Sunday, January 19, 2014

Thornwall Sprite

This painting took six months to finally be completed. It was always on the back of my mind that I had to get it done before the end of the year(2013). My studies and full time work and family commitments was taking their toll on finding quality time to do personal projects. So when I was on the holiday break I put head down and finished it just before new years…with relief. As I've mentioned previously I want to paint more. It appears life is moving faster and faster and I want at least a good amount of finished paintings before I'm living on the wrong side of the ground. So here are my efforts from last year.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

To Mimic an Illustrator

Part of my diploma assignment for illustration was to capture the essence and style of any two illustrators of my choosing. First I had to copy seven illustrations of the chosen artist, then draw another seven combining elements of the first set of seven, and then finally create seven originals with the elements and style of the artist. Basically the last seven should be competent forgeries. The tutors were that impressed with my outcome they asked me if they could use my assignment as a student example on their website. Needless to say I was rather chuffed about it all as this is a very uncommon thing to be asked of.
So below is the final illustrations of the assignment. The first illustrator I mimicked was Shaun Tan.

Sunday, January 5, 2014


It's that time when many make resolutions for themselves with the expectations that they'll follow them through. I hadn't really thought about it to much but after thinking, why not make a few this year and see how I go. At least one of these resolutions is to actually paint more even if they're a just studies. Time being a hard thing to find while working full time and studying part time(mainly at night and Saturdays) I can only try. I've been looking at watercolours more of late and would like to have a better understanding in using them besides my oils. Although watercolours are harder to master than oils I think it would be more profitable for me at this time to play around with them due to the ease of setup and cleaning…not to mention drying time too. I have three mock cover arts to do for my assignments so I'll more than likely do those in watercolours for a practice run. Anyway here is one I did for the beginning of the new year, it's one of the w/c postcard books you can buy that I've had lying around.