Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Jarvis Portrait - FINISHED!!

At last! It is finished! Well, I'm stopping myself from fiddling with it any further anyway!

I chose to make the background a dappled yellow to hopefully make it a little brighter and sunny. I've also added whiskers in black pencil and white acrylic paint (much much harder than you would imagine!) to finish it off.

Do you like the yellow? In real life it's not as dark as it is here and is less overpowering. Is it too much? See, now I'm doubting myself...

Overall I'm extremely pleased with it. It's been such a learning curve and an experience for me. I've never drawn an animal this large and in this much detail and in this medium before.
I really hope that his mummy in Australia likes it as much as I do!

p.s. please forgive the awful scan quality. I'm going to scan it again and post that. It will be much better quality.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Jarvis Portrait - Step 7

Little bit more done. Now I just need to make his body in the back look a bit more 3-D and realistic as at the moment it looks a bit odd.

And the major thing I've got to decide about is the background. I'm going to use a simple block colour to start with and then gradiate it out so it's not just the one colour. I have no idea at all at the moment what colour it's going to be. I am so worried I'm going to mess it up!!

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Jarvis Portrait - Step 6

Sorry for not updating this more recently but I just haven't had the artistic urge over the past few weeks, but now I am back with a minor update!

I have started colouring in his chest area and have added more detail to his neck and muzzle.

Will keep going. Need to get this done by Christmas!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Jarvis Portrait - Step 5

Well it's coming along slowly! I managed to get something sorted out with the problem area under the ear. Its not finished with yet but I can look at it now without getting angry!

It actually looks like a full cat's head now! Am so pleased with it, and before you ask, yes I am enjoying every minute of it. Such a learning experience!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Jarvis Portrait - Step 4

Only a minor update. Getting a bit stumped with certain areas of it - the fur under the right hand side ear mostly. Just not experienced enough at drawing cats and fur in CP to know how to fix it. Hopefully inspiration will come over the weekend.

I need to get this finished soon so I can get it to Jarvis' mum before Christmas!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Jarvis Portrait - Step 3

Only managed to do a little more on this recently. Have reached a bit of an impass with it that makes my head hurt, but I'm sure inspiration will come soon.

About 4 or 5 hours now.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Jarvis Portrait - Step 2

I did about 2 more hours on this last night, and actually started on the fur. It's so hard but I am pleased with how it's going.

I think his eyes are now mostly finished. I think I need to add some more blue to them or something but I managed to correct the over greenness of them!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Jarvis Portrait - Step 1

I have finally gotten around to starting the portrait of a friend's cat, Jarvis, and it is going pretty well so far. The only problem I've encountered is that I've made his eyes too green already! Will definately have to sort that out ASAP!!

Prismacolors on A3 cartridge paper.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Odd One Out ACEO - Update

After seeking advice from the lovely people at WetCanvas, here's an update on my pumpkin ACEO.

I think it looks a lot better, but it still doesn't seem finished to me. Not sure what to do with it now. Hmmm...

Monday, October 30, 2006

Odd One Out ACEO - WIP

Here is my latest project - not quite finished yet though!

I started it over a week ago in the run up to Hallowe'en but now it's the 30th and I'm still going! lol!

Had a bit of a mental block on the orange pumpkins in it, but have sought advice from WetCanvas and want to have it finished by the end of the week!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

First Sale Complete!

I received a message from the buyer of my first ACEO sale this morning saying that he had received the card and he was very pleased, and he had dutifully left me positive feedback!

Hopefully having positive feedback might encourage more people to buy my work from Etsy.

Now I just need to make a load of cards to sell and get my shop noticed more. I just don't seem to get the time....

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Dreamscape ACEO

Something a little different from me that I finished last night.

A dreamy landscape - Prismacolor on card stock, ACEO size.

Copied from a photo but I think it's got a real fuzzy dreamy quality about it.
I just love the colours.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Number Crunching Screening

On Saturday, I went to a special screening (ok, so it was in my friend's house and nowhere posh) of the film I worked as production designer on last year - Number Crunching.

It has turned out really well and I am really pleased for Kev (my boyfriend and also writer/director of the film). With a budget of only £50.00, he's managed to produce something quite unique!

Also got to see the rough cut of our latest film, The Brain of Dr Strom, on DVD at home. Almost burst with pride at how fabulous all my props and art direction look in it, even though it's not in online quality yet, and how good it should be once the sound and music are added professionally.

It feels so good to be part of something so creative as this, even though only in a relatively small capacity.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Cat's Eye - WIP

This is what I'm currently working on - a practice run of a cat's eye.

A good friend of mine in Australia has commissioned me to draw her cat, Jarvis, and having had no experience of drawing cats in coloured pencil before I thought I ought to practice a little first!

Pretty pleased with the eye itself, but having trouble with the fur. Hopefully practice will make perfect!

Friday, October 20, 2006

Liberty ACEO

Well here he is, finished and looking rather regal I think!

I can't say I'm 110% happy with the way parts of him turned out (I still have issues with his beak and his eye), but overall I am pleased with it.

Did manage however to spray far too much fixative on him and he's gone a bit floppy! When I finally do sell him I think I'm going to have to mount it on some sturdier card!

Kev said that it's his favourite drawing I've ever done which made me blush a little.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Working on new ACEO

This is the start of my latest ACEO - another bird. This time a Bald Eagle.

It's the first one I've tried with my new Prismas, and I'm having a few issues with the blending of the pencils as they are so different to the cheaper ones I was using! The lovely people on WetCanvas are offering me plenty of advice on how to improve on this!

Also, I'm a bit stuck now because I need a grey pencil for the feathers and I don't have one!! All I have is black or silver! Argh! I'll have to get to an art shop and buy a grey Polychromos or something to use in the meantime!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Weekly Drawing Thread Oct 8-15 2006

Really really enjoyed the challenge this week as the reference picture had so much character.

I croppped it right down from a picture of two people on a bench to just the woman's face because I thought she was beautiful.

Drawn on the train to and from Cornwall at the weekend! about 3 and a half hours in pencil.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

An Unfinished Sketch and a Bad Painting!

Well, I just wasn't feeling it this weekend just gone. I tried to force myself to do some art, and what came out didn't please me in the slightest but I thought I'd post it here so that when I do something good I can look back and see the progression!

First up - an acrylic ACEO of a bee on a flower.

It took me aaages to do the petals on the flower because in the original photo the flower was yellow, and I felt I needed to change it or the picture would be far too yellow and the bee wouldn't stand out.
The bee itself was difficult. I couldn't get him looking fuzzy no matter how small a brush I used. And his eyes - well they just look awful. Absolutely awful!

I think I'll be going back over this one seeing if I can improve on it.

Secondly - Tony Soprano.

Bit more promising this one. And inspired by watching 7 hours of The Sopranos straight!

I've definately got the bottom half of his face right, just something about the eyes isn't quite there... More work needed I think.

So all in all, not that great a weekend. I think it is blatantly clear that my acrylic painting in miniature needs a hell of a lot of work, and my portraits of famous people do too.
Oh well.

Weekly Drawing Thread Oct 2-8 2006

I didn't actually finish the challenge last week. I just didn't seem to have the time and the energy which is a real shame considering the wonderful, very "me", subject matter.

So here is my unfinished sparrow in the snow. Hopefully sometime in the future I'll be able to sit down and give it the attention it deserves and do it properly.

Monday, October 09, 2006

A New Chapter?

I received my first set of actual professional artist quality pencils today. A lovely unopened tin of 48 Prismacolors. I got them for quite a decent price as well, and the lovely man who I bought them from has thrown in a random set of 15 different pencils too, including some Sanford Verithins!

The reason I've bought these is so that I can finally make some ACEO's that will be of a good enough standard to sell. Although I am very proud of the ones I have made so far, I would be worried to sell them as the quality might not be quite right for someone paying money.

So, now I am armed with decent acid-free card and Prismas I can create without being worried about the quality. I just need to make sure that I do a good enough job!
I need to create a fairly decent sized batch to start with, and make sure I maintain enough to sell so I maintain a presence in the market.

I have opened a new eBay account ready to go, and an Etsy account as a back up should they not sell on eBay. It's so good that they stay listed on Etsy for 6 months at a fixed price instead of a short period with an auction. Hopefully they will sell at one or the other.

Let's just hope that I can come up with the goods and get going!!

Monday, October 02, 2006

ACEO - Slumber

I am over the moon with this one.

A sleeping lion cub in the grass, looking absolutely adorable if I do say so myself!

Coloured pencil on card stock.

Had some trouble with the grass and ruined it slightly by putting a blade of grass across his nose which wouldn't erase no matter how hard I tried, but overall I'm so very happy with it.

Wonder if someone will buy it?

Saturday, September 30, 2006

2nd ACEO - Macaw

Another brightly coloured bird - this time a macaw - in pencil straight onto card stock.

Really really enjoyed this one and love how it turned out.

Think I might be getting the hang of these mini pictures! ;-)

Friday, September 29, 2006

Weekly Drawing Thread Sept 25th - Oct 1st 2006

Quite a fun picture this week - a load of eggs on some material!

Enjoyed doing it, especially the fabric and I think the folds and shadows came out well.

The shape of a couple of the eggs are off, but I'm pleased!

Sunday, September 24, 2006

My First ACEO - Toucan

Today I felt inspired to try again at doing an ACEO card, possibly to sell on eBay. And to my grand surprise it turned out really well!

Simply coloured pencil straight onto the ACEO card.

The blue background could be better, but I don't know how to get rid of that pencil stroke effect.

Kev on the Terrace

Here is the one decent sketch I did while away in Spain. It's my boyfriend Kev reading on the patio.

I had to alter the brightness and contrast in photoshop because it didn't scan very well.

I was really pleased with how it turned out actually because I've not drawn a side view of a face for a long time, and I think the likeness is there. Even Kev thought it came out ok!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Off on Holiday!

Well I'm off to Spain tomorrow for a week or sea, sun and relaxation!

Hoping to keep up the drawing while I'm away. I bought a brand new A5 sketchbook to take with me so I'll have no excuses!

If I do manage to sketch anything I'll post it here!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Michael Douglas

Spent another few hours on the earlier posted sketch of Michael Douglas. I think it's finished.

Pretty pleased with how it turned out. It sort of looks like him which is a good start! :)

Weekly Drawing Thread Sept 4-10 2006

It was a really tough challenge this week. I can't say I enjoyed it at all. But I did it and this is the finished drawing.

In coloured pencil on cartridge paper.

Really not pleased with the bottom of the glass but I couldn't get the spheres right. And the green mass in the middle was tough too, but I suppose a challenge is good for you!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

A Quick Sketch - Michael Douglas

I started this sketch just out of the blue because I felt the urge.

It's Michael Douglas from Falling Down. Not going too badly, but needs a lot of work.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Weekly Drawing Thread Aug 28 Sept 4 2006

I was a bit late on the draw with this one!

I found it really difficult, especially getting the bowl to look 3-D. Just couldn't get the curve of it right.

I'd also chosen to try it out in charcoal instead of my usual pencil so that took a bit more work as well.

Not overly keen on the finished product but it was a constructive challenge!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Weekly Drawing Thread Aug 14 - 21 2006

This week's was one of my favourite subjects - the human eye.

I've always loved drawing eyes so I was dead chuffed when that came up as the challenge.

Really pleased with the result this week. Took me about 2 hours in pencil.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Weekly Drawing Thread Aug 7-13th 2006

Every week on Wet Canvas a challenge is set to draw or sketch a reference photo.

Sometimes they are ok, sometimes they are really challenging considering that I don't generally practice a lot. But they are a great way to try things you wouldn't normally do and to develop your skills.

This was the first challenge I entered. Was reasonably pleased with the outcome.

It was the first time I'd done a still life style drawing since school and it took me a while to get the hang of it, but generally I was pretty pleased.

The acorns themselves need a bit more work, but the leaves aren't too bad.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Marlon Brando

My first ever charcoal portrait and I think it shows.
Not the best thing I've ever done that's for sure!!

Had real problems with the angle of his face and I made the chin too narrow.
Also really don't like the way I've done his hair but being inexperienced in charcoal I wasn't quite sure how else to go about it.

A learning curve that's for sure!

Tuesday, June 27, 2006


This is a piece I did as a prop for a short film I was production designer for.

It's of a whippoorwill bird, a shy and quiet species found in America.

It's acrylics on art board. And yes, it is supposed to be that dark!

Really please with the foliage and the eye of the bird. Feel like it really brings the bird to life.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Captain Jack Sparrow!

This is my most favourite piece of work I've ever done. I just am so proud of it.

It's Johnny Depp as Capt Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean. Pencil on A3 cartridge paper.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

George Clooney's Eyes

This is a sketch I did of the actor George Clooney.

I think he's got fabulous eyes so I concentrated on them and ran out of room for the rest of his face!