You gotta swallow hard when what’s around you is changing more rapidly than you are able to handle. This is the point when you realize you can not go back, but are terrified to more forward, and more than that, numb to the present. For me this point hit on Day 4 while detoxing in late January.
You can’t breath and you can’t exhale.
1. Sobriety and Addiction
2. Yin and Yang
3. Alpha and Omega
I forced myself to draw while in detox for fear that if I didn’t I would not know how to afterwards.
We chase dragons all our lives whether we are conscious of it or not…
This illustration holds more significance to me than perhaps any other drawing I’ve rendered over the last few years. Maybe I shouldn’t sell it… It signifies the turning point in one’s life where one must move forward and discontinue past follies and experience regardless of how difficult the emotions welling up inside may be. It can mean leaving jobs, changing where one lives or even ending relationships and being financially poor and emotionally destitute until the change happens. Continue reading
This is the second in a series of five paintings for RunDeeZone. The first Footprint is posted here.
The Medium – Kroma Artist Acrylic on Arches cold press watercolour paper
The Size – 8×10 inches
The Fabulous Client – RunDeeZone
Over the years I’ve published numerous posts and artwork related to love, hearts and Valentines along with the broken, sad and less spoken about kind to.
Love is wonderful and giddy
1. Happy Valentine’s Day
Love feels sad yet hopeful
2. For Uma in New York and Rick in Fredericton
Love draws little swirls of joy
3. This flamboyant heart says Happy Valentin’s Day!
It’s not often that I’ll share my process with you on how I create an illustration from beginning to end for a few reasons. Namely, it’s uber difficult when hit with inspiration to stop what you are working on and scan that in or take photos of it in equally timed steps. Two, it’s apparent that one runs the risk of being copied and I’m not talking about being inspired or learning from another artists work. Where would any artist be without being inspired! Three, I’m shy.
So, here I am revealing to you how I created this whimsical illustration aptly entitled Evolution.
Step 1 – Ink on paper
Using Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens I drew the mandala shape freehand on Strathmore flower petal paper. I do not draw in pencil first and then ink over top. I eliminated that step a while back. I tend to use the Brush (B) tip to draw the illustration with and refine it with both the Fine (F) tip and Small (S) tip artist pens.
Update – And thanks to Lorrie who asked “how big is it?” Final finished size is 8×8 inches / 20,3cm by 20,3cm.
Step 2 – Watercolour on ink
By painting a thin wash of watercolour within the petals and varying shapes I created the underpainting of the illustration. I paint using Windsor & Newton Watercolour with a #8 long handled Deserres Turquoise Brush.
Step 3 – Coloured pencil
After the watercolour dried I highlighted and shadowed the mandala with Prismacolor Verithin Coloured Pencils. The image is beginning to pop now!
Step 4 – Ink details and coloured pencil refinement
I added the central stamens using a white opaque Pilot pen and added highlights with minuscule little dots to the ocher green watercolour. These pens are great and will remain opaque on most darker surfaces. And I added green ocher ink to the outer perimeter of the mandala.
Step 5 – Final
Drawing feathery wisps using a pretty pink Pilot pen I finished the outer perimeter of the Mandala and added a similar shade of pink with coloured pencil to create the illusion of melon… Well, that’s what I’ll call it. Melon.
•Prismacolour Colored pencils
•Windsor and Newton Watercolour
•Faber Castel Pitt Artist Pens
•Pilot Hi-tec C Pens
I welcome your feedback and hope you enjoyed learning about my creative process. Please feel free to share this post and/or link to any of your creative process blog posts within the comments below.
The original Evolution illustration is for sale in the shop and is also available a limited edition archival print.
The Nameless Ones no.1
The Nameless Ones no.2
The Nameless Ones no.3
This series began as acrylic and india ink paintings on 1/4 inch thick board. Each painting measures 6×6 inches, however the prints are 8×8 inches and appear as vibrant as they do on your screen! I enlarged them and they look fantastic! The colours are crisp and bright.
I am keeping the original paintings myself as it is not to often that I keep an original, let alone a set of originals. I usually sell it (them) or give it (them) away. Open Edition Prints are available in the shop.
Thank you! Hope you like them!
Original ink drawing painted with watercolor. I added the beige sand colored background digitally using photoshop.
The weather is warming although the evenings are still dipping down into the single digits. Last night it went down to 4˚C. Not to Spring like at all.
This image is available as an archival print in my shop.
This is Amelia.
And this is her little sister Becky.
Both were drawn with india ink and painted with gouache on red Canson paper. Amelia measures 5″ by 5″ while Becky weighs in at 3″ by 3″.
Amelia made the front page of Etsy today!