New work.

March 24, 2014

I’ve decided to just post some new images without taking too much time to comment, these are basically a series of images that have progressed on from the last post, either coloured versions of previous drawings, scanned and live traced in Illustrator to produce a vector version, or , in the case of the birds in the tree, where I have taken a tree from a park drawing and added the birds from another, plus some leaves from a third image. I drew the birds to fit a small decorative frame I have but, because the frame was designed in such a way that I needed to trim the artwork down to the very edge, I thought I would scan it and use the print in the frame instead, but for some reason the colours would not scan accurately and every imperfection in the drawing seemed visible, so I abandoned that idea. I now have a tiny drawing which took ages and which I don’t have much use for now, but I may have another go at scanning it and play around with the settings more to try and get a more accurate reproduction.Image

Below is the drawing with the birds, originally pen and ink on watercolour paper, then coloured with Doctor Martin liquid watercolours, looking more garish here than the original.

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Next is a coloured up version of the dividing path image, featured again in the last post, same process here, scanned original drawing and coloured in Illustrator.

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I wanted to expend on the park drawings, perhaps add in some more map influences, something I’m always interested in, so I took a pice of the Suffolk coast I know well and drew a pretty abstract map featuring the area, without making any reference to a real map but just fitting in the features as I knew them to be, but without worrying too much about accuracy. The checkerboard area is Southwold, the sea the North Sea, the river the Blyth, with the wide area of the river where the A12 road crosses the river. It was just a device to give a backbone to hang an image on, with the added though I would be doing my next art fair in Suffolk, and I will be hoping to sell some framed versions of the map.

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Just to finish , a poster for the next fair, drop by and say hello if you’re in Ipswich on the 6th!

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Fabric owl

June 8, 2012

Been lacking inspiration for the last week or so, long public holiday, lousy weather, all encourage non creativity, so to fill the yawning gap I decide to revisit a former theme, not entirely mined out, and managed to pull together an image I felt OK with. Got it accepted today, appearing early next week in my istock portfolio..

http://www.istockphoto.com/search/portfolio/911920/?facets={%2225%22%3A%226%22}#600b398

 

Owl stuff

May 25, 2012

I had doodled an owl in my sketchbook, sitting out in the sun and making the most of the weather yesterday so decided to draw it in Illustrator today and see what I could do with it….

I drew a tree recently with a hole for a bird, so I removed the original bird and replaced it with the owl, then just put the owl on a simple branch , so getting at least two uses ( maybe more later) out of one drawing.

It’s been such terrible weather this Spring in the UK there have been few days when going out with a camera was worthwhile but a couple of weeks ago we had a nice morning which coincided with my desire to get out of the house and do something other than drawing for a change, so I nipped down to Sizewell beach here in Suffolk and managed a few shots of the power station ( a favourite subject of mine) and some boat bits left by the fishermen, plus a bit of rusty texture on some machinery, not a bad result for a couple of hours out, all now in my istock portfolio…

http://www.istockphoto.com/search/portfolio/911920/?facets={%2225%22%3A%226%22}#600b398

That shadow under the boat is a bit annoying now I look at it again!

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