I’ve been meaning to write about books a bit more. It may seem like a digression, but reading a good book inspires me the same way going to a gallery does; it’s a revitalising leisure activity where I can enjoy something beautiful and be inspired by the talent of amazing people.
One book in particular has reminded me of this recently: Lolita, the faux autobiographical account of Humbert Humbert (what a great name for a perv) and his erotic obsession with a twelve year old girl.
At first I was completely absorbed by the smoothly ironic and lyrically beautiful writing (not even Nabakov’s native tongue… damn smart people…). But then there’s a jolt: a sudden realisation that the object of this enthralling literary eroticism is a twelve year old girl. Twelve. Years. Old. All Nabakov’s considerable skill draws you into collusion with Humbert; is Lolita actually seducing Humbert or is it just his obsession clouding his sense of reality? Even if you take Humbert’s account as an accurate reflection of reality, it’s a uncomfortable experience being lead into identification with a morally suspect protagonist.
So, a book that is engrossing, skilfully crafted and thematically stimulating? A good excuse for Saturday on the couch if you ask me.
Oh, and if anyone asks, tell them you’re participating in cultural enbigenment – hey, you’re reading a literary classic, you can make up as many words you like.
What happened to Illustration Friday? Well, last week there was the tart epic, then this week… erm… the dog ate my homework? Our family’s dearly departed Jack Russell actually did eat my homework once when I was a kid, so that’s actually a plausible excuse.
I did do some sketching, if off topic. I’ve been trying to think of an elevator pitch for my blog so when people ask me what it’s all about I don’t freeze up and accidentally use the deadly phrase “creative living”. Enter the business card (or a Moo Mini Card) to circumvent such faux pas. I just need to choose something that will fit into that tiny space yet say something relevant, engaging and un-twee.
One idea was to illustrate my ‘about’; make, use, appreciate. I did some quick pencil sketches, went over them with an inky pen, scanned them in, then photoshopped in my branding fabric as a texture. I don’t think I’ll end up using them for anything, but they were fun to make.
On a more constructive front, I’ve started some drawings for another project that will hopefully end up on my (currently) hypothetical market stall. I’ll keep you posted (ha – accidental pun!).
Erm, this week’s post is a little (a lot) late. I wanted to do a craft/product post, but that required actually doing something craft/product related and in Phoebe language “required” translates into “YOU-CAN’T-MAKE-ME!!!!”…
So… instead of sewing I revisited an old project; a comic I abandoned after running into some difficulty with writing dialogue. I hate writing dialogue – funny because I have no problems dialogue-ing aloud, in fact I’ve been told I dialogue too much.
Anyhoo, my cousin dropped in while I was photoshopping afore mentioned comic and resolved my 3-year-old problem in two seconds by asking “Why don’t you do it without dialogue?”.
Thus newly inspired, I did some new drawings, rejigged the layout and played around a lot in photoshop. And voila! Click on the cover image to download the PDF of Part 1 (its only three pages and about 500k – so clearly I’ve been really productive).
Part 2 is under way and I’ve actually got a plan, you know, written down. With one project moving on, I’ve felt inspired to chose something to sew and start sewing said something: a patchwork scarf in blue fabrics as a gift as well as a prototype for a Phoebe C product.