I have been going to wild life drawing quite a while now and posting some of the drawings on my instagram, I thought it might be fun to share the ones that didn't make it along with some of the photos I took during class!
Today's subject was 2 baby barn owls, here is what they looked like only a month ago...
And this is what they looked like today!
They grow up so fast! Plus this time they had a friend a fluffy tawny owl called Fudge.
Here are all today's drawings!
I have been working with Boneshaker press to create the second volume of their Encounters with the Imaginary anthology! My imaginary creature of choice was Melusine, a tragic cursed 2 tailed mermaid and unbeknownst poster girl for Starbucks. Feeling her true origin should be known when you buy that next cup of coffee, give a thought to the girl who turns into a double mermaid who none may lay eyes upon!
These are are a selection of my original ideas, some even made it through to the book.
The kickstarter is LIVE right now, with a chance to grab Encounters with the Imaginary volume 1!!
Hello to all those thinking about Chris Oatley's Painting Drama , whether you think the course may or may not be for you or if you just teetering on the fence, I thought I would share a little of my Painting Drama G4 experience.
'It's not what you think it is!'
Surprisingly you may notice my site doesn't have much in the way of 'Painting', I think the main thing that Painting Drama has hammered home for me is I'm not a painter, I love story and visual storytelling but not so much the stroke of the digital paintbrush.
However if you find yourself like I did thinking 'I have a passion for drawing, I love lines and the rough expression of a sketch, but I have no idea about composition nor do I have a favourite fine artist....' Then apply!
Apply because it will honestly change the way you create all forms of art, if you think yourself 'just' a drawer then it will help you so much. I approach my work differently, I create personal artwork differently and I have a genuine appreciation and understanding of the masters of old. Finally after a lifetime of art school one man has broken down composition and painting, so much, that I now understand what all those old painted eyes staring at me are trying to say and its fascinating! It has even transferred over to the way I write, think about and construct story.
Now to the course, it's got its moments (lol yeah 'that' week!). It's full on (you will see that in the application process) it's a lot of work, Chris is supportive, honest and loves a rant (which are amazing!), you will laugh, cry then hysterical crylaugh with your classmates. With out sounding cryptic it was nothing like I expected it to be, but it was jam packed with information I needed, information that leaves you wondering 'Why does no one teach you this at school??'. Also if you can get to the hangouts (being in the UK I was in nobodies time zone so found it difficult at times) do! Your classmates are amazing and they are invaluable. The course is worth it for those people alone.
In short, would I recommend Painting Drama? Yes
Would I do it all over again? Yes
Do I think you should apply? YES!
Good luck PD G5!
Did some sketching while on a mini spa break, here I used my trusted pocket brush pen again. It was a glorious day lots of sunshine a grand building and lots of lounging ladies!
Went to the MCM London Comic Con on Friday. These are two little sketches I drew in the games section, I used my trusty Pocket Brush Pen. The top image is the queue for the VR section and the bottom a little kid glued to the console with the gallery of famous people behind him.
I went sketching in Central London. The top sketch is my view of Van Gogh's sunflowers, a wall of people and one couple absorbed only in their phones. The bottom sketch is a busker outside of the National Gallery.
This is my last Schoolism Gesture course assignment, it was story. We had to make a story based off of 10 life model poses, this is my result. The lady in question is a recovering cupcake addict, but the temptation proves to much and she gets escorted out of the bakery by security. :D
Recently drew a lot of mice for a gesture assignment.
I'm currently doing Schoolism's gesture drawing course, I'm probably about halfway through right now it's great fun and I'm learning loads I can feel my drawing getting looser as I go, exciting stuff! These are a pick of some of my faves!
I have a Pental Pocket Brush Pen that I have fallen in love with but the refills here in the UK seem impossible to find. I had recently brought a new jar of black Quink ink and the thought occurred that I could just use that and a paintbrush! It seems so obvious now.
A few of these have been on my Instagram but I wanted to share these as its the first time in years it feels like I actually have a working sketchbook again.
I've never tried to comp values before especially not in charcoal. These are some thumbnails studies I done while trying to find a good composition for a piece on Sirens. I couldn't decide if I should go with Mermaid or bird sirens, in end I went with bird sirens.
When the radio silence fell I had just been accepted onto The Oatley Academy of Visual Storytelling's Painting Drama course. The subsequent time between then and now is that I have now finished Painting Drama. It was tough, it was intense, it took up every free waking hour and it was certainly worth doing!
I am also mid way through the Schoolism Gesture Drawing course which is a ton of fun. I'm hoping when I have completed this one both their powers will combine and I will paint Captain Planet!
Playing around with colour and composition on this one. I changed how she is standing, made her a lot smaller and added some foreground elements to create some depth. I think it works better for it, I also got rid of all the black that the sketch was covered in.
I'm pleased with the colours in this, I painted it all with gradients and a few brush strokes here and there. I'm probably most pleased with how the water turned out and most unsure about the rocks. Here is the link to the original post.
It's my birthday today so to celebrate I'm posting my finished Mikey painting!! This combines all the knowledge I have attained so far from The Magic Box and numerous ArtCasts from the amazing Oatley Academy, thank you!
Also Happy Birthday to all the other September 24th'ers out there! Xx
I have been catching up TMNT again! I love it, just finished watching 'Turtles in Time' and and pumped, I'm a huge Mikey fan so after that I just had to draw him... then it turned into a painting. This is the wip so far, I'm painting it digitally and so far have used mainly gradients, its far from finished and I would like to work on brightening it up as I think so far its way too moody for Mikey.
Yesterday I went to the Tate Britain and Tate Modern with all the lovely guys and girls from OA Live, it was really great and inspiring to meet and chat with everyone, it was an awesome day!! I did manage to fit in a tiny bit of drawing at the Tate Britain, above are a few small value studies of some decadently painted ladies found with in the halls. :D
A quick play with atmospheric lighting, here again I have just used gradients to colour the whole image. I think I would like to revisit this at a later point and play with some colour comp variations.
This week I've been doing a master study of Mrs Margert Desenfans here is the value study, colour study and a drawing. I am going to continue studying this image and try do a full master study or at least use it to practise the first lesson of the Magic Box! :D
This is my entry for the School of Visual Storytelling's 3rd Thursday Critiques where 5 images will be picked for critique. I could not resist this as the prompt contains some of my favourite things... Space and cuteness! XD
The prompt was this "Astrid cautiously stepped out of the craft onto soft spongy turf. Though she didn't see anything she had a deep sense that she wasn't alone.", I thought a lot about the composition and tried out several comps before deciding on this one, I also concentrated on a clear the space for the text and then tried to implement all the line weight knowledge I have been researching.