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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Bins…

I liked this drawing from a few months ago, thought I’d tighten things up with some scratchy line art…

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Release…

3d_smlworking out ideas for a new painting. I made a series of paintings last year based on the same theme and enjoyed it so much I’m going to do more…

Many thanks to the very lovely

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for the use of the reference photos…

Page Three…

Really enjoying this stuff right now and very happy with how they’re coming together. Here’s the latest one (that great big white area in the middle has been left for text btw)…

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Pals.

Another drawing for the children’s illustration portfolio I’m compiling to find some work. Having a great time with these 🙂

*see recent posts for more samples…

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Trying Out A New Technique…

ottersbythewater_newtechnique1_smlPencils are pencils, inks are inks, digital is…erm… digital. Trying a 100% digital approach to achieve a ‘traditional’. ‘Why?’ you may ask… Speed. plain and simple. I’m fond of drawing these Critters but they have to fit around other stuff I have on the go.  I also think this approach would also work for book illustrations, when speed is of the essence, time is money, etcetc…

Critters…

It’s been a very productive week or so and these critter drawings have (almost) been drawing themselves. I found my ‘line art’ voice again after working  in acrylic and oil for most of last year- hope this bodes well for what the New Year will bring creatively. Will soon be looking to find a way to let these out into the world as prints…

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Portal…

It was my birthday today, a strange sort of day as birthdays go… I went to bed early last night and had a series of visions that thankfully I made a note of. Here’s one of the images I saw:

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Chickens…

chickens3_smlI’ve been drawing a LOT of birds lately. I recently had the good fortune to study and photograph some chickens, wonderful creatures, amazing to watch them in action and great fun to draw, love their body language and the challenge of finding the right ‘lines’.

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Stairs…

Here’s a quick sketch I made today, I’ve been carrying this image in my head all day and needed to get it down, I don’t think I’ve nailed it yet, will have a few more goes but here’s what I have so far…

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Earthmother…

Because it’s time to post such things…

I drew this one 12-13 years ago, I’ve always been a little fond of it. Will definitely redraw it someday, but this is how it stands right now…

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