Dusk | Watercolour Painting

Dusk, watercolours on paper, 6.5×10″, 2021.

first of the year.

I guess this really is my first finished painting/artwork of 2021; not counting the Kickstarter group projects. I wanted to start the year off with a smaller piece, before I get underway with a painting I’ve had my mind on for a while. Hopefully, the next piece will have more improvements on anatomy and hair. Speaking of, hair…the struggle. I’ve been looking through as many watercolour tutorials as possible for painting hair in this medium. I’ve grown to dislike the way I’ve painted hair these last few months; mainly the way the strands fall, making it a bit more cartoony/’anime-y’ (for lack of a better word). I don’t know though, the verdict’s still out on this one. It may turn out that I don’t like too much realism after all.


a closer look.

I’ve been getting better at reminding myself to take more progress shots. Honestly, it’s probably one of the reasons I haven’t attempted any more Youtube videos. I mean kudos to all the art Youtubers out there, but having to constantly pull out my camera is a chore in itself; not to mention having to be pulled out of the moment to record every stage. X__X

As usual I started with a drawing on tracing paper, although you’ll notice I didn’t add the flowers. Sometimes with more simpler design details, I’ll go in directly to the watercolour paper. The drawing isn’t really meant to be ‘finished’, just the line-work (the simpler the better) so I can graphite-transfer it onto the paper. I’ve learnt the hard way that detailed line-work combined with the tooth of even hotpress paper, tends to warp the transferred drawing you get. So the solution for myself anyways, is to keep the initial process simple and add details in before painting. I’ve also stopped printing my line-art/drawing, as I used to for transferring drawings. Personally, I haven’t been finding the need to waste more paper; just using sharp pencil over the tracing paper drawing works fine. I’ll usually scan the drawing before I get started on tracing with graphite, so as to preserve all the lines I originally had for reference.

It’s often too hard for me to capture the transferred drawing on my watercolour paper. I’ve usually erased quite a bit of the graphite so it’s barely visible when I lay down paint.

washes and paint | work in progress.


Hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post. I’ll have the original painting up on the Shop section sometime at the end of the week, and prints should be up by the time this blog post goes live. Take care everyone!

INPRNT | ORIGINAL PAINTINGS & DRAWINGS

2019 Updates

Hi everyone, it’s good to be back on the blog at last. I’m notoriously late to these things, but hope everyone’s having a great new year so far, and as always thank you all for the love and support. 😊

Quick update to get through first; I have a bit of a studio clear-out going in the shop right now. I’m trying not to hold on to too many pieces in the new year. Head on to the updated shop section on the website or here, to find both new and older (as far as 2011) original artwork up for purchase.

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Starting the new year with more of a fanart piece for the Twitter hashtag #ShadowhuntersPosterChallenge. This was being held by the creators of the Shadowhunters series on their social media, in promotion of the last season of the show. I thought it’d be fun to get creative with some artwork, rather than doing a photo-manipulated poster. The baddies are usual interests for me 😉, so I decided to incorporate a portraiture of Luke Baines (entering the show this season) with aspects of Cassandra Clare’s original material for the character of Jonathan Morgenstern from the books. All in all, a fun little project.

WIP.

Catching Up

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You often don’t get enough time to catch up on your favourite TV shows, especially when working in the art industry and often its never-ending work hours. So, I end up binge-watching a lot of shows. Recently I got around to catching up with latest season of Supernatural. There are many actors/actresses I watch the show for (humour alone being a reason) but Mark Pellegrino’s Lucifer is definitely a big reason. As of the latest episode (S12e15) however, I think I might regret hoping that he gets to keep his ‘vessel’ permanently…

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Lucifer, markers & microns on paper, 9×12″, 2017.

wips.

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