Lyndal the flower girl

Art by Matthew James Taylor (Paintings, Drawings, Digital Art, & More)

I’ve been creating art all my life.

It’s in my blood.

My Dad was a professional artist and private art teacher and he inspired me creatively from an early age.

I started drawing as soon as I could pick up a pencil and I have never looked back...

This website is my online art gallery where you will find a wide range of art including cartoons, realistic portraits, paintings, drawings, illustrations, and much more.

My inspiration comes from a variety of places; my day to day thoughts, obscure observations, my imagination, from science, music, and my dreams.

I hope you enjoy wandering through my world:

Vector Art

I love how precise and clean vector illustrations are, it gives me such joy!

Lyndal the flower girl
"Lyndal the flower girl"
Björk Big Time Sensuality
"Björk Big Time Sensuality"
Original crystal
"Original crystal"
Eyebird
"Eyebird"
Winged skeleton
"Winged skeleton"
Crystal the doll
"Crystal the doll"
Crystal Glow
"Crystal Glow"
Crystal circle
"Crystal circle"
Astro Björk
"Astro Björk"
Holden Astra
"Holden Astra"
Björk venus
"Björk venus"
Mazda mx5
"Mazda mx5"

Paintings

Watercolor paintings

Of all the painting mediums, watercolor is my favorite. I love the soft colors and the random, happy accidents you get around drying paint edges.

I especially love combining watercolor with black ink line work.

Elfin girl
"Elfin girl"
The dancer
"The dancer"
Felicity the creeping fairy
"Felicity the creeping fairy"
Radish flowers
"Radish flowers"
Tesselating flowers
"Tesselating flowers"
Waffles
"Waffles"
Subdued Crystal
"Subdued Crystal"
Gaara of the desert
"Gaara of the desert"
Backyard chair
"Backyard chair"
Teu Dream
"Teu Dream"
Summer and the Duke
"Summer and the Duke"
Sai with messy hair
"Sai with messy hair"

Gouache paintings

There's something about gouache that makes it feel like the perfect medium for still life paintings, at least that's what I use it for.

Pistachios
"Pistachios"
Fruit
"Fruit"

Oil paintings

Despite my Dad being an oil painting teacher I don't have many oil paintings of my own. I think it's because oils are such a messy medium. I like to keep my hands clean! ;)

Ikea pig
"Ikea pig"
2 trees
"2 trees"

My optical illusion mural (Trompe-l'œil)

Optical illusion mural (Trompe-l'œil)
My attempt at a trompe-l'œil optical illusion mural

I always wanted to paint one of these murals that tricks the eye into thinking that it's 3D.

This painting was done inside a slightly recessed archway which helped to give the illusion of depth. Towards the bottom, the wall comes forward almost flush with the surrounding bricks and it forms a little shelf — unfortunately this catches the light and ruins the effect a bit.

I'm really happy with the perspective of the wooden floor — this was the last part to be painted and it 'popped' when it was done.

Drawing

Drawing is my main love. It entertains me, plus it helps me think and understand the world. I'd be lost if I couldn't draw.

Drawings of trees

Stylized tree
"Stylized tree"
Tree growing in rocks
"Tree growing in rocks"
Red tree
"Red tree"

Did you know there are different ways to sharpen a pencil and multiple points you can carve? See my article: The Art of Sharpening Pencils for all the details on sharpening styles and techniques.

Colored pencil drawings

I love to draw simple little pictures in colored pencil, the bright colors make me happy.

Flower bird
"Flower bird"
Tree of color
"Tree of color"
Bird with colored feathers
"Bird with colored feathers"

Doodles

Just some random works that have no aim or purpose.

Aimless doodle
"Aimless doodle"
Ink doodle
"Ink doodle"
Ink nib doodle
"Ink nib doodle"

Life drawing

I have been attending life drawing classes for more than 20 years and I've amassed quite a collection of drawings. Charcoal is my favorite medium but I love to try them all from time to time.

Ink life drawing
Ink
Chalk life drawing
Chalk
Graphite pencil life drawing
Graphite pencil
Charcoal life drawing
Charcoal

Want to know more about life drawing? Check out my article: Life Drawing: The Complete Guide to see what equipment and mediums I use and to learn a few drawing tricks.

You can also buy my life drawings on OpenSea as NFTs.

Drapery drawing

Drapery is the study of the folds of clothing and fabric.

Girl sitting with drapery
"Girl sitting with drapery"
Girl on draped stool
"Girl on draped stool"
Drapery girl
"Drapery girl"

Portraiture

Male portrait (black and white charcoal)
"Male portrait"
Felicity circle: art nouveau portrait
"Art nouveau portrait"
Man with white beard (graphite pencil)
"Man with white beard"
Angela reading (black and white charcoal)
"Angela reading"

Other drawings

My shoe
"My shoe"
My old house
"My old house"
Frangipani
"Frangipani"
Wave dragon
"Wave dragon"
Watering can (pointillism)
"Watering-can"
Winged skeleton (pencil)
"Winged skeleton"

Character Design

I have created quite a few cartoon characters over the years, mainly for use in my comic strips. It's interesting to see the thought processes that go into the creation of a character. Click to learn more about Ogga and Mr Frontbum:

Ogga the Cane Toad
Ogga the Cane Toad
Graeme Frontbum
Graeme Frontbum

Fractal Art

Fractals are so fascinating to me, they're so simple yet so complicated at the same time. It's like they sit somewhere in between order and chaos which is the most interesting place to be. Their organic and repetitive shapes lend themselves well for use in art:

Fractal tree
"Fractal tree"
Imagination on a hill
"Imagination on a hill"
Wing rot fractal
"Wing rot fractal"
Brush strokes
"Brush strokes"
Bubble trouble
"Bubble trouble"
Capillaries
"Capillaries"
Citrus
"Citrus"
Flower chain
"Flower chain"
Lace
"Lace"
Neon smoke
"Neon smoke"
Royal gold
"Royal gold"

You can buy my fractal art NFTs on OpenSea.

Digital Art

Most art is digital nowadays, particularly if you're looking at it on a screen (like you are right now). The following pieces were created with Photoshop:

Looking at the sun through closed eyes
"Looking at the sun through closed eyes"
Angry man
"Angry man"
Björk Hunter
"Björk Hunter"

Comics

I loved reading comic strips when I was a kid. I particularly loved Footrot Flats by Murray Ball and Swamp by Gary Clark. They were the inspiration behind me creating my comic strips.

Old Ogga comic strip 06

Do you love reading comics? Then check out my Ogga the Cane Toad comic strips and Graeme Frontbum's Pet World too.

Graphic Design

I've done a lot of graphic design over the years but mostly for my own projects.

Logo design

I love designing logos but it can take a lot of effort to come up with a solid one. You need to strike the right balance between simple and unique without it looking too cliché.

Here are a few of my creations:

Kidsit logo
The Land of No Horizon logo
Commercial Digs logo
Flex logo
Gapmaker logo
Propertics logo
Property Radar logo
Sketchclip logo
Tank Select logo

Book covers

I've written two books and I did the graphic design for them too.

Ink life drawing
Babysitting Business Secrets
Ink life drawing
The Land of No Horizon

You can buy my babysitting book on Amazon as a full-color paperback or an ebook.

Book illustration

I kept notes in my phone of all the funny things my kids said when they were young, later when I wrote my babysitting book I used their quotes for the illustrations:

Kidsit book illustration 2
Kidsit book illustration 3
Kidsit book illustration 1
Kidsit book illustration 6
Kidsit book illustration 4
Kidsit book illustration 5

That was a brief walk through some of my art.

I hope you enjoyed it.

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