Monday, April 20, 2015

A few environment doodles

Oz comic con- abandoned art

Watercolours I started....but then gave up on. The dragon I couldn't decide on colours -and it was turning to mud so I thought I'll stop there. The ghoul guy with the axe isn't so bad in itself in a sketchy way-but an other pass of detail would do a lot.

Ozcomic con pt3

Some of the sketchbook drawings I did while sitting there- I did have some other nice ones I was sort of pleased with- but because they're to do with my big idea I'm not showing them.

Ozcomic con pt2

Two watercolours on A3 I did while sitting there- I didn't feel very focussed for some reason- and kept getting  my dirty paws on the paper...but they turned out alright for things done under duress- and in the case of the giraffe- with no reference-just drawing from memory.

OzComic Con

So I took the trip down to Oz comic con in Adelaide-
I think I naively thought Oz comic con might have been more about comics or artist and writers and less about "stars" and "merchandise". Really it's the same as Supanova. As fate would have it- Supanova was happening on the Gold Coast(just up the road)- apparently a much bigger show.
Ah well- I hadn't tried Adelaide yet.
The trouble is - going  by plane costs a fortune luggagewise-
so its a much reduced presence in an attempt to reduce cost (and be able to cart it all around myself).

Adelaide city- initial impression people dress like the Ironborn with matching facial hair- but seem quite cheery- except of course the people in the inner city near the mall...(who dress and act like the Ironborn)

.the inner city seems to have a lot of educational institutions crammed in there- looks like the main industry to me.
Adelaide people apparently do not like to get out of bed. Street photo below is at 7.45 Sunday morning (Saturday was much the Same)- and as you can see it appears an alien virus
or zombie apocalypse has struck and the streets are deserted-
so if you are a visitor looking for breakfast or a zombie looking for a victim- you are out of luck.
Except Sunday morning I was in luck- on my walk from the Ibis hotel to the showgrounds I stumbled on "Delish Real Food" near an IGA on Gilbert St.. Best tasting eggs benedict I've had for a long time and a decent coffee- it restored my personality thank goodness.
(Actually the Ibis Hotel I stayed at was nice and new-and I really liked the layout of the room.)
I also liked walking to the show each morning (and back)- because they've got all the native trees there are lot of native parrots about- and different ones to where I live.
The show itself- it was quite spread out in  the space- I don't think it was a big show and definitely artist alley was small- someone said the Melbourne Supanova the week before was huge...
 I was across from Emerson Ward- and down from Dark Oz and Doug Holgate.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Nice legs,- shame about the face

Eyes a bit dodgy.
Looks slightly thoughtful though.
Cow thinks grass, and the elephant thinks
What does the fox think?


Morning experiment,
(added tiny bit of photoshop cloning on face)

Lower one has no photoshop- but kind of more blown out photo

Sabretooth blob

A load of bull

Monday, April 13, 2015

So this horse walks into a bar

and the barman says- why the long face?
 another beardy long face.
Stuffed up beardy mans cheeks- so now they have no shape.
I have no excuse other than inattentiveness.
And again if I used reference it'd probably be better wouldn't it instead of just splashing away?

Not a brilliant mornings tinkering- but there are little patches scattered through them where I think- hey that worked-

 which is enough to keep going and try again.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Eyes have it

A quick test image this morning-(have to go on a bushwalk)
My theory is, after looking at "successful" illustrators,
is that if you can do nice (purdy) eyes you can stick them on anything and people will think it's a great picture. Same for pretty girls faces.
Well this isn't exactly either yet....a bit grim and sullen(because lips too low)...and misshapen still
but I think I'll practice some more and see how it goes
again probably should have used reference.....anyway

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Lion and goblin

So afternoon after thoughts---Lion isn't very accurate- was meant to be more cartoony and mane too dark (but again I accidentally put big blob of dark on it and had to smear it around ). Perhap I should have used reference but why spoil it (or me).

Blue brute

Another quick fiddle- some bits worked....
again you can see my extensive under drawing.....ha!

Wanderer- in a Brian Wildsmith style.

I love Brian Wildsmith's books. So here's a  wanderer with some freaky Wildsmith type colour.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Colourful dragon fun.

Love the bright ink type colours on a little watercolour thing I bought- (mentioned it previously) so I thought I should just do something bright and unreal - a step further from that orange one I tried.
So I did a drawing I 've done before quickly (I think for the story arts festival) - with a dwarf and the dragon reading and started colouring.

Was going to paint a craggy rock under them- or a mossy one but chickened out at this stage- plus I probably ought to have done the background first. Anyway...

Jetpack monkey rides again

More watercolour fiddling.
Needs a background block or colour- (partly to hide messy edges)....not sure what colour though.
Thoughts- if I'm going to do humans I need to do them bigger so i don't go blind trying to do tiny tiny eyes. Again thanks to the watercolour block I can feel free to  try - since there's no painful paper stretching setup process my stress level is less about stuffing things up. Well I still stuff bits up but I'm less stressed about it.