Monday, October 31, 2005

What I see first thing in the morning


This is the view from my bed. Robin can’t be seen because he’s busy in the kitchen making my breakfast of an orange cut into pieces and a giant mug of Earl Grey tea. Robin has, I think, made sure that all of our friends know that he makes me breakfast in bed almost every morning, so I thought that I would let anyone who doesn’t already know, MY HUSBAND IS A SAINT, HE MAKES ME BREAKFAST IN BED EVERY MORNING!

This is also another EDM drawing challenge completed.

11 Comments:

Blogger Carol Bonomo said...

Man oh Man oh Julie, this is great. Who needs colorizing when you can detail and hatch to this degree? I LOVE it.
I hope you're answering all the EDMers who ask about moleskines. You are proof of what fantastic creamy paper and pencil can do.

10/31/2005 3:52 PM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

I don't know whether it looks like a moleskine to you but in fact it isn't - it's a funny reduced price book full of lumpy hand-made paper.

I have resisted buying a moleskine for ages because I have a perverse reaction to trends and I also think that I might be paying a premium for one - because they're fashionable. However I have at last caved in - if nothing else but out of curiosity. It still has the plastic wrapping on it because I have about 6 different sketchbooks on the go at the moment so I want to finish off at least a couple before I start on a new book.

I must say though I like the compactness of it. I think the key to keeping up sketching is always having materials to hand and so a compact sketchbook in my bag has been my way of using odd moments to keep up with drawing - so I may well end up being a convert.

In the past I was more ambitious - wanting to use colour and it was so much more of a palaver - using a decent size water colour book, carrying paint etc that in the end I did nothing, so the tiny book, the single pen or pencil, I have at last learned is my way of keeping up drawing.

10/31/2005 4:40 PM  
Anonymous evy said...

Every morning? Wow, you're so lucky! :) This is a great pen and ink sketch. You mentioned that you used a sketchbook with handmade paper. Did the ink go through the paper? I always want to buy such sketchbook, but I always thought, by looking at the (absorbend) texture of the paper, that the ink (or can be water color too) would go through.

10/31/2005 8:18 PM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

The breakfast in bed all starts when you have babies and you're parched with the thirst while you have a gulping baby stuck to your breast. The trick is to keep the hubby bringing the tea and orange well after the babies have grown up.

Regarding the sketch - I feel it's praise indeed from you as you're so good at this sort of subject matter.

The ink doesn't go through unless it's a Sharpie (but they go through anything) however the bumps and flecks of straw can affect the lines. I wouldn't use it if I was trying to create really clean lines and I certainly wouldn't use watercolour on it.

10/31/2005 8:52 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Julie,my husband brings me coffee and orange juice every morning, too. I find it hard to stay in bed once I'm awake,though,so he finds me wherever I am and gives them to me! I love your drawings, always. Such tremulous yet robust lines.

11/01/2005 10:34 AM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

Julie, you are a very lucky woman! My husband does not make me breakfast in bed but he does cook! Great drawing too! I love the hatching. Ink drawings can look so rich the don't need color!

11/01/2005 1:06 PM  
Blogger wolfwoman said...

Julie - That is a lovely sketch (pen & ink?) and your bedroom has a wonderful cozy feeling about it - looks like a room where the husband might make his wife breakfast in bed each morning!

11/01/2005 2:17 PM  
Blogger "Maggie" said...

Julie,

This illustration is so lovely and detailed. What a wonderful thing to wake up to every morning, not to mention orange slices and tea. I too am married to a Saint, well if not, he must be an ANGEL. :)

11/01/2005 11:49 PM  
Blogger pedalpower said...

I am so impressed...by the cozy room, the wonderful drawing and that you have a hubby who brings you breakfast in bed everyday! Now that's the way to live.

11/02/2005 1:30 AM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Laura, it is nice isn't it.
Lindsay, I tried colour with this one but decided it looked much better without
Wolfwoman, yes it's an ink pen (that's running out of ink).
Maggie, sometimes my husband's halo slips, but I do appreciate the regualr breakfast treat.
Pedalpower, this bedroom was one of the things I really liked about this house when we were house hunting

11/02/2005 10:24 AM  
Anonymous Long Suffering Robin said...

Lets tell the truth here. The praise is rather ironically phrased. But if I take it as praise methinks this is actually an apology after her outburst on Saturday night and my withdrawing breakfast services for two days.

A higher power has obviously been cross with her too, and sent retribution. However I will not steal her thunder, you no doubt will get the story as the Illustration Friday subject is aptly "Broken" this week.

Finally I'm not sure I'm too keen about her asking strangers into our bedroom. I'm amused to note our friends over the pond think it's cosy (cozy?!) which obviously means small. In the UK property is much more expensive, and what we have is all we can afford, there's six of us in three bedrooms! It's good conditioning for us for standing in queues, which we Brits do love to do when we can.

11/02/2005 11:59 AM  

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