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365 Days of Paint Challenge 2018: Intro

December has been extremely slow, I have done some regularly paintings, but during Christmas I only feel like eating, drinking, sleeping and watching Tv. Now coming up to the New Year, having just quit my job in Dominos, I am very motivated to try and do a painting every single day this year, I’m thinking of having a theme for each month. It might be difficult as I am moving to Cardiff at the end of January. I may change my mind as I do this as I may not like being restricted to the one thing. We’ll

At the moment I have the flu and find it hard to do anything except sit up next to my laptop and type. So I have made a list of my monthly themes for my daily paintings:

January: Food

February: Flowers

March: Birds

April: Dogs

May: Cats

June: Human

July: Patterns

August: Still Life

September: Mythology

October: Autumn

November: Expression

December: Comfort

If anyone has any suggestions let me know, I might change them.

Blog, Digital

Digital Doodles #1

As some of you may know, I have been trying to teach myself some Photoshop skills. There is a lot for me to learn. I only know the basics and I have been practicing with my ancient wacom tablet I got 6 years ago. This blog post isn’t anything flashy to show off skill, but more of a way for me to record how I am doing, so I can look back and compare when I become a pro.

I know I’ve been getting a lot more positive responses from my traditional art, but I have a really strong feeling that if I want to make any sort of career as an illustrator, I need to be able to use Photoshop professionally. According to my online research it would be a lot better to use illustrator, but I think I’ll wait until I have a well paying job.
The first page of Tom Price’s comic was my first experimental work with Photoshop. It took me a while, but I find it really taught me some skills with drawing on Photoshop. Although it is also a reminder that I can only work confidently on black and white, I feel no strong connection with colour and find it really hard to work with. That is something I am currently working on.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other pieces I have been working on  Continue reading “Digital Doodles #1”

Blog, watercolours

Week 3: Australiana

I’m a bit late on posting this, considering I finished the piece a few days ago. So I have to settle for posting it on Paddy’s Day, which means no one will be reading it.
So the topic for this week is Australiana. To be honest I don’t know anything about Australia, just that everything that lives there wants to kill you! I had the idea of drawing spiders or the mythological “drop bear”, but then I thought I’d be very stereotypical and drew a Kangaroo. They are literally Australia’s least scary mascot… Well they could probably punch you to death… Now I’m going to have nightmares about that, hence why I never want to go to Australia.

 

Australiana Original ink work

So above is my Australiana kangaroo, I used a lot of ink, some salt on the background then I added a few drops of white acrylic paint to make it look starry. The next two images are my Photo-shopped versions that I like better than the original. Continue reading “Week 3: Australiana”

Blog, Digital

Week 1: Whimsy

 

Wizard of Whimsy, Photoshop and ink.

I googled the word whimsy and read it over and over again, still don’t know the real meaning behind it. I just got that it means quaint or something. Anyway I took my own meaning to it and applied it to my art by just drawing what popped into my head. Its a wizard staring into a colourful orb. I’m not superstitious, but it’s nice to think of creativity as a magical link in the mind to some other world, that’s what this art work means to me anyway. It was made from a pen drawing originally, I drew it from my mind, though I did slightly copied Gandalfs hat with a few alterations. After I drew it, the drawing was scanned and I coloured it in on Photoshop. I’m really enjoying learning new more about digital art, but it doesn’t seem to be getting as much of a response as my traditional art. I still want to improve my skills on Photoshop regardless of what people prefer.

Enough rambling. Let me know what you think! Leave a like and follow!

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52 Week Illustration Challenge

As I may have mentioned before, I am trying to get more into illustration. The problem I’ve been having is getting motivated, (hence why I haven’t posted in a while) and I can never think of anything to draw. I’m new to illustration, I don’t know whether I should study it from scratch, do a Masters in Illustration or work on my skills and be confident that my background in Fine Art will guide me. I have already started some drawings and mixed media studies, which I found very satisfying, but I then I get art block and go days without any inspiration. I work better when there is something pushing me to complete a task. That is why I will be doing the 52 Week Illustration Challenge!

The challenge was founded my Tania McCartney and it is something that a lot of people have gotten into since January (so I’m a little bit behind). I’ll be starting it tomorrow and using Photoshop and traditional art. I will also post my progress weekly!

  1. Whimsy
  2. Feathered animals
  3. Australiana
  4. Ode to favourite children’s book
  5. Peacock
  6. Garden
  7. Botanical
  8. Pastel
  9. Baking
  10. Weekend
  11. Cat
  12. Spring
  13. Cinema
  14. Surprise
  15. Adventure
  16. Experiment
  17. Long haired animal
  18. Rain clouds
  19. Music
  20. Collector
  21. Red
  22. My favourite thing
  23. Texture
  24. Collage
  25. The Past
  26. San Fransisco
  27. Zoo
  28. Growth
  29. Swing
  30. Home
  31. Tools
  32. Secret
  33. Sadness
  34. Deep
  35. Ink
  36. Printing
  37. Queen
  38. Tree house
  39. Grandkids
  40. Rope
  41. Bookshop
  42. Door
  43. Friend
  44. Delicious
  45. Homage to favourite artist
  46. Pencil
  47. Reptile
  48. Africa
  49. Purple
  50. Window
  51. Reflection
  52. Celebrate