Saturday, February 27, 2010

Bed and Breakfast

Another one just for fun.

Faerie Fix

I'm calling this one Faerie Fix because I have just made a few adjustments, or fixes to this little painting. It is a book illustration for Jim Tague's poem Teeney O'Feeney King of the Leprechauns.
I thought I was finished with this picture and the project completed when it was decided that we would add one more illustration to the book. Adding more art is always fine with me and since the new picture was going to involve faeries I felt like I wanted to go back to this one and make a few corrections before starting the new picture. I made some adjustments to her wings and brightened up the colour in a couple of places and gave her a bit more hair. The changes are subtle but now she looks a bit closer to what I have in mind for the faeries in the new picture and they will all look like they come from the clan. It's watercolour of course, as usual, with some gouache over painting.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Some recent rough work for a personal piece I am planning for the spring. I'm still figuring out how it's all going to fit together. I know that I want to have the girl posed in front of the tree but I need to have something in the background that will help tell a story. Is she hiding ? Is she waiting ?
I need to have something back there. At first I was considering a dragon but I think that might be too much. I don't think this is going to be that kind of picture. I want this one to be more about the environment she's in. Maybe a flock of crows. Something has startled them - maybe - don't know yet - still thinking. More drawing required.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


Some more morning warm up drawing. I don't really have any plans for this just yet, but you never know, I may be able to use her somewhere. Mostly I was just interested in drawing the leaves and things on her head.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Witches - Spidery

I've been thinking about witches lately. I have some new personal pieces planned for this spring and I keep coming back to the theme of witches. So here are some witch deigns or improvisations. I'm calling these ones Spider Witches because I'd like them to have long arms, longer actually than I've drawn them here. I think that will give them a creepier look. These will not be the nice and helpful kind of witch but more the mean and nasty type.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Witch Cottage 2

Some more recent sketchbook. Lately I've been experimenting with ideas for  witch cottages. I'm planning a new personal piece and would like to be able to put a really ramshackle looking witch hovel in the background. I'd like it to look very organic, mossy and crooked as if it just sort of grew there, which could be true if it was built with magic using found objects and scavenged bits of other buildings - and of course it will need to be in the misty haunted woods :)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Alan Lee Drawings

Here is a link to some fabulous Alan Lee drawings. If you've not yet seen these amazing drawings I think you will find them well worth a look - a good look :)

Enjoy !

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Pixie Witch

This one came out this morning while doing some warm-up drawing. I drew it from reference but took some liberties with her likeness to push the character I really wanted to draw. Then I gave her a snail. The hair needs more work but I can come back to that later when I'm in the mood to draw tangles, string and knots. She could probably also use some talismans and magical artifacts woven in as well.
More drawing required :)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Gnome Tower

Some more recent sketchbook. This little scene came to me while I was out walking my dog a few days ago. There is a wooded trail near our home where I can walk him everyday and it gives me a chance to take a good look at the undergrowth and old stumps and fallen logs and general forest litter. Even in the winter with all the leaves off, the random variety and infinite complexity never fail to inspire new ideas.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Ghost Path

Another one just for fun - a little diversion from the Arctic Myths project I'm working on at the moment. I strayed out of the Northern Wastes for a bit and down into the Haunted Forest. I really needed to draw some trees after all the glaciers and snow fields I've been drawing and painting lately. The path runs up and through the trees which are more or less growing over and around the rocks and is extended by a catwalk which kind of leap frogs through the woods, spanning creeks and going over crevices and steep cliffs. Things seen and unseen travel this path so be careful  :)