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
Wagtail & Pocket Watch
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about commissions etc!
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:
It has been a while since my last update, sorry about that, I’ve been a busy beaver and I have some exciting news to share, so here goes! 3 of my designs are currently for sale on Ohh Deer for a limited time only! This is a part of the Pillow Fight competition, where artists and designers can submit designs for sale, but that isn’t all the lucky winner will get to join the Ohh Deer brand, and for those of you who’ve heard of this incredible store will know that that is pretty much A BIG DEAL!
So, how can you help? Well, all you need to do is head to the website and like, share or even buy my cushion designs; I’m going to post them below though!
The Chequered Bear
The Chequered Bear is a brand new drawing that was completed on a train journey back from Glasgow – how exciting! You can view, like, share, buy and vote for the Chequered Bear by clicking here!
Run Rabbit Run
This design is part of a series in progress at the moment; you will get to see the rest of the bunch soon! click here to head to the website to vote or click the image below!
Now if you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll have met Mr Hare before, but now he has a cushion all of his own; to vote for Mr Hare click here or again just click on the image!
This competition is hugely exciting and I’ve already sold a few on there, which is always a positive place to be! Honestly I’m just so pleased at how amazing my designs look on these cushions, so let’s just wait and see how I do. Wish me luck and please support me on my quest!
To take a look at more quirky illustrated gifts, just have a browse around my website – if you would like to discuss commissions please get in contact with me and I will get back to you as soon as I can in regards to pricing and deadlines.
Good news, today I’m going to introduce you to some new animal art! Huzzah! I did this little illustrative piece a couple of weeks ago and it’s featuring one of my favourite characters that I’ve created…Sammy Seal. Here she is in all of her glory:
Sammy Seal features in a childrens book that I wrote titled, ‘Peter Penguins Red Balloon’, yes it is as exciting as it sounds. It was a gift for my first niece’s first Christmas. You can see the original Sammy Seal in my digital paintings section as part of my gallery, together with the beautiful Peter Penguin himself! Expect him to return very shortly, as I am busy creating a few special things for Christmas time. It may be only the start of September, but there’s a lot to get done, I’m hoping to attend a few craft fairs, so, of course, I need some brand new stock!
A few weeks ago I posted a blog about a mermaid painting that I started, now I still haven’t finished it as I have been busy with other projects, however, I thought I’d share how it’s coming a long…so here she is….(that’s right a double whammy of exciting art!)
Mermaid Painting in Progress
She still needs a lot of work, but I hope to have her finished soon, I may print the digital version and work into it traditionally – I love this technique, as I adore both traditional and digital techniques…plus it makes things a little more exciting! I really want to give this painting have an eerie, magical feeling, with the way that she is staring with that watch, I don’t think that will be too difficult, do you?
Anyway, I shall leave you with this, I hope you like it. You can view more art at my website and if you would like more information either comment below or send me an email at email@example.com.
It’s sketch time and who do we have today? The bullfinch! This is the start of another series of animal illustration; as you can probably guess it’s going to be all about British birds! I’m going to be selecting a few favourites and it will be split into sections; woodland birds/ birds of prey/ garden friends etc. each will be unique and will eventually be featured in print form on my shop (as that is currently being created).
The bullfinch is such a beautiful bird, with his bright orange breast and graphic-like markings. We really are lucky to have him visit our forests and gardens. This sketch is a mixed media drawing with a combination of traditional graphite pencil drawing and digital mark-making.
I must admit that I very much I like this sketch, I love his expression; he looks a bit worried…or grumpy, perhaps he is! Over the next few days I will refine this image and give him a little splash of colour here and there. I think he would make the perfect print.
If you like the look of this little guy, take a look around my site, you can find an array of other wildlife art and fantasy illustrations. If you would like more information about my artwork, or would like to commission a unique piece of work, please get in contact.
One of my recent mermaid sketches has become it’s transformation into a digital masterpiece. So this will just be a quick post to show you how it has progressed; it is not nearly finished at all…so let’s take a look at it so far:
First of all we add a background…there is more detail here though than if I had just started, the rocks still require a lot of work, but I haven’t settled on them being there anyway….so they could magically vanish!
I’ve never been one to finish one section then move on to the next as you can see here. I’ve started adding skin tones and a bit of hair, of course it has to be flowing in the wind…there is no other way.
The skin is becoming more refined and the eyes are more detailed. She has quite a hypnotising stare! The first fewstages are quite experimental and it is important to remember to make a new layer when adding more detail, just so you can delete a layer if it isn’t working very well.
This is the stage she is at, at the moment. She has some luscious locks and it is all starting to look a little more refined and tidy. It isn’t nearly finished at all, there are many details to add…even some basic colouring, but it will get there in the end.
I’m looking forward to seeing the finished piece so I had better get on with it! If you would like to see any more of my finished fantasy art, make sure that you that you check out my fairy art, there will be a mermaid art page coming soon, so make sure that you keep coming back to check it out! Until next time…happy sketching!
Tonight is a very special night as I’m going to unveil the new addition to the Bowties ‘n’ Beasties series; The Wolf. Now if you have seen much of my previous work, you’ll know that wolves are pretty much one of my favourite animals. There is something very intriguing about the wolf and, of course, they are absolutely stunning creatures! So, let’s get on with it, ey?
Like the others in the series, this is a mixed media piece as I used traditional drawing techniques together with digital painting. To see more of my drawings make sure that you visit my drawings & illustrations page, where you can find some more weird and wonderful drawings!
In other news I have just moved house and have a brand new studio, and garden! it’s all very exciting, the sun is shining down on my as I type…it’s pretty warm actually, but we cannot say bad things about the sun here in Britain. So today is the first day that I’ve had internet in along time (a week is like a year in internet terms!) so as you can imagine I have been sketching a lot…it’s been fabulous!
Let me introduce you to a few sketches:
The Mermaid’s Game
Admittedly I think my scanner needs a clean after the move. It’s been a while but fantasy art is back! I’ve sketched a few mermaids lately, it could be down to the fact that I’ve been to the seaside a lot (Morecambe), all artists should pop to see the sea every now and then…maybe it’s just me. One of them has already begun its digital painting journey, but we’ll save that for another post.
Until next time happy sketching!
I’ve been adding a little colour to my deer as part of the ‘Beasties ‘n’ Bowties’ series and here is the gorgeous little fellow now….
Do you think yellow suits him? It has been a quick digital paint of a job. The rest of the series is coming along nicely, I should be able to introduce you to a few more characters next week and hopefully have a few prints available for purchase, isn’t that exciting?
For now I’ll leave you with the deer, my favourite so far is Mr Hare who you can view in a previous post ‘Beasties ‘n’ Bowties‘. Once I’ve completed the series they shall be uploaded in all their glory. Goodnight!
A quick sketch of a squirrel as part of my ‘Bowties ‘n’ Beasties‘ series.
Good news, I’ve begun a new series of drawings – I say drawings it is really more an amalgamation of traditional drawing and digital (oo how posh!). The new series shall be called ‘Bowties n Beasties’. So, I’d like to share a few pieces that are currently in progress so that you can see exactly why I have entitled my series so.
Enough of my words…bring on the images! (sounds of cheering…ish)
Mr Hare is looking rather handsome if I dare say so myself!
Mr Fox and his green bowtie…looking rather dashing.
You probably see why the new series is called ‘Bowties ‘n’ Beasties’ now, I’m combining two of my favourite things; wildlife and quirky fashion. There shall be many more of these little creatures popping up to say hello. Some of them will make it to the finish line, you’ll have to wait n see what the finished series is like…
Well, I better get drawing. Until next time,…wildlife wanderers and fairy followers!