Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Disco duck?

I was drawing a picture of a Hooded Merganser. Then I decided that I wanted to play instead, so I got out one of my multicoloured pencils (this time, the red-blue-yellow one). So instead of a largely black and white duck, mine's... special, I guess.

I know that I'm a five-year-old when it comes to these things, but I really do like the surprise of self-mixing colours. I can't say that I'd ever do anything serious with "magic" pencils, but they're sure fun to mess around with.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

On the Half-skull in "Magic" pencil

This week's Illustration Friday  prompt is orbit. My take is orbit as in eye socket, obviously.

The skull is very loosely based on an ancient Roman skull excavated in London. There's a story about it an other artifacts here, and it's worth a read.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Just a couple of doodles


 This was just a bit of play with the Wacom Bamboo Paper app on my tablet. So far not bad, but I have another app that I like a bit better (I'll upload something form it at some point or other). Still, can't complain much about something that I got for free.

I still don't think I'll get rid of paper since texture is such a big part of things for me, but for casual doodling digital can be handy.

As I'm learning.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Spin in... pixels, I guess.

This week's Illustration Friday prompt is spin. This? Well, to be honest it's from a drawing app that's supposed to be for kids but is endlessly entertaining for my personal inner five-year-old. We all need a little doodle time, I figure.

I'll throw in a couple of bonus spins below; believe me, there were plenty more from that particular session. I just didn't want to overdo it.



Monday, 11 January 2016

Island in Koh-I-Noor "Magic" pencil

This week's Illustration Friday prompt is tropical.

The scanner didn't like this one at all and I had to do a lot of playing to get the colour to show, so sorry if it looks completely digital now. It's not. It's a Koh-I-Noor Magic pencil. Here's the link.

Yes, I got some Magic pencils because at heart I'm still a five-year-old who gets a bit of a thrill at the random colour mix you get from drawing with a multicolour leaded pencil. The Original pencil, for example, is red, blue, and yellow, so you get... almost anything,really. This particular pencil is the one that they call Tropical.

I thought it was appropriate.

Sunday, 27 December 2015

It's not just a scribble

Last week's Illustration Friday prompt was soar, and since they haven't gotten around to putting up a new one yet I suppose I'll go over there and post my version after all.

There's a reason behind this.

There's a reason why it's uneven. There's a reason why there are blank patches.

You've probably guessed by now that I'm going to let you make up your own mind.

I realise that my current abstract-ness isn't to the taste of a lot of you, but it's doing something for me and that's pretty important in the end. Realism will come back. Eventually. It always does. In the meantime, just enjoy the colours if that's all you're seeing, because that's all right too.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Punch in Art Stix

This week's Illustration Friday prompt is punch, and this... is scribbly. Scribbly kind of day, really. And Art Stix are pretty good for that kind of mood.

I'll be honest; I've never seen a Punch and Judy show except for little snippets on television. I have a feeling that I wouldn't have liked them as a child. I was too neurotic to cheer on the random "killing" of hand puppets, I'm afraid. Maybe you have to be there in the moment? Ah well, at least this idea prevented me from scribbling a bowl instead.
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