Painting experiments

Felicity, the creeping fairy

Felicity, the creeping fairy

Medium: Sepia ink and wash with watercol.

Creation time: 3 hours.

This is just a quick painting of a fairy from my mind. I wanted to try out some sepia ink that I had bought and I needed something to draw.

I made an effort to put in as much anatomy as I could and even though it's not exactly right I think it has really improved the picture.

Subdued Crystal watercolour illustration

Subdued Crystal watercolour illustration

Medium: Pen and ink and watercolour.

Creation time: 2 hours.

I painted this watercolour picture of Crystal to use as part of the design for a new version of this website but I didn't use it after all. I was inspired by the beautiful watercolour art by Arthur Rackham and his subdued colour schemes.

Elfin girl coloured

Elfin girl coloured

Medium: Watercolour and vectors.

This is a watercolour illustration with two layers; the black lines were done afterwards in CorelDraw that's why they look so smooth and perfect. I like the effect when you combine digital and analogue painting methods.

Halloween optical illustion mural

Halloween optical illustion mural

Medium: Acrylic paint.

Creation time: About a day's work.

I've always wanted to paint one of those murals that tricks the eye into thinking that it's 3D. Well I finally got the opportunity just last week. As part of our office Halloween party we did some painting outside on the building's roof and my awesome boss gave me permission to give this trompe l'oeil go. It's not perfect by any stretch of the imagination but I'm quite pleased how it turned out.

The painting was done inside a slightly recessed archway which helps 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 shelf catches the light and ruins the effect a bit. However, I'm really happy with the perspective of the wooden floor - this was the last part to be painted and it really 'popped' out when it was done. Check out the larger image to see more detail.


A big-shout out to Nick and Kath who helped with some of the painting!

The backyard chair

The backyard chair

Medium: Watercolour painting.

Creation time: About an hour.

This is from my backyard. We have a beautiful green bushy plant that grows along our side brick wall covering a little chair and a table. At this time of year beautiful orangy-red flowers come out and almost completely cover it. While I was painting this I noticed a little bird was making a nest in the bush. It kept coming and going with little twigs - very cute!

I'm not very experienced with watercolour but I'm getting better each time I give it a go. I started this painting with some light washes of colour and slowly built up the darks. The flowers turned out more purple than orange but it still looks ok. The bricks are my favourite part - they are just simple rectangle shapes.

Gaara of the desert

Gaara of the desert

Medium: Black ink and watercolour.

Creation time: 3 hours.

Gaara is a really interesting manga character. I painted this especially for one of my friends as a going away present. It was done on really rough watercolour paper and you can see the texture in this scan.

The dancer

The dancer

Medium: Pencil, sepia ink and white gouache.

Creation time: Not sure, more then 4 hours.

I was inspired after looking at some beautiful artwork by Selina Fenech so I painted this picture of a dancing girl.

There are a few things that I'm not quite happy with but I'm never completely happy about any of my work. I was trying to capture a nice sense of movement and grace and I think I achieved that. For me it feels as if she is about to twirl around at any moment.

I used white gouache for highlights but they didn't come up in this scan. The watercolour paper was perhaps too light.

Pistachios

Pistachios

Medium: Gouache on art paper.

Creation time: 1 hour.

I was eating some pistachios and I noticed how beautiful they looked up close so I decided to do a painting of them.

I drew them in pencil first then painted over the top.

The hardest thing with this work was not eating them till I was finished! =)

Fruit

Fruit

Medium: Gouache on art paper.

Creation time: 30 minutes.

I was looking for something to paint when I saw some fruit across the room.

I didn't do any preliminary drawing this time, which is not like me at all. I just started painting areas of colour straight away and then neatened things up as I progressed. I was more concerned in reproducing the exact colours that I saw rather than the exact shapes. As a result, the blue stripes on the plate are slightly wonky!

Overall, I'm quite happy with the outcome.

Sai with messy hair

Sai with messy hair

Medium: Pen and ink and watercolour.

Creation time: 3 hours.

This is a painting of my friend Sai. She has very curly hair that's always a bit messy. She tries to straighten it but I think it looks a lot better when it's all crazy and untamed.

I love her hair in this image. In fact I think it really makes the painting work. Straight hair would not have the same impact.

Sai, if you're reading this, go with your crazy hair. It's much more creative! =)