Behind the Artwork: ‘Under the Influence, Losing Control’

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To continue my series about my current work here are a few questions about my newest work; ‘Under the Influence, Losing Control’ and about my art practice itself…

What is the artwork about?

Well, as the title suggests it’s about losing control, and letting something (or someone) take the reigns even if you don’t really want them or it to…

You can be influenced by anything and anyone. Some people are master manipulators whereas others are just easily manipulated. Some are both. Most of us are both.

What medium have you used?

This one is mainly pastels and graphite.

What do you do when you have ‘creative block’?

Spiral and self-destruct (just kidding…ish). Nothing irritates me more than not being able to create anything. Usually when this happens, I am getting in my head too much and not allowing things to happen…’organically’…(I hate that word). The best thing to do is to get out into the world and you’ll find your inspiration. Personally the sea for me is one of my favourite places to go when I’m feeling particularly not creative. 

Is the ‘girl’ you?

Maybe, maybe not. Partly yes, partly no. Probably mostly yes.

What was on the playlist for this one?

Cosmic Jokers! For reasons that I don’t think need to be explained. If you want feel like you’re floating whilst creating some spacey art, well, I’d seriously recommend ‘Cosmic Joy (A)’ and (B). Do it.

I also listened to a lot of Sexwitch again whilst creating this one (because I love Natasha Khan & Bat for Lashes). In my head the piece has a kind of occult feel to it and what is more appropriate than a band called Sexwitch? Listen to ‘Kassidat El Hakka‘ and you’ll get it. Hopefully. 

How big is the work?

Again it is an A1 drawing. The vibrancy of the colours and the contrast between deep blue and the bright red is something I really like about this one. It has a real energy about it.

There you go, more questions (mostly the same) about a different artwork. Until next time. Goodbye.

 

Behind the Artwork: ‘Blurring the Lines Between Fantasy & Reality’

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Greetings. It’s been a while since I have updated this blog, but I’ve had a few questions about my artwork. So I’m going to do a series of blogs (I hate the word blog) about each piece of work. First we have one of my personal favourites; ‘Blurring the Lines Between Fantasy & Reality’.

What is the artwork about?

Have you ever been in that state where you’re not too sure what is real and what is imaginary? Well, that is what this piece is all about, hence the title; ‘Blurring the Lines Between Fantasy & Reality.’ It’s when you just wake up from an intense dream that feels so real that for just one moment you believe that it is. 

I wanted to create a dream-like, fantastical (and I guess sci-fi!) kind of vibe with the use of blurry and cloudy marks. The female figure is clear whereas the other figure is fading away into the clouds, but she is trying to keep a grasp – she is clinging onto fantasy, not wanting to be dragged back to reality. The subconscious plays tricks on us; it has the power to confuse us and alter our perceptions. 

What medium have you used?

Well, this piece began with graphite powder, sanguine powder and an eraser. I then worked into it with pencil and ink, then i did get a bit crazy with chalk pastels, charcoal. I like to mix loose marks with more controlled ways of working.

What influences your work?

Many many many things. It sounds cliche, but drawing really is a part of me. I almost feel like it is my subconscious trying to find its voice. I generally don’t go into my drawing with any kind of plan, it just kind of emerges and then develops a meaning, or a narrative as I go. 

Does music influence you?

This question comes from one of my Twitch viewers (that’s right, I live stream on Twitch Creative under the name of dangerunicorn). This probably comes from my eclectic mix of music that I play whilst working on stream haha. I’d have to say yes it does, but I wouldn’t say that it is a sole influence. It definitely effects the types of marks I make and sometimes the general feel of the work. ERAAS, Glasser, Sexwitch, Biosphere, Bat For Lashes, and Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve featured a lot in the playlist whilst creating this one!

How big is the work?

Each drawing is A1 in size, the paper varies therefore the finish of each one can be different. I like to experiment with different media, it’s fun. If you’re not having fun or committed to creating it’ll show in your work. I mean if I’m not in the mood and I start to draw, it just doesn’t work! You can’t lock yourself away from the world all the time.

Well, that’s a few of the questions I’ve had about this work, I hope the answers are good enough. If you have anymore, ask ask away…

 

 

New Work: Seahorse

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Over the last few months I have been working hard creating new drawings and experimenting with a few different themes. I always come back to sea creatures and woodland animals, sometimes with the addition of a mysterious lady. My most recent project however has been designing illustrations for notebooks and other illustrated gifts, which are due to be printed very soon (in the next coming week) once I have finalised all the designs.

One of my favourite new designs is my Seahorse; he is utterly majestic, in my humble opinion – ha! They really are marvelous little creatures and truly unique to look at, so are a great subject matter. But, that’s enough of me waffling about it, here he is in all of his glory:

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This drawing is a combination of two drawings: the seahorse and the seaweed together with digital painting. I can’t wait to see the final product printed.

Sorry that it has been a long while since I have posted a blog, but you can see what I’ve been up to on my work in progress page or by following @gracescreations on good old Instagram.

I really enjoy Instagram, it’s a great platform for connecting with other artists and finding really beautiful imagery. I’m a convert.

Have a lovely Saturday.

New Project…Under the Sea

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I have always loved the sea, well looking at it at least. There is something magical and breathtaking about it and of course it is home to some of the most wondrous creatures and plants.I love a good coastal theme too so it was on natural to use the ocean and its  contents as a source of inspiration for my artwork and illustration.

My new project is based on the sea, but like many of my drawings or paintings I wanted to include and element of storytelling. This combination of themes can be seen most plainly in my jellyfish series of drawings…here is a preview…

Number 1

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Sometimes you plan drawings…sometimes you don’t – I find the ones that aren’t planned are stronger. This concept wasn’t planned, it just happened. A3 in size it is a larger piece. It is part of a series, you’ll have seen snippets if you follow me on instagram.

Here is another drawing in progress…

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And another, but this one involves digital painting…

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So this is just one side of my under the sea theme, there shall be more to come, I’m really enjoying exploring the depths of the ocean!

 

…It’s Windy

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Happy June everybody!

That’s right, it’s June and it feels a lot like winter. To celebrate this wonderful fact (I’m not being sarcastic…I swear…*ahem*) here is a very British June inspired artwork/sketch…

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This bird seems happy enough to be wearing a scarf at this time of year…I’m not sure I am!

New Painting: Green Bird

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I have a new drawing to share (see below); this was created with pencil, pastel and digital painting…whilst listening (that’s right!) to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Audio books are a great way to read whilst getting other things done! Although, you don’t have the pleasure of a wonderful book cover, which in all honesty is my favourite thing about a book!

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So, there you go, another short and sweet post from myself, next time I’ll do a longer one, but it’s my birthday today so I think you can forgive me!

 

Cushions Glorious Cushions

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Greetings!

Just a quick post to showcase my new cushions, well 2 of them, there are many more to be created…

More cushions #cushionscover #illustration #newproduct #homewareNew hand printed cushions to be added to my shop soon! This is a light green cushion for those craving a quirky vintage interior! #homeware #illustration #bear #newproject #newproduct

They are to be added to my shop very shortly, a long side many more unique designs. If anyone would like to request a specific artwork to be featured on a cushion, simply let me know and I’ll make sure that it’s included.

I’ll announce when they are available, but I’m awaiting some more material and cushion pads so I can make some more.

I hope you like! I promise I’ll update my blog more in the new few months, it’s been a very busy start to the year!

New Drawing: The Bear in the Beret!

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Hello, happy March!

It’s been a busy few months, I’ve been completing a few commissions, but now I’ve had some time to create some brand new drawings which I shall be introducing you to in my next few blogs. So here is my new creation…the Bear in the Beret! He was drawn with both pencil and ink and is actually a part of a series together with many other bears all dressed in fabulous fashion!

 

 

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This drawing was so much fun to create, and it may even get a splash of colour to jazz it up a bit. You can see more of this series in my gallery of animal drawings, and more shall be coming soon alongside some other new characters, plus you can now buy prints from my onsite shop – there are a few prints available at the moment, however there will be more items (including printed cushions) to come so expect to find exclusive quirky illustrated gifts here!

If you are interested in purchasing an original drawing or would like a commission please get in contact! To see works in progress and what I’m up to follow me on Instagram @gracescreations

 

 

 

 

New Year…New Drawings!

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Happy new year everybody, I know it’s now the 18th of January and I’m a little late…but it’s better late than never I suppose. I was very busy over Christmas working on various commissions and January is working out the same! I love a good commission, so if you would like a specific something for your loved ones, let me know – just give me an email.

Anyway, this is going to be one of my favourite type of blogs…FULL OF PICTURES! As I’ve been very bad and haven’t posted for a couple of months (wow!), I’ve got quite a few new images to share with you.

So here we go…(sorry about the watermarks, but people do enjoy to steal images without permission – not cool.)

 Time Flies – New Series

This is a new drawing/digital painting as part of my ‘Time Flies’ series.

The Barn Owl & the Pocket Watch


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Stealing Time

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Wagtail & Pocket Watch

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Dog Commission

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Grizzly Bear

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I’d like to thank everyone that voted for me in the Oh Deer Pillow Fight, unfortunately I didn’t win, however I did sell quite a few and the cushions looked fantastic!

Currently I’m on with a new series of drawings entitled ‘Time Flies’, so keep popping back to see more. Plus you can always see what I’m up to on my Instragram page; gracescreations!

Hope you have a lovely weekend, email me at geowen89@gmail.com for more information about commissions etc!

Growth [New Artwork]

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I’ve been sketching a lot lately, and I’ve created a rather strange drawing that I’ve aptly (in my opinion!) titled; Growth. Of course, it is just a sketch at the moment but I’m hoping to refine it and create a fairly large drawing from it. But for now let me introduce you to the brand new sketch from my collection:
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