Friday, 29 July 2011

Reason for silence: I'm off to Sweden tomorrow!

But before I go, here are some silhouettes:







And here's a doodle of El in Giraffe yesterday:



Will be updating from Sweden, but not sure how good quality the scans will be. We'll see!

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Character commission: Linework on paint-paper.

Here's one of my current commissions! A character design for a novel.



It is in the process of being painted.

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Green Park Station Market, the second try!

I just got home from my second time at the market in Bath's Green Park Station!
Had a lovely day, met some real characters, got to draw people and talk about artwork. What's there not to like?

Actually took some photos of the stall this time:











And if you remember my post about the live music art I did (two posts down from this one), I drew an 80 year old violinist. Well! Met Peter again today and got to see some of his mother's artwork from the war when they were in a Japanese prison-camp. Stunning stuff made under difficult circumstances.





All in all I had a great time and will try to get a stall again as soon as I'm back from my 3 week trip to Sweden.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Sample portraits for the market stall:

Going to my second market this Saturday morning!
Doing a few sample portraits:



Kylie and Andy's BBQ party!

You know you've been at a good party when there was an 80 year old orchestra violinist playing improv by the BBQ.

Here are some sketches I did that night:











Sunday, 17 July 2011

Messenger of Death, doodle.

Been meaning to do a sketch based on the performer Pearl Boheme for ages, but just haven't had the time until now.



Watch this and you'll get the title:



Inspiration for Skal?
Yes, I think so.

Skal page 2, second scan.



(Lettering will come)

Skal page 3: Sketchy linework.

My my! What's this!? An actual update about a graphic novel page? It's been -weeks-.



This is the linework before I finalise it on lightbox onto the painting paper.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Home from the market!

Had a brilliant time at my first market stall in Bath! I didn't expect to sell a thing, but in the end I did portraits of both kids and adults!
Should've taken more photos, but I was just so immersed in it all that I not only forgot to take pictures of my stall and my customers, but I also forgot to eat (which got the better of me in the afternoon).

I got one photo though! Here's a lovely gent who wanted his portrait done as a birthday card to his dad. :)


Here's a practice portrait I did of my dear friend El:



And here's just a lil doodle to show what it was like to do portraits of kids. I did four kids in total. These two got my chairs while I sat on the floor, but about 10 seconds later they had joined me on the market floor to look at the sketch. Incredibly cute!


Already discussed with the market organizer about coming back next Saturday. I hope I get the same stall!

Friday, 15 July 2011

"Fancy a portrait in 10 minutes?" First market experience coming up!

Hello my darlings! You may wonder why the heck I've been so quiet on the blog this past week or so. No real big paintings and graphic novel pages.

Well, here's one of the reasons:

I'm going to try setting up a little market stall in my town Bath and offer portraits and prints to the market-goers. The organizers of the Saturday farmers market in Green Park Station have kindly reserved a space for me to give it a shot! So I'll be there tomorrow morning from 9am until around 1pm when the other stalls begin packing up.

This is very much an experiment to see if people are interested in quick portraits and artist prints. If not, I'll at least have a morning of sketching outside while eating cake. ;D

If you fancy poking me, this is what my stall will look like:



It's going to be opposite the antique-shop and close to the Brasserie. Can't miss it when you walk into the station, really..!






Exciting stuff!

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Wedding Dress Commission: Sketches.



Wedding Dress Commission: Brain farts continue.

Very soon these little farty design doodles should turn into proper sketches. Consider this one of the last ones!

Wedding Dress Commission: The first brain whirls.

I've been commissioned to design a wedding dress, which is a huge honour! The lady wants it to be inspired by Victoriana/Steampunk, so here are my very first doodles. These doodles aren't bigger than a few centimetres, but it's how I always start to think of designs:





Sunday, 3 July 2011

Friday, 1 July 2011

10 minute portraits! The practice run.

I'm going to try out being a street artist over here in Bath, so I'm practicing portraits. All of the ones below have been done in 10 minutes or less.

I'm using diluted ink, which dries a lot quicker than watercolour and only needs one wash to make an impact. (Whereas watercolour will usually take some layering)