Occasionally I do tutorials with the students on the illustration course at UWE in Bristol. A lot of the time you have to try to convince the students that the work that they produce naturally and almost without thinking about it is far superior to the more finished work that they are producing. People generally tighten up horribly as soon as they get it into their head that what they are working on is final artwork, and I’m probably more guilty of this than most. The lack of spontaneity and excitement in my artwork compared to my roughs and drawings that I produce naturally makes me feel a bit ill.
I spent a couple of days last week with a load of inks and paints just having fun painting and drawing. This was an attempt to bridge the gap between that and my artwork. Its only a first attempt. I’ve still got the illness, but I’ve started taking the medicine to get better (the expensive stuff with extra caffeine)