I have been playing around with art nouveau lately and trying to carry it a bit cross genre into my illustrations using many of the same elements. This was created by making a pencil drawing, I made a grid for the waves trying to make overlapping thick lines weave themselves as the ocean. However I … Continue reading Nautical Nouveau
If you are an artist or striving to be, you probably have a ton of pages upon pages of practice doodles that didn't quite cut it. Or maybe that's just me. For some nutty reason I keep all of mine in a plastic bin and occasionally go through the scraps combing for ideas. When the … Continue reading Trash or Treasure?
This is continuing my illustration journey, I have been focusing on composition for a while and today I was ready to take it to the next level with some color. As some of you may have noticed, I don't have one medium. I focus on art exploration and I diversify my methods always trying new … Continue reading From the sketchboooook, to the canvas! Paint, paint, paint…
I have spent some time with Alice in Wonderland, admiring the illustration integration, font usage, and simplicity of the yet very detailed illustrations within its pages. This is a tracing of the first page of Alice in Wonderland surrounded by my personal observations. Here is a concept sketch for the first page of my book. … Continue reading From Doodles to Composition: A Lesson From Wonderland
Practice with watercolor, as frustrating as it is, is really paying off. Leaps and bounds improvement here. If you aren't going to go all out lifelike with every detail in every color (which can be quite daunting) choosing a few tones in a unified palette truly simplifies it and takes off a lot of pressure. … Continue reading Water Color: German Castle
Ink pen on paper treated with linseed oil (above) Love the aged effect of it, especially when trying to achieve a parchment look. This can be achieved by mixing a small amount of paint with large(r) amounts of linseed oil to dilute the paint. It took months for the pooled oil on these letters to … Continue reading Linseed oil – parchment affect, translucency, and WARNING.