Holiday Sketching

I’ve been off work for the last 5 days which has been fantastic for R&R and a bit better for art work. Family keep me busy but in some breaks I managed to potter about working on improving various aspects of my art.

I should be able to pickup the main canvas for my Jade Forest painting soon which will be nice and then its going to be sometime working on that. In the mean time I am keeping up my sketching at work and home.

With the end of summer its always hit and miss as to how much sun will be out for painting but so far we have been spoiled for nice days, long may it continue!

Bamboo Sketch

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Playing with Grass

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Dino Line Art for my Kids.

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Water-color style Jade Forest

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Blue Ink Forest

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Raven redux and ink scribbles.

Well I finished my repaint of my raven, turned out okay but hit the wall a bit with paint hues and brush quality.

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Some improvements but I do still like aspects of the first one.

Asides from the raven I doddled the acrylic ink picture below, its a bit of a nothing piece but still was fun enough.

Sunset over Hills – WiP

I had some time to start my next painting – still a bit to go on this but here is the work in progress. Trying to capture the harsh light at sunset, as well as gloom that is encroaching on the land.

Also working on some techniques around blending, softening edges with a dry brush overlay and painting in a sightly different style.

So from start to current below:

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blocking in

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more blocking and some detailing

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Adding details now

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the camera actually makes it look a lot lighter than it is, but even so its conveying the general feeling I want from the work.

Should be able to finish it over the next week or two depending on how much detailing I feel is needed.

 

End of the Holidays

Well the last Sunday before work has arrived. As I was on call through out the xmas break it doesn’t really feel as jarring as it normally does, although to be fair I don’t feel as rested as I normally do either.

I took the twins out to the local quarry,  its long closed and been replanted as a nature reserve full of walking tracks both around the quarry and above it in the hills. Its lovely and I spent a lot of time taking photo’s of trees as reference stock.

Goal for 2018 is to try to get more details in my work and to branch out into painting other things, more people, plants, fantasy etc.

I finished the painting I was working on, mostly happy with it and also completed a quick ink sketch.

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2018 Blog Plans

2017 ended fairly strangely, certainly the hospital trip and general business at work kept me from being as productive as I would have liked.

That was the past so after the extended break I think I’m ready to delve back into my Sunday updates. Art, gaming and the like.

To start 2018 off a quick look back on my art from then to now 🙂

One of the first bits of art I updated in Sept 2014 ( I dont think I ever finished this sketch)

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My first attempt at watercolors (tip:dont use student paints or brushes, they make your life much harder) (feb 2015)

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First landscape with the kids crayons 😀 (jun 2015)

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With inktober I had a big discovery of acrylic inks, still one of the mediums I have a lot of fun with. During inktober I was working on a charcoal drawing as well.2015-10-06 21.06.37

My Young Dwarf Hunter sketch. (Lots of errors in this but I like the crows still!)

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lakeside dusk

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And the first Acrylic Painting I did in November 2016

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Its good to remind myself that I have been painting with acrylics for a year or so now, I’m always looking to improve but also need to accept I’m a beginner on a very long journey.

Last years final inktober picture:

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And last completed painting:

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And finally, my WiP:

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Thank you to everyone who took the time to come along with my journey over the past 3 years.

 

Merry Xmas and Happy New year to all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Time Gloom

I had planned to get this out on Sunday but life and all got in the way.  Tuesday is actually my best day to post things so I will look at keeping my blog updated then.

Its spring in New Zealand and although its been a few weeks of lovely weather its also very changeable which has meant a lot of gloomy days that were terrible for painting.  I have increased the artificial light where I paint so will try on Thursday to do some work.

A little more details on both paintings I have on the go, seems to take forever these days to produce any work hehe.

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And the base background for new one

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Hopefully as the sunlight days return my painting efforts will increase.

 

 

 

Detailing & Discovery

A while ago with my computer crashing I lost a “small” amount of my book. Despite backing it up to 3 cloud based sites I some how managed to have it die exactly at the wrong time. On the weekends I discovered a word file with 50102 words I had lost… not as small as the 4-5k I had thought i was missing.

Nothing like adding 50k to your book to motivate you to write! (book is now just a few hundred shy of 120k) and I hope to have the entire first write done by the end of September ready for edits!

Big shout out to the lovely @Gypsy_Syl on twitter for sparking my search (go listen to the Battlebards podcast she takes part in if you haven’t already, its really great fun!)

http://battlebards.libsyn.com/ is the weblink for those without twitter.

 

Painting wise I began working on the details of the painting now, with the left side of the work nearing finish.

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As well as doing my own painting my twins finished their own first works, very proud of how they followed instructions and put their own spin on things. Very good work for 4.5yo kids in my bias opinion 😀

Gabs & Orlando’s paintings: