This week’s Wednesday Drawing Show is all about snakes – Why? because it’s The Chinese New Year next Month and it will herald the Year of the Snake. Why now and not Next month, then? Because you need to get some practice in to get ready to celebrate and draw snakes.
According to Wikipedia, “Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means your family will not starve. The Snake is keen and cunning, quite intelligent and wise.” That’s Chinese Culture. I’m not sure if the snake is as welcome in many other cultures!
In this show I’m going to show you a bit about Eyes and how to draw them from the side. I’ve made a video for monday which will continue this lesson into understanding elipses a bit more.
Then I’m going to show you a three ways of making you snake looks smoother and curvier and then I’ll show you how snakes are involved in celtic knots and the art of the Vikings and Anglo Saxons.
Plus a fun What’s in the mail? A look at the wonderful drawings of famous people that you posted to the http://www.thewednesdaydrawingshow.com/uploadyourdrawings/ website and at the end all the other drawings you have wanted to share. This is getting so popular so quickly I think I’m going to have to put them all in their own video as the show is getting too long!
Also this weeks task to upload to the same address. Draw a snake – Any kind of snake or anything to do with snakes. Snake patterns, celtic knots, realistic snakes, mechanical snakes… let your imagination go wild and then go to http://www.thewednesdaydrawingshow.com/uploadyourdrawings/ and share your work with us all. And don’t forget to tell us you tell us who you are! I’ll look forward to seeing it.
2013 is the Chinese Year of the snake so what better subject to draw. I looked at a few photos of snakes before I sketched out a plan but the finished drawing is all out of my head.
Biro is a tricky medium. The ink is quite sticky, so I can’t pencil in a plan and erase it after as the ink will smudge terribly. So I have to be brave and just go for it. This took about 3 1/2 hours to complete.
Working in this style, you have to believe that it will all come together at the end and somehow, when I start the serious overall shading, it does – hope you like it. What should I draw in Biro next?
I recently had a trip to Hull, where they have white telephone boxes, to Visit Libraries and Longhill Primary School – he’s a video about it
I went for a lovely walk in the Forest with my daughter today. We had just finished filling our containers with about 3 lbs of blackberries when my daughter spotted, with her keen hunter’s ear, three Stags, really quite close by. The biggest stood it’s ground and watched us as I slowly got my phone out, switched it on, found the camera app, turned that on and waited for it to warm up and then zoomed in and finally took this picture. Then it decided it had had enough and ran off with the others. It was very dark compared to the one of the others, which was a normal fawn/red deer colour. Very exciting to be so close.
I went to Switzerland this week to visit L’Ecole Internationale Bilingue du Haut-Lac in the town of Vevey, which is the international headquarters of Nestle foods. Over two very busy days, I saw everyone in the infants and juniors and went up to the secondary department to talk to year sevens.
I’ve returned very tired and with a head full of cold but, as so often happens on these trips, a head full of ideas too. For me, the most exciting thing was to see everyone’s reaction to my new iPhone App, more of which later. The App went live on the iTunes store while I was away. I should probably have been attending to it, But I couldn’t remember my Apple Password!
We had great fun with Nursery, Reception and Year One, who are split into two cohorts on different sites, as it is a bilingual school. They had written a story about Mickey the Marmot, which I then illustrated for them. Over at the main school, Mickey had magically turned into Sally – some forceful girl editors involved there, I think – and had become an astronaut. So I gave her a spacesuit, earrings and handbag!
In a couple of my sessions I found it quite hard to concentrate, as the huge picture windows looked out over lake Geneva and every now and then A huge bird would swoop past. It was a very dark bird of prey, which I’m pretty sure was a Black Kite. I saw one dive down and catch a fish later and it looked exactly like this video at Arkive.com.
We had lots of stories and did lots of drawing and I had a great time. Many thanks to everyone for making it such a memorable trip. I shall have to do a How to draw Mickey the Marmot video soon!
Looking back at my photos from last year, we had snow quite late in February. Things do seem to be coming out a lot earlier this year.
I’m sure that Mark Harper, the MP for the Forest of Dean Constituency must be struggling with his conscience at the moment, as he appears to be working against everything he promised those who sent him to Westminster. As he wrestles with the choice of personal advancement or service to his constituents, I’d like to offer here a prayer that may help calm his mind. His constituents may wish to repeat this prayer aloud themselves to help Mark influence the Coalition and Parliament towards a sensible decision for the future of the Forest of Dean free, from private interests.
At this time of deep peril for the constituency that has chosen you to to be their representative in Parliament, may your God guide you down the paths of truth and righteousness and help you in your work to protect the realm and commonwealth and in particular the great and ancient Forest of Dean that is both the beating heart of your constituency and the crowning Jewel of England.
I’ve only recently begun to understand banking, or rather the concept of Fractional Reserve Banking.
If I put say, ten pounds into a bank, I assume that I have assets of ten pounds. But this is not the case. The Bank now has assets of ten pounds. On the strength of my ten pounds the bank is now able to lend, not just my money, but invisible money that it invents that is backed by my money. It can lend maybe a hundred pounds on the strength of having my ten pounds in their vault. They can then collect interest on a hundred pounds and pay me, if I’m lucky, interest on my ten pounds as thanks.
Get it? If I tried to do that I’d be arrested for fraud.
This proves that money is not real and is only a concept. When Fractional Reserve Banking is working and everyone believes it is for real, it is fantastic. This is how roads and hospitals get built.
When it goes wrong and bankers get too creative and start selling stuff that has absolutely no fractional reserve wealth, like subprime mortgages, then everything goes wrong.
That’s when we, through our Government, knowing that we can’t allow the banks to fail, get stuck with the bill to bail them out. Then we have to find the money that should have been in the banks vaults all along as their reserve, but somehow wasn’t.
Are you with me still? Banking is all smoke and mirrors. It is designed to confuse you. As long as everything seems to be okay and the guys who are on hefty commissions tell you that it’s a great deal, it all seems fine.
So now the Government has to find cash to pay the bankers for the mess they got into. “A ha!” they say. “Let’s sell off a bit of land! The Forest of Dean doesn’t do much. We can get rid of that!”
So who do you think will buy the Forest of Dean? Why, the Bankers of course! They are the only ones with any money – because we’ve just given them every last penny we had to make sure they don’t crash!
So, for the privilege of saving the bankers skins we now have to give up our birthright, so the banks can rape the Forest of Dean of its assets, history and culture and make even more money, in the process using the forest as a fractional reserve to lend against.
At the moment I’m writing a series about ancient Olympia. When I visited the site of the ancient Olympic Games eighteen months ago, I became aware of just how proud the Greeks are of their heritage and culture. We package ours up into visitor centres and ask you not to touch or go too close to the objects. We sell our history. The Greeks live with it.
But what really amazed me was how the ancient town of Olympia based it’s whole economy on sport. Sport was the raison d’être of the town and surrounding area. Every four years, everyone would agree to stop wars and go home for four months, to allow athletes to travel to Olympia in peace!
You can choose to base your economy on whatever you like. Sea shells worked just fine before gold, which worked just fine before subprime mortgages. You can also choose to decide that something as precious as the Forest of Dean is not a basic asset to be sold. It is part of our heritage, a haven for wildlife and biodiversity.
Government is not there to support the banking system. It ultimately has a higher role, to serve and protect the country and it’s people. By selling the country off to the banks, piece by piece without a fight, I would suggest that Government is close to treason.
If the Government needs cash for their banker friends, I suggest they sell off the the banks, as we already own them by having already bought them out. If banks are such a good thing, I’m sure they can dream up some more imaginary money to buy back what they’ve already bedazzled out of us.
Meantime, hands off the Forest of Dean!
Well I’m having a lovely time in Guernsey. The sun is shining again today and got a break down by the seaside. I remember as a child reading Enid Blyton stories that always seemed to be set on the cliff-tops
She used to describe the grass as being, “springy turf.” Today, that’s just what I was walking on. She also wrote about pinks flattering on the cliff-tops and sure enough there were a few pinks still in flower today. Real Enid Blyton adventure country.
I had a wonderful time this morning. St James’ Junior School, Gloucester asked me to come and open their new Eco Classroom – a beautiful, circular den, made from reclaimed materials in which they can give outside lessons, even if it’s raining. The next phase is to develop the green area around it with vegetable and wild-flower gardens and trees. This is fab idea in the middle of Gloucester. It will give the children a connection to the Earth and I hope they will come back to see how their class trees are doing long after they’ve left the school.
I then read the children some stories and had a grand old time, so thank you for having me! I’ve not got any photos. Send me some and I’ll post them or link to them.