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:

seahorse artwork

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.

Spring Sheep…

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Hello,

Ok so I started this sheep painting a while ago and I’ve been working on and off with it. I think it is finally finished, yaaaay bring out the Champagne. I’ve been working on my illustration style for children etc. I have so many different styles of work to choose from now…Anyway, here is the sheep…

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It’s a bit of a pain sometimes this digital painting lark because I’ll paint it on my laptop and then I’ll look at it on a desktop and it’s a completely different colour or brightness. Looking at it again I think I could add more wool texture to my sheep’s body.

Now, for most of you who often read my blogs and follow my art, you’ll know that as well as wildlife paintings I produce a lot of fantasy work. Now I’ve recently come across a fantastic fantasy illustrator called Neal Murren. I found out about him from ASOS, yes the online clothing shop, I recently bought this fantastic creation  http://www.asos.com/ASOS/Neal-Murren-for-ASOS-Oversize-T-Shirt-with-Rabbit-Man/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=2606312&SearchQuery=neil%20murren&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=20&sort=-1&clr=White

I fell in love with the rabbit design. It is in the style that I love as a lot of my drawings are of this bizarre nature. I’d love to make one with my own with my designs as well. Then I went googling his website, there is some amazing art/illustration on there so just pop his name Neal Murren into google and prepare to see some great artwork.

Hope you are all well!

The Owl and the Pussycat – New Art!

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New Art

Posted on March 21, 2013

Hello all!

Just a short post for you to introduce you to some of my new digital paintings…

I wanted to produce some more illustrative work and create some more animal characters. So here is a kitten (who I have yet to name – help!) and we have Oswald Owl who I created a while ago.

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I will be working into this owl painting and adding some more detail to the branches and the fence in the background.

I’ve also been sketching away…here is an osprey! Image

 

and a cat…but not in a hat.drawing of cat

My Characters need names, so if you have an ideas post them below 🙂

Traditional Vs Digital!

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Morning all,

Now as you know I am a convert to digital painting but I like to keep that traditional style. (well I think I do anyway) My main reason for going digital is because of the MAMMOTH mess I make whilst painting – seriously there was a time when all of my clothes had blue paint on them. Another reason is that I love drawing and digital painting is just like drawing but with colour and the ‘wet effect’ of paint. I have a Wacom Intous 5 pen and touch graphics tablet and also a massive box of pencils and paints…they decided to have a face off this morning, I couldn’t decide which to use so I decided to write a blog instead!

Some people say digital painting is a lot easier and that it’s cheating (blah blah blah) and not as ‘proper’ (for lack of a better word) as traditional work,  obviously those people have never tried it. Digital painting can be a lot like the practise of oil painting – as in the process of under painting, over painting and detail addition – so many layers are involved, yes you don’t have to wait for it to dry but it’s layer after layer of hard work. In this world where we expect things to happen instantly it’s quite useful!..although you do have to have lots of breaks or your hand becomes claw like…mine does anyway.

One problem it does pose though is that there is no physical original, so what I like to do is print on really lovely, fine art or watercolour paper. You also have the choice of printing onto canvas but that can be very expensive depending on where you go. I also love to mix the digital with the traditional either by drawing it out first with a pencil or working into it after, especially with my fairy pieces.

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Wholly digital image

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Digital and traditional drawing image

Drawing is something I am passionate about, I love how different a pencil (or whatever medium you’re using) can be when using various techniques. I definitely don’t agree with the folks who say that drawing and painting is outdated, no skill that can produce something so beautiful is outdated. So I say, keep drawing! Keep painting! Or whatever it is that you like to do. Try every medium out there, try ones that have never been used before…it’s fun! Some will work for you and some certainly won’t, mastering the technique is always fulfilling though.

In my opinion you don’t need to pick between digital or traditional. You don’t need to say whether one is real art (whatever that means!) I think they work exceptionally well together.

But after all of this I still haven’t decided whether I should continue a digital painting or draw something fresh…I’m hopeless!

Is that a…Wizard Bird?

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Is that a...WIzard Bird?

This magical little bird appeared to me in doodle form on a slow day at work. He has since been sketched (as you can see) and is currently being brought to life on my computer screen. I am thinking of some exciting stories about him, although I’m yet to give him a name, poor bird. He looks happy enough at the moment.

That’s it from me tonight, short and sweet. I’ve been ill with a bad cold so forgive me AND there will be more exciting posts soon!

Sketches Galore!

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Howdy Folks,

I’ve been sketching away over the last couple of days, just getting a few ideas together for some more digital wildlife paintings. Generally, this is how I start an artwork, I’ll create an initial sketch, refine the drawing then scan it in for painting. Although, I do love drawings as stand alone artwork but I really enjoy adding depth and playing with colour through painting both digitally and traditionally.

Here are a few of the sketches:

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Within a couple of days I’ll hopefully be able to show you at least one of these in the progress of turning into a dramatic digital painting. I’m looking to get more ambitious with the backgrounds of my paintings, but not distracting from the main focus of the painting which is always the character of the animal that I’m creating.

Well, I had better get on with it then. 🙂

Barn Owl (New Painting – in Progress)

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Barn Owl (New Painting - in Progress)

Following my recent trend of digitalising (probs not a word) some of my old drawings..here is the Barn Owl. He isn’t finished at the moment but thought you might be interested in how it was coming along. I am yet to do some major detail work on the wings, it should be fun…yet challenging. You’d think as an artist I would be patient…no. I am not, it’s why digital work seems to be working for me there is no waiting for layers to dry…but I don’t think staring at screens is particularly good for your eyesight. I love drawing and WILL always start my art with drawing but hand with a good old fashioned pencil first.

Well, I’ve rambled on long enough I hope you like it and I’ll post the finished version ASAP.

Kingfisher (New Painting)

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Kingfisher (New Painting)

I digitally painted this image from a pastel drawing I had created a while ago. I love reworking traditional pieces I have made with Photoshop painting…I love it because I don’t get as messy and I don’t have to wait for things to dry. I am impatient to see the finished result! Oh dear.

Painting in Progress – Fairy!

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Hello all,

Good morning hope you aren’t too cold in the dastardly Winter weather. Yes, I am being typically British and always complaining about the weather – the frost looks pretty though. As you know if you have read my blog before (if not hello, welcome take a look around) a lot of my art work is indeed inspired by our weathery goodness and this new one in progress is inspired by the frost (brrr).

fairy on branch

At the moment she does not look very frosty she looks quite warm with the colours I have used. What I’m hoping to achieve is that her wings will look like Autumn leaves and I can add some frosty details on the wings and hair. In fact I may colour the dress also and create little beads of frost across it, I think a beautiful frost covered cobweb would look fantastic here too. Tell me what you think and I will have a play and hopefully create something amazing!

In other news my home learning web/graphic design course is going well but unfortunately my Adobe trial is nearly over so I’ll have to buy it before I can make my own website. I’m really enjoying it but there is so much information and so much more to learn. It’s a good job I’m patient and like learning new things!

Maybe one day when you search fairy art I’ll be the top of the Google list! We can but dream.

Anyway Fairy Followers I’ll keep you updated I better get back to work.

Until next time have a good day!

Painting in Progress!

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Hello all,

Good morning hope you aren’t too cold in the dastardly Winter weather. Yes, I am being typically British and always complaining about the weather – the frost looks pretty though. As you know if you have read my blog before (if not hello, welcome take a look around) a lot of my art work is indeed inspired by our weathery goodness and this new one in progress is inspired by the frost (brrr).

fairy on branch

At the moment she does not look very frosty she looks quite warm with the colours I have used. What I’m hoping to achieve is that her wings will look like Autumn leaves and I can add some frosty details on the wings and hair. In fact I may colour the dress also and create little beads of frost across it, I think a beautiful frost covered cobweb would look fantastic here too. Tell me what you think and I will have a play and hopefully create something amazing!

In other news my home learning web/graphic design course is going well but unfortunately my Adobe trial is nearly over so I’ll have to buy it before I can make my own website. I’m really enjoying it but there is so much information and so much more to learn. It’s a good job I’m patient and like learning new things!

Maybe one day when you search fairy art I’ll be the top of the Google list! We can but dream.

Anyway Fairy Followers I’ll keep you updated I better get back to work.

Until next time have a good day!