This year I thought I would give inktober a try. For those of you who don’t know, it’s a challenge on Instagram to produce one inked piece every day in October. I knew going in that there was NO WAY I’d finish 31 drawings. In the end, though, I did manage 8 large and ‘finished’ pieces, and 8 smaller sketches, which isn’t too bad!
I wanted to experiment with ink a bit more, and to attempt some more complete ‘compositions’, rather than just portraits. So, the goal was to include backgrounds/full bodies. I don’t really feel like I hit my stride until the very last piece, but still – a month to feel comfortable in a medium I don’t often use isn’t too bad!
Below are the more finished pieces:
I’ve been working in gouache lately, which requires a bit of a learning curve after using nothing but watercolors for a few years. To get the hang of it, I’ve been doing some small portraits.
For this one, I took a number of pictures during the drawing process, so I’ve made a progress gif. The first sketch for this painting was one of my WORST ever – I don’t know what was wrong, but I just couldn’t figure out the shape of her face. Luckily, I figured it out in the end.
And the finished piece:
I recently did a couple of tiny watecolor paintings, mostly so I could have the satisfaction of finishing something quickly. I was happy with how they turned out:
But then I was left with the problem of how to display such small pieces (2×2″, 3×5″, and 4×4″). So, I experimented with a couple of different options.
Those of you on instagram may have noticed an onslaught of mermaid art this past month – @tombancroft1 came up with the idea of “mermay”, a challenge to draw/paint one mermaid for every day of May.
Now, I didn’t QUITE manage 31 of them, but I’m pretty happy with the five I did finish!
In my professional life (where I’m a lecturer in English literature), I work on the Pre-Raphaelites. My specialty is poetry, but I love the art, as well. So I thought I’d do a painting inspired by Pre-Raphaelite art.
Now, PR art is defined by a few key features: Continue reading
I started a new job in September, so the autumn was a bit too hectic to make much art. 2017 has been far more productive!
All new pieces are available in my etsy shop!
I made two new pieces of embroidery to gift this Christmas:
Both pet related! I now have custom orders available on my Etsy shop for pet portraits like the top image: £30 for a 10″ custom piece.