Through the Void – Graphite Drawing

Graphite WIP for Through the Void

As a promise to myself to improve my figure drawing, (the male form in particular), I was surprisingly satisfied by the end of this piece. My current displeasure with my work was that there was something off about how my figures in my watercolour paintings were looking. There was a flatness that I didn’t really like, and really wanted to improve on. Therefore I went back to the basics with graphite. Obviously a much more forgiving medium, it gave me the chance to really analyze what I was missing in how I presented the male/female form in my work; taking a slower pace, and building up each layer with shadows, highlights & textures. I think the next step will be to play around with much more dramatic lighting to add more dimension to faces and figures.

It was also really fun to play around with some of the graphite shavings/residue I had saved from sharpening my pencils. So do save them if you sharpen your tools with a blade! 🙂 Although scanners don’t do a very good job at picking up the subtleties in traditional work, I hope you can at least see the attempt to create more solid black planes. I’ve wanted to incorporate this technique for a while now, without using black paper or ink washes. Although easily created (as seen in the halo), there will inevitably be a visible texture no matter how dark the graphite. So this technique was quite interesting to try out, as well as figuring out whether I like graphite better on white or tan-toned paper. The verdict’s still out on than one.

Through the Void, graphite on 11×14″ paper, 2020

Giant Slayer – Watercolour Painting



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

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Rise Watercolour Study – Youtube

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to film the process for a quick watercolour painting/study I was doing. I’ve thought about starting a channel for a while, but never got around to filming any of the processes for my work. I decided to start with some some small things like sketches and studies like this one. You can find my Youtube videos here.

Rise, watercolours on paper, 2017