Wednesday, 1 July 2015


Lately I have been rather interested in politics, so as above I have been making some sketches of politicians. From top to bottom is Richard Nixon, Margaret Thatcher and Barack Obama. With these drawings, I have been exploring with a gradation of tone. This is especially evident with the Nixon sketch, where there are prominent dark areas which gradually fade out closer to the edges. Perhaps an improvement with these would be to be less rough with the backgrounds, or even taking it further and using charcoal or ink. However, such mediums may be difficult to have control over, especially with images that demand attention and detail. Yet, for someone who is not used to drawing realism or portraiture, I feel that this is a reasonable attempt.


This was just a sketch that I had done recently entirely out of ballpoint pen. This was a spontaneous sketch, which did not have a greylead under drawing unlike most of my other works in this medium.  In this work, I had mainly intended on focussing on details and pattern. This is mostly evident in the repetition of geometric forms on the costume of the character as well as the prominent diagonal lines. In the background, I had also used a repetitive style of shading, going over the areas that were meant to be in shadow. I plan to do more more works in this particular style in the future. 

Thursday, 12 December 2013


Above are two drawings which I had painted entirely in ink. The first is some fan art of a lead singer of a German band I listen to, whilst the second image is one of my more detailed owl characters. I had used finer brushes and less water for the main features of the characters, while thicker brushes and more water was used for areas which did not require as much detail, such as the background. Ink was an ideal medium for blending and indicating tone and depth in comparison to a drier medium like graphite. While both images have the contrast and mood that I had been aiming to achieve, it would also be worthwhile exploring with more detail in the backgrounds with ink for future works.


Above is a drawing which I had done a while ago. I had used a combination of fineliner, water colour and ink. Fineliner was mainly used for the details as well as the general outline, while water colour and ink was used for the colour and tone. While ink was particularly useful for blending and creating depth, water colour was ideal for adding some emphasis on certain areas of the art work, despite using a minimal palette. While this has shades of brown and grey, I had used a light blue to create some contrast as well as variety in the composition.

As for the general subject matter, I had been very much inspired by the Germanic/Bavarian culture and had based the landscape from the iconic Marienplatz, which is located in Munich. This place is particularly popular for tourists who come to celebrate the renowned Oktoberfest celebration. The man within the drawing is in fact wearing the traditional Lederhosen that a number of the Bavarians wear during the Oktoberfest. I had also drawn this picture around the time of the celebration this year.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013


Above are some sculptures I have created from air dry clay. These are the owl characters that are usually featured within my work, with the feather details that I have recently explored with. There is also a sculpture rabbit character which I have used occasionally in my other works. With each character, I have experimented with a different type of feather pattern in order to create some variation. All the details of these sculptures have been painted with water colour paint, as this medium has offered control with rendering fine details, as well as providing more flexibility in blending and mixing different colours and shades.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013


Above are a couple more character drawings. I have used ink for both, which have been drawn on 300gsm water colour paper. The top image is the more refined cockeral creature I had previously drawn and discussed here. In comparison to my previous designs of this creature, I have focussed more on the detail of the feathers of the bird. Different shades of the ink are painted and diluted in order to create a sombre and tonal appearance. However, there is less freedom to enhance such fine detail with a wet medium like ink, compared to fineliner or pen.   

In contrast to the first drawing, the second is a snake creature which has been expressed in a more fluid and spontaneous manner. An underdrawing was not created prior to the application of the ink. I have used a lot more water to create a washed background, along with bolder forms, which are indicated by the heavy strokes of ink (which is especially shown on the ground). As a result, the ink flows towards the wetter areas of the paper, creating quite a surreal and multi-tonal effect.  Also unlike the top drawing, I have not done any modifications to my snake character (which I have featured in many of my compositions).

Saturday, 26 January 2013


Above is another character drawing done in ball point pen. This is one of my owl characters, yet I have decided to add more realistic elements, such as the claws of the feet and the detail of the feathers. It is quite a transition from my previous fear owl, yet I felt that this approach is a more refined one. I had started to draw my owl creatures like this after I was heavily inspired by drawing more detailed owls during print making class when creating the owl book. But opposed to my previous owl drawings, this one has a more interesting and less-childlike style. I hope to still continue drawing my owls in this way, although I am currently looking for ways to improve my previous owl creatures so that they are not completely different from their original design.

I have also put more thought in the composition by deciding to focus on an aerial, diagnonal view instead of a flat horizon. I feel that this approach is a more dynamic one as it allows the viewer's eye to first be guided to the character and then to travel around the rest of the composition, thus generally being a more engaging work in general.