Monday, June 24, 2013

Cheveux Blanc

This week I have been working on Daenerys a little bit, especially focusing on her lovely luscious locks. Her character in the show/books has beautiful white blonde hair with an almost silver quality to it, so I am attempting to replicate that. Cue dramatic music. This is much harder than I originally thought. I've decided I much prefer drawing hair than painting it ;) But no matter....These past few months have taught me it's all about confidence and exploration....Right? Right. I'll try to keep telling myself that. 

I am a little bit scared to push her too far so I am going to play around with her digitally using photoshop over the next few weeks, so I won't make any rash decisions that may ruin her forever. I was thinking of giving her a gold leaf halo, what do you think? It might all be a bit too much, but I just love gold leaf. Mmmmm :) I also have to make a decision on whether to add more bugs & insects or whether I should leave them as they are and start filling in her dress. This is another thing I am anticipating to be a bit of a challenge for me. I just have to do a lot of reading and exploration about how to paint material....something tells me it won't be a walk in the park though.

I also did some gold leafing and some quick speed drawing to get things flowing. It was really fun and I was quite pleased with the results. If I do say so self. Hehe. Drawing comes so much more naturally to me.

The more I am down playing and flitting around my little studio I realise how much painting, drawing, squishing paint around on wood....everything to do with art really, is just like a science. Constant equations to work out....what to mix with what, what will go on top of what, which colours will mix makes my head hurt sometimes! But in a good way. I have been feeling very invigorated & challenged recently...just in case you were interested. Everyone should try drawing or painting or shmooshing or frolicking & wondering and wandering about art. It is so fulfilling! Warms up my soul (and I need it in this bitterly cold hills weather).

Wheeeee! There's some food for thought. 'Till next time!

xo. E

~ I N S P I R A T I O N ~

xo. E

Monday, June 3, 2013

Born Into Fire.

Changed my palette up a bit this week. After feeling sick for three days I wasn't really feeling my soft pink and purple vibes I was before, needed something a bit more gritty and angry to get my hands into. 

I ended up painting/drawing the start of my beautiful Fire Twins. It's the first time (I think) I've drawn multiple faces on one board and it was an interesting experience. It's actually really hard! I wanted them to bounce off one another nicely and not look too different...but I didn't want to end up with exactly the same face! They are a bit more ferocious looking than Daenerys but they are far from finished yet. But I am so happy with the sense of movement I managed to achieve with the paint. It makes them feel like their faces are emerging out of it.

The thing I'm starting to learn with painting is the process of layering. The paint, although bending and twisting with me, doesn't get along with my impatience. I see a colour pattern and want to develop it, but have to wait till that bit has dried to continue because it will all end up smoodging together and looking like a lovely shade of baby poo (esque) brown colour. This is frustrating for me but is teaching me to slow down and I like that :)

My amazing new 'witches broom' (as one of my Instagram darlings put it) is AMAZING. Seriously. I actually can't get over it. If you want to get all techincal: it's an Escoda synthetic bristle brush ~ size six (it's BIG). It handles amazingly well. I mix my palette and then swish with baby through it, dribble on some glazing medium and I am able to create the most amazing movement and abstract textures as a background to my girls. It blends beautifully.....for the amount it set me back it is WELL worth it, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good blocker. 

Enough blabbering. There's no one here to tell me to stop, sorry. Enjoy my photo's! See if you like my Fire Twins......

xo. E

~ Journaling ~

~ Eyes are still at their creppy stage he he ~

~ Art Nouveau Creature Babe Sketching ~

~ Pretty little glass teapot thing I found for my glazing medium ~

~ Scale ~

~ Second Face Detail ~

~ Winter studio days are my favourite ~

~ Ghost Stages ~

~ Vague Lines ~

~ This is my Escoda blocking brush. AMAZE. ~

~ I N S P I R A T I O N ~

xo. E