Celebrating the New Year with “Vermouth”! And finishing off my series of Vintage Drinks Poster designs! Mix together Moulin Rouge cabaret dancers with liquor and splash of sparkle. Serve in an oversize glass.
I’m late sharing this here but here is my “Christmas Card” for 2018, continuing my Art Deco Christmas flora fashion illustrations – now with puns! 🌲The end of this year has be busy, hard and brought a lot of changes. It was nice to take a few hours on Christmas Eve to draw this. Wishing you all a very happy festive season 🌟
I’ve been working on this personal piece for a few months now in the few spare hours I could find.
“I am Fire,
I am comfort and destruction,
I burn in the darkness,
I am protected.
A commission from several months ago for a local collector who now has 2 of my favourite drawings. The Art Nouveau Death and now this Zatanna are his. I love being asked to interpret these characters and really design the whole page.
The original pieces are drawn directly into his designated character commission sketchbooks. These books are fill with great sketches from artist from around the world. Truly a treasure.
Copic Multiliner and ink wash. Roughly A3 size ( The image spans the back 2 pages of the book, digitally edited to remove the join – Thanks Dave!)
Inspired by the often tragic myths and fairy tales of a mortal’s love for a water nymph. Digital Painting.
“He would take her for his bride,
Beautiful like the mist and sparkling water,
But he could not take the river in his arms.
The final line work for my latest fairytale inspired piece “Naiad”. I have a few more like this I am very excited to do!
“She has come for me,
Moonlight is her face
Ravens, her cloak
Through the cold mist
On the now silent battlefield.
I had this idea and sketched out a tiny scribbley thumbnail about a year ago. I started collecting reference images and refined the sketch. I would work on it when I got a chance but it wouldn’t look right. So I would leave it. I would restart again with the thumbnail. More reference. Restarting it again. And again. And again.
And then something clicked and I restarted and finished the painting in about a week. What clicked? Her wings couldn’t be majestically outspread, to be descending they would be pulled back and smaller. And the composition fell into place.
Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of my favourite movies. It has everything that makes a great story. And the cinematography is masterful.
Has Harrison Ford always been a cool grumpy old man?