When I Sleep, My Mind Grows Wings

Another piece from last year that I can share now – for a project that fell through, sadly, but a fun one to do nonetheless. This was actually the first piece I used the technique of dropping coloured ink into water to create the blended, dreamy effect – which I then used to create the wings on the Phoenix piece I made this year.

I also filmed the process of painting this, which you can find here!

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Serenity In The City

Something from last year I can share now! For an art proposal, looking at themes of staying calm and centered while living in the busy and often overwhelming world. For various reasons I ended up only having about half a week to get this one finished, but I’m still super happy with how it turned out! Creating an effect in my usually minimal ink style to represent crowds and a bustling city was a challenge – one I think I succeeded at, and which gave me a chance to explore a bit more rough, expressive brushwork than I usually get to do.

On The Inside

We get told so often that beauty is on the inside, and then the world does it’s best to remind us that it’s on the outside.

It’s enough to tear you apart.

This piece was created as a response on Pop My Mind

The prompt on PMM for this piece was ‘Beautiful’. What beauty means, what purpose it has, what it looks like. This piece grew out of thoughts about external and internal appearance, and the emotional impact of beauty on the sense of self. At times it feels impossible to live in a world that tells us beauty is on the inside, while at the same time forcing specific ideas of beauty on us.

I ended up playing with a lot of differnt symbolism in this, which is maybe a little heavy handed, but what can I say – I love me some good good symbolism. I’ll leave you the viewers to decide what means what, because there’s no fun in abstraction if I tell you what it all means.

WYRDHOPE – Chapter Two Begins!

It’s been almost five months now since my webcomic, Wyrdhope, started, and I’ve been enjoying every second of working on it. Well, that’s a lie, I don’t enjoy every second, but at least like, every third second. Yeah, that’s probably right. Anyway, this post is the exciting announcement that Chapter Two of Wyrdhope will be starting up on APRIL 10TH, and also a sneaky early peek at the cover. These are the bonuses you get by following this blog. Mark your calenders, people APRIL 10TH, for the next part of the story that is Marti Gryffin’s boundless curiosity and lack of social skills.

In the new chapter there’s going to be magic! Weirdness! Jokes that I think are funny that maybe three other people also find funny! I’m excited, are you excited? You should be excited, it’s going to be great.

All else aside, working on this comic has already had me seeing improvement in my ability to draw comics, and I’m so hyped to see how much more I can improve as the story continues. So check in on APRIL 10TH to follow along, and between now and then you’ve absolutely got time to read (or re-read, refresh your memory and such) all of Chapter One.

The Phoenix

The phoenix is a symbol of rebirth, of new energy rising from the ashes of the old.

This piece was joint winner of Pop My Mind’s February Invention Award. Thank you Pop!

You can find the other winner here [autoplay warning]

Created as a response on Pop My Mind to Rebecca Freeman’s piece New Life, which itself was based on the prompt of ‘New Beginnings’. I wanted to explore the idea of a new start coming out of the old, and drew on elements from Rebecca’s work to inspire me, particularly her bold and lively colours (something I don’t use often in my ink works), and her imagery of the bird emerging from the egg. This was a really fun piece to work on, and a large one too – the original artwork is A2 sized! I know, I know, that’s not that big, but it’s big for me, when I usually work A3 at the largest and like making little tiny ink drawings in my sketchbooks.

I think, out of all the pieces I’ve made for PMM, this one I feel like I drew on the piece I was inspired by the most, while still changing and taking my own route with it. It also makes me want to try out some more fantasy creatures in this style, see how they turn out. I’ll add that to my neverending art to-do list, and get to it sometime in the next decade.

Storm Witch

Let me just preface this with the fact that I didn’t intentionally follow up my first painting of a fiery demon with a water-themed witch. The elemental theme was entirely accidental but I’m gonna roll with it.

Once again I set out to challenge myself and learn new things with this one, and once again I succeeded and fought my way to finishing this. Painting water is hard, you guys. Like, really hard. Even more so when you’re using multiple unnatural light sources. *makes mental note to acquire coloured lights for reference-photo purposes*.

I’m happy with how much I learned from doing this, though, and the next time I have to paint water I’ll be a little more prepared. This one is closer to the way I want my paintings to go – this kind of semi-realism, painterly-but-not-overly-so kind of thing. Not 100% where I want to be yet, but that’s half the fun of making these.

You can get notebooks, stickers, prints etc HERE and HERE

Out In The Void

While I was making We Can’t Be Alone Out Here, I was playing around with a bunch of ‘eyes in the void of space’ concepts, and I liked this one enough to clean it up into a finished piece! The horrors of deep space are neverending, and always inspiring.