Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The struggle is real

 The aim is to do some characters and push the rendering. This is the first.  The sketches below are from reference as practice - trying out different styles. 

After Reubens - ink

Alligator - ink

After Alexander-Louis Jacob

Cargo ship

Monday, September 11, 2017

Camel Still life Study

Camel Still life Study
I had hoped to have finished two other larger more involved pieces by now but I still need to do more work on them.  In the meantime here are the studies from this week. This is the first still life I have done in a while.  Took about 2 hours.  I did it just to get some practice with materials. Below are some of the ink sketches.  Each about 30 minutes from photos.  The ice sketch is a from a painting  Edward Seago .   I am trying to cycle through different subjects and  get as much diversity as I can.  The knights are fun to do in ink. 

Trees Landscape ink
Photo study ink 
Ice Landscape ink

Still life ink
Portrait ink

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Portrait study 31 and 32

Portrait study 32 

Coincidentally did a mostly portraits and anatomy study last week. 
Portrait study 31
 This ink sketch is a study of a Rubens portrait.  I used the colour information from this portrait in the Hound portrait study above.  
Sketch ink 
The other images are anatomy studies.  There number 1 is because I don't think I was tagging these previously.  Mist of the anatomy studies I have been doing have been in traditional media and I haven't posted them regularly here.  
anatomy 1a

Anatomy 1b

Anatomy 1c 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Ink practice

Vessels ink
Fencer ink
Interior Study 10

Some ink studies. I have been using a book - Rendering in Pen and Ink by Arthur Guptill.  There is some instruction but I got it mostly for the  collection of different artists and their styles.  I use a regular ballpoint for sketching but have tried to use a dip pen for some.  All are works from photos.  

Monday, August 21, 2017

Samurai Snail

Samurai Snail

Giraffe Mage
Bull Blacksmith

Interior Study 10
Portrait study 31

portrait study 31 b

Changed things up a bit and designed these animal characters.  Hoping to practice a different style and trying to stretch a few design muscles.  
The interior is a study from photo reference.  I Liked it because it was a little bit moody and had a few interesting textures and edges.  
The last batch are all practice from photo reference.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


 This one looked to have potential back in the sketch phase so I spent some time working on it in greyscale then added colour.  
The one below is a study from a photo looking at bounced light.  

Interior Study 8

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Inside / Outside

Bubble suit 

The suit is a continuation of the work from last week.  Just playing around with ideas.  The interior study is from a photograph.  I did it after looking at a breakdown of an interior by Kayurova  on Artstation.  
Interior study 7 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Practice Practice

Suits Variations
 Spent this week working on technique.  Looking at some different approaches to get a cleaner finish and setting a work flow up to allow easy editing.  Also looking at material rendering and to that end did this study of a hockey goalie pad from photo reference.

Hockey Goalie Pad

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Got to spend more time than usual on this one.  Was toying with joining the artstation challenge beyond human in the environment category but was too late to to get the required 2 submissions ready in time. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Landscape study 14

Landscape study 14
Just a landscape study from photo.  I pushed the colour a bit further.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017



I was watching on of Bjorn Hurris 30 minute warm ups on Twitch and he showed a trick he uses to draw tubing easily using the stroke effects layer.  I was playing around with it and then started overlaying the effect and thought it looks a lot like etching.  I made this little guy using it.

The image below is a study from a photo just to get some practice a subtler transitions in colour /value to indicate form. 

Amaryllis study

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


I started out with the grey scale sketch and then photo bashed through the middle of this then over painted.  I think I needed the textures to move it along but I liked the mood in the sketch.  [Edited: first post I had forgot the all important exhaust].

Launching sketch

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Another week where I did not get the piece I am working on to a finish. Anyway here is something from the week before.  Something I call boxer.  

Tuesday, June 20, 2017



This one started out as some photobashing for an environment.  I like the complicated nonsense thats in this.  

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

There be dragons

GOT screencap study
This is a study of a still from Game of Thrones - about 2 hours.  The limited offering is because I was away last week in France so only got to do some sketchbook work.   I did get a chance to take some photos, among them was this little fellow, part of a bridges guard rail.  

There be dragons 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Different Ends

Different Ends 
So I was working on the lower image and it was taking forever.  At the end of a session I sketched out over the background and it went in a completely different direction.  The lower image is still not worked to a finish but this is as far as I will go. Will take what I have learned and put it in the next piece. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Work in progress- After Peder Monsted

Work in progress After Peder Monsted 

Didn't manage to close this out this week. Still a bit to go and I am really behind because this is Spring.  Most of the work on this lies in the detailing which is yet to come. Spurring me on to go and do some plein air.  Weather has been good of late so there may be opportunities.  

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sketches -Big Suit

Big Suit
Baby Sumo
Buff Dude
Sword Dude


Some sketch book pages.  This book I fill up during lunchtime using a biro.  I am making my way through Hogarths dynamic anatomy and these doodles are interspersed.  Lots of guys - mostly big and ugly  - probably because all the anatomy is male. I have some other sketches which I will upload later.