A quick zentangle to break the creative block before embarking on another, more elaborate colour pencil drawing. Completed in a my Moleskine sketchbook with Faber Castell PITT artist pens and Faber Castell Polychromos colour pencils.
This is an illustration I did from a photograph I snapped on my iPhone during the 2011 Catalina flying season. We’d flown in from another airshow in Switzerland and landed at Adolf Würth Airport in Schwäbisch Hall, a very pretty town about a two-hour train journey from Stüttgart (Germany). It was the late afternoon of a very hot summers day and the airshow had just come to an end. We were duly transported from the aeroplane to the beer tent per stretched Limousine (it was only a very, very short hop, but it’s the thought that counts!) and as we were sipping some well-deserved chilled weiss beer, they were inflating this huge Action Man hot air balloon. I love this photo as you can really see how big it is compared to a normal hot air balloon. As it was, it was still too hot for the Action Man balloon to take off – the difference in temperature between the normal air and the heated air was simply not enough to lift a balloon of that size.
This is the first time I used Derwent Inktense pencils and it’s been a bit of a steep learning curve! I chose to use Inktense as I thought they’d be perfect for such a lovely colourful subject. I like the intensity of the colours and way they handle on small, detailed areas of drawing – you can layer colours beautifully as it dries like an ink so the colours won’t mix with the next layer of pigment. I’m not to sure I liked using them on large areas, such as the sky. I had to have three goes at that, as the colour pulled away in a rather odd way as the drawing was drying causing it to look quite blotchy. I was able to correct it to some extent but my sky came out a lot darker than planned. I used a few of my old Karisma colour pencils at the final stage to crisp up some of the detail.
Derwent Inktense pencils, Karisma colour pencils (known as Prismacolor in the USA), A4 watercolour Moleskine .
I finally finished the illustration I started over Christmas for my 2012 Sketchbook Project. Unfortunately, it looks like I won’t have enough time to finish the project in time to send it (the deadline for pasting the booklet back to the States is 31 January). With my energy levels being so random throughout 2011, I simply didn’t have that many good weekends to compete enough drawings. I must admit that I also found it very hard to work to a set theme. I will complete the project in my own time though, just because I hate giving up on anything, and will probably enter again for next year’s Sketchbook Project. Although I will allow myself a little more freedom and stick with an unnamed theme!
Faber-Castell PITT pens and Faber-Castell pencil (2B)
As I’m preparing to do some new t-shirt designs for Plane Sailing, who own and operate a beautiful WWII PBY-5A Catalina flying boat, I thought I’d post an illustration & artwork I did for them some time ago. This advert was entirely done in Adobe Illustrator CS4 and donated free of charge as part of the voluntary work I do for them.
I think there may still be a share available so, if you are interested, please check out the Plane Sailing Catalina Operations website.
If you would just like more information on this Duxford-based Catalina, please check out the Catalina Society website for more information. If you are interested in helping to keep this wonderful aeroplane flying you can join the Catalina Society from just £15 per year.
I can’t post the existing t-shirt designs yet as they are still in use for several items of merchandising but you can see one of these (the black and white half-view of ‘PBY-5A Catalina’) in the Catalina Society gift shop.
This second drawing for my Art House Sketchbook 2012 project is all about my fear of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME taking over my life, leaving me fast asleep like a certain fairytale character.
Still need to write some copy to accompany the drawing but hope to finish that next weekend.
The title of this piece is take from the quote: ‘Sleep… Oh! how I loathe those little slices of death.’ (Author unknown, various wordings commonly attributed to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allan Poe, and Journey to the Center of the Earth)
Faber-Castell pencils 2B, 4B, 6B and 8B
Another zentangle, which I started at a lunch time craft session a few weeks ago. The central pattern was created from a randomly drawn ‘string’, sectioned by lines crossing its centre. I tried out a few new patterns in this one and played around with shading to add some depth.
One of the first patterns I inked in was the curling ‘question mark’ in the top left hand section. This quickly started to dominate the illustration though, so I ‘suspended’ the whole tangle from a striped cord, which helped frame the composition, and added the spiral ends to both echo and counterbalance the ‘question mark’.
Copic Multiliner SP and Faber-Castell pencil in 13x21cm Molskine sketchbook
Finally finished the first illustration for my 2012 Art House Sketchbook! This one took so much longer than planned (the day job keeps getting in the way!) but I’m happy with the result.
This is the first time I’ve broken out my new box of Faber-Castell Pitt Artist ink pens and I quite enjoyed using them. The brush tips allow for both quick and detailed work and keep their shape much better than the Copic Ciao markers I’ve used previously. The ink is water based, so is odourless. It stays wet just long enough to seamlessly blend shades of colour and, unlike the Ciao’s, barely bleeds through the paper.
The theme I picked for my sketchbook is ‘Fears and Tears’ – mainly because I’m looking forward to trying my hand at drawing some monsters