When in Doubt, Back to the Sketchbook

If you’ve followed the progress of my latest painting (Sparks of Rebellion) on Instagram, I’d say you already know all about my displeasure of it. But let’s start with the positives shall we? I had (in my opinion) a rather successful sketch period following this meltdown. I needed to figure out what went wrong with my painting, and I would say some things became more clear. If nothing else, the prelim. work behind the painting was one of my more enjoyable ones.

What I had excitedly envisioned for the finished piece got ruined within the first few seconds of the initial wash due to…..a brush, that required more extractions of bristles off of paper than I’ve had to do. Lets say that brush shall not haunt mine or anyone else’s dreams ever again. As the painting started to develop I also began to notice more errors in terms of figure/ form, etc. Unnoticeable to the audience perhaps but as artists will know, GLARING for us. Frustrations piled on, this painting was beyond ‘fixing’ at a certain point. With a bit of help with some coloured-pencils it regained the status of being presentable. In conclusion, more discipline I’d say on checking my tools, testing colour comps. thoroughly, and most important of all, triple-checking line-work/under drawing. Mirrors and views from a distance are once again my best friends. 😆

Sparks of Rebellion, watercolours & coloured-pencils, 11×14″, 2020

WIP and planning stages: the parts that were the most fun for this piece.

Alexsandr Kallus: SW Rebels, graphite studies on sketchbook

Wardruna Grá – Sketchbook

A quick little sketchbook share. Taking inspiration from my favourite Norse/folk band Wardruna, and their latest release Grá. I usually have some sort of music on while working; although usually at the painting/working stage. It’s usually Wardruna, Heilung & Kati Rán, among a plethora of other artists. I’d love to know how you work as well. 🙂

Grá. graphite on toned paper sketchbook, 22.02.2020

Wind Waker – Watercolour Painting

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First finished painting of 2020. I usually get impatient to finish a piece as it nears the end, because at that point my head’s already full of ideas I want to get on paper for the next project. 😅 I’ve also felt the urge recently to get back into acrylics again or perhaps trying gouache. Funnily enough watercolours used to be my weakest medium, as I used acrylics for most projects in high school & uni. As I got irritated with being forced to do modern/minimal/abstract art at the time, I switched over and never really went back. Although…I can already feel the dread thinking about everything I’ve forgotten about the medium.

Shop Update

This one will be up in the shop soon, but I’ve been thinking of switching my originals directly onto this site for a while now. I’ve used other websites before, but I’d like to eventually get everything on here. Just a heads up if you see a change in the shop section (although it’ll be as basic as it gets for now).

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Wind Waker, watercolours, 8×10″, 2020

The Mandalorian – Last Drawings of 2019

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I hope you all have enjoyed The Mandalorian as much as I have; it has given me hope for the Star Wars franchise on the big screen. Although I’m not part of the fan-base that have felt rage at the new movies, I was rather disappointed at the failure to develop the characters & plot in the manner that The Force Awakens seemed to have initially been heading towards. I can be satisfied with The Mandalorian however, and continue to enjoy the animated series, games, and books that Star Wars creators do well.

Having had the benefit of growing up with 2 older brothers, I was never short of action and sci-fi/fantasy media growing up. The Star Wars trilogy was watched to death on VHS, and my generation of course enjoyed (and criticize today 😅 ) the prequels when they came out around 2000s. Other than the unforgettable introduction of Darth Maul in the prequels, Ewan Mcgregor’s Obi-Wan really got me interested in the character and continues to be my favourite to this day. (Well ok…Obi-wan and a certain red-eyed, blue-skinned, art connoisseur 😆) Therefore, seeing director Deborah Chow behind 2 of my favourite episodes in The Mandalorian has gotten me very excited for the upcoming Obi-wan series which she’ll be behind. A really good sci-fi/fantasy show also means a longer wait for Season 2, which I shall now impatiently be waiting for.

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This is the Way, graphite on toned paper, sketchbook, 2019

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Want Some Soup?, graphite on toned paper, sketchbook, 2019

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A Creed, graphite on toned paper, sketchbook, 2019

*Prints available here.

Giant Slayer – Watercolour Painting

 

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Something that was meant to be a fairly quick painting/study, but inevitably capturing my interest and thus more of my time. I did enjoy it…although I might take a break from looking at this many skull references for a bit. 😅 This will be the last post for this year; so I’ll be wishing you all the best for 2020, and I can’t thank you all enough for supporting my work. 🙂

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Giant Slayer, watercolours on paper, 8×10″, 2019

[Now available at the shop & print store.]

Process/WIP.

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December Inspirations – Sketchbook

A few drawings from the end of last month & this one, from shows that have inspired me enough to draw along. I mean anything Star Wars related is a no brainer, so that didn’t count I suppose. 😅

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Ka’kwet, Anne S3 / Colour-pencils on toned Sketchbook paper

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This is the way / Graphite on toned Sketchbook paper

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Want Some Soup? / Graphite on toned Sketchbook paper