derek des anges


noises from my head and projects from my mighty fists


“Aren’t you meant to be plotting a novel right now?”


“Don’t you have a manuscript to edit?”

I just finished a pass, let me have five minutes.

“You’ve had rather more than f–”


I made an art. You can buy prints, if you are absolutely desperate to own a print of a bowl of rice rather than an actual bowl of rice. Personally, I would rather have the rice, but I’m very hungry. This particular rice was consumed after an exhaustive examination of the Tate Britain’s long-awaited & hotly-anticipated Queer British Art: 1861 – 1967. I should probably have an opinion on that, on here, at length, but to be honest I feel that drawing a bowl of rice is less contentious and contributes more to the world than me bellyaching about minor details in what is, regardless of my fussing and personal preferences, a splendid step in the right direction regarding the inclusion of queer history.

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New Prints/Art Finished

I am a slow worker, but at least the recent dissolution of my laptop’s functioning parts (since resolved) gave me the impetus to spend a while working on some old line art:

Victoria and Albert Museum Panorama

(A print on here might be easier to see).

The Real Greek, South Bank

The print.

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Sketchdump: Eastern Promises & Faunogeddon

Emphasis very heavily on the “sketch” this time: occasionally I like to take a photo or screencap and blow it up until the image is no longer distinguishable, and then just trace areas of major colour change, and then shrink it back down to see if it is a coherent picture. This time a screenshot from Eastern Promises (2007, dir. David Cronenberg, starring Naomi Watts, Viggo Mortensen, and Vincent Cassel).

Screenshot possibly constitutes a spoiler if you can actually decipher it.

Then on to drawing from a statue, this time Emmanuel Frémiet’s Pan and Bear Cubs, which people have very obligingly photographed from a variety of angles (I can’t go and look at it myself as it’s in the Musée d’Orsay and my travelcard only goes to zone 3):

I did actually try one from the front as well but it turns out I am a lot better at drawing dainty goat legs than I am at drawing a) bears and b) human faces, which has troubling implications. Pan ended up looking somewhat cross-eyed and a little piqued and the bear looked as if it had just crash-landed from Jupiter, so I shall not be posting that  one!

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Art Post: Neon Whateverland.

It’s probably best if we don’t go into why or how I did this.

but if you are mental enough to want to turn it into a postcard you can click on it.

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Sketchdump: First of 2014

I have knackered my hand doing heraldic embroidery because split-stitch is hard, velvet is tricky, I am using metallic threads in some sort of masochistic act of virulent subconscious self-hatred, and so I have been forced to take a break by my thumb joint and whichever flexor or thing it is that makes the thumb do what thumbs do. Oppose, I suppose. It is certainly a very oppositional thumb at the moment.

My capacity for idleness being very small in the face of no obligations (and infinite in the face of deadlines, like everyone else), I went and kicked my desktop until it would run Photoshop, a task it is not really up to due to having about as much RAM as a 1980s pocket calculator, and then I drew some things.

Please bear in mind that while they are horrible, at least part of their horribleness is as a result of having an enormous lag between the movement of the WACOM pen and the appearance of a line on screen.

That *is* a penis but frankly it’s too small and indistinct for anyone to get up in arms about.

This one at least turned out better than expected.

En fin, there is this racy number which again, is mostly kissing and a tiny bit of penis, but you probably shouldn’t look at it if you are in school. Or working somewhere strict. Or under 18.

All painstakingly scratched out using a WACOM Bamboo tablet and Photoshop CS2 running on a computer that was possibly built by a crew of flying monkeys.

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Art Post: Persephone’s Performance

The story of Persephone and Hades is open to a variety of interpretations. I’ve written a sestina taking the approach of Persephone as a girl who falls in with her junkie boyfriend; you can use Hades as a stand-in for a lot of things, or you can approach it as others have done, as a willing escape from a less-than-perfect situation (something I used as the basis of a poem about Ganymede last month).

So far I’ve already used Persephone’s name for a close-up of a pomegranate. So I thought I’d have a little bash at Persephone taking her seeds with pleasure.

Persephone’s Performance: click for prints.

Finding reference of the specific pose I wanted was impossible, and this second-best was only achieved by finding a .gif of pornography and then taking the frame. I am quite sure that if I was any good at intuitively determining the correct search terms for reference archives, I would be a lot better at finding good reference images. As it stands, I used a low-quality .gif and the idea of Persephone’s acceptance of the seeds as a pornographic performance sprang from the reference material, so it wasn’t entirely a bad diversion.

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Art Post: Moonlight Study

Spending all day typing = do not want to type at night, meaning my already flagging interest in writing is waning further and further.

Here, have a picture of a dude with some moon behind him.

Click for prints

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Art Post: Cernnunos amid the bluebells.

And by “bluebells” I mean “blue blurs”. I had tremendous fun with the colours on this, especially creating a kind of otherworldly brush for the shadows and highlights.

Click on image for the redbubble page.

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Art Dump: Statues

As snow does for my mood what it does for the national railways, all productivity ceased the other day and I skulked around my flat listening to Howard Goodall talking about Mozart (and swearing, because I don’t like Mozart) until I was in enough of a good mood to cheer myself up by drawing silly pictures of statues:

Not actually a statue

Alexander the Great

“The Sluggard” (Frederic, Lord Leighton) plus grumpy caption

Michelangelo’s David, plus acoutrements

Aside from demonstrating a) my weird obsession with doing line art in dark red and b) that I should never be allowed either to talk to people on Twitter (whence springs the David) or to use Photoshop, the last came out quite well, so I put it on a t-shirt.

Fabulous Pop Art Drag David by delilahdesanges

Click on it to buy it or see the image properly

We shall just have to hope that I can get my writing groove back on or there will be more of this nonsense.

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Art Post: Drawing because I have nothing to say

Take heed of the title, oh ye mighty, and heave a sigh of relief. I’m just here to prod some more scribbles at the internet and then go away and ruminate a little longer.

I got fed up by the time I got to the background.

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