Friday, 15 January 2010

Research and Feet


If you've been with me a while, you might remember a baby book idea I was developing earlier in the year. It's slightly unusual for me, as I'm working on a text as well as the images.

I was just getting motoring on it in the summer, when Bear on the Stairs came in, so I had to put it aside. After Bears I was awash with school visits and then suddenly - bam - it was Christmas!

Time is getting seriously sneaky these days: I daren't stop for a cup of tea, or when I look up, another year will have disappeared on me.

Anyway, I've finally cleared my desk of sundry admin, so it's time to get back down to things. Last year I did some research on studies into Early Learning, which I've been re-reading, getting back up to speed. To be truthful, though some people thrive on it, I HATE research. I'd rather be drawing than spending an afternoon with my nose in 'Key findings of the Rose Review into the teaching of reading' and the 'Imitation Studies and Perceptual Preference Studies Report'. Urggh.

However, it is really useful stuff for influencing how I shape the project and could also help me sell the idea to potential publishers, so it's all worth it.

I took a break though, to do the drawing above: the foot that has been giving me all the trouble recently! John says I have really ugly feet: he's such a charmer.

9 comments:

zillustration said...

great drawing, nice contrast between socked and un-socked feet. stripes really pop the contour! darlin', you want to see ugly feet? I used to date a ballerina --- ooofah!

Lynne Chapman said...

Eeeooow - I've always wondered if points was bad for their toes. Do they get all scrunched up?

zillustration said...

your lovely God-given feet are forced into a small, rigid square space, then the full weight of the body is placed on them (one at a time!), over the years creating a mass of cartilage, knobs and bone re-alignment. quite the sight.

Candace Trew Camling said...

I did pointe for awhile too... not to mention the blisters, blood and callouses!

I love these drawings! They have such a nice movement and drawing feet is just plain hard!

Connie said...

But you've certainly drawn them beautifully!

Nikira said...

Wonderful drawing, happy feet. I like distinct structure and how you make letters to sing. And I have the same feeling about time flying unnoticed.

Ira Robbins said...

great drawing

Kinga (theSmartOne) said...

My (now ex) boyfriend told me after we had seen The Lord Of The Rings that my feet look a little like hobbit's feet. And THEN he insisted it was somehow a compliment!

Lynne Chapman said...

He definitely needs some lessons in flattery!