This is the last part of the series. If you want to start from the beginning, page 1 is here.
That’s it! I hope you enjoyed accompanying me on my trip to Florence.
I’m pretty sure it’s going to be my last sketch diary for a while. While I love to make them, and am pleased to have them as mementoes of our family holidays, as my ambitions grow in terms of how much detail I want to include, so they take more and more time.
I’m still only able to dedicate around 90 minutes a day to artwork, on top of the dayjob, household duties, etc. This Diary took six months (pretty much – the time was interrupted by a couple of other deadlined comic projects which I recorded here) to draw, followed by a further month or more cleaning it up, and there’s still tons I’d redraw or tidy if it was headed for publication anywhere more formal than my own blog. That doesn’t leave much time in a year for any other kind of work. I’ve even been on another three trips since Florence (including an eminently diarisable and puffin-heavy trip to Berwick and surrounds) which I can’t record with this amount of detail. And that’s what I’d want to do. One solution would be to pull out small strands or record less, I suppose, but I don’t feel massively inclined to do that.
So unless someone can find a way to conjure up more hours in every day, that’s it for this particular artform, for now at least. Hopefully that will mean more smaller projects and in turn that will mean more frequent updates on this blog, so it’s not all bad!
Here’s day 7 of our trip. If you want to start from the beginning, page 1 is here.
Come back tomorrow when the conference begins.
Here’s day 6 of our trip. If you want to start from the beginning, page 1 is here.
(Apologies for the wavy text, here and elsewhere: it’s because these pages are photographed rather than scanned, and not always perfectly flat)
(The usual apologies to my colleagues – and any other *real people* I might represent — for my failed attempts at capturing a likeness)
Come back tomorrow for a big surprise at the conference venue!
Here’s day 5 of our trip. If you want to start from the beginning, page 1 is here.
Read on to Day 6, when I switch over into ‘work trip’ mode.
Here’s day 4 of our trip. If you want to start from the beginning, page 1 is here.
Read the next entry for a big discovery, plus the only cat in Florence.
This is day 3 – if you missed the beginning, start at day 1.
Read on for a stroll around the
bobbly Boboli Gardens.
In April 2016, I took a trip to Florence, Italy. This is my sketch diary. I hope you enjoy it.
Intro page. In case you don’t recognise it(!), the dark lumpy thing that one of the cherubs is holding is supposed to be a truffle.
Joe’s concern is very British:
Now read part 2: a sweary neighbour and some desirable stationery.
In which things start to go awry.
Here’s part 7
In which we experience the typical Lake District weather.
Here’s part 6
Here’s part three of our trip to Kendal.
Now here’s part 4
As long-time readers will know, I often record holidays in the form of a sketch diary.
Now, my trip up to the town of Kendal in the Lake District last October wasn’t exactly a holiday; I was there for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, selling comics. Nonetheless, so much happened in the 4 days away from home that I felt I wanted to record it.
And while my sketch diaries normally comprise just as much text as they do images, it seemed appropriate to do this one entirely in the form of a comic. That partly explains why it has taken almost six months to finish it: the other reason, of course, was that a few weeks in, admin for Draw The Line started taking up all my spare time and I had to put it aside.
Never mind – it’s done now: all 34 pages of it. I’m going to serialise it in 8 parts and I hope you enjoy it.
Read on to part 2
This is the very final episode in our Totnes and Lyme Regis holiday. If this is the first page you’ve seen, you probably want to start at part 1, actually.
Ha! I only wrote that page (above) out a few days ago, and several new things have happened in politics. It’s as if someone has pressed the fast forward button by mistake.
This map (below) was available free, all over the town, for tourists to pick up — and it was drawn by Hugh, our B&B proprietor. Taking a proper look at it, it’s clear that there is still plenty to do in Lyme Regis, so we will have to return.
We were sad to come home, but drawing it all has, as always, helped me relive the holiday. Hope you’ve enjoyed it too!
This is part 5 of our holiday in Totnes and Lyme Regis. If you haven’t seen prior episodes, you’ll want to begin from the beginning, so start here.
We’re nearly at the end of the holiday now: just one more installment after this.
As before, click on any image and then click again to see it at a larger scale.
The final episode is here.
The image at the top of this post is a happy accident which happened on Photoshop, as I was trying to clean up the picture of the bookshop that appears in the third page below. I like it better than the actual painting, so here it is as a header.
Part 1 is here, part 2 is here and part 3 is here. If you’d like to see the pages at a larger scale, click on the image and then click again.
Episode 5 is here.
This is the third section of a holiday sketch diary covering a week in Devon and Somerset. Part 1 is here; and part 2 is here. Enjoy!
Click on the images below, and then click again if you would like to see them at a larger size.
Part 4 is here.
This is the second part of a holiday sketch diary in which we stayed in Totnes and Lyme Regis. Probably best not to start on day 2: you can read part 1 here.
As ever, click on the images below, and then click again if you would like to see them at a larger size.
More in part 3.
So, here it is! Every time we go on holiday I swear I’m not going to bother with a sketch diary — and every time, I end up spending more time and attention on it. I suppose I have to admit that there’s no escape now. This is what I do.
So here’s part 1 of 6, chronicling our recent family trip.
We started in a part of Devon we know well, Totnes, before a few days in Lyme Regis, which was new to us. As usual, the whole holiday was by public transport — well, it had to be since none of us can drive. :)
Click on each image, and then click again, if you’d like to see the page at a larger size.
Apologies about the next page; I know the wording is badly placed for reading – but it turned out to be difficult to fit it in any other way, so in the end I left it as it is. I hope you can still get the gist.
More in part 2.