Intermittently Regular #365 Sketch Project Update 102-116

Incorporating Dismaland visit and the completion of the pub drawing.

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102/365 Lunchtime car drawing. 10 mins Stabilo point 88. Notebook: Artemis.
103/365 Fixing mechanism on the Draper Telescopic Trestle that supports my standing desk. Drawn whilst waiting for a thing. Uni ball micro. 7 mins. Notebook: Ethel.
104/365 View from window at work. It’s taken some time this one. This is probably the fifth update? I thought I’d get the leaves done before they fell off again. Drawn whilst waiting for large framed Arnold test renders. Time: unknown. Pencil. Notebook: Ethel.
105/365 Japanese anemones. Catching these before they keel over too. DRAW ALL THE FLORA ASAP. Coloured Stabilo point 88. 20 mins. Notebook: Ethel
106/365 More work on the sketch of the beloved Vittoria begun on 91/365. Still warm enough to sit outside so. Pencil. 15 mins. Notebook: Ethel.
107/365 Various species of scooter from outside Whiteladies Scooter shop. Some of them might be the same scooter, some of them may be the amalgamation of two. Lovely day though. 10 mins Straight to Uni-ball Eye Micro. Notebook: Artemis (homemade)
108/365 Tea break drawing of the Gardena THS 400 which I recently have been wielding up ladders, trimming the hedges,bushes, trees and other rampant plant life as one does in the Autumn. 7 mins Straight to Uniball Micro. Notebook: Ethel.
109/365 View across to the Ring o’Bells and the Holy Trinity from the Grove. Another bonus summer weekend, a walk in the park, football, jumpers for goalposts etc etc. Time for the bears to start hibernating soon, no? Two colour Stabilo point 88. 15 mins. Notebook: Ethel
110/365 Desk fan. Dealing will the heat generated by the all heavy heavy brain activity. 15 mins Multicoloured Stabilo. Notebook: Ethel
111/365 Shoes, trainers and boots of various kinds. Season changes, footware changes. Ka-Chingūüé∂!!! You know how it goes. Straight to Uniball Micro. 15 minutes. Notebook: Ethel


112/365 Half full glass on patterned table cloth. Multi-coloured Stabilo. 16 mins Notebook: Ethel.
113/365 Dismaland doodling. Quite good there, it is. Very lucky to get tickets, thanks S. Anniversary treat. A reminder of life before parenthood. Uniball. Notebook: Artemis.
114/365 Another lunch break pass at the architectural complexity that is the Vittoria. One more go after this and I think it might be done. Pencil Notebook: Ethel
115/365 Saplings in Leigh Woods, drawn on the move whilst discussing the merits of time travel in narrative forms. It was agreed Days of Future Past was a bad example, I cited Philip K Dick’s The Skull as a good one. 5 mins (with distraction) Black Stabilo Notebook: Artemis.


116/365 Busy old week, just managed to fit in a big finish for the blessed Vittoria. I think the notebook paper has taken as much as it can with all the scratching away. Omitted the benches and the chalk board but they were always in different places each sitting. Pencil. Notebook: Ethel.



Ethel The Notebook is getting very full. It might time for retirement soon.
Ethel The Notebook is getting very full. It might time for retirement soon.

It’s been a beautiful weekend, like the summer’s not ready to let go, I’ve been outside, mostly, hacking at the hedges. Pleasant but very tiring.

Within the space of a week UK politics has changed completely which is a breath of fresh air whether you agree with the direction or not. You can tell how much it has changed by the level of hysterical outrage in the old school press. It can be difficult to take your eyes off the news. Fun times.

If your not watching This Is England ’90, do yourself a favour and get with it. When it’s done, it’s done.

Social Media-ed



Emily Hall – Ode To The Pylon

Deerhunter – Snakeskin

Kathryn Joseph – The Bird


Twitter and Instagram users can learn a lot from a 1920s journalist – Paul Mason/A Graphic Account of Roxane Gay and Erica Jong‚Äôs Uncomfortable Conversation by Mari Naomi/Meet the Artist Making GIFs to Ridicule All the Shit Women Deal With: Isabel Chiara/The Tsarnaev trial: Drawing a line/Hunter S Thompson on Now, from the Past/Jeremy Corbyn’s new PMQs has Tory MPs turning to tranquil pursuits like sketching MPs/’Ukraine’s Banksy’ on his time imprisoned by separatist rebels ‚Äď in pictures/Megan Nicole Dong – “I‚Äôve been doing a series of comics about men being deceived by makeup.”/Judy Pfaff/

Always Tumbling at TheElectronicalRattleBag

I can relate to this:

#CountdownToLife: The Extraordinary Making of You

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At BDH I was part of the team that worked on The Countdown To Life, a three part series produced by BBC Science in association with the Open University, exploring some of the latest research into understanding of human development, from conception to birth. With a complex pipeline, an imaginative and groundbreaking approach and with an array of the latest technology and software, the BDH team produced hundreds of shots of spell binding imagery illustrating the remarkable transformations that take place during those early stages.

Episode One transmits tonight (Monday 4th September 2015) on BBC2 and will subsequently be available on the iPlayer.


Bonus Sunday over Morgan’s Hill


Why does anyone share anything ever. Does it help people? These are all thoughts and findings and I collected them over time and then here they are. What I thought was worth passing on. Perhaps I should be weaving it into some kind of artful enterprise, but for the moment there is only this. A list. I’m work on making more stuff, but there is very little time, it’s not easy. I’m posting “daily” sketches at Instagram, so follow me there if you like.


I have to say I have been haunted by these two renderings from real time tech¬†leonardo,¬†Kyle McDonald. When I was little I remember imagining animation as it might be if each frame was as detailed as an oil painting, it didn’t take much practical experience for me to realise that such ideas would lead to certain doom of endless work, no friends and little result.

Bring on neural network analysis, the Inception Network and Google’s Deep Dream. This from the Bethge Lab.

In fine art, especially painting, humans have mastered the skill to create unique visual experiences through composing a complex interplay between the content and style of an image. Thus far the algorithmic basis of this process is unknown and there exists no artificial system with similar capabilities. However, in other key areas of visual perception such as object and face recognition near-human performance was recently demonstrated by a class of biologically inspired vision models called Deep Neural Networks. Here we introduce an artificial system based on a Deep Neural Network that creates artistic images of high perceptual quality. The system uses neural representations to separate and recombine content and style of arbitrary images, providing a neural algorithm for the creation of artistic images. Moreover, in light of the striking similarities between performance-optimised artificial neural networks and biological vision, our work offers a path forward to an algorithmic understanding of how humans create and perceive artistic imagery.

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and the algorithm, the dream doings that wre blowing people away a month or so ago there are people around the word making this mad math work on images like this, and as you can read here, it’s not at After Effects plug-in utility level yet (there appears to be many lvels of adjustment and feedabck loops), but i’m sure it’s only a matter of time and several levels of genius away.

Most of me is hoping it’ll never be that easy.

Heads up from Prosthetic Knowledge.


This job is so cool because it’s about imagination, then destruction/The Groundbreaking Silhouette Animations of Lotte Reiniger/¬†Remove Water Stains From Wood Furniture¬†with Mayonnaise/40 reasons why you should blog about your research/Mijn Begrafenis (My Funeral) by Maarten De Saeger (Bries)/¬†The Uber Endgame/Interview: The Diary of a Teenage Girl Author Phoebe Gloeckner/¬†Bringing International Communities Together Via the Medium of Comics – Wallis Eates on Connecting Teenagers Across the Commonwealth through Sequential Art/Debt is Good by Paul Krugman/Early Humans Made¬†Animated Art/Could¬†virtual reality revolutionise crisis-response filmmaking?/¬†Mutually Assured Content – In 2015, the illusion of audience ownership is becoming harder to sustain/¬†Spalding Gray’s¬†Catastrophe by Oliver Sacks, ‚ÄėThis only happened because people organized.‚Äô –¬†Nail salon ¬†workers speak out after NYT expos√© by Sukjong Hong/Fette Sans Website back online/Jared Muralt – Sketchbook/Collaborative Self-Contained-Self-Portrait in the That Sea of Multiplicity¬†– Traci Matlock/Linn Myers – Drawings/ Spinning Daggers by Benjamin Ducroz via Jim Le Fevre/


Tumbling daily since March 2008 at The Electronical Rattle Bag.


1Q84 by Haruki Marukami
Autobiography by Morissey
A Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Frankenstein by Mary Shelly
The Arrival by Shaun Tan
Persuasion by Jane Austen

Currently reading: Oliver Twist, Post-Capitalism: A Guide To Our Future, Human Diastrophism


I Need New Eyes by Larry Gus

All I know by Soul Sugar featuring Courtney John

Let It Happen_EP by Jon Bap

GEoRGiA – Move Systems

Be kind, it’s free.

Music suitable for a #seasonal transit v2.0


Hold on tight, everything’s changing again. The only thing that never changes, is that everything changes.

So I started Autumn playlists on multiple platforms, because you never know when one of them is going to go down. I’ve been trying Apple Music, I’m not sure it’s quite ready. But I do love Josh Homme’s marvellous Alligator Hour.

As always a full comprehensive playlist for the long gone summer is here on Whyd, and Autumn has already begun.

Wand – M.E.

The Fall – Black Monk Theme Part 1

William Onyeabor – better change your mind

Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes – Get Out (And Let Me Cry)

Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian at Best

The Polyversal Souls – Goin’ In (feat. Afrika Baby Bam)


The Platters – My Prayer

Nadine Shah – Fool

The Bohicas – Swarm

diarreah song from LOUIE season 5

“More altruistic in the Money Game”

Nice to see some of the work we’ve done at BDH featured in this piece on the benefits of feeling insignificant

It’s great to be part of something that makes people feel small.Thanks for the heads up, to my friend Kathryn Jeffs.

I attest to your grey matter.

“They said in the Eighties that painting was dead, well, painting hadn’t even started. It was such a narrow minded period of time, the conceptualists really tried to get rid of painting completely.

The area of imagination, the playing field for art, is so gigantic that no-one’s really explored it. That would be the legacy that I¬†would want to leave, the exploration of what imagination can lead to, how it would compound itself to become expladential.

In other words what my generation does I would like to see another younger generation come and step on that and make that one step further into wild abstraction, to compound the poetry, make it lyrically remarkable.”

Robert Williams on WTF with Marc Maron