Thank you to everyone who came by our table at Comica Comiket! I just wish the library was open a bit longer - I was having too much fun
The next event will be the Bristol Comic & Zine Fair on Saturday 4th October 2014. We will be sharing half a table again so we will be bringing slightly limited stock. But we really love making new things so there will probably be something brand new on the table.
We can also confirm that our table at Thought Bubble will be in New Dock Hall! for further information on events see the blog sidebar.
With rather un-piratelike apologies for the lateness of this post, we present the Summer 2014 PIRATES issue of What’s the Time, Mrs Woolf? for your viewing enjoyment! This issue contains articles, comics and illustrations from many dastardly wenches, and in the spirit of law-breaking and thievery a ROGUE MALE has even sneaked his way in…
In this issue:
A shockingly coloured internal cover by the talented Gem ‘She Got All The Gems’ Sheldrake.
Article: Lesbian Heroes: Anne Bonny and Mary Read by our own Lilywoolf.
Illustration: Things Sarah Sees: In The Living Room by Sarahwoolf (my own self).
Article: Oceans… Oceans… an article on the good lady Tetra in the pleasant parlour game Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker by our ROGUE MALE, James ‘Long Jim Silver’ Smith.
Article: Sailing Superstitions, a fact sheet of some common nautical beliefs by Sarahwoolf.
Recipe: Old Jamaica Coco Pop Bars by Lilywoolf.
Comic: Pyrates by Meg ‘Grisly Girl O’ Golden Guineas’ Guindon.
Article: Sailor Moon vs Peppa Pig, an analysis of gender roles in children’s programming, by Nel ‘Nefarious Nautical’ McDonald.
Instructions: Sewing Sans Pattern: Adding A Sailor Collar by Sarahwoolf.
Comic: Pirate Radio by Mair ‘Terror Of Tortuga’ Thomas.
Article: Vile Bodies, an analysis of Mama Dola and the figure of the older woman in Studio Ghibli films by Lilywoolf.
Comic: Stale Symphony: Lost Socks Pirate by Sammy ‘Barbarian Of Barbados’ Borras.
Ask Another Question! our ship’s fairy answers the questions of another hapless human.
Special thanks to our own Lilywoolf, for doing the cover, intro, contents, credits and other extra admin stuff for this issue, allowing myself a much-needed break for some freelance jobs. Keep an eye on the woolfblog, for in thanks I will be recording myself reading her excellent pirate-voiced intro aloud and posting it here on the blog.
Here’s a thing I will have at Comica tomorrow! I apologise for being awful at announcing events within reasonable notice.
Does anyone remember Outlaw Star? I re-watched it lately and surprisingly still kind of liked it! So I doodled up some of the characters. I started out with my favourites (Jim and Aisha) then added Suzuka because I didn’t like having that huge white gap at the top of the page.
Then during a different episode I drew Melfina and Harry because I wanted to see if I could translate their mad 90s anime hair.
While I’m slowly dying of heat-related stress, have some more journal pictures!
Lots of illustrations from dreams in this set. Also something I labelled as a snake but discovered, watching Springwatch later, was probably a slow-worm, which is a legless lizard.
Thank you to everyone we saw at Manchester MCM Comic Con! It was a really great event. The stormy weather meant it was a soggy convention, but that didn’t seem to get in the way of the fun!
The next event we’re attending is Comica Comiket at The British Library on Saturday 16th August!
I’ll also have the new Summer issue of What’s the Time, Mrs Woolf? and some new hardback notebooks, while Sammy will be launching issue 2 of Giant Rhinos In Space, so I hope you can come and see us there!
I want to tell you about The Drawing Game, it’s for everyone but mostly for people who have crippling sketchbook fear. People who like to draw but as soon as there’s one ‘bad’ sketch in your notebook you cannot stand to see that notebook ever again. People who are so determined to create something ideal and perfect that they don’t even know where to begin. I was once one of these people too.
So! I developed The Drawing Game to overcome these ridiculous fears and actually sit down and draw things. It started out as just trying to overcome a stupid fear but it quickly became quite an addictive game. I will describe the game as I designed it but feel free to edit bits to better suit you.
What you will need to play:
- A dice
- A timer
- A sketchbook /notebook
- A source of images or objects (Google Images, a magazine, the contents of a desk drawer)
- A variety of mark making materials. (Pencils, charcoal, pastels, felt tips, crayons etc…)
In the game I designed there are 3 difficulty levels, easy, normal and hard. The difficulty is set by how many restrictions you set upon yourself. Sets of restrictions come in 6, and you use the dice to see which restriction you will end up with. Easy mode has only one restriction, normal mode has 2 and hard mode has 3. I usually play in normal mode, using a time restriction and one other restriction.
Dice Roll 1: (Time)
- 1: 1 minutes
- 2 – 3: 3 minutes
- 4 – 5: 5 minutes
- 6: 8 minutes.
Dice Roll 2: (Mark making)
- 1: You are not allowed to use lines (only the flat side of a pencil)
- 2: Any pencil you want.
- 3: Only charcoal/chalk/pastel/crayon.
- 4: You can only use lines (Pencil, Biro or any pen)
- 5: Close eyes, pick 2 coloured pencils. You can only use these.
- 6: Draw with your other hand.
Dice Roll 3: (Perspective)
- 1: You cannot look at the page while you draw.
- 2: Turn the image upside down and draw from it like this.
- 3: Turn the image side-ways and draw from it like this.
- 4: Pick the most detailed area and magnify it. (Try to fill the page so the image spills off the sides)
- 5: Draw the subject extremely small.
- 6: You can only shade in spaces around the object.
For example you might end up with something nice like 8 minutes to draw with any pencil you want. Or you might end up with something nasty like 1 minute to draw with your other hand. Having tried and testing this game many times however, I find it’s actually the ‘nasty’ ones that produce the best results, while the ‘nice’ ones are more terrifying because you feel “It has to be good.”
Most of the fun comes from the initial starting point of not knowing what I will be faced with. I try to start the timer as soon as I know what I’m doing without leaving myself time to plan or think and I have to say I think this is ideal because it does not allow you time to panic or worry about your sketching fate.
The aim of this game is to destroy the overly critical voice in your head and to practice drawing different things in different ways. I often find I am surprised with what comes out of my hand in this game, it is usually better than I anticipate it will be and when it’s really really not I have the fallback of: “Yer but I only had 3 minutes to draw this so it’s not a big deal.”
Here are some of my drawings from playing this game:
No lines eagle
Grey and pink colouring pencils raven.
No lines bat.
I got the 2 colouring pencil limit twice in a row so I drew one ontop of another to save paper, but it actually looks more awesome.
Tried drawing and I just coulf not get the shape of the face so I played this round twice to see if my second attempt would be better….. and it totally was! :D
Magnified lips in pencil and 2 colouring pencils.
Was not allowed to look at the page while I drew this one. I actually really like it and it’s one of my favourites.
As you can see some bits are awful while other bits are pretty good. I found that playing this game with myself changed my feelings about drawing from “Oh god it will go horribly wrong! D:” to “I’m really not as bad as I thought I was, even the mistakes are cool in some way :D”
Another important reason this game works is because believe it or not, but restrictions or limits actually increase creativity and lateral thinking. When you are faced with a problem and you can tackle it however you want it becomes so scary and daunting. Like when you are faced with a blank canvas, blank page or an empty Microsoft Word page and you need to start working your mind is suddenly filled with ‘blankness’. How do I start? Where do I start? How do I end up with the thing I want to end up with? Are all big scary daunting questions. Limits combat this because they change “Where do I start?” into “How am I going to do this?” It’s a subtle difference, but the restrictions act like a framework for the rest of your thoughts, like a set of obstacles to overcome rather than a MASSIVE blankness.
So if you want to overcome Crippling Sketchbook Fear, you just want an excuse to play a fun game, or you want to improve your drawing skills, this is the game for you. Also if you know someone who has Crippling Sketchbook Fear or Terrible-sketch-phobia, forward them the instructions for how to play. Let’s get everyone to draw more and enjoy drawing more! It would also be extremely cool to see other peoples restriction drawings so image respond if you can :D
- I plan to develop a digital drawing game version.
- Plan to develop a Writing game version (for writing and poetry.)
I finished printing the Gorillaz Fanzine today, so it’s now available to order through Etsy. I’ll try and take some photos and get them online tonight or tomorrow. Thanks again to all the contributors!
I’ll also be launching the zine at Manchester MCM Comic Con next weekend. You can find our table in the Comic Village section and it should be listed on the map as Sammy Borras & Sarah Fogg. See you there!
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Gorillaz Fanzine includes illustration, cosplay, articles, comics, gig sketches and puzzles!
Contributors A-Z: 1000014, Abi Le Guilcher, Arthur Goodman, Chyphens, CJ Barrett, David Tolu Graham, Foxeye, Giuseppa Barresi, Gray Porter, Homiboo, Jules Valera, Kodi Kat, Laura Watton/PinkAppleJam, Morti, Rebecca Horner, Saffron-jay, Sammy Borras, Sarah Fogg & Toria McCallum
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Blue card cover
I’ve printed 2 new books ready to take to Manchester MCM Comic Con on the 19th-20th July. Giant Rhinos In Space #2 and a open submissions Gorillaz Fanzine. I will be sharing a table with Sarah Fogg - we will also have some new free mini comics to hand out and the brand new summer pirate themed issue of What’s The Time Mrs. Woolf?
We have added a comics event over the summer - we will be at Comica Comiket at The British Library on Saturday 16th August 2014! (See the right hand side of the blog for current event list)
Giant Rhinos #2 and the Gorillaz Fanzine are now available to order through my Etsy Shop.
(Sorry about the hazy photographs - It’s very bright today and I tried my best with a phone camera and photoshop)