Thursday, 30 April 2009

Sketchbook - page five

I'm not sure I like this one, at all. Too.. girly? Mom said it looks like something a twelve-year-old would paint, and I find I agree.


Either way, at least it's only a rough practice thing, done in my sketchbook XD

Mixed media - acrylics (again treated like watercolour) detailed with felt pen, glitter-gel pens and a silver paint pen.


Sketchbook - page four 'Elegance'

Here's the page I did Wednesday. And, I was so pleased with it, I cropped it and framed it c.c

About 4 hours.

Acrylic ( treated like watercolours at first - layered on - and then painted thickly, with plenty of finger-smudging ) on brown paper. A little light shading with a Derwent Drawing Terracotta artists pencil was applied to the left side of the image after the paint had dried.

The background colours were applied Tuesday night, using various ' Pretty Colour ' pigment stamp pads and left to dry overnight.

The Kanji reads: 'Yuuga' ( Elegance )

Painted from ref.

Considering I haven't painted in over three years, I am damn pleased with this.

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Sketchbook - page three

I've known BSL Fingerspelling since I was about 12, (and I'm in the process of self-learning the wider BSL) and all this talk about Braille (and the project idea I am now working on) got me wondering about incorporating BSL into the project somehow, as well...

So, for my hand studies, I decided to use fingerspelling images as refs (I even looked up the American version and doodled those as well) - so you have my name in Braille and Fingerspelling on this page XD As well as the Braille alphabet at top-right (which is 'bumpy' - like 'real').

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Sketchbook - page two

Same media as page one, but this time, portraits from photographic reference. And yes, I stuck brown-paper into my sketchbook again c.c

Oh - the pink squares? For some reason, the scanner picked them up as white, so I put the pink back in, using photoshop.

I'm now aaiming to do a page a day - and I'll put each page here, as I do it ^^

Monday, 27 April 2009

Fresh Sketchbook - Nude Ladies

Opened a new sketchbook today, for to work on my portfolio. This is the first page ^^

Drawn from photographic references in mixed-media (markers, pencils, tipex/white-out, biros, felt-pens and ball-point gel-pens).

I can't keep my fingers off the white-dots on the black hair. It feels like brail and makes me want to do some hands-on art, using real brail, on purpose for people to touch...

More to come ^^

Sunday, 12 April 2009


Part of a personal swap - there is a matching ATC that goes with this bookmark. Obviously, the theme was 'Darwin' ^^

For the Original Art Bookmark swap on swap-bot ^^

This is going out to a woman in Spain, and I hope she likes it ^^

Textured card for the base, gorgeous green paper - two different types, hand drawn, inked and coloured Platypus on brown paper - torn to fit, detailing added with glitter-gel pens and a small gold corner detail sticker ^^

I enjoyed drawing the platypus - I've never drawn one before, it was a fun experience XD

Two bookmarks for the 'Gothic and Sweet Lolita Bookmarks' swap on Swap-Bot.

The girl I was making these for, doesn't like pink or hearts... which is pretty much the definition of Sweet Lolita... So, the Sweet one is creams, peaches and oranges, and note the distinct lack of hearts. Seriously, that one drove me mad.

I used many papers, many card, paper flowers, three types of lace, five types of ribbon, four brown buttons and ink pads to edge the bookmarks before sticking anything to them - oh, and a rose stamp for the backs.

I'm actually rather pleased with these, and I'm beginning to wonder whether I can SELL this type of thing c.c

What do you guys think? Considering the amount of work I put into them (and sometimes the kinda crap I get in return) what would you think of BUYING personalised hand-crafted bookmarks?

Tuesday, 7 April 2009


I want to get back into lifedrawing, but I can't afford classes, so I'm doing it from photographic references.

This is also an attempt to loosen up - my drawing can get a bit anal sometimes, so I want to practice being freer with my work.

As so, you can tell which one I did first XD

Rorschach - Watchmen

I needed to do something else for a bit (working on one thing for two long tends to get on my nerves) and so.. Rorschach happened XD

No, I've not see nthe film yet. I own the graphic novel c.c Rorschach's my favorite character. This is the first time I've drawn him.

Fully CG - drawn straight into Photoshop, many layers, many brushes, lotsa fun. Will probably draw him again XD

Saturday, 4 April 2009


Rough sketch, starter for a full image XD

Toshiko Minimari. She's a psycho - the finished thing will have a lot of blood on it.

Drawn straight into PhotoShop CS3, using my Bamboo Tablet.

And here I am, working on the inking: