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!
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.
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.
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.
The Fermi Paradox is the apparent contradiction between the lack of evidence for extraterrestrial life, and the high probablity estimates of its existence. In other words, if the universe is so big, then how can we possibly be alone?
Do they communicate in ways we can’t detect? Are they avoiding us? Are we simply in an out-of-the-way corner of the galaxy? Did humans evolve too late, and everyone else is already dead? Or is it exactly as it seems – that in the infinite vastness of the cosmos, we are alone.
I’ve wanted to make something with a circular crop for ages and with this piece the stars – if you’ll excuse me the pun – finally aligned. I used india ink and white acrylic with this one, instead of the usual quink and pencil, and added some details digitally. The keen eyed among you may notice that the monsters are similar to the ones I used for Journey Into Mind. I’m liking them as a part of my visual language at the moment, so no doubt they’ll pop up again later. All in all, I’m satisfied with how this one turned out, and as it’s the first piece I’ve finished in 2018, I’ll take that as a good omen for the rest of the year.
A piece I made for the seed ‘Human’ on Pop My Mind.
To me being human is the drive to express oneself, to communicate ideas and emotions and thoughts to others. Being human is also doing that in flawed, often confusing ways. Being human is continuing to try again and again until we make that connection and express the concepts we have inside.
As an artist, you walk a tightrope between feeling worthless and priceless. A towering ego, constantly fed and created by an ouroboros of delight and despair – all in the view of the public, who can build you up or tear you down on a whim. This piece is an attempt to describe that in imagery.
This is my last post of the year! Hope everyone’s had a wonderful winter holiday season, and that you all have an amazing new year – you better believe I’m already planning the next 12 months of my artistic life, and excited to get started with it.