Wild kids sketches

Some quick sketches of some forest-dwelling kids done for fun. Might do a quick illustration with these guys.

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You won’t often see my pencil work, but I really do love the feel of it. Eventually I’ll find a way to successfully incorporate it into the final paintings.

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The Creator (linework)

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Here’s the latest piece I’ve been working on. It’s not too large, but boy is it ever detailed! It looks much too busy now, but once I add value and colour it’ll all come together. Or it could be a disaster, but lets hope for the best! The challenge for me in this piece isn’t how detailed it is, but how much perspective there is. Buildings in perspective have never been my favourite thing to draw, so why did I decide to draw an entire city? I don’t know, but it happened.

I have a few different projects going at once right now, so this may not be finished for a while.

Bran’s Dream (sketch)

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Here’s a progress shot of a piece I’m working on. Just some proof that I’m actually being productive. It’s based on Bran’s first dream in A Game of Thrones (the book). P.s. Yes I jumped on the instagram boat (even though I can do the same thing in Photoshop in a minute and come out with a higher-res image).

Mycenae

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For this project I did a fair amount of research into the late Bronze Age civilization Mycenae. I find the culture fascinating, and the art and architecture amazing. I tried to depict everyday life in a Mycenaean palace. There aren’t many artifacts left over from this period, but I was able to get a lot of information from frescoes and friezes. This meant that I had to heavily interpret a lot of the information. It was really fun to research and paint, I hope to do more educational illustrations in the future.

King Arthur Sketch

Well, I’m back at school and things are already getting busy. I’m in my final year at the Alberta College of Art and Design and almost all of my courses are illustration based. I have one class that’s mainly focused on concept art and one class that is devoted to figure illustration. This sketch is for the latter. Our first project is simple, we have to create character portraits of a protagonist and an antagonist. I chose the legend of King Arthur and how he is killed by his illegitimate son Mordred.

I’m trying to get outside my comfort zone and use some dynamic poses and compositions, ones that work well for the characters. This sketch was originally just going to be a pose study, but I got carried away and designed him some armour as well. Hopefully I’ll have some better studies and sketches to share later in the week when I get some more time to work on it.

Plundering of Airlie

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This one is based on the folk song “Bonnie House of Airlie” (I only know the Kate Rusby version). This was done this afternoon in about 2 hours. It started out as a sketch and just kind of evolved into something a bit fantastical. Can you tell I’m in love with this colour palette?

Isn’t it funny how you can slave over a piece for days and it turns out terribly… then you doodle for a couple of hours and come out with something you adore?

Natin Swazee

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So I know that I haven’t been posting as much as I could be this past month. I do have a few things I could share with the world, but not many of my projects have worked out well. I’ll post a few little sketches in the next few days, but I don’t have anything great to post. I’ve been busy! Very busy.

Anyhow, about this portrait is of my classmate and friend Nathan Swayze. We went sketching last month and this is pretty much the only thing that came out of it (other than a picture of a cowboy hat with arms and a moustache). His work is seriously awesome. He has a blog which he hasn’t updated in MONTHS, but as soon as he gets it together I’ll post it on here.

 

 

 

Lighting experiment

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Still figuring out what combinations of media I like, and I think I’ve found one that suits my drawing style. I have to work at it a lot still, but its a fun, versatile technique and I like it. Here I wanted to try hard lighting, making the hair glow a little. I like the way it turned out, though it took a while. I’m thinking of getting some more highly pigmented watercolours, because the yellow I’ve been using has really grown on me. I might not upload a lot of new artwork in the coming weeks, because I’m working on a big project at the moment that’s still in its early stages.