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.

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!

Growth [New Artwork]

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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:
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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!

Mr Fox Gets Colour!

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Mr Fox Gets Colour!

It has been a while since I’ve posted anything new and technically this is just a colour of an older drawing…it’s not finished either but as you all know (unless you’ve never visited before) I like to show the creation of my work in stages..so y’all should come back 😉

In other news I’m getting a new computer so you can expect more work to appear over the next few weeks and months. I shall be updating my site – it’s all very exciting isn’t it?

Angry Owl – Painting in Progress

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Angry Owl - Painting in Progress

Just a quick update on how my ‘Angry Owl’ painting is going. It’s not finished just yet still need to add a few details in the background and the owl itself. It’s taking a while, my hand keeps hurting…I’m always on my computer – not good for the hands!! Oh well. Should be finished soon.

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;

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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..

Angry Owl – Sketch

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On Sunday I went to Chester Zoo most people get excited about lions and tigers…I get excited about the owls and bats. I love those nocturnal folk. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy looking at the giraffes and other exotic creatures but there’s something about birds that I just love. They have great expressions, whether they mean to have them I don’t know…but anyway, they’re so fun to draw!

Angry Owl - Sketch

Here is my sketch from the day anyway! He looks very grumpy, you probably would be if you were awake during the day time though and everyone was staring at you making hooting noises.

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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