© Michael Nobbs, 2004.
Used with permission
I've never joined a web ring before
but I thought I'd make an exception for Blogs
Illustrated, which, according to Madge
(a.k.a. 'Majolica Webb', see link below), is:
the first (don't quote me) blog ring specifically for blogs written/run
by artists and illustrators, amateur or professional, who illustrate
their blogs/lives with their own work, . . . using their blog
not just as a gallery for their work, but using their work to
do the blogging.
There's work from artists I've already met, ranging from the energetic
Everyday Matters of New Yorker Danny
Gregory to the relaxed west coast sketchbooks of Karen
Nearer to home, on the west coast of Wales, former abstract painter,
writes that he 'was diagnosed with ME/CFS. He tried very hard to
get better. Now he's decided not to try so hard and just to try
and live a life. Even if it does look rather small and insignificant
at least it's his.'
In her Pomegranates
and Paper Loretta worries that her journal
is turning 'into a run-of-the-mill what I ate for breakfast blog.'
Then she includes this drawing of breakfast at Nonnies Country
think that's what keeping a sketchbook, a drawing journal or a weblog
is all about: seeing the extraordinary in our 'small and insignificant'
Breakfast has never looked so beautiful.
To see if you qualify to join the Blogs Illustrated web ring
Madge asks you to answer a few simple questions:
Is your site a blog/weblog/journal?
Do you put pictures in your blog?
you generate/create/paint/draw/collage/sculpt those pictures yourself?
Is your work original?
Do you update your site regularly with new work?
So far, so good, then comes the killer question:
Do you now, or have you ever, included elves, pixies
or dragons in you blog?
The Lady of the Rings
Actually she doesn't ask question 6 but I thought I'd put in the gratuitously
pixilated person anyway (she'll hate him!).
'What we're trying to say,' she explains, 'is that MANGA, ANIME or FANTASY
(middle earth, elves, dragons) won't really fit this web ring : We don't
have anything against it per se, but all of these different genres are
already very very well covered elsewhere in hundreds of other rings. PLEASE
don't take this the wrong way, it's just not what this ring is about.'
Ite drawn by Madge's alter-ego, Majolica Webb
Richard Bell, firstname.lastname@example.org