Queen Cobra – Shape Challenge

cobra shape

Hello all… I haven’t been feeling my best lately at all. I’ve found out that I have a double infection in my ears….yes…you read¬†right. Double. Though the good news is I’m getting rest and am gradually getting better bit by bit.

Above is a little digital drawing I did for a “Shape of the week” Challenge. I entitle this “Queen Cobra”. To do the challenge itself, I took the shape given (on the right) and used it as a basis for an image. You must use the shape as a base and must not exceed it’s outline.

A huge thanks to +Stephanie Mackay on Google+ for inviting me to try this. ūüėõ

I haven’t had the strength at all to finish my “Golden Underground” piece yet, but I can assure you this will be done in due course.

That’s all for now and I hope to be well enough to finish my work soon. Thank you all and have a wonderful week ahead. Bye for now.

Golden Underground rough


Good evening! Above is a rough design I aim to do digitally, I call this “golden underground”. It’s intended to be highly dramatic…and gold! Hence the title.

This rough was done in graphite on cartridge paper and isn’t the most symmetrical, though I do aim to ammend a lot of this to be symmetrical as the design depends on it.

Incidentally, my infection has come back. (or rather its been dormant…and has now made itself known again) Additionally, I’ve been dealing with ringing in the ears (tinnitus) for around 2 months now…(great fun) but I’m plodding on anyway! Nothing is going to stop me!

Cheers for now, thanks for looking, and have a great week ahead. Bye for now!

Hope and strength

Hope and strength

Alright, tonight I completed a quick spontaneous piece I call “Hope and Strength”. This was completed on canvas in pen ink and something I’ve never tried before from Derwent – Derwent Artbars.

Derwent Artbars are basically water soluble oil pastels (made by the brand) that can be used dry or wet and have a nice, buttery consistency. They are great tools to play around with… In my opinion anyway. Additionally, they really glide across the surface, and that appeals to me a lot.

As for the inspiration behind this spontaneous artwork, its based on a couple of things really…I know a storm known as Abigail has been bad supposedly in Scotland and Northern England (Scotland had flood warnings the last time I knew), and that France has been hit by a terrorist attack… I wanted to do a piece that shows strength and hope through hard times like this, and hopefully, this shows a message relating to being strong throughout anything that comes along.

It looks rather dream like which was unintentional, but I did want to use soft pastel blues, greens and pinks, just to soften the mood overall. The animals have been enduring something, but on the surface, they are ready to receive the reward for being strong… and that’s hope.


To those of you anywhere in the world struggling through a bad time, my message is to try to be strong and overcome the difficulty. For now, my thoughts are with Scotland and France. I do hope things get better.

I hope my art in this instance gives people inspiration and strength. Bye for now all and keep going!

Art Society – 100th Annual Exhibition

Hello all.

Our exhibition has been done. In my opinion, the exhibition was bitter sweet for me. It started off really well with the private view, even having a couple of speeches about the foundation of the art society, it is 105 years old, and has put on 100 exhibitions (this being the 100th one). Additionally, although challenging, being a bartender on this day was fun, I was an assistant, and I felt like I did my best.

The sad news was the lack of critic, which I felt very down about in particular because I love when people critique my work, good or bad. Additionally, not many people arrived after the private view, certainly not when I visited the display anyway. (I reckon I came at the wrong times regrettably).

Anyhow, Please see below for images of my work on display.



This is Suburban Spirit.¬†This was generally well received by a couple of people I spoke to. No one purchased this, though I am glad somewhat because this is a personal piece to me, so not selling it isn’t a bad thing.


And this is Know the Rules. There was more interest in this piece, and someone even approached me saying that their friend wanted to buy it. Unfortunately however, they haven’t¬†contacted me to confirm this, so this is up for sale. If I find a suitable way of selling Know the Rules, I might indeed sell it when an opportunity comes.


The layout of the Exhibition was pretty nice overall. It was in a hall with two main floors. Framed artwork as well as canvasses were hung on screens. There were small plinths for sculptures and craft pieces as well.

Disclaimer: I did not create anything seen in this last image. Art and craft seen here were created by other members. All rights reserved.

Well, that’s it. I am glad that I at least gave it a shot with this exhibition, and I am proud to say that I am part of the weaving of history.

Bye for now! Enjoy Sunday, and best of luck for the coming week.

Suburban Spirit Final Piece


Argh! My goodness me I’m so shattered! Oh…and my hands feel like they’ve been in hell, but I do suffer proudly for my art…Because at last, Suburban Spirit is finished! Excuse the poor quality of the photos again.

Completed on A2 sized Bristol Board paper in mixed media…(and with my blood sweat and tears), this piece represents the sheer pride I have for my roots. This is set in an old Suburban area as the title suggests.

I am very proud of this piece not only because of the subject I’m focusing on, but how much of this came from my imagination. That’s right, this place doesn’t exist (if it does then I’m psychic…) this is from my imagination and not done from direct reference! I did still do my research though.

I did most things in detail…including the cloudy sky and the bricks. Both combined, they took me forever, but this piece just had to have my full and utter attention, and it was worth it.

The car (blurry looking because of the camera) is in the background, and I actually put the cat on the car instead of on a wall. It makes a nice personal take on the “cat on the wall” concept.

Lazfar the wolf is here beside the main man who is symbolic of someone who knows this place well as his home. It’s strange… I knew from imagination that I wanted to draw this bloke exactly the way I’ve drawn him, but yet, he does not remind me of anyone.

It just felt correct to have him be the main character. I knew this at the preliminary stages too and it works, he fits perfectly in this piece, as well as all the secondary characters do.

The text is completely hand written by myself and not traced from any font. Within the message, I changed “derelict” to “old school” because derelict can mean abandoned as well as old, so it isn’t quite the right word. The past to me was anything but abandoned.


This is Suburban Spirit in it’s frame, and I’m very impressed with it again! The glass in it is actually plastic, and the black colour of the frame rounds off my piece quite well in my opinion. I’m very happy! Everything looks class!

Exhibition update

Alright everyone. Good news and bad news.

  • The bad news is, there will be no appreciation session, therefore, no critic is going to come to critique our work… How dissappointing…
  • The good news? I’m going to be a bartender serving wine and juice at the private view! This will be on Thursday evening. Nice nice!

That’s it for the exhibition projects. Both are done and ready for display! Hope you had a wonderful Halloween weekend, I certainly did, it was a great laugh.

Cheers! Wish me luck everyone!