I've been quiet on this blog for the past few weeks while working on a new comic with Anne Holiday that should, hopefully, be going online mid-week. It's been a lot of hard work but I'm excited about it and can't wait to see what people think of it. I'll talk about it more later in the week I imagine. But on Saturday, I took a brief break and joined Darren Hayman's January Songs project. If you're unaware of it, Darren Hayman has been writing and recording a song a day for the entire month of January. Various musicians and collaborators have been involved during the project and on Saturday Helen Arney, Kat Arney and Richard Fabulous were to help with Song 22. Helen kindly asked me to come along and illustrate what turned out to be a lovely afternoon. It was a real pleasure and privilege to be present as the song came together. And, trying my best to be a useful contributor, I did my best to sketch as much as I could.
Rather than try and interpret the song itself I decided to try and capture the studio environment as everyone worked together on the song. I don't know how successful I was at this as it's been a while since I've drawn publicly in such a manner - it's a very different skill to sitting in a stuffy studio and drawing on your own with no-one watching.
Regardless, at the end of the session, I went to sit and ink one of my sketches as Helen filmed me for the daily video. It's not the greatest sketch I've produced - I must admit to having a bit of "stage fright" while being filmed and there are quite a few unforced errors - but I'm happy with the end product and feel it captures something about the day and the song. The result can be seen and heard here. Try not to let the constant appearance of yours truly disrupt an altogether lovely song. It's a pleasing lullaby that reminds me of one of my favourite Burt Bacharach songs: Don't Make Me Over. Go have a listen.
While you're there - be sure to check out the rest of the project. For the record, I've found myself hitting repeat on Day 10 - I Know I Fucked Up (sung by Elizabeth Morris of Allo Darlin') far, far, far too much.
Here are a couple of other sketches I did on the day (I may try and scan some more in the week and post them here if I have time):