Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
There was seriously a woman in the most bizarre conical hat, a very redcap- or gnome-like hat, except it was cream with navy stripes, wearing a top and trainers of matching sky blue. She looked just like a particularly dorky elf. So I drew the tree she was standing under so she'd feel at home.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Was looking around the net for something to draw for today's post and came across a lovely photo of a rose with a spider on it, which I got from this amazing photography blog.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Mostly gouache and pens and magazine clippings. Also, in no order: pastel crayons, watercolour pencils, gesso, markers, ink, leaky biros, acrylic paint, screen transfers, and tea.
This window was a rubber stamp.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Computer trouble + bad install of scanner driver = crappy Photo Booth pictures. But I haven't posted for a while and I didn't want you to think I'd been lazy.
Some vintage- style illustrations I've been doing, using Pentel brush pen and something really amazing from a company called Blue Heron, which I will post about soon.
I really liked painting the butterfly dress.
One that looks like my friend Monique.
Anyway, I will figure this new OS out and hopefully get some decent scans in soon.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
And here's the 'self-published' book cover version, hahaha. There's a reason designer and illustrator are two different jobs, I'm afraid.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Visually it has more in common with Kolniður, which I'm told means 'pitch black' or 'deep dark blackness'. But I love the slow, sweet sound of Hengilás, and the fact that it's the last track makes it feel like an ending.
Again I used Quink for the water, with bleach (see my messy setup above). I used coffee for the background, leaving out the Mermaid's body to make it glow. I used Higgins for the night sky; may sprinkle some stars on it later. I used a cup of bleach and a paintbrush to make a more directed spatter rather than the more-or-less even spray I've been using so far, to create the effect of dissolving in foam.
(Warning: do not use a paintbrush you like for this kind of job. Use a cheap nylon or hog's-hair one that you don't mind getting damaged. Because it will be. And wash the brush, and the cup, and your hands, thoroughly with soap right after doing this. Bleach is not a nice material. It eats things, especially soft things like brush bristles and your flesh.)
Close-up below. A lucky stain made it look like she was crying. I wanted her to forget the heartache she had over the Prince (worthless bastard) and just remember dancing. It was the only way she had to express herself, and even with the knifelike pain in her feet she loved to dance.
So in the dark water she can feel herself going, but the patterns of the foam are beautiful and there's no more pain. She moves her legs with perfect grace and rolls with the ocean current and watches the bubbles trail away from her limbs. Her last tears are for joy.
Painting the Mermaid next, watch this space.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Next I added a grey wash of watered-down Higgins india ink as a base for the wolf and the sky. Not pictured is the second part of this process: I painted the mountains with a wash of Prang blue and blue-green watercolour, mixed with a few drops of Quink and also thinned out with water.
I used black and brown Cretacolor water-soluble pencils for the wolf, and Prang in various saturations for the Prince.
I wanted the birds to be magical constructs instead of real birds, so I gave them a yellow glow with a white heart. Some birds (my favorites *koff*) seem to glow a little brighter.
They are pouring out like the Prince's thoughts and hopes and streaming out into the world... the song goes:
You and sunrise will never fall under
We should always know that we can do anything
Saturday, May 14, 2011
I did a lot of research for this one. I searched for images of specific birds flying (Thank you, Google!): swallow, nightjar, starling, widgeon, peregrine, kestrel, swan. I copied a few flight poses, and got the general shape of it after a while. I really enjoyed creating the variations of miscellaneous flying birds!
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Those of you still following my Notes on Facebook, or this blog on Tumblr, may have noticed the first post of something I've decided to call 'Thinking with Your Hands'. I'm not presuming to tell people HOW to DO ART; I'll share some pieces I'm proud of (and maybe some I'm not) and explain how I did them and what I enjoyed or struggled with in the process.
So you'll see more posts of this kind floating in; let me know if you liked them or what other art-related things you'd like me to bring up.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
This post has nudity, so I'm putting it under a cut. I know, the last post did too, but it was very sketchy. This one has bright watercolour female nudity, so behind the jump-cut curtain it goes!
Saturday, April 30, 2011
I'm fully documenting the process as a journaling experiment, for various reasons. Here's the first painting, which I was working on today.
It only occurs to me now that I should have taken a photo for every step of the process. But I was so hung up on not having a computer with which to scan my work, that it never occurred to me. Hopefully this hindsight helps me become more solution-oriented!
Fortunately now I've borrowed a computer, so I have some visual aids for my notes. This is going to be long and image-heavy, so I've put it behind a cut. Read on if you're curious about the process.