2018 – Another Start

We’re already 2 months in, but I hope everyone is having a wonderful New Year so far. With a slow ending to 2017 for myself, December and much of January has been a major pain to get through. However, like many artists will tell you, you just have to find a way through. So here’s to a more eventful new year, and hopefully more completed artworks to share with you all. ๐Ÿ™‚

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you may have seen me ready to give up on this one more than once. I’ve had very few pieces that I would consider ‘failures’, to the extent that I consider scrapping them altogether; this one definitely came close. It’s natural to encounter problems with certain projects (personal or otherwise), but itย  doesn’t make it any less frustrating. In the end, I decided to use this drawing more as a field for experimenting with things I’ve wanted to try, rather than let the piece go to total waste.

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The Call, colour-pencils & markers on paper, 11×14″, 2018

Moving on to painting, I decided to extend the ‘experimenting’ with a quick little piece to start off the year. Not as dark as I usually like to go, but since it was more of a sketch I didn’t mind all that much.

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Seek, watercolours on paper, 8×12″, 2018
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Seek, WIP

Platinum Nightmares

Painting hair and skin are one my biggest fears as an artist. Even after all these years I find myself working carefully, especially when it comes to watercolours. To all my lovely blondes out there, please don’t take this the wrong way but, dear god…it’s one of the hardest things to replicate in this medium; even if it is one my favourite hair colours. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Robbie Reyes – Ghost Rider

If you’ve been following me on Twitter you’ll know I, like every Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D fan out there, have been obsessing over the season 4 finale. I mean you don’t get any cooler than the character of Ghost Rider do you? The flaming skull transformations, and of course the epic return with the chain & fight sequences, Gabriel Luna aka. Robbie Reyes definitely stole the show for me this season. The only other character I might have a slightly more affinity towards in the latest run of Marvel series’ is Frank Castle…but that’s a whole other story.

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Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider, markers & microns on paper, 7×11″, 2017

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I decided to keep to an interpretation of Felipe Smith’s version of Ghost Rider from the comics, but still incorporate aspects of the show; Gabriel Luna was definitely going to be in it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I know some people didn’t really like the new look of the Ghost Rider (in the comics) but I thought it was new and refreshing look. I didn’t know much about the Ghost Rider previously, other than the incredible art I’d see from older issues with Johnny Blaze and his bike. It’s been fun catching up on newer comics.

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All-New Ghost Rider by Felipe Smith – Really liked these 2 volumes, check them out if you get the chance.

On the wishlist:

Daredevil by Ed Brubaker & The Punisher by Garth Ennis Omnibus’ have joined my wishlist, well for now anyways given the somewhat hefty price tag. The art alone is a motivator for me to get them. Tim Bradstreet covers for the Punisher is often a guilty pleasure of mine to get inspired, and a definite motivator to improve my own skills. ๐Ÿ˜€