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I like making things…..

Path of the Warrior


“Path of the Warrior”, 12″x9″; pen and ink with digital colouring

Finally finished this piece.  Really happy with the final outcome.  A lot of times I draw something, with the intent of putting digital colours over the top but it never seems to come together, so as this one has worked out I am obviously thrilled.

Below is the finished pen and ink drawing, scanned in, to helpfully give some impression of the difference between the hand drawn stage and the digital finishing?  The drawing took about 3-4 hours, the digital colours about 1-2 on top of that.  At the bottom you can see a few of the additional colour schemes for the images (green was my personal choice so it got pride of place at the top.  The others are blue, crimson and yellow).

Untitled 2.tif

Untitled 2.tif

Emblem Design No.2

Another emblem/logo design, in the same style as the previous.  The last idea took on the shape of ‘clubs’ (from a deck of cards), and so I wanted to explore something with a red tinge.  The Hearts seemed a more challenging shape to play with, among the shadows and various levels within the design, and it allowed me to put a slightly more colourful emblem out there too.

Final "hearts" design

Final “hearts” design

Seeing as I’ve done clubs and hearts perhaps spades and diamonds should follow along too.  I can’t guarantee when, or if they will, but these emblems have served their purpose in teaching me a new style.  Incidentally, if you look at both this design and the clubs version, you’ll notice that the shadows are indeed asymmetrical.  This is because the ‘grading’ work was brushed in rather than using gradient fills layers.  I always felt it would look too clean and something a little rougher was always more appealing.

Greyscale version

Greyscale version

One of a few things in progress


I’ve a couple of images and ideas in progress, but thought this one deserved some screen time. Another bird, pen on paper.

Emblem Design


I was playing about, doodling some shapes, when I began to see this design appear.  As the design took shape I decided it needed to be build digitally, to make it clean, but also it needed to be more than just a flat logo/shield on a page.  I love art and design that has depth and a 3D nature to it, when you know it’s a 2D image it can still have that extra something.  Here is a break down of the process I took to build the design, from sketch to the build up of the section in flat vector form, to the final version that added tones into it to create depth.


And here a couple of small detail shots, that hopefully highlight the layered nature of the logo.


detail 2

detail 1

So I love it when something ‘solid’ appears from a loose idea you have.

The Conjurer


A mixed media piece.  Watercolour painting for the hands, with the light source added digitally, post painting completion.  The hands are all watercolour, they’ve not been tweaked.  I had the digital element in my head at the concept stage, so I had to envision the ball within the piece while painting.  A fun image to produce, nothing more than a play around with materials really, but hopefully a success.

Darkest Knight


I received a ‘package’ containing a sizeable amount of watercolour paints, brushes, pencils etc.  They belonged to my late Granddad, and I’ve been wanting to play with paint for a while.  A friend suggested watercolour to compliment my pencil drawings (as a good entry way into painting again) and with the sudden acquirement of his kit it just seemed like too good an opportunity to ignore.

Here it is, my first painting.  More will surely follow, but I’m very happy with this debut.


Coming Friday…


Coming Friday, without fail I promise.  You’ll get the whole backstory then, but for now you just need to know that I got paints, and this illustration makes me super happy.


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