We have already reached the middle of August, the evenings are getting slightly shorter and the children will soon return back to school. The summer always go by way too fast in my opinion. But, I do like the Autumn very much, as I mentioned in my previous post. It’s time to get cosy indoors, well for some at least. I’ll spend more time outdoors than indoors at times, even if the weather is not so pleasant. It does not really bother me too much, as long as you use proper clothes and protection.
I am here sharing a little video I created recently showing some of my favourite artwork. And some of these originals has actually been sold to various corners of the World, which makes it worth the while.
Whenever I have a spare moment I bring out my pens and brushes just to make some doodles. And here is one of my latest snowmen which I have chosen not to colour, the details won’t be the same if I do I think.
Sometimes what I enjoy most, is to just let my imagination paint it’s own picture on the paper. There are no rules or etiquette, just let it flow.
‘To be an artist is to believe in Life’Henry Moore
I am progressing with the course but I am not rushing too fast I am taking time practicing. And of course my normal day job takes up a lot of time during the week. I am working mostly using the ink pens and am also trying different techniques,such as charcoal it’s really nice to work with.
This is the illustration for the day, it took me several hours and a lot of patient to create it but it was so much worth it and really fun too.
This is the same eye as I have created using graphite pencils but here I have used charcoal, it was abit tricky but not so bad when you get the hang of it.
It’s a new week ahead and you never know what lurks behind the bend, that’s what makes life interesting. Or as forest gump said; life is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you gonna get. I sort of like that expression. Why complicate things and plan life to the minute, when you can just take it for what it is and simplify it.
As long as I get my coffee every day I am in heaven he he
I am now a few weeks into the course and I have to say that it is so much fun. Don’t think I have spent so much drawing in a very long time. There is a lot of practice involved but that’s how to do it, and I better practice controlling those lines.
‘Here comes the Vikings’
Boy & Girl
Mouse the Wizard
The wizard and his raven
Wizard hat and books
Study of an eye
To become an illustrator you need to invest a lot of hours practicing with your pens, I simply love getting lost in what I do with the pens, and I really love working in the old fashioned way however, I will eventually get into the digital way of drawing as well and get one of those pads you can draw on which you connect to your computer. I am exited about that actually.
Here you see a selection of different drawings that I have been working on this week, and the purpose has been to control the lines with the ink pen, except for the eye drawing, here I have simply been practicing on getting the details right.
I still have a few sections to go through before it’s time for the first assignment, so I’d better mosy on as they say. I will be back again with more updates on the progress.
This week has been interesting since I started the new course, it also meant I had to go back to the basics in drawing, but there are never any shortcuts and it is fun going back to start working on perspectives and details.
Here I have been working on some expressions and I am working on some animals, just to practice.
Here are some funny cats, by drawing these I am venturing into a new path sort of, since I haven’t done that many animals previously, except for my mice of course.
Well, some say that practice makes perfect, here is just some doodles I made of some pieces. At the moment I haven’t any big project going on, so have plenty of time to practice with the pens and using different techniques.
Hope that you’re all are enjoying the summer, unfortunately here in Ireland we have had a little set back in the weather, but that is Ireland for you. The weather is ever changing and you gotta enjoy the good weather when it arrives.
Anyway, nuff said, I have finally started to venture down a path I have been wanting to do for a long time now, and signed up for a course in Illustrating Children’s Books. I am now studying with London Art College and I received my study material yesterday, it was waiting for me when I got home from work. I am so exited.
To start a course like this means you need to go back to the basics a little bit, working with lines, but it’s always good to do a refresher. And I must say that I really enjoy it, I love to sit and do the warm-up drawings, to sort of loosen up your pen strokes a bit. To work with ink pencils are fantastic.
This is a sample of my exercise for today, here I have worked with lines, shapes and shades. While I was working away on this set, I just drew what was coming to my mind.
I have had these books for a while now, and they will come in handy during this course. I will have up to two years to complete the whole course, and my tutor is Maggy Roberts an illustrator with over 30 years experience as an art tutor. So you can imagine that I feel honoured to partake in this course.
This is another exercise I’ve been doing, learning to draw cartoon characters. This is really fun, and I can feel my artistic mojo coming back again.
I hadn’t planned on doing any new post this week, but as it happened I started to work on this new illustration of this beautiful classic car. I have actually painted it before, but it was a part of another illustration where I had put together several classic cars, all English. And I have posted that illustration here below.
Now I am making this car in a much larger scale, this is one of the cars I really love. It looks very simple, but I think that is what is making it so beautiful. There is a lot of details that is sort of sticking out more if you make it larger.
In this illustration I am using Daler Rowney’s paper 20 x 16 inches, and in this image I have just finished the outlining with the ink.
If you’d like to see more of my work, press on the link below and it will take you to my website:
I have not been doing any new work in a while, life has sort of kept me busy with other things. But having some time off work every now and again is good, and it’s an opportunity to reflect on what is important in life, well work of course is important but one should not let it RUN your life. There is a lot more to it than that, your job is of course bringing money and put foods on the table and a roof over your head, but it is just a fraction of what Life really is. We should live it to the fullest and piece in those little things that we enjoy doing in between all the stress and demands, that for some, our work is putting us under.
Well, I couldn’t write this post without adding a little wee bit of wisdom in there 🙂
Dear past, Thanks for all the lessons. Dear Future, I am ready!
This is my first blogpost for 2016, it’s a new year and , and haven’t quite decided what this post will be about. I will simply make it up as I go along. A new year is always a bit exiting to me, you have a whole new year in front of you, with new opportunities, new things to start, perhaps. I had an amazing and well needed break from work over the Christmas and New Year holidays, and I went into a drawing frenzy there for a while, think I showed the drawings in my previous post. But, I hadn’t been in my typical illustration mood for a long time, so when I finally did, it was like yes here we go!
I am currently working on a theme using the zodiac signs, and some Celtic patterns.
This year I will focus a bit more on my illustration skills, there is always room for improvement, and I enjoy trying out new things and tools. Once I have finished a course I am currently doing, and when work has slowed down a bit I will focus on the illustration piece and actually sign up for a course. There is so much to illustrating than what is showing, I mean you can draw and all that, but you also have to think about composition, harmonies (in some images), and also what the picture will say to those that are viewing it.
During the past weeks I have been leaning more and more towards working with ink. There is so much that you can do, and I love doing line drawings..
Here above are a few more samples on what I have been working on lately. In these drawings I have been using ink, and Derwent inktense pencils. I bought some really cool ink pens the other day @ Evan’s Art Supplies in Dublin, to go in there for me, it is like entering a candy store. These ink pens has water based ink, that you can sort of creating really cool art with, you can use water to create a watercolour effect, and you can spray it onto the paper and then blow on it and it will create cool abstracts. It’s fun and there’s no limits to what you can create, only your imagination. I often laugh to myself when I get those light bulb moments, and ca-Ching an image is materialising in my head. What I usually do then is to drop what I am doing, unless I’m in the shower or something, and get to it.
Well, you get the idea?! That’s all I have for the moment, I will be back with more updates soon.
I want to wish all my followers a Happy New Year! Hope you will have a great and inspiring 2016.
Have you made any resolutions for the new year? I haven’t made any resolution, however, there are things that I need to practice and focus on, and one of them is to spend less time worrying.
“You don’t always need a plan, sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens.”
~Mandy Hale ~
Why do we humans choose to worry so much? That is a question that I think, many with me, are asking themselves. There is no sense in worrying about things that we have no control over, but yet we keep worrying about them. Whenever we worry about things, it takes up a lot of our energy, energy that we instead could use in order to enjoy life.
Well, I ain’t no better, because I tend to worry too much at times. And for 2016 I will try to break old habits by worrying less, it might prove challenging but will at least give it a try. What I have come to realise is that I don’t want to be like everybody else, I want to be ME, and do things the way I want to, dress the way I feel is comfy. The modern world that we now live in are painting up stereotypes – how we should be and look like. We only have to take a look at all these advertises that we see all around us, depicting those skinny, hollow faced models. Who want to look like that?
We should never be afraid of being different or do things that we are passionate about, whether it is walking around in your PJ all day, write, draw or simply being YOU! Well, walking around in a PJ all day might sound a bit extreme, but you get the idea? However, I do admit that during the holidays I have had a few PJ days, there’s nothing better than feel relaxed and comfortable. The weather has been really bad and haven’t been able to be outdoors that much. One good thing though is that I have got plenty of time to do what I love most, and that is to draw and illustrate. And here are a few of them:
If you would like to have a zodiac sign like this for yourself or as a present to somebody, you can send me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org for details about size and price etc.
For these drawings I have been inspired by a little bit of many things really, the Celtic touch that I’ve been drawn to for a long time, the mystical things, and fairy tales with fairies, dragonflies and wizards.
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I feel that I have an interesting new hear ahead of me, lot’s of things that will happen and to focus on. My daily job will be busy, and there will be some traveling involved, and one good thing that comes out of that is to be able to travel to my native country Sweden and hopefully to meet my children, grandson and perhaps some other family members. Even if it only be briefly, it’s still better than nothing. I will also focus on my art and I am leaning more towards the illustrating of children’s books and the types of illustrations I am showing you in this post, I will still keep creating the car illustrations of course and some others in between. But I think it’s time for me to set my mind and imagination free to do my own stuff, the way I want to do them. There are so many good artists out there, and my thoughts has been that I can never compete with these guys and girls, with their zillion years of art studies and training. I am just a self taught artist, with ambitions to be better. It’s an ongoing procedure, with a lot of practice, many hours in fact. I don’t know if lot’s of years in college or art institutions would ever be better, but instead I’ve learned the hard way, by finding my own way to mixing colours, how to draw specific things and to work with reflections and angles and proportions.
And in the meantime I am also doing my studies in forensic science, and some of you might think where does all these different themes fit in to my world and daily life. But the truth is, that those are the things that interests me and makes me feel fulfilled. I only wish I would have had more support from home when I was younger when it was time to chose my direction, but instead I had to chose as per my abilities at the time. But due to the circumstances I have managed pretty well, with a few bumps in the road, but that is only normal I believe. The road in life is rarely wide and straight, we ought to get astray and feel lost and in the end find our way back onto our destined path. Not sure what my destined path is about yet, but I am sure I will be aware of it one day. One thing is for sure, that I was born with a pencil in my hand [giggles] and I only had to figure out how to use it to my best abilities. I am getting there…!
But from now on I will spend less time worrying about things and where I am heading, and let life have it’s course, to see where my skills will take me. Have to admit that a career as a full-time illustrator is a very tempting thought. Who knows? And, in the mean time I tend to live my life as happily as I possibly can and enjoy what ever comes in my way and make the most of it! To enjoy my studies and to work away at the drawing board.