I was just sorting through my craft box (long overdue) I found my karisma colours. I’m so happy. Not only are these the nicest pencils to draw with but these mean a lot to me. When I was studying my art Alevel I was working every night and all weekend to support myself, which I don’t resent or regret but it meant my artwork was suffering. My art teacher, Mrs Halstead kept me back one evening and told me I needed to slow down (I wasn’t managing my mania/depression well at the time and she saw that in me) I explained there was no way my mum could afford for me to be studying without me working as well. Anyway a few weeks later things got too much and I took an overdose - she found me in the school chapel passing in and out of conciseness - she knew what my mum was going through and despite risking her job she came to hospital with me and didn’t get my mum involved. That night she told me she had faith in me - she saw something in me which I had to keep fighting for. Once I recovered and went back into school she arranged for me to make up the canvases for other students in exchange for my own canvases to save me some money. I managed to cut down the hours at my job to just weekends and spent all my spare time in the studio above the art rooms pouring myself into my work. One evening she came in and gave me these along with a little sketch book - it meant the world to me. She meant the world to me. To this day her support is to blame for my creativity.
Shelter sketches by Henry Moore during 1940-41 in the London underground during the blitz, these sketches had such a massive impact on me when I was an art student aged 16. I was somewhat obsessed with the second world war anyway and these were in my same style of scratchy charcoal sketch. I did hundreds of studies of them. These are just a few of my favourites x