Winter World Turtle {Art}

Hello my friends!!

I said I’d started this painting and here it is!

This weeks post is as the name suggests a Winter World Turtle – and the third World Turtle illustration.

As this one is winter themed I wanted the colours to reflect the time of year – the snow is painted using white ink and acrylic with a very pale ice blue watercolour. There are even some tiny icicles hanging from the turtles’ shell.

I wanted the trees to reflect the time of year so I made a few of them flop to the side – as if they’re weighed down by heavy snow! Its funny we don’t really get ‘proper’ snow where I live, if we’re lucky winter may grace the area with a very light dusting, but that’s it and its always such a disappointment!!

The turtle is painted using as many ‘cold’ colours as possible and in my opinion he looks a little fed up..and slightly like a Christmas pudding!

Like my other World turtle illustrations its A3 sized and is painted with Arteza watercolours and  brush pens, with all the outlines in Windsor & Newton Black Indian ink.

Yeah, so that’s it for this week…I’m thinking that the spring one might have a circle of standing stones…or maybe a glamping pod! What do you think of him? I definitely think this one’s a boy.

Thanks for checking out this art post and as always I wish you a wonderful week and a merry festive month!

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Autumn World Turtle {Art}

Hello friends! 

A couple of weeks have slipped by without me posting – they flashed pass so quickly its unreal (I don’t know how some weeks can disappear in the blink of an eye and yet some days can last a lifetime)

This week I wanted to share a new painting. Back in July I posted the finished watercolour painting of ‘A World Turtle’ and thought, why not do a turtle for each season!

As its autumn I wanted the colours of the foliage to reflect the time of year – November here is a bit nippy but the trees are beautiful as they change colour. I’ve even tried to include little piles of leaves that have been swept together – even if they look like bushes!

The first World Turtle had a sun deck and I thought that this one being Autumn should have a start gazing platform.

And I wanted the actual turtle to incorporate my favourite autumn colours. Its A3 sized, the whole image is drawn free-hand, first with pencil and then ‘properly’ using a calligraphy ink quill and Windsor & Newton Black Indian ink and is painted with Arteza watercolour brush pens – which have so many uses and the pigments are wickedly vibrant.

I prefer to use a quill over pens because it feels more oldy-woldy and I always think black pens need to be gone over two or three times to achieve the same effect and colour depth as ink. Another handy thing about the ink is that its water proof!

Yeah, so that’s it for this week…What do you think? I’d love some feedback on this piece. I modelled the castle on an old fairy tale chateau and really love the warmth of the pinks and oranges against the evergreen trees.

Thanks for checking out this art post and as always I wish you a wonderful week and a merry festive month! 

ps. I’ve already started a winter version!!

A World Turtle {Art}

Hello friends!

Just a little art post this week, for world turtle day (23rd May) I posted a pen illustration of a World Turtle. Well, I’ve actually finished it and I am so happy with this painting!! I wanted the trees to reflect the colourings of the turtle – which I decided had to be a greenish-blue and tried to give the castle a natural stone effect.

I also added a sun deck, because if you’re creating an imaginary castle why not have a sun deck!

Floating through the endless cosmos, the occupants of the castle gaze happily at the universe and other distant stars.

I love turtles they are truly magical creatures! I hope you enjoyed this weeks post, it was a lot of fun to come up with. Do you have any suggestions for other world turtles or think things can be improved?

Well that’s it for this week…I’m thinking of (at the very least) painting one of these for each season. What do you think of it? I’d truly love some feedback. So thanks for checking out this art post and as always I wish you a wonderful week!

p.s if you want to see the original drawing the post is HERE also I’ve just worked out the whole ‘featured image’ thing – its so cool!

A World Turtle {Art}

Hello my friends and happy Friday! 

You may or may not know that this coming Monday (May 23rd) is World Turtle Day! I love turtles they are magical creatures and won’t be around much longer if we don’t look after them. I suppose that wasn’t helped by sailors eating them – I think Darwin famously struggled to bring them back from the Galapagos to the UK because they kept eating them on the voyage! (I mean they’re beautiful but don’t exactly look appetising do they?!)

Anyhoo, World Turtle Day was created so that people could celebrate turtles (and tortoises) and their sadly disappearing habitats. I remember as a child my neighbour had a tortoise and use to pout it in a shoebox on the winter to hibernate – which as a kid was hilarious because it would wear your shoes if it found them!

So I decided to draw myself a World Turtle.

The World-bearing Turtle myth is actually Chinese mythology and Native American folklore. Of course one of my favourite authors (one Sir Terry Pratchett) imagined the Discworld which is carried on the back of a giant space turtle, the Great A’tuin. And of course we did (historically speaking) believe the earth was flat at one point in time.

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