From Pencils To Inks…

I’m often asked how I do what I do… Artists’, we get that a lot, right? I happily let people know that there are no magic wands involved and that the process usually employs only a little elbow grease, a jot of focus and the ability to apply oneself.

As a teacher, it’s ultra important for me, that my students understand this…

Here’s a drawing from a couple of years ago and the three-step-process I took to achieve the final (inked) version:

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Into The Woods…

Really enjoying this stage I’m at with this project, my favourite part is the realisation, the ‘fleshing out’ of ideas, making the characters work, the environment, the mood… Exciting stuff!

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Vampire…

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I created this character for a couple of kids in the library who began by looking over my shoulder as I was drawing, by the end of it, they were throwing ideas at me. Kids are far more imaginative than I, of course…

Paper Planes…

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Hide And Seek. Steps…

Thought I’d simplify things this morning. I began this idea yesterday and felt obliged to see it through to completion. Here’s how it came into being…

 

  1. The rough idea. Just scribbling the elements of the image down, letting it happen…

badgers hide and seek2_smlTightening things up a little, also thinking in terms of tone…

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Taking the overall thing a few steps further. The image is tightening up a lot more, giving me more to work with and the direction of the overall image…

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Here’s how things look before I begin adding the colour in photoshop. I knew I didn’t want any cross-hatching or any elaborate linework so, keeping things as simple as possible…

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And here’s how things ended up…

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The Meeting Place…

whale and dolphins7_smlWhere the land meets the sea. One from yesterday. I often think of the mess we’re making in our oceans and how the ocean dwellers have to deal said mess. We’re doing the same to our land too and it’s our children who have to deal with it. Here. we have innocents of both land and sea, completely trusting one another, lovingly…

A Tortoise And A Hare…

Life’s sort of unfolding at a strange pace right now, I feel full of creative energy, overflowing almost yet the Universe seems to be wanting to hold me in some kind of meditative state, to reflect and grow, must have channelled this particular image because I didn’t  consciously create it…

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Aussies…

Have been working on this one today, thoroughly enjoying the process of working on these samples as it’s been a while since I worked on any children’s illustrations. Would LOVE to get a book illustration gig working on a book of Aussie characters like these guys…

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Salvaging A Failed Painting…

As an artist is always learning at whatever stage of the game, it stands to reason there’ll be a few screwed up pieces of paper and unfinished canvases along the way. This one was almost 5 feet tall when I worked on it, I tried to get it right but it simply wasn’t having a bar of it. I’ve been through this a couple of thousand times or more over the years so naturally, thought nothing of it. Luckily I thought to take a photo of it before I painted over it, and equally lucky that I know my way around a Wacom tablet and painting software. I salvaged it with very little work and I’m happy as a result.

A win.

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Here’s the ‘before’ (abandoned) version…

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In Progress…

I’m enjoying working with watercolour at the moment, but finding scanning/taking working pics increasingly frustrating. With this one, I scanned the original  art  in and am finishing it off digitally. I’m not a fan of the digital ‘look’, all that slick, shiny stuff doesn’t do it for me personally. It’s always my goal to have my art, whether trad. or digital, have something of an organic look about it.

here I’m adding the line work in Sketchbook Pro. Great program, very intuitive…

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Being Superhuman, Is wearing thin…

I’m a creative individual. Actually, I’m a VERY creative individual. I have ideas and abilities, never a shortage of inspiration, usually I act on them. Right now, I’m beat, wiped out. Recent situations and life circumstances have worn me down and forced me to take a long hard look at my life and the way I’m leading it. I’m letting my muse go on her much needed holiday, I think I’ll take one too. I can’t remember that last time I just did nothing for the sake of it. I used to be an expert at it. My plan is to finish up my commissioned work and sit and do nothing for as long as I can, then go out and buy some canvases and paint until my heart’s content and make my muse long for her next break (chuckles).

here’s something I’m working on digitally right now, I intend to paint this using acrylics or oils soon…

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