Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Semester 2 - Week 1

Back to it. Whoo! Much drawing. Such art.

Was trying to design a Capricorn Zodiac Warrior. Capricorn is represented as a goat... fish... thing.

So at first I went in trying to make a mermaid with a goat horn helm.

I was pretty happy with the rock, but then I realized she looked a bit bored? Also the rock is sort of just floating in space. Very pretty - not quite what I was going for.

Then I tried an eco-warrior angle. I thought about what she would be fighting for and I considered adding our plastic waste problem in the oceans to my theme.

I was really happy with the gesture and felt that I got some good perspective on the tail. Then you Tim! YES YOU TIM! :P Offered some awesome and interesting feedback during the art show, letting me know that the narrative wasn't as clear as I had hoped. That I also needed to consider the hair more (to make it appear more underwater). So I went and had a look at some references and reconsidered my theme. Was happy with Simon's feedback concerning my gesture and line.

My final image has a more celestial, ancient warrior approach in theme. I wrapped the tail around like you suggested - I then also considered making the tail more interesting by adding details that remind me of a fight fishes tail (like the ones at work). :P 
I lifted the hair up and back and drew some shapes and twists to make it appear like it was floating and had individual pieces to create overlaps and depth.

I added the pink and gold in the colouring so there could be some warmer colours somewhere in the palette. I hope the horns are big and bright enough on the helm. I wanted to give them a pearl like shine or quality. (Not just golden).

I feel that I am making improvements with my line work, shading and highlights.

Sunday, May 21, 2017


A quick environment painting. May need more lighting on the trees and path from light shining through the leaves. 

Darker tones of green for leaves that are closer i.e the branches and trees in the foreground.

Happy that I'm trying different things and thinking more about my composition.

Maybe a bit too saturated? Or not enough of a warmer tone in there somewhere?


This particular piece is a simple character sketch of two of my original characters.

Was thinking about gesture and line. Need to work on my base lines to help build up my shapes and form. I notice that instead of starting a new layer, I end up editing the base line sketch.

Practicing, clean, precise line. Gesture feels a bit stiff. Needed to define action line.

Hoping I will be more confident with my colouring as I practice colour theory more.

Thursday, May 11, 2017


Going to orgainise this blog a little bit better. Hopefully this will make it easier for you to see my homework Tim McBurnie - Hi Tim!

Had to play catch up on my homework but have finished an image for Week 7 of Create 101.

So the original concept was the idea of a Caprian solider kissing her husband goodbye before heading off to the front line.

Decided it would be a snow setting. This is drawn from a region of Capria I have created called Felharn. It is a northern province of the Empire and is known for it's iron, blacksmiths and is the only region of Capria where it snows. Felharnian's tend to be very robust and make up the majority of the Caprian army.

Checked snow references to put together a palette. Lots of blues through to grey and bright white.

First image looked too stark and thought about the visual hierarchy feedback I received from Tim.
Added a morning light/pale sunrise.

Moved into warmer tones to draw attention to the figures. I think I could have had more red on the figures. I am happy with the splash of red on the axe handle - drawing from the browns in the wood tones.

Need to work on perspective - i.e. the house. I think I could have had more line and composition work in the early stages of my process - so I could end up with a more balanced scene.

Not sure if I should have had an orange tone in the yellow, almost green yellow hues I have for the sunrise.

Happy with the snow textures. Need to work on values.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Another Portrait - Mood and Colour


After some feedback from Tim McBurnie
I will be thinking more about visual hierarchy and not worrying about losing detail detail.

Ensure that you can recognize forms. What's the story behind the imagery (what do you like about what you are drawing).

Where do you want to draw the viewers eye/attention?


Drew this just in time to submit for my Create 101 Assignment 3.

Feel like I'm treading water. Only just managing to keep up with my Uni work.

This is a possibly concept/character portrait for one of my original characters - Capello Detores.

Again I am drawing from my novels characters and world for my inspiration.

Lost form with the hair and I don't think the lighting works as well as I hoped it would.

Her lips are a little too Angelina Jolie for the look I was going for. Will need to do some more face studies.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Portrait and Colour Practice (Week 5 Create 101 Homework)

Homework for Create 101. Decided to try doing a colour portrait of my awesome friend Vi.

I made her eyes a little too big. Lost some detail and form around her hair and ear.

Was fun to play around with warm - cool colours.

I was late publishing this on my blog. :/