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!

The Little Mermaid {Art}

Hello friends,

I thought I’d post an illustration this week, I’ve recently been reading fairy tales and The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen has always been a great favourite of mine.

“The little sea-princesses, were six beautiful children; but the youngest was the prettiest of them all; her skin was as clear and delicate as a rose-leaf, and her eyes as blue as the deepest sea; but, like all the others, she had no feet, and her body ended in a fish’s tail.”

Excerpt From: Hans Christian Andersen. “Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen”.

I wasn’t actually planning to colour her hair red, but when thinking mermaid Ariel always comes to mind. It was clever of Disney because in the original story Andersen gives no clue as to the colour of the mermaid’s hair, but she does grow red flowers in her patch of garden. I’m thinking that I might draw several mermaids…or maybe other characters form old fairy tales.

So this painting is A4 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 amazing.

Well that’s it for this week…I’m thinking that I might draw several mermaids…or maybe other characters form old fairy tales. What do you think of her? I’d truly love some feedback. Also I just want to say thanks for checking out this art post and I wish you a wonderful week!

Queen Elizabeth II sketch {Art}

In the UK and commonwealth this weekend we are celebrating the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and her 70 years on the throne! The bunting is up, the flags are out and we the British are going to have picnics and street parties outdoors…even if its pouring with rain!

So I thought that on this the Platinum Jubilee weekend I would actually post the sketch I’ve completed of Queen Elizabeth II, its been lovely being drawing in the garden the breeze has been lovely. I had a few stamps and thought it would be fun to draw the side portrait that adorns British coins and stamps.

Although I love sitting with a set of pencils and trying to capture a persons image on paper, I’ve never actually posted any of them online because I’m A.) not very good at realistically drawing humans and B.) I have a phobia that people who view my sketches won’t be able to immediately guess who the portrait is of (which is mortifying!).

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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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The Grim Squeaker {Art}

Hello friends, I hope the past week has treated you well. 

This week I thought I’d post a new illustration and I thought I’d share this one with you. Reaper Man is the 11th Discworld book by the comic and literary genius that was Sir Terry Pratchett, and is one of the best books out there (actually all the Discworld book are fantastic) Its main character is Death and later in the Death related books the Death of Rats arrives, the first of which is Reaper Man.

The Grim Squeaker is essentially a ‘living’ skeleton of a rat, that wears a black hood and carries a tiny scythe. If you haven’t read the books I totally recommend them! I don’t want to give away any spoilers (even though the book was released in 1991!) because they’re such wonderful books and once you’ve read one or two before you know it you’ve read them all!!!!!

I’m quite pleased with this little illustration! It’s drawn with Windsor & Newton drawing pencils on 300 gsm watercolour paper. I don’t normally draw in only pencil but shading and layering was fun and an 8b pencil was really good for the dark sections inside the hood and sleeves.

So that’s it for this week…I hope you like it! Drawing is a funny thing really as you have to keep practising (or I do at least!) I really hope you enjoyed this weeks post anyway thank you so much for reading and I wish you a prosperous week ahead!

ps. Have a great week and mind how you go!

psps. That first ps is a Terry Pratchett quote

Apocalypsis A/W ’14 collection line-up

Apocalypsis Collection line-up.
Apocalypsis Collection line-up.

The Apocalypsis collection consists of 6 outfits, all of which would be made in responsibly sourced fabrics where possible. Starting on the left, the first is a “onesie” cape in a grey and mustard colour thick linen, with a digitally printed hood, no 2. Is a brown top in a very light cotton and linen paneled trousers that are decorated with blue digitally printed pieces. No 3. Is a simple brown pencil skirt with a silk digitally printed shirt and a decorative leather body piece, the 4th outfit is a pair of baggy trousers with 2 layered trapeze t-shirts, that can be overlaid both of which are digitally printed and the blue one has a detachable hood. No 5. Is a fun and girly dress in grey linen with a 2 colour tutu, a grey decorative leather body piece and mustard coloured jersey leggings – which are decorated with digitally printed blue jersey pieces and finally the last outfit is a simple trapeze digitally printed top in silk with an unusual “cutout” floor length cape/dress in bright blue silk.

A darker body of colour

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The image I took from my research to experiment with darker colours, is a piece Harvey Nichols, commissioned Heatherwick studio to produce an installation to celebrate London Fashion Week 1997. I have fallen in love with the work this company produces, one of their more recent pieces being the Olympic Cauldron, for the London 2012 games, if you are unfamiliar with their work check it out it’s amazing.

So using an image of the piece called Autumn Intrusion to experiment with colours on the body, also including design specs of the garment, which can be altered to the wearers’ personal tastes.

Colour on the body

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Using an image from my research, this one taken from the art exhibition Beyond Infinity by Serge Salat and overlaying a fashion design to experiment with colours, also including design specs of the garment, to show where it can be changed from a “all-in-one” to button up sleeves, which gives the wearer the option to change how this outfit could look depending on their personal style.