Category Archives: Art
I have enjoyed reading C. S. Lewis’ non-fiction over the last few years so I was pleased to find a YouTuber who has animated some of his works. Here is an excellent example:
I found the format delightful and was tickled to find that my birth-country, Wales, managed to make an appearance at the end. There is mention of the Eisteddfod which reminded me of my own (albeit brief and lacklustre) performances in the Urdd (youth) Eisteddfod. I hope you enjoy the video and find the time to watch some more. The content is well worth your time.
By the way, I also re-read Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia and found so much more than when I read them as a child. I found the fate of Emeth in “The Last Battle” particularly interesting.
I haven’t drawn in ages so this was a good warm-up.
See here for my inspiration.
My brother has just alerted me to two more digitised image collections. The first is provided by the British Library – see this article for an introduction. The image above is from this collection. I have no idea what it says, I just liked the illumination. The second collection is part of the Polonsky Foundation Digitisation Project which aims to digitise the collections of the Oxford Bodleian Library and the Vatican’s Biblioteca Apostolica. The latter seems to be related to the Digital Vatican Library which I already have in my resource list (see menu above). See this article for information on the Polonsky collection. I will add the appropriate links to the “Other Resources” page on my menu above.
Okay, so I’ve made this post sound more exciting than it really is. My good news is probably only interesting to me but I want to shout it from the rooftops. Here is a video to provide some interest while you read the rest of this post (it helps if you have it turned up nice and loud):
The fact is, my drawing machine, which has been out of action (thanks to a Windows update) for what seems like a lifetime, has been resurrected at last. We have it running Linux and responding to finger gestures and the stylus correctly. It may not sound like much but I love my drawing machine like other people love their iPhones or their cars. I would now like to say something rude about Microsoft but I’m resisting. Aren’t I good?
This is the art project I was working on before Windows decided to “improve” my drawing machine with an update. Here’s where I’d got up to:
What happens when you let ordinary Internet users from around the world collaborate on a piece of art? War! But the results are fascinating. See here for the story and here for a close up of the result. I love it that the Welsh flag appears at least twice even though it is a difficult one to draw small with pixels (see below). I also love that the Union Jack appears in a heart with the Italian flag.