Throughout the summer I began to add stitching to the drawings. This is a piece of thumb-knitted cotton taped in place onto a drawing of a wrinkly fruit. I am still playing about with how I am going to stitch the final position of the looped cotton onto the drawing, whilst also planning how I am going to deal with the shadowy cloud in the top right section (just a sketch on the underside of the tissue right now) ... NB I am rubbish at sewing, but this is exactly what I enjoy about this work. Slightly clumsy, always a surprise - there is always opposition to the supreme control I have over the drawing. It keeps me on my toes!
A birthday gift for a friend. I had a great day at Edinburgh College of Art recently doing tutorials with the students and giving a talk on my work, almost forty years to the day since I first walked through the hallowed portals of ECA as a student myself. The students I met a couple of weeks ago were a great bunch, they made me feel so welcome. The first tutorial group I took really wanted to know how I make the bug drawings - time was short so I could only give them a very short description, but I posted a full description on my Instagram @binky_mckee - the account I use for illustration and other life style type things. My other drawings can be seen at @heatherelizawalker.
I decided to bring my blog back after a long hiatus. This drawing I made back in January looks so innocent, but if one could ever reveal what was about to happen, this would be it. Rising and falling, sadness and joy: it has been one hell of a year, but it's not over yet and here I am again:
See you again soon.
PS I didn't manage to keep any of my New Years Resolutions.
Never mind. there's always next year!! IF I'm still interested ...
THE WEEKLY: BINKY McKEE AND ME
Welcome to my blog where I share my work as an illustrator as well as occasional events from the week.
I illustrate under the pen-name of Binky McKee, McKee being my mother's maiden name. Binky was the name of every single cat my great-grandmother owned - about 40 of them during her life! It seemed natural to devote my more nurturing, colourful, story-telling work to the female side of the family, whilst practicing my art work under my paternal name.
Currently I am working on illustrating a children's book, and of course I can't resist an Instagram challenge such as Folktale Week or Inktober!
I hope you enjoy the work!
Heather Eliza Walker
Artist in Edinburgh, Scotland