Behind the Artwork: Conversations with Ursa Major

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Conversations with Ursa Major‘ is my latest finished piece from my current work. The series itself focuses on the subconscious, dreams, fantasy, emotion and reality. Each piece has an element of the ‘real’ in it but it is quite hard to translate as the viewer. 

What is the work about?

To be honest, none of my work is wholly about one thing. It often starts as one thing and transforms into another. This piece in fact began as an underwater theme, but it turns out that I am not quite done with my planetary/space exploration. I’ve always been fascinated by space. Looking at the stars has always had an effect on me – they make me feel so small, they make me feel quite insignificant which is quite calming actually.

Story time: When I was 4 I wore glasses for the first time therefore I saw the stars for the first time! – it’s a moment that I’ve remembered ever since. (a little cheesy I know, but so true.)

Why Ursa Major?

Well, Ursa Major is also known as the Great Bear and as you can see, this piece features a bear – I wanted to give a earthly form to the stars (I seem to like a challenge). Personally, when I’m feeling trapped, stagnant or stressed out I like to either escape to the sea or take a little bit of time to myself out in the open air. I guess you could call it a form of meditation – hence the pose of the female character.

What medium did you use?

Again, like most of my work this is a pastel and graphite drawing – A1 in size! 

How long did it take to make?

This one took a while, probably about 3 full days in total – it just kept transforming. 

Do you plan to continue your ‘spacey’ series?
 
Honestly, I don’t think I have a choice, it seems to be subject that won’t leave my head, spherical imagery seems to appear even when I don’t mean it too. We’ll see. I’ve never been so creatively excited by my work as I am now though. It’s a great feeling to have! Plus the vastness of space mixed with subconscious and fantasy is certainly a challenging subject matter.

What’s next?

Well, I actually have a drawing in mind (almost a plan) but to tell you what it was before it happens would make it much less exciting…you’ll just have to wait and see – it’ll probably change anyway! Who doesn’t love a little bit of unpredictable chaos anyway? Haha.

Thanks for the questions and the interest in my work – you make me smile. Until next time.

Behind the Artwork: ‘You Can Have my Body But You Can’t Have Me.’

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More answers about more artworks…

What is the artwork about?

On first glance this seems like a romantic piece, whereas, in my head it’s quite the opposite. The two ‘lovers’ dance on the beach under the eclipsed sun. The male holds the female with a firm grip; he’s so afraid to let her go that he’s holding her too tight and metaphorically suffocating her.

He’s desperate to control her, but she cannot be controlled and will not. She bends submissively but her outstretched arms demonstrate her desire to be free. She knows that he has her physical body but he will never contain her spirit – hence the title ‘You can have my body, but you can’t have me.’.

Is it based on real life?

Not one specific moment, but it is however inspired by past relationship experiences. Often in a relationship (not just romantic) you will find that one half of a pair is often trying to dominate the other either by clinging on too tight or being elusive! I’m not a cynic, just observant…haha.

Your work often illustrates writing, is there written work with this one?

Yes there is, but it has not graced the internet with its presence yet.

What medium have you used?

Graphite, pastels, chalk, eraser and ink.

What was on the playlist for this one?

Honestly, I can’t remember but the Pretty Reckless’ song ‘Prisoner’ definitely inspired the title.

If you have anymore questions, either get in contact or comment below.

 

Oh deery Me (Beasties ‘n’ Bowties)

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Greetings Beasties!

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….Image

 

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!

 

The Great Bear (Sketch)

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Just a quick one this evening as I have a new sketch I like to call the Great Bear.

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The Great Bear

A4 with an array of pencils, he may get a friend or a story, I am yet to decide!

 

Sketch, Scan, Paint!

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It’s Sunday evening and guess what…I’ve finally got a scanner again huzzah! This means that I can finally start uploading some high quality images of my latest sketches and artwork, my blog has been rather sparse for the past few months, but no more! I’ve got a new art studio/office type thing, and everything is set up. Unfortunately much of my work is bigger than  A4..for some reason I always prefer large pieces of paper. To celebrate my new scanner setup, I’ve got a small pen sketch and a new digital painting in progress for you.

fawn drawing

Fawn pen sketch

Painting of fox

Digital Painting in Progress

As you can see the fox started off as a pencil drawing and is currently being coloured. He may be far from finished but he is looking very happy! I love creating digital wildlife paintings and drawings, it really is a lot of fun; each animal has its own personality and/or mood so expect to see a lot more, but there are also some new fairy creatures to come – I do love having my own studio (the desk is massive!). I can look out of the window and see Lancaster’s castle; a great source of inspiration (even if I don’t draw castles). Anyway, it’s time to get scanning, sketching and maybe sleeping. Happy Sunday evening everyone!

Sketch-a-thon Drawings!

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So it’s Thursday day 4 of my sketch-a-thon so it’s time to share a few of my drawings with you! I was going to do one a day but then I ran out of time and my internet decided to die, but i didn’t think that you would mind that I posted a few together, next week though I am determined to do ONE A DAY. Then I am going to use the sketches to create some new completed artwork…although admittedly some of  my drawings aren’t really ‘sketches’ they are a little too detailed – I can’t help myself, that’s the best part of drawing for me. So let me introduce you to my new drawings…the photo’s aren’t of the best quality I haven’t set up the scannner and I’ve recently moved house! (excuses…excuses)

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As you can see I’ve used a variety of different styles and mediums; pen, pencil, detailed drawing, more graphic techniques and, of course, character illustration (the dragon who I think is very cute). I think I could create really excellent wildlife art from some of these drawings; I could transform them into a fully detailed digital painting or I could just simply complete them!

Drawing everyday is a great way to spend your time; it’s very therapeutic after a hard day at the office, so even if you think you can’t draw I encourage you to pick up your pencil and have a go! You’ve nothing to lose…only your troubles. Drawing really is a fantastic stress relief, no matter what ends up on the paper the process is wholly engrossing. If you would like to view anymore of my artwork then head over to my website www.graceowenart.com.

Angry Owl – Illustration in Progress

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Hello all,

Following on from yesterday’s post, Angry Owl Sketch, I have started to digitally paint it. 

So here are a few images to illustrate what I have done so far;

incomplete painting

Step 1: Background fill

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Step 2: Basic background details

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Step 3: More detail 

There is quite far to go yet. It will be more of an illustration than my more realistic wildlife pieces. I can’t wait to start work on the owl character, that’s my favourite part of creating an artwork 🙂

I will update will more pictures as soon as I can…better get on with it then..

Well it has been a while since I have posted an actual long blog post, sorry about that I’ve been rather busy!

Good news, I now have an A3 printer it is absolutely fantastic! Now I can make some really high quality prints and originals as some of my work has never been seen physically on paper. The plan is to print, frame, and exhibit. I missed something important off that list…oh yeah, sell. My online shop has been bare for quite a while, well that is about to change…well in the next week or so.

Barn owl in monochrome

Black and White Version

This image looks particularly good in A3 both the colour version seen on this http://graceowenart.com/gallery-2/wildlife/ page so I shall be doing some lovely, high quality prints of this image. At the moment I am creating more wildlife art than fairy art, but I always like to create something a bit mystical or magical about the paintings I do so, I’m never too far away from the wonderful world of fantasy. I do love Imagine FX (a magazine dedicated to fantasy art)

Anyway, do keep checking back for more art etc and I’ll reveal when my shop is launched with all its new stock! Yay!

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The Osprey and the Fish

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The Osprey and the Fish

I have been carefully adding detail to this image over the last few days. I want to make the fish really scaly and twinkle in the sun light.

I’ve been busy revamping my website www.graceowenart.com it’s looking good at the moment…well in my opinion!

I’ve been trying out a few experimental sketches as well, that I’ll post on here a little bit later. They’re a little bit different to what I usually do, but as an illustrator its good to get to grips with a lot of different subject matters. Although, it appears my true love is creating wildlife art.

Thanks for stopping by and please tell me if my site is lagging!

The Osprey and the Fish – Colour

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Hi everyone, another quick post to show you what I’ve been up to lately.

as you know, a couple of days ago I posted this drawing;

The Osprey and the Fish

The Osprey and the Fish

Well, today I decided I would paint it (digitally of course) so, here is another one of my many painting in progress posts.

digital painting of an osprey carrying a fish

The Osprey and the Fish (colour)

Here (above) is what it looks like at the moment. A lot of work needs doing yet, but as usual I wanted to share with you how my work progresses from sketch or line art to a full, blown, colourful painting. I love using my graphics tablet it is very therapeutic, except for fiddly, detailed bits that can drive me absolutely insane.

It shouldn’t take too long to finish this painting and I’ll post the next step of this painting in progress asap!