Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sunday Sketches

Hi everyone,

Well the weeks seem to be flying by now I can't believe it's nearly December!

The weather is warming up nicely over here now and it really feels likes summer is almost here. I've been busy at work preparing for the end of school concert. I'm loving how my job as the artist in residence at the boys school is never boring. I'm now in the process of making sets and helping with costumes for the schools big concert at in a few weeks time. I've made a castle for the white witch in Narnia, the lampost from The Lion the witch and the wardrobe and I'm now in the process of making chimney sweep brushes for the kids for a Mary Poppins routine! :0) It's a lot of fun!

I've also been busy with a commission I'll be posting after Christmas as it's a present for someone but I have had some time to do another pencil drawing.

I called this saucy little minx 'Eve'........

I look forward to seeing what you've all been up to!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Paint Party Friday and Sunday Sketches, continuing with pencil!

Hi guys, well what a week it's been. I've not been that well. I've had some sort of bad allergic reaction to a facemask that I used last week so have felt like the elephant woman all week. Taking antihystamines which really knocked me around and trying not to rip my face off. I'm not sure what is going on with me at the moment I seem to be developing allergies and hayfever which I've never had before. I've been hearing that this spring season is really bad this year. So can't wait til that passes.

I did however manage to continue with my pencil drawings and have been experimenting with space, and composition as well as challenging myself with teeth and hands.

So here are my pieces for this week:

First up I tried to challenge myself with this pose which had a partially opened mouth as well as some hands. I'm really happy with how she came out. :0)

Her hair reminds me of flames in this one! :0) I really enjoyed working on this hair! Love the colour combo!

With these last two pieces I was experimenting with the use of space and composition! I really enjoyed working on them both.

The last one I named 'Mother Nature'.....

I'm also excited to be able to share with you some new products I'm working on. I received these in the post yesterday. I've been checking out a printing website and have started experimenting with using my art work in different ways. These are the first of my new t-shirts. If you are interested in purchasing a t-shirt like this or would like to see another of my designs on a shirt then just let me know through my blog or you can email me through facebook :0) I'm very excited about where this new line of artwork is taking me :0)

Looking forward to seeing what you've all been up to this week!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Paint Party Friday, Sunday Sketches and a bit of a new direction

Hello fellow art lovers. I couldn't post last week as last Friday we had our school's annual Twilight fair and this year I was put in charge of the face painting stall. Face painting isn't really something I've done a lot of except for messing about with my own boys. But I managed it, 4 hours of really busy fast face painting, I was absolutely exhausted afterwards and didn't realise just how tiring it is! :0)

This week I've been able to relax a bit with my art and I decided one day to try something different. I've started drawing while I watch tele again and I must say that I find it so relaxing! I'm really enjoying it. I've been trying to challenge myself by playing around with a bit more realism and it's been great to push my boundaries. So here are the new ladies I've been working on this week!

 Here is my first girl, I wanted to keep my surreal or fairytale style in there but make it more real at the same time. I think that I was staying in my comfort zone a bit and even though I was a bit nervous about attempting something new I'm glad I did.
 This second girl is actually a portrait of a friend. She asked if I could do one of her in this style and set me a challenge......
 I'm really happy with her as it really does look like her! :0)
 This girl was more of an experiment and trying to work from a different angle, side views intimidate me a bit and even though this isn't a full on side view I felt that this angle was a bit of a challenge.
 I'm very pleased to say that she sold just hours after a drew her when I posted her to my facebook page so that was exciting! :0)
 This last girl was the biggest challenge of all with her upturned face, something that I would never have tried to tackle in the past but with each piece I'm finding my confidence.

I'm happy to say that I've found a new exciting direction with my art which I really wasn't expecting to do but I guess it goes to show even those playful little sketches can really make a difference :0)

Hope you are all having a good week and I'll visit soon :0)


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