So recently I bought a nice nib-pen set and some black ink from an awesome arts and crafts shop. Afterwards I kinda regretted buying them and they sat on a shelf gathering dust. The day before yesterday I was on Skype, talking to Willow-AM, she read some for her awesome poetry/rants to me (I suggest that you go onto her DA and her Sound Cloud to read/listen for yourself!). Listening to her reading the poetry triggered some part of my brain to go 'Hey... I feel like drawing some illustrative-style pieces' which might be due to the thought before which was 'her poetry is very good, she should do a book'. So the next day I broke out my nib-pen, ink and water-colours and re-discovered my love for good old-fashioned drawing/painting... I admit I kinda neglected drawing due to some pretentious, itsartonlyifitlookscontemporaryandabstract tutors telling me that it is too 'safe', whatever the fuck that means. My first couple attempts were a bit bad, but slowly and surely the gears started turning and I was coming up with lots of cool ideas for what I could draw. I ended up drawing a Cherry Blossom tree shedding its rosy blossom into a stream, a pretty picture for Willow as a little thank you for giving me inspiration.
I started looking through photographs in my image bank; a folder on my computer filled with hundreds of my own photographs that I can refer back to for inspiration. I stumbled across a photo that I shot at Wat Tyler Park, it was a pathway which lead into a wooded area, but the trees arched over and it looked a bit like a secret passage. Due to the heavy rainfall, the path had turned into a miniature stream. I edited the photo and uploaded it as it is a pretty good shot and then proceeded to start creating a water colour and ink piece based on it. The piece is also inspired by the scene in the film My Neighbour Totoro, where Mei is crawling through a forest tunnel, after Totoro's miniature colleagues.