Musician portrait 3: Keaton Henson
This portrait is inspired by both Keaton’s music and artwork.
daniel. west london. art. music. poetry. other things.'idneverdreamofit' was previously my illustration blog. Click here to be redirected!
My three zines so far:
The Blues - ‘A sorrowful scrapbook of sorts’. Mixed media work, old and new.
While Await Me Only Worms - A semi-fictitious, pencil-drawn collection of images based on the origins of halloween.
A Collection Of Work 2012-2014 - 16 of my favourite illustrations from the last two years.
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When I was at Berlin zoo there was this goat that walked around with its tongue out and occasionally licked this stump.
I took a shine to him and tried to take a selfie of us together but he headbutted me in the face.
I’ve never felt rejection like it… although… fair enough.
I’ve never done this before because I’m a bit uncertain about my music. I recorded this a few weeks back when it was raining really hard and listened back to it today and it’s the happiest I’ve been with a recording.
The song is essentially about priorities and the importance of looking back and thinking fondly of time spent - even if, at the time, a situation seems less than ideal.
Lyrics and music by me.
Feel free to give feedback!
Never underestimate the effect of telling an artist, musician, writer etc that you like their work if you do.
The most difficult thing about having skill or creativity-related goals is that people can’t teach or force passion. If you lack a passion for something you know you can be good at you can only keep surrounding yourself and involving yourself in that thing to bring the passion back.
That’s why creative blocks are so difficult to deal with and to overcome.
I feel like I probably had a creative block, or at least a lack of enthusiasm for art (or anything), between the ages of 17 and 20. I didn’t get out of that block until I started caring more about discovering artists and using social media to inspire myself. I bought a Moleskine because I wanted to force myself to draw; the price made me think that I’d rather sketch than waste money.
I started to upload my art online and the gradual positive response helped me gain back my enthusiasm.
The thing is that it was only really then that I realised all that I had missed out on by not pursuing my main interest properly. I didn’t do so well at A level or art foundation and that led me to be at a university which was by no means my first choice.
Essentially what I’m trying to say is that if you know, deep down, that you’re good at something or have the potential to do that thing then you need to find a real passion to make that something that drives you and fulfills you.
Every day you don’t work at it you’re one day behind where you could be and I know that sounds obvious but it’s something that I wish I properly realised so much sooner.
If you’re already driven then huge respect to you, don’t ever stop.
One of the problems with staying up working until 5AM
For three or four days in a row
Is that on the day when you want to go to bed at, say, 10
Your brain just says no
And though your lack of motivation for work or creativity
Is leaving you at a loss
And despite trying to regain it with bad, poorly rhyming poetry
Your brain won’t shut off