Refining Roughs…

28-29_stepsAnother one for the Pirate book I’m currently working on… Taking the initial thumbnail to a more finished level here. Not done yet of course, I just wanted to throw some colours over the top of the middle sketch to have a good idea of where I’ll be going when it comes to the final art. All of these steps make the transition to the finished illustrations a lot easier and it’s well worth taking the extra time to see these steps through…

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A Mouse On A Makeshift Raft…

I spent a few months last year playing with animated ideas. If you look at earlier posts you’ll see a whole heap of backgrounds I created for the project. It was/is my intention to bring my character Finn MacNiall to life. It was a bit of a learning curve to bring things up to this level and I learned a whole lot on a short space time, of course there’s room for improvement but if things are fun you don’t mind the extra work involved. This one of my earlier efforts, I see this one as a bit of a breakthrough (ie earlier efforts were crappier ūüôā

You might have to reduce your browser window to see it properly. For some reason Facebook videos load oddly…

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Some Progress…

I’ve been scratching away at this one for 2-3 years. And recently scanned in the original acrylic/oil painting and continued working on it digitally. It’s close but not quite finished yet. Here it is as it stands right now….

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Bee – A Work In Progress…

The first painting of the new year before things get moving (I’m anticipating a very busy year ahead), currently enjoying some space and the luxury of no stress, last year was a howler and I’m glad to see it’s arse as it disappears from my sight…

Here’s how things are looking so far. Acrylic/oil on panel 10 x 12″

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Exhibition Time…

Soooo…. my exhibition is off to a flying start. So many lovely people all in one place on the opening day, made some sales, some new friends, talked art and life, stayed cool in the air conditioning… It’s been a wonderful couple of days. Will be open all week (Mon-Fri) 10 -5pm if you’re in the neighbourhood come and say Hi…

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Exhibition Time…

This Saturday 11th Feb2pm and for the following week thereafter at the Able Gallery, Loganlea, Brisbane.

will be showing my new ‘Logan-Through The Eyes of an English Man’ art and a whole lot of personal drawings and paintings. Most will be offered up for sale. Feel free to come along…

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…

Winged Fantasy…

Just received complimentary copies of my new colouring book from Dover Publications (NY). Very happy with how these have turned out!

Available from Amazon.com, Book Depository, Dover Publications themselves  and all good book stores!

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Library Sketchings…

My apologies for the sporadic posts, I’ve been working my way through a project I have on the go and it’s taking up a LOT of my time, in a good way, of course. You can see what I’ve been up to HERE

In the meantime, here are a few sketches I made at the library a week or so ago, horses are a huge challenge for me, what better way is there to improve your drawing than drawing those things you find hard… bloody hard…

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And for those who aren’t aware, my new book, ‘The Fantasy Artroom’ published by that superb art book publisher Dover Publications, is available from all good book stores, amazon.com and The Book Depository, get your copy now….

Tonalist Sunset…

I’ve become very interested in a tonalist approach to painting, and to be honest, I feel I’ve been applying many of it’s philosophies throughout my time painting. As much as I love detail sometimes, the pure bliss of laying colours down this way really appeals to me. The work of the American Landscape master George Inness has really knocked me on my bum. The guy was incredible, a fellow Taurus and more importantly, a truth seeker, a seeker of life’s mysteries… his work and his unique approach to life really moves me. I expect to be making a lot of paintings in this manner in the future.

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8 1/4 x 11 3/4″

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Abstract Stuff…

I’m not really known for this sort of thing (mainly because I don’t do a whole lot of it I suspect)¬†– I wanted to try something different from my normal sort of thing, So, here’s what happened…

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‘From A Distance’

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‘Manifestation’

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‘Overflowing’

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‘Pulse’

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‘Mindscape’

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‘Breaking Down The Walls’

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Carn Brae- watercolours

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I’ve been messing around with the watercolours for a week or so, will upload more soon, in the meantime, here are a couple of very small watercolour paintings from last year based on photos from my UK trip.

Carn Brae-Cornwall.

Approx. 2 1/2″ or so…

The Stream- Update…

I haven’t posted the progress of this one here for a while. Here’s how it’s looking right now. I tried to have it finished for Christmas¬†(it’s a gift for somebody) but I didn’t make that deadline. Still, it’s coming together nicely, shouldn’t be too much longer…

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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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Merry Christmas!

And thank you all for your interest this past year. Hope your festive season, however you celebrate it is wonderful and may 2016 bring you all you want and need. My kindest regards to you and your family x

ps, feel free to use this card for emailed Christmas wishes…

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Fairy Wrens…

Australia has some truly¬†beautiful birds, but these little Wrens have captured my heart, I enjoy watching them, drawing them and painting them, love their busy-ness, their character, they’re always on the go and highly entertaining. I painted these three watercolours over the past 2-3 days, they’ve inspired me…

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Taking A Break…

Tweeting and Fakebooking and pinning and all that other stuff. I’ve suffered with a sensory overload and am backing off for a while.

I’ve connected my wordpress site with my Fakebook page so people can view my art and other goings on. I’d like to limit the amount of time I spend on these sites but hopefully will be somewhat filling the void I’d (apparently) leave if I quit the pages altogether.

Many thanks to friends and followers for their comments, they mean a lot, each and every one of them was taken onboard. A big thank you particularly, to those who suggested I may be able to post from afar, so I’ve chosen to do it via this blog. Makes sense, don’t know why I didn’t do it before.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

Thank You…

Just wanted to say a great big thank you to all the people who’ve continued to check my work out despite me not being around just lately, I’ve a few things on that aren’t allowing me the time to sketch and blog as I’d like, I’ll be back at it again soon.

Meanwhile, here’s some cover art I painted last year for a new book by Cassandra Eason, published by Llewellyn Worldwide. Available now. (Can’t wait to read this one!)

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Old Posts…

I’ve been so very inspired lately, so inspired in fact, that much of my older work is hanging over me like some dark cloud that keeps on raining. So I’ve been through my website, been through my blog here and taken down all the pieces that no longer serve me. My apologies to those people who find what I’ve just done a tad offensive, but one has to do what one has to do- so I did what I did. (chuckles).

There’ll be much more art, the flavour may change a little but it’ll still be just me, drawing and painting, as I do, just with more care, and of a higher quality. Stick around….