I’ve been a bit busy getting Super Friday finished and ready for printing, along with some house sale nonsense and whatnot. I’ve been painting and drawing stuff in the meantime, but I’ve been neglecting updating my blog-like portfolio site. Anyway, on this lovely bank holiday that I’ve spent doing very little (except painting), I’ve finally had time to collect all my photos of the nicer doodles, paper tests, and paintings I’ve done in August.
This week has been quite a fun week for art related things – I taught a comic character drawing workshop to a bunch of 8+ kiddos over in Tadcaster on Friday and it was great fun! I also had some time and a chance to practice with the watercolours – I’ve been trying to loosen things up a bit this week, with a focus on mixing colours before I get started and trying to keep to a more Soan style of watercolours especially during warm ups.
I don’t know why I feel the need to apologise for what feels like radio silence on my part, but I shall say sorry none-the-less! I’ve been trying not to succumb to the stress of a house sale and failing – so I’ve only really had the mental energy to work on comic pages until today. During the week, in which I had to take a day off to stop the overwhelming feelings from affecting my full time work, I had the pleasure of sitting down to watch Hazel Soan’s ‘Learn Watercolours Quickly’ . She is such a joy to watch – her enthusiasm is great, and by the end of the video I was feeling a heck of a lot better for a short while. Watching her paint is entertainment, I suggest that you watch it if you’re into the loose and energetic watercolour style.
Enough of that though, I know what you’re here for; the non-comic artwork I’ve managed in the last week – its been an exercise in getting some of the Soan-ness into my own work!
No doodles this time, they’re all sat on post-it notes tucked into my journal at the office…
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!
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.
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!
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
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.
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!
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.
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!