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.

New Project…Under the Sea

arts, drawings, fantasy

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!

Painting in Progress [Mermaid]

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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:

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Woodland Fairy Digital Drawing

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Woodland Fairy Digital Drawing

Hola fairy followers!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything with wings…or on the way to having wings, so here is a drawing that I created quite a while a go. I started to digitally paint it, then I decided I liked it much better in black and white. I’ve edited the drawing slightly on Photoshop, but I shall be adding more detail to it to make it a delightful digital drawing! Instead of typical butterfly wings she shall have wings of a leafy aesthetic.

I have a couple of other drawings to show you but I still don’t have a scanner, alack and alas!