I spent two weeks in Scotland, travelling all over West to East and exploring the mountains and valleys. I occassionally got to paint as well!
I am preparing several tens of beetle illustrations for an upcoming exhibition. I was initially inspired by a series of photos of Scarab Beetles, their shiny carapaces were inviting to recreate. A work colleague then shared a poem by A.A. Milne called Alexander Beetle which formed my paintings into a full project.
I'm really enjoying the brush tipped ink pen I'm using, I love the delicate lines and strokes I can get for whiskers and fur!
I really enjoyed drawing probably one of my favourite birds. I used Windsor & Newton inks in blue and black again with a brush for this one. I'd like to get an ink well pen or a quill to play around with some new mark making techniques.
Today I've used some colour! I think that black and white only will soon get boring for me. Today I have used Windsor & Newton ink in black and blue and a cheap watercolour brush.
Its the first day of Inktober. I'm using both the official prompt list and a list of subjects I have chosen under the theme of British Wildlife. I will likely stray from the official list from time to time, however I'm aiming to get better at story telling so I should use it as much as possible.
For my first drawing I have used a Tombow ABT brush tipped felt pen.I do like the variety of line weight I can get with it.
This is going to be a fun month.
I decided to submit again this week as I've been practising with gouache! Its an odd material that you can't quite treat like watercolour, and that is far more versatile that acrylic. I still don't fully understand it but I'm enjoying the process.
So I've been getting to grips with water colours and learning more about how they layer and what I can get away with. I'm really enjoying the process and I've discovered that wet on wet is very useful in specific applications and isn't the absolute enemy I had pegged it to be. My sketchbooks haven't looked this lively in a while!
This weeks topic for Illustration Friday is "Tiny" and I decided to paint the moon which makes me feel extremely small, so I decided to also paint a very tiny moon (yeah, take that moon! you big bully!) Watercolour paints and prismacolour pencils (shown) were used.