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Forest Studies

In the interest of Improvement™ I’ve been warming up with little forest studies on the mornings that I’m working digitally. For one thing I was getting bored and frustrated with quick sketching human figures, and for another Wyrdhope has a lot of forest backgrounds, and I wanted to expand my mental library of woodland to make drawing them more interesting.

All of these were done in about 20-25 minutes, using my own vast library of Blurry And Poorly Lit Photographs of English Forests as reference. Some were done manually choosing colours, more were done by colour picking from the photograph. This process both gave me a bigger palette to work from in the future when painting forests, and also allowed me to focus on the act of painting, rather than agonising over getting the correct colours first.

What I’m looking for in each one is the quickest way to transfer what I see and feel from the photograph into a painting. I have a tendency, as pretty much anyone would agree, to overthink things. And painting forests is a nightmare for this – I look and can’t see the proverbial wood for the linguistical trees. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed with thoughts like ‘There are how many leaves in this photo?’ and ‘I didn’t know that many shades of green and greenish brown even existed’. Doing these studies has forced me to loosen up and look for ways to speed up the process. Most of which has been getting to grips with the many brushes I have installed in photoshop that I avoid using because I have my favourites, dammit, and I like my comfort zone. But using a mix of pre-made leaf and tree brushes, alongside my faourite Kyle T Webster chunky chalk and soft watercolour, has really turned out some results I’m quite happy with.

The top four in this post are my earlier studies, the lower four more recent – the one I chose to feature is one I painted yesterday, and I think shows how much just these few minutes a day have helped me improve. Doing these has made me excited for the time when I get to paint forests again in Wyrdhope (for the unaware, the most recent pages have all been set inside, which is a nightmare and I hate it, even though it’s forcing me to get better at drawing interiors.)

So the forest warmups will continue, at least until I get bored and frustrated and switch to something else!

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Happy Pride Month, Nerds!

What do you get if you combine my love for D&D with my love for Pride Month? More gay as hell D&D inspired designs, that’s what! Here are the three designs I created to celebrate all my LGBTQ+ nerds out there, who like dice and also rainbows.

The first two were just having fun drawing dice and playing with pretty rainbow colours. During the process I learned that the D12 is the hardest dice to draw for some reason, and that it takes a long-ass time to put numbers on every visible side of 27 dice. It’s good shape drawing practice though, and these designs turned out super cute, in my opinion.The last design that I made was one that leaned more into D&D flavour, because as it turns out, drawing weaponry is hella fun, and I want to draw more of it. It’s already inspired me to start working on some more D&D themed stuff, so that’ll be fun. This last one I also made available in a huge array of pride flag colour schemes, which took way too long. Partly because after doing three I realised the sword was wonky and had to redo that and then re-do the colours; partly because I made them for both light and dark backgrounds; and partly because, well, there’s a lot of pride flags. And I haven’t even made all of them! Regardless, it was still super fun and you can definitely expect more of this kind of stuff in the future. (Also if you want to commission something D&D themed hit me up ~~)

As always, all of these designs, along with loads of other cool art, are available on my Redbubble store, or you can click the images to go straight to the page for the specific design. Happy Pride, everyone!

Demonised – November Illustrations

The final collection of pastel-goth demon girl pinups that I made in November! Words cannot express how much fun these were to make, and I will one thousand percent end up making more of them I’m sure. As with a lot of what I do, I wanted to be diverse in my demon-girls, so I tried to vary their race, body type and to also include more disability visibility, since that’s something I don’t draw as much as I should. And pastel goth is just the most fun aesthetic to draw, even though I cannot pull it off in real life, like, at all.

Can you believe it’s nearly the end of 2017? Man, what a wild ride.

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…

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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!

Inktober Roundup!

I completed most of inktober this year, so here’s a roundup of my favourite pieces from the month. I used the Space Travellers prompt list from Simon Fletcher aka dropthedrawing

All the illustrations that I did this month can be found on my Tumblr and Facebook if you’re interested in seeing the rest. It was a fun challenge, and interesting to push outside of my comfort zone with india ink and sci-fi things. I do have a powerful urge to go and fill a sketchbook with dragons and demons and witches and things just to balance myself out now though.

But now it’s time for a new month, and I’m in the mood this November for making pinup art, so there’ll be some off-beat type pinups appearing soon. That and I am as always doing Nanowrimo, which basically means I’m not leaving my house for a month straight. Being an artist is a fun and exciting life, my friends, full of glamour.

May Weekly Illustrations

Weekly illustrations for the month of May! Three out of four here, because one of them isn’t quite done yet as it’s a cool idea and I want to do more with it, so that’ll be out sometime later this month. I’m trying to push myself more with my weekly illustrations now – trying different techniques, practising with new brushes, trying to learn How The Heck Colour Works.

Next month’s theme is Demons and boy howdy am I excited because that is 110% My Jam.