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: ‘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…

 

 

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

Image

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..

Mermaid Morning II

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Hi merfolk!

Just another quick post from myself just to show you some progress I’ve made with the latest artwork that I’m making! Today I scanned in the drawing I can’t decide whether to paint it a little first and then work on it more digitally or just colour it wholly digitally! So, whilst I am deciding that important factor I am going to find a shop that sells glue for glue guns and finish making some more Christmas cards!

For now here is the drawing;

2B pencil drawing

…I want to go swimming now.

Catch you later fairy folk and merpeople!