Birds Butterflies And Blooms

bird and flowers

bird and flowers

Hi there how are you?

The last four weeks I’ve been taking a class by Victoria Johnson called create collections and it turned out to be a lot harder than I thought.

I tried to make all of the art work traditionally but couldn’t get the colours to gell and started to wonder why I had taken this class in the first place.

After discarding many paintings (probably as much to do with a mean inner critic as poor colour coordination) I decided to regroup and start again this time using illustrator. Digital colours are much easier to control so I set up a small colour palette to work off.

I Started (above) with the little bird and adding flowers and butterflies, then on to some flowers influenced by the blossom. I think the flowers need tweaking but its getting there.

Next a pattern: Since I had used opened butterflies for the main image I changed to butterflies with closed wings and switched up the colours, it’s kind of pretty.

butterfly pattern
Butterfly pattern

For a less busy pattern I took some of the leaves in the flower image, changed the colours and made an implied pattern. It doesn’t repeat but it’s big enough to give the idea of a pattern.

leaf pattern
Pink leaves

A couple of coordinates or tiny patterns and that’s it for now. I still have lots to do but at least I have something to hand in now.

tiny patterns
Tiny blossoms and dots

Hopefully these look like they belong in a group (coordinate) especially as that seems to be the point hehehe.

I may paint some of these up in watercolour after the class is finished, at least the ones I really like.

This week we have to put everything together and present it, interesting times.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Till next time, have fun x

Lots Of Little Birds

Week three 2nd page.
Week three 2nd page. Too pink?

Hi there how are you?

What a week! I’ve been concentrating on the course I enrolled in (create collections by Victoria Johnson)

It doesn’t look like much but that one pink page has taken all week too put together.

I drew all the bits and they were placed in photoshop. I think I spent far too long in front of a computer this week.

I’ve painted a few other blue tits along side this one, not sure they will be used in this class yet so I’m going to wait and decide nearer the end.

I’m still not sure about the colour, it’s a little bright. I’m sure some one will have some kindly advice and I’ll be able to fix it later.

To get away from the computer I painted some little watercolour birds. I’m trying to be a little more illustrative, I think. Normally I paint or draw what I see, more the way the little blue tit is painted above, and I suppose I’m taking inspiration from the other artists in the group and trying something different.

Where ever will it end!

little bird 1
little bird 1

They were based on photos on pinterest but didn’t copy them but “took inspiration” and changed the colours. I think the background colour needs to change a bit because they’re all a bit bland, maybe if I get time I’ll have another play with them.

little bird 2
little bird 2
little bird 3
little bird 3

I have more pages and even patterns to make next week so no playtime for me if I don’t get my homework done hehehe

Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Till next time, have fun x

Taking On A New Challenge

hummingbird finding colours

hummingbird finding colours

Hi there how are you?

After the marathon that is inktober I usually feel a bit flat. Drawing something every day isn’t a problem I do that any way, 5 minutes here half an hour there, mostly the drawings however are not very good. Over a normal week maybe half of my drawings are worth posting the rest are stepping stones to something else. During inktober though there has to be something postable every day!

This year I thought I would head of the burn-out by enrolling in a class. Create collections was one of the first classes that took my interest. I don’t know what a collection is or what you’re supposed to do with them but I intended to find out. ???

create collections

create collections

We started of finding colour palettes. Turns out I am already using most of my favourite colours and with a few additions they’re even more favourite hehehe.

I drew a lot of humming birds. I love the colour palette of the first one above; the others are placed against different colours to see how they looked.

hummingbird 1

hummingbird 1

hummingbird 2

hummingbird 2

This week we made a finished piece in a “collection” I thought I would use those lovely muted colours again but no, my brain had other ideas! I used a little painting of a geranium I had painted way back in August, painted some other bits and pieces to go with them and after much fiddling about came up with this.

geranium wreath

geranium wreath

I quite like how it turned out now but there were a few moments when I thought “why am I doing this!!” the class is full of illustrators and designers so I’m feeling a little out of my depth, all of the work I see in the class is amazing and well thought out, Then there’s me.

The challenge is on and I’m out of my comfort zone but I am drawing loads of stuff, mostly things not worth posting but there’s no sign of burn out so achievement unlocked.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Till next time, have fun x

Inktober 2019 Final Week

28 iguana

28 iguana

Hi there how are you?
Inktober is done, happy November!

It’s been an interesting and very enjoyable month, I liked the way brown paper looked when other people used it and wanted to see if I could get a similar effect.
I have used tons of pieces of paper drawing, sketching and working out ideas, hopefully it’s had impact on my drawing abilities.

1. iguana – (above)I took a photo of this iguana at the zoo, it was a bit blurry but good enough to draw from.

2. iguana – once I’d posted the iguana in instagram I realised it wasn’t quite done and needed more work, so I used my brush pen to give it a dark background and lightened the rock a little with a white gell pen, I like it a lot more now.

29 iguana 2

29 iguana 2

3. pigeons – this one made me chuckle, it was actually a photo of pigeons eating seed but once I’d drawn them it looked like two ladies having a cheery chat hehehe.

30 pigeons

30 pigeons

4. magpie – I love the way this one came out, I should have drawn more magpies, they look great on this paper. This was day 31 the last day of inktober

31 magpie

31 magpie

5. testers – although inktober was finished I had missed one day in the middle so I used some of the little test pieces. They were 3×3” off-cuts from the bigger pieces of paper. The two little bees were drawn with gell pens, I was missing colour and I hoped I could use the gell pens but meh, it wasn’t quite working for me. I used watercolour for two of the hummingbirds; it worked a lot better than I thought it would.

testers last ones

testers, last ones

I didn’t use the prompts this year; I haven’t found a way to incorporate them into my drawings without turning out a lot of art that I feel no connection to. I have enjoyed other people’s interpretation of them though.

I enjoy the inktober challenge; somewhere in the middle I always get that low feeling of “how many more is there left to do!” If I can push through that it’s usually OK.

I never know how this month will impact on the future arty stuff I do, it’s always fascinating to see it crop up when I’m not thinking about it.

If you participated no matter how many you did congratulations and here’s to next year.

(too soon? hehehe)

Next week hopefully I will be using colour again, yay!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Till next time, have fun x

Inktober 2019 Week 4

20 one dancing crane

20 one dancing crane

Hi there how are you?

It’s Week 4, almost there now, just a few days to go. I managed a drawing every  day this week so am patting myself on the back for sheer determination. The challenge is quite enjoyable but deciding what to draw is a lot of work.
Had I followed the prompts I’m sure it would have taken even longer because I found the words really hard to interpret this year.

1. Dancing crane – (above) a single dancing crane (there was only room for one on the page) I used a big red sun in the background. The paper wrinkled a bit because the red ink was very thin.

2 + 3 humming birds – I drew a hummingbird in the first week; he was just taking flight and a little puffed out. The next two hummingbirds are in full flight, I love the shapes their little bodies make.

22 hummingbird

22 hummingbird

23 hummingbird

23 hummingbird

4. parrot – I drew this one from one of the photos I had taken of some green parrots at the zoo. We were looking up into the trees so it’s a slightly strange angle.

24 green parrot

24 green parrot

5. hare – they have loner ears and legs than rabbits with that startled stare that means they’re ready to run.

25 hare

25 hare

6. kingfisher –Usually I would draw them sitting but I wanted to draw them moving so this time it’s going for a dive. I like the way this one turned out, it has plenty of detail but it’s not too fussy.

26 kingfisher

26 kingfisher

7. tree frog – took a photo of this little guy a few weeks ago, he was just hanging around.

Note to self, not all papers are created equal. I’m using paper recycled form the inside of last years Christmas wrapping and most of it has been good quality but this one was far more absorbent and didn’t really suit the technique I used, also it drained all of the ink out of the pen!

27 frog

27 frog

Although I have found the prompts this year hard I have seen some fantastic interpretations by other people, maybe I need to try harder to make them work, something to think about.

Here’s a link for week 1 , week 2 and week 3 just in-case you’re interested.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Till next time, have fun x

Note: If you want to know more a link to information on inktober and what it is all about is here.

Inktober 2019 Week 3

14 fish amongst the lily leaves

14 fish amongst the lily leaves

Hello peeps how is it going?
It’s week three of inktober, wow this month is going fast!

So far I’ve mostly managed to keep up, there’s been the odd “I don’t know what to draw” moment and at the last minute I think of something. I could use the prompts but found them so uninspiring so I’ll just plod on as usual.

1. Fish amongst the lily leaves – (above) there’s the beginning of an idea here that maybe I’ll look at later.

2. Horned owl – I’ve drawn a similar owl before on white paper, it’s interesting to see the difference the toned paper makes.

15 horned owl

15 horned owl

3. Hornbill – I love these cantankerous birds, the zoo is trying to breed them but the hornbills have other ideas.

16 hornbill

16 hornbill

4. Monarch butterfly – three butterflies fluttering. It was fun to draw them with the wings in different positions.

17 monarch butterfly

17 monarch butterfly

5. Penguin – at the zoo we have Humboldt penguins, they love nothing more than showing off to the children swimming right up to the glass.

18 penguin

18 penguin

6. Sparrow – I know I drew a sparrow last week but I have taken loads of photos of them and I really like drawing them. Who knows maybe I’ll draw more sparrows’ hehehe

19 little sparrow

19 little sparrow

7. Dancing cranes – there was a program on TV about Japanese wild life, when I saw the cranes I decided I needed to draw some hehehe. I’m sure had I thought of it I would have painted some with my Chinese brushes last year. “Future me” may try this, once inktober is over of course.

20 dancing cranes

20 dancing cranes

I like most of the little drawings I made this week even with the phaffing about deciding what to draw. I am starting to miss colour now and can’t wait to get the watercolours out again, “Soon my pretties”.

Here’s a link for week 1 and week 2 just in-case you’re interested.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Till next time, have fun x

Note: If you want to know more a link to information on inktober and what it is all about is here.

Inktober 2019 Week 2

7 Octopus

7 Octopus

Hi there, how are you?
Another week of inky drawings on brown paper.
It’s been interesting so far, where do the dark darks go and just how much white is too much? I used a grey pitt pen for some of the shading and hatching for other bits.

1. octopus – (above) swimming in the water, I might have gone a little mad on the white gell pen here but overall I like it

2. frogs – blue poisoned dart frogs to be exact, beautiful and deadly. They looked a little sad sitting on the page so I gave them a background and rocks to sit on.

8 Blue poisin dart frogs

8 Blue poisin dart frogs

3. fish – high-fin cardinal fish are so pretty in aquariums, all of the white parts glow in the tank lights.

9 Highfin cardinal fish

9 Highfin cardinal fish

4. turkey – not the most beautiful birds to draw but definitely one of the more interesting. I used the official prompt “pattern” for this one with all of the fancy feathers.

10 Turkey pattern

10 Turkey ( prompt pattern )

5. crab – I’m not sure what type of crab this is, In the photo it was purple and very pretty.

11 Crabby

11 Crab

6. next – (move along please nothing to see here) I made a birthday cake and card on this day and there was no day left over for inktobering  *sad face*

7. sparrow – I do love a sparrow and the photo of this one was so cute. also we had been out for the younglings birthday dinner and eating afore mentioned cake (yummm)

13 Sparrow

13 Sparrow

So that’s how inktober is going at the moment. I’m not stressing over the missed days, if I have time I may make the numbers up or not, its still good practice either way.

I’m not following prompts, unless they fit in with the things I’ve drawn but it is fascinating to see how other people have interpreted the prompts in their own interesting and out of the box ways.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Till next time, have fun x

Note: If you want to know more a link to information on inktober and what it is all about is here.

Inktober 2019

1 warthog pig inktober

1. warthog, pig theme for pinchpunchpost and day one of Inktober

Hi there, how are you?
It’s October again, or should I say Inktober. The time we break out the pens and ink for 31 days of inky art making.

Here’s a link to information on inktober and what it is all about.

I wasn’t sure at first what parameters (goals) to set. I have to give myself something to aim for or practice, I’d probably give up halfway through otherwise.
Last year I learned Chinese brush painting and really enjoyed it.

There was a roll of brown paper (they use rolled up brown paper inside rolls of wrapping paper these days and not giant tubes) I’d been saving for who knows what so I’ve cut it into A5 ish pieces to try and work out drawing on toned paper. It seems to be better quality than the craft paper I have and up to now none of the ink or pens I’ve used has bled through the page. Alcohol ink seeps through everything so I’ll use these sparingly.

1. (Above) warthog – this is a bit if a two-fer, October 1st is pinch punch post day (a twitter monthly challenge) so I combined it with Inktober, the theme was pig, I love all kinds of pigs so I drew a warthog. He even has a little bit of scenery.

2. humming bird – a little humming bird about to fly away. I tried to add a touch of colour with some aqua pens, meh. I do like the branch.

2 humming bird inktober

2. humming bird

3. I’m not using any prompts in particular but I saw a prompt list called #inkredible_inktober by @plushbrush @ohn_mar_win @jendixonarts @bearbellproductions @marienoellewurm⁠ on instagram. The third prompt on the list was berry picker and I instantly thought about a little mouse eating blackberries.

3 berry picker inktober

3. A little mouse picking blackberries.

4. turtle – this is a black breasted leaf turtle, they could fit in the palm of your hand and they’re so cute. I drew it from photos I had taken at the zoo.

4 black breasted leaf turtle inktober

4. A black breasted leaf turtle.

5. morel mushrooms – all the holes and crevices were fascinating to draw.

5 morel mushrooms inktober

5 morel mushrooms.

6. lotus seed pods – I started to play more with a white gelly roll pen here and even tried a little shading. I’m liking the effect.

6 lotus seed pod inktober

6. lotus seed pods

The brown paper takes a bit of getting used to, I like the effect others are able to get.  I’m hoping that using it every day for a month will give me a better understanding of how it works.

The first week is done three more to go, let’s see if I can manage the whole month.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Till next time, have fun x