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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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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Of Mice and…

I haven’t drawn my little mouse ‘Finn MacNiall’, for a while, going to open up the box and see what happens- I need something to sink my teeth into and this little guy is currently squeeking up. More to follow…

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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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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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Nuts

I knew there was a critter missing from this merry band. Was going through my reference photos this morning and saw my Squirrel folder. Will draw this character some more…

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More Cards…

Been scratching away at these in my spare time, REALLY enjoying working with line art for the first time in a long while.

Here’s the 4 of cups as I see it…

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Here’s how ‘The Magician’ is shaping up so far…

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On The Run…

been working on more Finn MacNiall stuff for my VALIANT project. Here’s Finn, on the run…

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And I wanted to try something out, using watercolours, looking for a style that also involves some linework. (apologies for the scan)

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VALIANT…

I’ve been dusting off my old Finn MacNiall drawing skills (character from my VALIANT project). Had a chat with the writer, hopefully, we’ll be onto this soon. It’s been far too long…

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Roots- Lots of Roots…

Finished this one.

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I’ve also uploaded the before and after shot. You can see that I literally ‘drew’ with the ink. Lots of fun, a little scary, but worth the challenge…

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(apologies for the watermark, some people can’t be trusted)

Finished Inks…

Had a busy day today at the brilliant CYA conference. Thoroughly enjoyed presenting the ‘Crowd Funding’ session and teaching a great class of keen artists.

Returned home all pumped up after so much energy flying around. managed to finish this one off. Really enjoying using pen and ink at the moment.

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Crow Girl…

I’ve just been commissioned to redraw one of my old drawings. Enjoyed this very much as I haven’t done much in pen and ink for a very long time…It was originally based on CDL’s Crow Girls, in case anybody asks 🙂

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The Fantasy Artroom- Sample Pages….

I’m currently in the process of laying out ‘The Fantasy Artroom’, my successfully #funded #Kickstarter project:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/832625400/the-fantasy-artroom

We still have ten days #funding to go and I thought it’d be appropriate to add a couple of interior pages so people can view them, find out what all the book is all about.

**Note** Backers of a hard copy of the book now receive an #exclusive print, (see previous post)…And if we hit the stretch goals, there’ll be another one, please feel free to pass the news on to anyone who you feel would be interested!

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The Fantasy Artroom KIckstarter Is On A Roll…

After a day, the pledges have begun rolling in…. If you’d like to be involved, please repost the links, pledge, share to your Facebook wall (etc), every little helps. The book is being developed for beginner to intermediate students who love fantasy art, but not limited to fantasy art. he techniques in the book will be useful across a whole range of genres and the mediums covered are pencil, pen and ink and watercolour.
Click on the video below to find out more.

Thanks, In Advance!

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