Figure drawing

I kept it simple this week with an H and a 4B. Ran out of paper so started an A4 Moleskine. The model kept moving. Sore teeth kept me from snacking. Had been up til 4am working. Concentration was waning.

25 minutes each:

Never thought I'd long so much to chew.


Last week's figures

Last weeks figure drawings. I'm back on white paper. I need to get to the art shop, but I might not be leaving the house this week. Getting the braces put in tomorrow morning, 9.30. 18-24 months. I need a cigarette.

3 min each (soft pastels):

25 min each (ditto):

I'm quitting tomorrow proper. wearing braces + smoking cigarettes = not fucking cool.


Visualising the modes... Dorian

So I pried myself away from the B-string just long enough to bring you the Dorian mode. The Dorian represents a minor scale with a regular 6th interval.

You can see in this visual of the wave forms, compared to the previous Ionian/major scale, that the 3rd (yellow) and 7th (crimson) intervals are a semi-tone flatter, or at least dotted. The 6th (violet) is the same.

If you played all the white notes on a hypothetical piano in your mind, using D as your root, this is (in some strange sense) what you'd play:

If you move up the white keys and root on the E, you'll be in the Phrygian mode, pronounced much like the offspring of a fridge and a pigeon. Until then...

Happy Friday! I love the rain :) And Other Truths is arriving today. Tears of joy.


Figure drawing

Couldn't get into the zone this morning. I've got one thing on my mind - my new (well, second hand...) 5 string fretless bass. I brought her home yesterday. She's beautiful. I can't even do her justice yet, but I will soon.

3 min:

30 min:



Bit off more than he could chew

Mozzie commits accidental suicide.

No Tabasco in this blood. Just the RAW Sessions...

More some day.


Figure drawing

In the spirit of Movember, last night I shaved most of my goatee away, leaving a nice fat moustache. I also left a soul patch so it's not too top-heavy. I went into the class this morning feeling a little self-conscious, but nobody noticed. So far so good...

Otherwise, maybe it's not a bad idea to skip a week - today wasn't bad.


25 - 30 min:

The mo will stay on for the month, though it may well get shaved off on the 24th. With the braces it might be a bit much.


Visualising the modes... Ionian

After the first music visual I posted recently, I thought I should clean up and expand the concept a little. I figured the best way to expand might be to try to distinguish the modes. So I reformatted the waves slightly, and started by defining the Ionian, which is the mode that represents the basic major scale. If the red lines in the diagram are 'C' then the spectrum between them represents the rest of the white keys on a piano (D orange to B crimson).

Music is happiness. The Dorian coming soon...