Saturday, 27 June 2015

Little boy study


This study was really all about practising cross hatching with a "pencil" brush. The more I practice, the more realistic the digital illustration looks to an actual pencil sketch. I'm starting to get the hang of it -- thank you Will Terry for your YouTube lesson. 

I overlayed a kraft paper pattern for the sepia tone.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Monochromatic Illustrations


Sometimes I get colour block and can't seem to come up with a good pallet for the drawing I'm working on.

This lead me to do a monochromatic look for this illustration. Kind of a "loud" choice of colour for the mood of the piece but I like it.

Any comments?

Sunday, 24 May 2015

#Vida Voices Designer

Just recently, I received an email from VIDA. They are a global partnership of creators, pairing designers from around the world with makers in Pakistan in accordance with high ethical standards, to create original, beautiful products. And the best part is that a portion of the proceeds goes toward creating literacy programs for the makers, so that they have opportunities to learn reading, writing and basic math that they would not otherwise have.

They asked me to be a designer for them by contributing some of my illustrations. I thought this would be an exciting way to help promote my work and also a unique way to showcase art. See My VIDA design page.

There are many talented designers already on board and they are looking for many more. So if you're an illustrator, photographer or fine artist have a look at their website http://shopvida.com/collections/voices.


Learn more by clicking the image below.





Friday, 17 April 2015

#Believe


Often when I'm reading through the bible I stop and wonder how the characters of the bible must have reacted to some of the awesome miracles God performed before them. Whether it was Elijah gazing upon the fire being sent down from heaven upon the water soaked alter he built or the crowds who witnessed the raising of Lazarus from the dead by our Lord Jesus. They must have had looks of shear terror on their face because what they witnessed transcended the physical world they knew.
Moses witnessed many miracles but the first miracle he witnessed was God speaking out of a fire enveloped bush that refused to burn up. I wonder what his expression was at that moment. I tried to illustrate it here but I don't think I came even close.
Moses of course went on to be instrumental in many of the miracles God performed throughout the next 40 years of his life and I'm sure that gave Moses great confidence that God would redeem His people.
In our own era, we are not privy to these types of miracles yet we have something far greater, we have the word of God -- the bible. We have truth and through that truth we can have life -- abundant life.

Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, 
you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

John 20:29

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

#Dragon


This a recent illustration I did during my spare time. I love drawing woodland creatures but drawing mythological creatures can also be very rewarding. I'll have to try an elf or ogre soon.

Monday, 23 February 2015

#Warm and Cool Lighting Study


This is a recent illustration I did to practice my warm and cool lighting effects. I wonder if there is anyone out there who can guess were I took the idea of the girl holding a lighted ball from?

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Study of wolves


I've been doing these studies lately of various animals and people without looking at any resources. I'm drawing completely with my own visualization of the subject. This has been helping me enormously in gaining drawing confidence.