Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Naughty Wizard

Phew! The last few months have been insane. I'm now living in a van in the country side (or to be more exact, living in a van on a friend's driveway but free to use amenities such as kitchen and shower, and not exactly the countryside but in Ivybridge, a suburban village on the edge of the Moors.)

I thought now that I've finished uni I'd have more time to concentrate on some personal drawing projects. Yeah right! Actually, I've been really busy. Going to festivals, working on my music, making plans. I'm travelling to San Francisco next month for a while, but before that is Sunset Festival. Somehow, straight out of uni, I've found I've become stage manager of the Open Mic stage at the upcoming Sunset Festival. Being one of the core crew is sometimes overwhelming task, creatively I'm loving building sculptural pieces and decorative shit for the stage (photos coming soon), though on a more practical level finding things like a PA system has been difficult. Being part of the core crew can be flexible, you get as much out of it as you put in. Some members of the core crew have full time jobs and can only devote a percentage of their time and energy to this project. I, on the other hand, have devoted nearly all my time, energy, and resources to it. Its great to have something to focus my creative energy on but somedays I find myself thinking "Ugh, I'm so fucking busy all this time! This fucking festi!"

I know it's going to be beautiful when we finally pull it off, but I know there is going to be more stress and probably a few tears before we can finally stand at the front of the dance floor together in unity (or for me, sit at the back of the Open Mic stage attempting to figure out how to use a mixing desk for the first time.) Check out Sunset Festival for banging Psytrance, community spirit, family run cafe and acoustic Open Mic!

Meanwhile, I've been putting the finishing touches to the Spiritgarden Ethnobotanicals catalog with this illustration I call "The Naughty Wizard." I haven't actually drawn anything for a couple of months now,  feels good!

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