNIP in the neck, and down her tiny mandibbly bits. Anemone looks the other way, a tiny bit embarrassed, but Glenda fans the water quite well and keeps him oxygenated. What's a polyp supposed to do when no clown fish are around? Now they're stuck together for the time being, at least, that is until EVENTUALLY... THE PLAN.
Kids painter is what MS paint used to be to me in 2003. I used to paint random stuff to pass the time at work when nothing else was happeneing, and I felt life like being squeezed out of a toothpaste tube. You know that feeling of being so FULL and the opening of life being so small and things passing so slowly. I was impatient but drawing in MS paint, somehow liberated me in the moment. It's such a limited way to draw that you can't take it too seriously or worry about what it looks like, you just etch away, feeling satisfied just to be making a mark, a pure moment of fun and lightly touching focus. So look on - with this in mind. It's just there and fun, any time you feel like it. What incredible luxuries our little pocket computers are! In 2003 my state of the art sony errickson phone *which I'd still love to use today if I could* had a black screen with green writing. Heee.
Saw an awesome film about Arizona tonight I'd never heard of it but really enjoyed it - Sedona (2012), It almost certainly inspired these shapes and colours. Also watched over the last few days an anime called Toward Terra. Wow. I knew anime could be good but this was like so many good things rolled into one, I couldn't help being amazed at just how mind blowing it was. Animation really is the best medium for describing metaphysical, emotional and sci-fi stories (well most things if you ask me). Also just a bit 70s, but we love that right?
This is taken from some photos of Hatsumi Sensei demonstrating a ninjitsu disarming technique for those occasions when you get attacked by a sword.
I went back to look at the art in Longship, to see how I would draw it now. To see if I learned anything since I completed it in 2013, I picked two panels I loved anyway, and made them nicer.