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Draw a Neil Gaiman story

Postby Kay » Mon 30 Nov 2015 08:37 GMT

Here's an interesting challenge from the BBC. I might have liked to have a go but unfortunately seem to have too many other things to do right now.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/article ... or-radio-4
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Re: Draw a Neil Gaiman story

Postby ruggie » Wed 2 Dec 2015 15:39 GMT

Great story. I'll see if I can come up with something.
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Re: Draw a Neil Gaiman story

Postby Kay » Wed 2 Dec 2015 19:26 GMT

I've since listened to the story via Internet radio. I wasn't sure if people outside the UK could get it. I also thought it was a great story. Bill Paterson is great too!
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Postby ruggie » Thu 3 Dec 2015 09:56 GMT

I followed the links, and found I could get it on my PC without any problems. I must make more use of that. Love Bill Paterson's reading.
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Re: Draw a Neil Gaiman story

Postby ruggie » Fri 4 Dec 2015 13:20 GMT

Finished listening. I was hoping to find the original full length story on scribd, but it's not there (so I'm reading Beowulf instead). I'd be interested to know how much was lost in abridging and dramatising Gaiman's original work. Bill Patterson is responsible for a lot of the appeal of the radio version. I cannot agree that the tale is influenced by Tolkien's work. It follows Gaiman's immersion in Norse mythology. His hero has neither the morals nor the happy disposition of a hobbit, and his baddies are dark & deep, not simply melodramatic. Now I wonder whether I can do the tale justice in a drawing...
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Re: Draw a Neil Gaiman story

Postby Kay » Fri 4 Dec 2015 16:02 GMT

I tend to agree with you. It did seem more of a short story than anything else, and Bill Paterson's reading added much of the appeal. I also didn't see much, if any, of a Tolkien influence.

As for the drawing, I think it shouts out for a dark fantasy kind of treatment and I'm not sure that's your style. It would appeal to me but I'm far from the stage where I would even try to attempt such a thing. Perhaps a slightly chaotic line drawing with black ink might work?
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Re: Draw a Neil Gaiman story

Postby ruggie » Sat 5 Dec 2015 09:35 GMT

I have my dark moments, but I'm not confident I could draw them. I have two images in my mind so far: Callum McInnes' dirk across the dwarf's throat, and a shrunken head hanging from a thornbush by its red hair. For the background, I have two inputs in mind, but don't yet know how to meld them - a hazy view of the Isle across the water, and a sketch based on a photo of Glencoe...

A scribbly black ink drawing is the only thing I could attempt - with just the red hair coloured in.
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Re: Draw a Neil Gaiman story

Postby ruggie » Sat 5 Dec 2015 10:31 GMT

I see that the deadline is tomorrow. I'm not going to make it, but I'll still have a go at doing a drawing - it's a challenge. Maybe I'll have something posted here by Christmas.

PS Hope you're managing to keep up with your cartooning course in spite of everything.

I have found Facebook useful for motivating me to draw. I started off making sketches of my younger son & family using the tablet and the Gimp, which drew some encuragement, but then I announced that I'd had enough of that for the moment, and was going to draw boats. That brought me a wider audience, and demands for more, which is when I looked at my productivity. It took me a couple of hours on a tablet to do a sketch that I could better in ten minutes with a good gel-ink ballpoint, so now I scan a ballpoint sketch and use the tablet to airbrush and accentuate. I draw with the stylus & tablet when I need to trace a photo to learn to capture detail for a new subject, then I put what I have learned into effect next time I draw on paper.
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