Promise – A Birthday Present

I don’t have much to say about this except that this was really fun to do and probably one of my best character art watercolour paintings that I have done so far! More than happy to offer these are as a commission for anyone who might be interested!

Experimenting with Watercolour for Painting on the Go

I’ll keep this one brief since I’ve been pretty busy travelling for work and the like!

I’ve been trying out a couple of new materials so that I can paint on the go – a combination of Prima Watercolours and now a new set of Winsor and Newton (but only because the 24 half-pan set was heavily discounted at Cass Arts – they have a massive sale on at the moment, go check it out!). I’ve been trying a variety of watercolour postcards as its been really hard to find a decent non-ringbound pad that’s around A5 or smaller.

So I present two of my latest pieces from the last 7 days;

This portrait was done with the Prima Odyssey set, a Derwent watercolour pencil, and two Pentel waterbrush pens (fine and medium tip) on Seawhite’s Postcard Paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This plant girl drinking tea was done with the Winsor & Newton Professional Half-Pan Set (using Aureolin, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, French Ultramarine, and Windsor Purple) using a Rosemary & Co Round 4 Kolinsky Sable Pencil, and a thin Pentel Waterbrush.

A small update

I’ve been a bit busy with getting some bits of merchandise ready for the coming convention season while also trying to organise some legal things, fulfilling some online sales, working on the comics and doing various life things.

The first run of Super Friday Part 1 arrived last week and they are beautiful. Printed by the wonderful Comic Printing UK. Go see them if you have things to print. They’re wonderfully friendly and knowledgeable, very fast once the artwork is sorted, and more than good value!

However, I’ve picked up a lovely tin of Prima Watercolours (the Odyssey palette) and some nice but inexpensive watercolour postcards that mean that I can so some simple watercolours on the go (although trying to mix on paper-only is proving a bit of a challenge but I’ve seen that Primas are great for direct colour pieces anyway).

Here’s some snaps of the things I’ve been working on these last few weeks!

I also have a spiffy business address now! Woohoo!

More Watercolours, More!

So in the last week I’ve been reading ‘Urban Watercolor Sketching’ by Felix Scheinberger and ‘Light and Shade in Watercolour’ by Hazel Soan. Both artists are incredible, with similar subjects but vastly different methods and styles, and I have been feeling inspired.

Naturally, feeling inspired means I immediately had to start painting before finishing either book (oops). It also looks like I went a bit into overdrive compared to the last couple of months.[note]Comic? What comic?[/note]

The following have not been uploaded in order of painting.

 

The reception to these paintings has been suprisingly good. At my table at Geek Retreat, some people mentioned that they don’t see many watercolour comic book artists, which was a good point! When I used to think of comic book covers, I never thought of watercolour pieces until I saw the work of Dustin Nguyen.[note]Which is a bizarre way to think when watercolours have been used for illustration work since watercolours were a thing.[/note] Not gonna lie, it’s Nguyen’s work that has inspired me to get some nice materials and switch back to traditional.

One last thing; the fortnightly artists group has been given the go-ahead, so I’ve went and made a little community site over at panelshowcomics.co.uk

Good News and This Week’s Artwork

First of all, the artwork[note]That’s what we’re both here for, really[/note]; More watercolour practice[note]Hurray for colour wash backgrounds[/note] and an ink doodle I did while at work. Not much this week, sadly, there’s been a lot of alternative commitments, and a fatigue that’s been messing with my hand-eye coordination meaning I’ve spent more time inking the Britland City comic pages this week than I intended.

Watercolour Painting of Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman – Postcard Sized
Inked girl swinging from a ring
Friday finally grabs the ring!
Thank you Ken Bromley Art Supplies
I got some new practice paper which is a lot nicer than the Cotman paper I’ve been previously using – just see how smooth the inking is on this one compared with the Wonder Woman picture!

Now, the good news[note]For those in West Yorkshire,mostly[/note];

I’ve began talks with Geek Retreat Leeds, and shall be doing a morning drawing session for the grand opening on the 28th of April. If it goes well, I’ll be working with them to form a face-to-face community for Comic Creators in West Yorkshire along with helping them with a couple of comics-related events. Keep your eyes peeled, it looks like Panel Show CC is coming back!

In addition, Britland City has now become an approved publisher of Project Wonderful ads[note]Currently bidding at $0![/note] so if you want to advertise on the site head-on over there and sign-up!

 

Watercolours and Other Things

So I purchased some Gansai Tambi paints as a birthday gift to myself as I have been wanting to get back into watercolours quite badly.

It’s taken me a while to get around to taking photos of my experiments as I rushed to finish a costume and then was out for a 4 day weekend in North Wales. I’ve also been battling against new medication side effects and a broken boiler while working to restore the Britland City comics buffer.

I finally have a day off to myself, so here’s a selection of things that I’ve gotten done since.

A Mi-Go as I imagined it before finishing the story they were first referenced in

Looking a little cross-eyed there…

As you can see, I still have far to go. I’m just waiting for a bit of extra cash to flow this way so that I can buy some more practice paper.

In other news, I have applied for a space at the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival. Let’s hope that I get it and make the investment for Thought Bubble go a little further!

Motivational Moon Goals

Right, let’s get cracking and tackle the question immediately in your mind…

“Fefe…What The Heck Are Moon Goals?!”

“Moon Goals” are the absolute craziest goals that you could dream of. The goals that mark success beyond what you would be otherwise content with. The kind of goals that make you think ‘Oh damn, is this really happening?!’.¬† I borrowed the name from a well-known quote that is frequently misattributed (and often blasted by grumpy people).

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among stars! – Les Brown

If you hate the corniness of calling them Moon Goals, you can also opt for “Pinch Goals” as in ‘Pinch me! I must be dreaming!’. Whatever name you pick, they’re goals that will keep you dreaming and keep you motivated as you work.[note]Since writing this I have come to prefer ‘Pinch Goals’ now but OH WELL.[/note]

Achieving the goals should feel be like winning the lottery. One thing about the lottery though; you can’t win if you don’t play. You will have no chance of achieving your Moon/Pinch Goals if you don’t get out there and make the things!

“What Are YOUR Moon/Pinch Goals, Fefe?”

Well, they’re meant to be a bit out-there. A bit impossible in the saturated sea of the internet, so, uh, you’ve been warned. These ARE (to my self-flagellating¬†British self) unrealistic pipe-dreaming goals. So, in no particular order;

  • Being invited to talk on a panel at the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival
  • Being invited to talk on a panel at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival
  • Seeing my comics published in at least 5 languages
  • Being invited to collaborate with an animation powerhouse to adapt a project
  • Being invited to pitch an original idea that then gets made
  • A Teagirl Nendroid and/or Britland Series of Pop! Figures (or whatever might be the equivalent)
  • My favourite musicians write into/ending music for one of my series

So those are my pinch goals. I have them written down in my journal and I’m going to make them into a poster I can hang where I work. You should write some too – they’re crazy but dang if they’re a good motivator. As I said earlier; you can’t achieve your goals if you don’t work towards them. You can’t work towards your goals if you don’t know what they are. So, write some goals, work towards them, and make the time to do your thing!