what I did on my holiday

Posted in news,sketchbook by Tom on June 20th, 2012

I’ve had a bit of a stressful month recently. Moving house and finishing off a new comic while trying to juggle several jobs was starting to take its toll. So last week’s trip to the south of France – where I did nothing but swim, eat nice food, nap, read and draw – did me the world of good. I came back over the weekend in time to take Solipsistic Pop to ELCAF (it was an amazing event and proves without a shadow of a doubt that there’s a huge audience for alternative comics in the UK) and am now settling back into work with a renewed energy for it all. It’s been about four years since my last holiday like that and I won’t be leaving it so long next time. Silly me.

Anyway. I caught up on some reading which I’ve let slip lately. Tried to fill some significant gaps with The Great Gatsby and Waugh’s Scoop (both amazing and I feel like an idiot for leaving it so long), then moved on to some light His Dark Materials shorts from Pullman, before finishing up with Tove Jansson’s The Summer Book and the non-fiction Injustice: Why Social Inequality Persists by Daniel Dorling (which I’m still working my way through). Bit of an odd selection I’ll grant you.

I also tried to draw a little in my sketchbook when the mood struck. I packed a tiny Japanese watercolour set I bought ages ago as I hadn’t used watercolours properly for years (a self-portrait for Orbital Comics a few months back notwithstanding) – the images below are my first tentative attempts to use them. I think, by the final image I was starting to relax into it…