Mar 31, 2010

More sketchbook work

Here are the results from this afternoons sketchbook work. Included are our dog (top right), an Elf Guard, a couple of giants, some painting ideas, and ogre and a Dwome. What the heck is a Dwome? Well, it's another of my creations. A Dwome is half Dwarf, half Gnome. I have numerous other mixed race faeries, including Dwolls (Dwarf-Troll), Gnolls (Gnome-Troll) and even a nasty Triant (Troll-Giant).
I'm hoping to get a proper painting going in the next few days, just waiting for a couple of hours of nice weather to do some painting 'in the field.' I have a spot picked out for the Rock Tinkerer piece that is thumbnailed above, with the little goblin-like guy in greater detail below it.
I'm very much looking forward to having a go at a watercolour piece with natural scenery involved, though the prospect of drawing it is pretty daunting.

Mar 29, 2010

Doodles and Tests

Here's another page from the sketchbook. The fellow on the left with the long ears is a creation of mine, he's sort of like a guardian faerie for all of the Hares all of the world. He cares for them and protects them where he can. I have envisioned several of these sorts of beings for various animals, including the European Badger, Fox, Red Squirrel, etc. They somewhat resemble the animals they protect, and share some of their traits. For instance, the Hare Guardian is very timid and fleet of foot, the Badger Guardian loves digging holes and honey.
There are also some of my usual sketchy characters- gentlemen with robust beards, unusual noses, prominent brows... the little green guy is a goblin-like character. Just doodles mostly, but some are the beginnings of ideas for proper paintings.

I went walking yesterday, armed with a sketchbook I bought several years ago made of 100% Recycled Paper, by Daler-Rowney. I've never really tried it out until yesterday, and I'm pretty happy with the results. The paper, despite it's appearance, is very smooth and lends itself, due to it's colour, to a few ideas I have knocking around, more of which will be revealed at a later stage. I also got the chance to try out my new toy, a ballpoint pen with permanent white ink in it! It is called the Uni-ball Signio, is cheap, and awesome! It allows you to create simple highlighting incredibly easily and I'm sure I'll be using it lots in the future, so much so that I'm going to stock up on it this week.
Anyway, as I was walking along, I saw this tree on the edge of a stonewall, backing on to a nice little wood. The tree itself looks to be on it's last legs. There are buds growing on the tips of the branches, but it seriously looks as though one strong gust of wind would knock the whole tree down. But it is an interesting little tree, with ivy at it's base and moss growing on the trunk, with some great twists and turns along the trunk. I couldn't help but draw it.

Mar 26, 2010

New beginnings...

Any of you who may have come across my Blog in the past, will note, perhaps with alarm, that all of my past posts are gone.
That is because I have turned a corner in my artistic endeavours. You see, for many, many years, I have jumped from one artistic genre to the next, normally comics, fantasy and illustration in an ever-circling ride. But I have decided to go with my first great love- illustration, and in particular, faerie illustration. I have had a keen interest in Faerie lore since a very young age, probably about 4-5. Most of the books I own are Faerie related, I have my own Faerie novel in the works, and if I just let my pencil do what it wants on a page, a Faerie will invariably appear.
So I have waved goodbye to the world of comics, and to fantasy to a certain extent, and plan to concentrate on traditional book illustration, with a slant toward Faerie.

I hope you will join me on this new endeavour, and to give you an idea of what I'm getting at, below is a page from my sketchbook created this very day!