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If Michelangelo had created a hand-drawn computer art puzzle game...

Explanation further down... or click either of these screenshots

I don't need to add anything, except to say that this excellent video will help you get started and rescue you from places where your brain simply gives up!

This unique, multi-award-winning game is a real treat.

If you like this, click the text above for more about Annie, and please visit Chaotiqual, from whose beautiful and interesting pages this comes.

Johanna Basford's work (see here) is well worth exploring.

Another item gratefully snaffled from the fine pages of batchbatcharak!

007sue writes:

“A great pastime... drew my little granddaughter while I was laid up in bed with flu... sort of LOL”...

Sue has many talents - check out her photography also!

One of many beautiful works by the Japanese artist Jun Kumaori (KMR) - thanks to Tortrix for this one!

The beautiful South African actress, film producer and former fashion model Charlize Theron

The beautiful Israeli model Bar Refaeli (and see my next post)

Fine drawings by the Oregon-based artist Michael W Ford

"Velvet Dress", a fine drawing by the Oregon-based artist Michael W Ford, whose other work is well worth checking out

Gratefully snaffled from the always-beautiful pages of my friend Chaotiqual

"Benzaiten", a fine art print by the Melbourne artist and illustrator Nadia Turner

("Benzaiten" is the Japanese name for the goddess Saraswati:

Goddess of Music, Poetry, Learning, & Art
River Goddess, Patron of Children, Protector of the Nation...
and a few other things!)

Thanks to Anne for this one!

Some very fine work with a graphite pencil by Linda Huber

Thanks for introducing me to this artist, Aline!

(Original post: August 27th, 2008)

A couple of days ago we visited the Craft and Design Fair at Wrest Park, and saw a full-size print of the above picture of Victoria Station, Manchester, by John S. Gibb, among many prints (and an original) being exhibited by the artist's wife.

The full-size print looks like a historical photograph, but it isn't: it's actually a pencil drawing that took 10 months to create. The artist's main tools are a .03 3H pencil (applied patiently in many layers to get darker tones) and two erasers, one for removing graphite to create white space, and one for correcting mistakes.

As we looked at the prints being exhibited we were amazed by the attention to detail and by the skill and knowledge that the artist possesses. The images shown here are poor, fuzzy substitutes for the real thing. Play the excellent video (right) to get a much better idea!

The pictures above are some of the prints currently available at John's web site. He charges a very modest amount for work that takes him so much time to produce.

The picture below is my own photo of a framed print of his American Screech Owl that we couldn't resist buying that day. It gives a (slightly) better idea of what his prints actually look like.

John Gibb was born in 1939 at Dalton-in-Furness on the edge of the English Lake District. He has been a keen mountaineer and (until a bad accident forced him to turn to art) skiier. He worked for a time as a lumberjack in Sweden, and as a seaman in the Norwegian Merchant Marine. He became a yacht master, on one occasion crossing the Atlantic under sail.

John Gibb seems to share many characteristics (not least an obsession for accurate detail in portraying what he loves) with another better-known figure of the Lake District, the late Alfred Wainwright, creator of the famous hand-written and hand-drawn guides to the Lake District (but that's another story).