Website refresh for 2024.
As you may have surmised, I have once again change this website's appearance. Cosmetically, it is not too much of a departure from the previous design, but it does have one or two improvements on the later. The main one being a dividing line between blogpost titles and the start of the post. (Yes, I am that picky over visual design.)
On the formatting side of things, I have broken down the WYD 2023 Blog Archive posts into Country sections (e.g., Italy, Portugal, etc.) to give a visual break and create landmarks for readers to navigate with.
I have also begun implementing sectioning my Artwork pages, breaking them down by Yearly Quarter (e.g., Q1, Q2, and so on.) If for no other reason than being visually neater.
Also, I do prefer this new website theme's rendering of hyperlinks with underlining. Visually helpful for someone looking at this site with there phone on black-and-white mode or for those who are colour-blind.
Once again, until next and Happy New Year.
7 Jan 2024
Drawn on 23 November 2023.
Yippee! It's done.
That's right folks! After a month's worth of inking and going cross-eyed at various reference photographs, my 2023 Calendar: WYD Lisbon Fundraising edition is now available to buy. Contact can be made via Email or Facebook Messenger.
Pricings for the calendar are as follows:
WYD Lisbon 2023 and a Calendar.
So, I'm hoping to go to World Youth Day in Lisbon next year (2023) and at the present moment it is almost assuredly going to be a miracle of the Holy Spirit that my local diocese makes it happen/gets us there (long story not worth boring others about).
The pilgrimage route being taken by said diocese is effectively (for this artist at least) a "Grand Tour" through Italy, starting in Venice, then visiting places such as Bologna, Florence and Assisi to name a few, and staying in Rome for 3 nights, before flying to Portugal for the actual beginning of WYD week in Lisbon, at the start of August, 2023.
November has been a month busy with colouring some of the Inktober 2019 images in preparation for printing my 2020 Calendar. There is still a few more hours of work to do on it, but I hope to get it to the printers early next week.
So here are 2 other Intober images, the black & white version followed by the colour version.
The theme for Day 5 was Build
And how can you build without ACME?
The theme for Day 6 was Husky
That is a plaintive, husky cry for help!
But did you expect such a building project to end any other way?
Now, back to work, to get the 2020 Calendar finished.
If you want your own, get in contact before I go to the printers because we only do a single print run.
Inktober for 2019 is almost over, apart from the drawing I am working on now, there are only 2 more black & white Socket Head drawings to go.
It has been a worthwhile personal discipline, but whether it has had any additional value remains to be seen. I doubt I will attempt it again.
Here are a selection of 5 drawings from the series:
From Day 15, theme 'Legend'
From Day 16, theme Wild
From Day 17, theme Ornament
From Day 22, theme Ghost
From Day 24, theme Dizzy
The rest of them you can see on my Instagram (@cavanaghcreative), Twitter (@VJCavanagh) and Facebook accounts.
Most of November wasn't spent at home, nor near a keyboard, so keeping up with the 52 Week Illustration Challenge required extra effort.
The theme for Week 43 was Slow, and who better to help us slow down and appreciate the finer things in life than Mr Snail?
For Week 44 the theme was Everyday Object, and I chose a lamp but reversed the usual black on white to be white on black.
With Week 45 we had the rather interesting theme of Moustache, and since there are so very many styles to choose from I used 4 of them to remind us of that diversity.
There was even more ideas to choose from when it came to the theme of Quirky for Week 46, however since I was feeling a bit like my brain was out to lunch (in a huff) this was the result. Maybe you can relate to it too?
The theme for Week 47 was Pinata, something you try and poke holes into to make the good stuff come out. Sometimes we poke holes into the windmills of our dreams too, but the results are not as sweet.
Stay tuned to see if I make it to the end of this illustration challenge.
I will need to do something completely different next year.....if you have any constructive suggestions send me a message via the Contact page.
It dawned on me that I was swiftly running out of time to update the blog before the month of October ends. So here it goes....
The theme for Week 37 of the 52 Week Illustration Challenge was Contrast. With this one I tried to contrast short and tall, slim and stout, happy and sad, bright and dark.
For Week 38 the theme was Free Spirit, and this was one of those times when the meaning is clearer when the opposite is also present.
The theme for Week 39 was Wrinkle. Where do we notice most wrinkles? Around the eyes. So here are wrinkles around the eye of an alien looking animal.
Of the many things to choose from for the Week 40 theme of Brazil, I looked to the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer that overlooks the great Brazilian city of Rio de Janiero where World Youth Day 2013 was held.
With the theme of Solar System for Week 41 I had a bit of fun. Did you know that solar systems need a bit of expert robot maintenance every so often? Replacing the light bulbs in the suns etc
The theme for Week 42 was Childlike, and I tried something different with this one, by retaining the pencil sketch and not inking over it, and adding digital colour washes. For so many people flying a kite brings back happy childhood memories.
It seems a bit weird that each one of these had digital colour added, but it happens like that sometimes when both time is limited and access to drawing/painting space on the dining room table is limited.
Indeed it is. But onward we go....
Week 31's theme was Bunting, and this happily coincided with a commission based on the Mum and Dad dinosaurs from the Welcome theme near the end of last year. But this time the egg was open, and a baby girl dinosaur could be seen, and the bunting above had her name on it.
For Week 32 the theme was City, and this image was born after a few days of trudging around North Sydney, with the impression of a city and no recognisable landmarks.
The theme of Crayon for Week 33 took me in the opposite direction - back to nature. Crayon isn't a medium I use by choice, but it seemed like a good idea to take a stroll down to where the ocean meets the shore and to draw from life.
What to draw for Week 34's theme of Sheep stumped me for a while until my father used a phrase about his commuting experiences that I could visualise. There is quite a corollary between the experience of sheep being herded onto trucks and taken off to the abattoir and the many people who get onto crowded trains everyday to get to work.
With the Week 35 theme of Mistake it was a whole new experience deliberately doing mistakes rather than having them happen naturally and trying to rescue the results. A mistake, of course, is not perfect.
By the time Week 36 came along, a little of my pre-grief mojo was returning, and Frame was the theme. Many framed things only make sense when viewed from a certain direction.
If the locals are starting to dust off and begin reassembling their Christmas lights it must mean that it is time to think about getting my 2019 Calendar together. If you would like to order a copy, contact me before December hits, because I usually only do a single print run.
Continuing with the weekly challenges, without the moral support of others doing the same, has been hard work, especially during these early stages of grief.
But onwards I plod.
The theme for Week 26 was Homeland. For this I decided to do an ink-scape cross-section of the elements that make up home turf for me.
Week 27's theme was Puzzle. In this one someone is lost in a hedge maze, and is trying to use the 'Marco Polo' game to attract someone to help navigate to the exit by sound.
With Week 28 came the troubled theme of Climate Change, where so much confusion reigns, and yet the conclusions remain the same.
Normally with a theme of Meadow for Week 29 sweetness and light would be the order of the day, but what looks so nice from the viewfinder can be a whole different story at ground level.
The theme for Week 30 was Futuristic, so instead of doing something Jetsons-like or Star Trek-like, I went for something that has been promised to happen in the future Phil 2:10-11 where every knee shall bow and every tongue confess. Each kneeling person embodies the colours of their national flag.
More weekly themes await their turn...so onwards I continue to plod.
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