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.
This is another one of my character drawings created during my leisure. However, I have taken a new approach to the execution of this image by using ink instead of water colour and pen. I have used a wider brush to focus more on the contours of the figure itself, whilst the heavy use of water has created a bleeding effect which gives the work a wavering, melancholic mood. Where the ink has mostly been applied on the paper, the water has expanded it, creating what appears to be several different shades of grey. The edges of the line, as a result appear fuzzy and blurred. The fuzzy effect has also made the work appear more startling and expressive as opposed to the simplistic, graphic line drawings I have done previously.
This is quite an interesting effect which I have not usually explored with in my works, however it is quite limiting to the amount of control I can have over the work. Yet this could still be an effective method for my more spontaneous, improvised drawings.