Still Alive….

Okay, so I’d understand if the title is a little hard to believe; We have been crazily busy and have basically forgotten to update the blog, in months! That’s okay though, because we can always start again! I’ve been doing some awesomely fun stuff lately, developing my skills in oil painting (exciting!) pencil (which I never really did before) and starting to work on digital!

Guilford Grimm's

For now, I’d like to post my first attempt at digital colouring of one of my drawings. Having missed the main event of the Grimm Tales show in Brighton, we took the opportunity to attend the mini-version at The Keystone, in Guilford, on the 22nd of April. I only spent just over an hour drawing, as Jake asked if I would like to take photos, as I had my decent camera on me.


Five-minute Poses

However, in the second half I managed to do a few, quick, five-minute poses. I’ve started playing around with Sharpie pens, especially as I got hold of some “Bristol Board” – ultra-white paper, that looks absolutely awesome with the contrast of the deep, black pens.

Of the three of these, I liked the one of Sofia as the devil most of all – and decided that the hard edges of this medium would make an ideal candidate for colouring on my computer. I’ve seen the results of other artist’s doing this, especially some of the illustrators, and have always been fascinated at the idea of trying it.

The results can be seen below – after putting into Photoshop, I used the multiply blending to add colour; probably not the best way to approach it, but the easiest I could immediately think of. Presumably playing around will find easier ways. I’m pretty pleased with this result – especially for a first attempt. I haven’t added any detail that wasn’t in the original, bar a couple of shade separation colourings, which leaves the colouring looking pretty flat, but I’m definitely happy with this, and will definitely be continuing on!

October Project: Circus book

With the advent of a monthly “Drawing Salon”, there is the opportunity to structure time for a big project for each month. Last month, I worked on a long pose picture of Charlotte – it is, however, not yet complete – so not posted yet.

On the 1st of this month, Jake ran the “Drawing Circus”¬†event – a day event of life drawing, with a circus theme and a storyline. Knowing in advance the scale of this event, I purchased a concertina sketchbook (right) in order to have all the days drawings in one combined place. This is a new experience for me, as I never normally use sketchbooks, preferring to draw on free sheets of A2 or A3 paper.

The concertina sketchbook is good for this, because as the pages can be folded out to a continuous piece of paper, I am not restricted by the size of the page width, and can have different sketches relating to each other rather than separated out into different pages. Knowing some of the circus set art, because I had been helping paint and prepare them, I prepared in advance some decoration for the sketchbook – the knife-throwers star on the left. This was as a front and side motif on the sketchbook cover, and I will post proper shots of it once the project is complete.

On the day of Circus, I got a lot of drawing done – because I wanted to try and capture the whole narrative of the story, and because different poses were of different lengths, I ended up doing an awful lot of short 3-10 minute drawings. In total, I ended up doing 71 sketched poses!

So, that leaves the question: What exactly is there to do for this months project? Answer: A lot! My plans include selective colouring for the important roles (i.e. the monkeys fez is red), a whole plethora of backgrounds and scenery to draw in (I was good and kept myself drawing the poses, but leaving blank spaces most of the time for planned scenery) and finally text – I left a blank page for each ‘Act’ and intend to include a storyline summary – so this entails practicing some calligraphy. In addition, I have a few pages at the back to fill to finish the whole sketchbook, and have yet to fully decide what to do with these.

So, I have a fun months work ahead of me (oops, that month has turned into three weeks now…..)