2019 Pig Warrior “Bring Home The Bacon”

Happy New Year everyone! I know it’s slightly late to say that, but I’ve only just gotten the full opportunity to post this, so I hope it counts.

It’s been a slight tradition of mine to create a piece of art at the start of the year that represents the animal of the year coloured according to the colour of the year chosen by Pantone. 2019 is the year of the pig in the Chinese zodiac, and the colour of this year as chosen by Pantone is “living coral” which is a beautiful red/orange hue, but it can look a bit pinkish as well. When doing “start of the year” subjects, I usually draw it as a warrior. Mainly to perk myself up for the year ahead.

2019 year of the pig (coral pantone)

Year of the Pig Warrior: Celebrating 2019 my way.

This warrior is a pig with a bow and arrow I did with various inks. I wanted to do something different and do some black block comic shading for depth and as a contrast against the strong saturation and hue of the coral colour. I hope you enjoy it… I also wish everyone a prosperous 2019!

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#Birdmas 2018 Day 12: 12 Terns a Turning

On the twelfth day of Birdmas ideas gave to me…

12 Terns a Turning
11 Swifts a Gliding
10 Terrors Tearing
9 Fowl Strutting
8 Gulls a Leering
7 Owls Peering
6 Storks a Stalking,
5 GOLDEN WIIIIINNNNGGSS,
4 Hummingbirds,
3 Redshanks,
2 Frigate Birds,
…and A Fast Running Cassowary!

Phew! I’ve finally completed my catch up sprint to the finish! Day 12 was a “Tern” which is a sea bird. Within that, I chose to base this entry on a “Royal Tern” species which has a kind of funny tuft of feathers on it’s head that appealed to me. I also wanted to end on a high, so this had to be a dramatic piece with detail all round.

Day 12 12 Terns a Turning

Going on a “Turnabout” for the last day of Birdmas.

In an ironic twist, even though this is a day late, this is my personal favourite entry of my 12 days because it came out the most accurate of how I intended it to be. I only hope you all agree.

Well… That’s it! All of my entries are done! I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to those who joined me in this challenge, and for those who followed my entries (be they late or on time!) I highly appreciate those who took the time to come and look.

Birdmas officially ended on the 12th of December but anyone is still very welcome to try it/finish it if they wish. Cheers!

#Birdmas 2018 Day 11: 11 Swifts a Gliding

On the eleventh day of Birdmas ideas gave to me…

11 Swifts a Gliding
10 Terrors Tearing
9 Fowl Strutting
8 Gulls a Leering
7 Owls Peering
6 Storks a Stalking,
5 GOLDEN WIIIIINNNNGGSS,
4 Hummingbirds,
3 Redshanks,
2 Frigate Birds,
…and A Fast Running Cassowary!

Day 11 11 Swifts a Gliding

Gliding into cruise control like a boss!

Day 11 was a swift. I didn’t want to completely copy the markings of any particular species of swift so I kept to abstract colours. As I did this, I imagined a sky it was flying in being dreamy and relaxing to look at… and this is how it came out. Hope you like it!

Wondering what on earth this “#Birdmas” challenge is? It’s a challenge about drawing birds. Check out the club link for more info:

https://mewe.com/join/triwing_art_challenge_club

Stay tuned for my next entry of this project. Cheers all!

#Birdmas 2018 Day 10: 10 Terrors Tearing

On the tenth day of Birdmas ideas gave to me…

10 Terrors Tearing
9 Fowl Strutting
8 Gulls a Leering
7 Owls Peering
6 Storks a Stalking,
5 GOLDEN WIIIIINNNNGGSS,
4 Hummingbirds,
3 Redshanks,
2 Frigate Birds,
…and A Fast Running Cassowary!

Day 10 for me was a “Terror Bird” which is an extinct species of bird related to that of dinosaurs… you could call this another dino bird hybrid if you will. In this one, I focused on the textures of it’s feathers, and focused less on the background just to keep things simple. The bird is running whilst it has a bit of torn meat in it’s jaws.

Day 10 10 Terrors Tearing

ARrrghh! I must get back home in time to watch my favourite telly programme!

If you’ve been following my entries, you may have noticed I’ve stopped doing number entries and have just made custom entries for speed. I’m not going to talk much either… I have 2 more entries to go straight after this one then I’m done! None of my entries are perfect, but I don’t intend for them to be since I’m so behind. I just hope you all enjoy them!

Wondering what on earth this “#Birdmas” challenge is? It’s a challenge about drawing birds. Check out the club link for more info:

https://mewe.com/join/triwing_art_challenge_club

Stay tuned for my next entry of this project. Cheers all!

#Birdmas 2018 Day 9: 9 Fowl Strutting

On the ninth day of Birdmas ideas gave to me…

9 Fowl Strutting
8 Gulls a Leering
7 Owls Peering
6 Storks a Stalking,
5 GOLDEN WIIIIINNNNGGSS,
4 Hummingbirds,
3 Redshanks,
2 Frigate Birds,
…and A Fast Running Cassowary!

Hello all. Goodness…. I’ve had so many important priorities to consider and organise, that I’ve just not had the time to follow through with my own challenge. I’ll add that being split between so many platforms discourages me to death too, but enough about that now… lets talk about this entry itself.

Day 9 9 Fowl Strutting

*Cluck* Whadda’ya lookin’ at?

My bird for day 9 was “fowl”, which is quite a broad term meaning the same as livestock birds, so I looked for a chicken… a specific chicken that drew my interest. That’s when I came across this black species of chicken (I forget what it’s called, but search online for “black chicken” and you’ll see it actually exists!) The species itself looks almost reminiscent of an antique bronze statue.

As you can see, I used perspective techniques… foreshortening is the main gimmick of this one. Also, the actual real chicken species has black eyes, but I coloured the eye red here for contrast, otherwise everything would be black! As always, I hope you enjoy this.

Wondering what on earth this “#Birdmas” challenge is? It’s a challenge about drawing birds. Check out the club link for more info:

https://mewe.com/join/triwing_art_challenge_club

Stay tuned for my next entry of this project. Cheers all!

#Birdmas 2018 Day 8: 8 Gulls a Leering

On the eighth day of Birdmas ideas gave to me…

8 Gulls a Leering
7 Owls Peering
6 Storks a Stalking,
5 GOLDEN WIIIIINNNNGGSS,
4 Hummingbirds,
3 Redshanks,
2 Frigate Birds,
…and A Fast Running Cassowary!

Day 8 8 Gulls a Leering

Peekaboo. I see your chips…

I’m not going to say a lot as I’m catching up, and so I hope my artwork speaks for itself, however I will say that I had fun with a bit more minimalism, and that my day 8 bird was a seagull… I chose the Black Backed Seagull as inspiration for this piece. Cheers for stopping by as always and I hope you enjoy!

Wondering what on earth this “#Birdmas” challenge is? It’s a challenge about drawing birds. Check out the club link for more info:

https://mewe.com/join/triwing_art_challenge_club

Stay tuned for my next entry of this project. Cheers all!

#Birdmas 2018 Day 7: 7 Owls Peering

On the seventh day of Birdmas ideas gave to me…

7 Owls Peering
6 Storks a Stalking,
5 GOLDEN WIIIIINNNNGGSS,
4 Hummingbirds,
3 Redshanks,
2 Frigate Birds,
…and A Fast Running Cassowary!

Ugh…. I’ve had SO much to do, organise, and sort out that Birdmas is beginning to be more of a chore than a fun challenge (I absolutely hate to say that, but it is…) However, I’ve managed to do 2 more entries, and technically have another 2 to finish.

Day 7 7 Owls peering

Whhoooooo’s ready for some camping?

This bird is inspired by a Great Horned Owl… I wanted it to look more perfect than this but I just didn’t have time. I also implemented some chiaroscuro techniques… I’m not going to say any more than that since I will lose even more time. Instead, I’ll thank everyone for their time to stop by, and if there are any questions, feel free to ask. Cheers!

Wondering what on earth this “#Birdmas” challenge is? It’s a challenge about drawing birds. Check out the club link for more info:

https://mewe.com/join/triwing_art_challenge_club

Stay tuned for my next entry of this project. Cheers all!