illustrator

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!

Advertisements

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.

Figments I and II

Some experimental illustrations, combining photography and ink drawings, to explore the layering of the strange, mostly formless beings of my imagination with real life.

The top work, Figments I, was one of the winners of the DanceEast competition based on the show Dreamers!

I Hear Those Sleigh Bells Jingling…

R̡̖i̛͚̪̣͇͗n͇̣͖̆͛g̵̭̠̺͖̺ͣ̐̈ͤͬ ̖͖̻̣͕̂͛͑t͇̮̅͆ͯi̖̣̱͎̜̱͍͒̒̂͊́͢n̪͔̳̥̤g͚͉̼ ̟̳͊́̒ͬ͡ͅͅtͪ̔̇͏͔̬̦̫̰͈̜i̵̭̭͈̎̓̃̾̀n̵̹̈́ͅg͕͉̲̯͖̓ͮ̾͆l̶̦̼͌i̠̩͕͙̹͎̣̕n̠͈̗̞̈ͦ̋ͯg̖͖̝̤̲͂̅ͤ̈̀̚ ̹͉̯̫̼̮͙̌̏̊̓̄̅ͭť̔͆ͮ̈́ͧͬo̙̱͎̭̪̘͘o͉͕͍͇̘̐̐

It’s that time of year again and I wanted to do something different this time around. Hence some slightly less cute Christmas-themed designs, which you can pick up on a variety of goods at my Redbubble Store and give to your more unusual friends and loved ones this holiday season.

And as always, if you want to keep up with my mostly-weekly art posts, as well as occasional sketches and WIP shots, hit up my Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter!

Journey Into Mind

A surreal, exploratory dreamscape created in response to a prompt on Pop My Mind. Please click for full size on this one, it’s far better in full view, I promise.

This was one of the biggest pieces I’ve done for a while, and I’m so glad I decided to push myself and create this as a triptych. I don’t think the story I wanted to tell would have worked in one piece on its own. This set of images draws a lot on Surrealism as well as on dream imagery, and personal symbolism relating to anxiety and stress. Which is a really fancy way of saying this is an attempt to paint a journey through dreamland.