This first one came together from several drawings scattered throughout my sketch book. They were drawn in ink and then digitally coloured. Getting the right balance between the individual panels of insects interiorly and exteriorly took a lot longer than I expected it to take.
This second one should need no introduction. There was something inside nagging at me to produce a 'The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe' image, inspired by C.S.Lewis's classic story.
For something completely different, these birds of paradise were painted from life, with acrylic on paper and without my own brushes. That's what happens when you go down to your local library and attend an art workshop you haven't attended before.
This last image, done with ink and Copic markers, was the result of finally getting some paper that the markers wouldn't bleed through, and going for a walk and seeing a most unusual tree.
There are several religious images I've completed, but they can wait until next time.
These are from Week 34 to Week 37 #illo52weeks.
The theme for Week 34 was Deep, and because I felt a need to mix things up a bit I scanned a sketch into the computer and then used Photoshop to build the image. This intelligent deep sea creature is the result:
For week 35 the theme was Bucket List. I don't have one of those yet, so I thought about others who might have trouble choosing. Again I sketched first, and spent even more hours on Photoshop. Here he is. His bags are packed, and the taxi is waiting outside for him. But where of all the places to go on his bucket list, should he go? His solution is a blindfold and a 'pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey' type pin.
Week 36's theme was Printing. There were several ways to go with this one, but I decided to go with the blocks of type-set letters that were used before printing text became electronic. For this one I went back to ink and watercolour.
Week 37's theme of Queen could have gone in many different directions too. But my inspiration was drawn to build on Lewis Carroll's character, mine being a bit more regal and less likely to yell 'off with his head'.
This is the kind of stuff that I like to do, bringing ideas and images to life in a variety of ways. What I don't know how to do is make a living by doing it. I have gone down many paths that have proved to be dead ends. If you can see an untried new path for me to explore, please get in contact.
The end is in sight. This is the sixth and final set of artworks for assessment to the London Art College's correspondence course D6 Illustrating Children's Books.
Of the set, the first part is a smaller project, which was an exercise in faces and shapes.
The brief went something like this:
Draw a series of rough geometic shapes: a circle, an oval, an up pointing triangle, a down pointing triangle, a square, a rectangle and a long U shape. Create faces from these shapes. Use exaggerated expressions. Experiment with colour, materials and types of line.
To get the experimentation right, I wrote out a list of methods.
Nib ink with minimum detail
Pen ink with more detail
Nib ink with watercolour
Pen ink with watercolour
Ink with coloured pencil
Watercolour first, ink last
Watercolour and pencil, with no ink
Then the fun started pairing up shape with method.
Here's the first page
And the second page
Yes, this exercise was fun indeed. One more exercise to go....
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