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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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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More Water-Subjects…

These water scenes are dominating my (spare) painting time lately, I want to paint more and more. I adore the process of looking into the reference shots and making sense of the chaotic patterning. Having fun!

watercolour on Arches hot press 6 1/2 x 6 1/2″

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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…

Complimentary Copies…

…Are the best!

I received my 12 complimentary copies of the new and improved (larger, updated) version of my ‘The Fantasy Artroom’ ‘How To’ fantasy art book today, a day after my birthday, what a superb gift! Happy is an understatement…

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Copies are available from Amazon.com, the Book Depository, From Dover Publications, or your local book retailer….

 

Small Paintings…

This is how I make so much more progress in such a short space of time. These small paintings help to try out new things in a sort of ‘no pressure’ situation. Rather than working on huge masterpieces, I find it helps to have a few smaller works (these are approx. 7 x 9″ each) and try out new mediums, new subject matter and new techniques, the results are often surprising and really help your work in the long run.

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Small Rocks…

When my sons were very young, they used to collect stones for me, as a sort of love gesture, I saved many of them and kept them in tubs. I pulled out a few out earlier today and painted them, great subjects for finding the hidden little nuances that you wouldn’t normally pay attention to (as with the shells (posted earlier)) each stone is unique…

Recommended.

watercolour on parchment paper 8 1/4 x 11 3/4″

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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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Figure Drawing Warmups…

I’ll be focusing a lot on figure drawing and painting soon. Whilst I’m working on commissioned stuff, I make sure I warm up (and down) with as much sketching and drawing of the human figure as I can. Here’s a recent one…

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More Dolphins…

Have a few ideas bouncing around in my brain based on the Dolphin painting I’m currently working on. Just familiarising myself with the way they move (etc). I love drawing these beautiful creatures…

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New Doodlings…

It’s the school holidays and yesterday I took the kids to one of those indoor playground thingies. The kids always have a great time and I usually take my sketchbook along, here’s what I came up with…
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At the end of the day, the kids went to bed and I spent a little while adding inks to it, still not finished, but you can see where it’s heading…

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These sketches may end up in a volume of my sketches for 2014…

Special Offer…

Hi all, I’m currently in the early throes of marketing the Fantasy Artroom book and to mark the occasion, I’d like to make special offer of making a sketch inside each copy of the book purchased within the next month. This offer is extended to anyone who mentions that they saw this post.
the cost of the book (including postage) is $30.00 (Australian) to Australian residents and $35.00 (Australian) to anywhere else in the world.

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