Shadow Skeleton

Something a bit darker I thought I’d share, drawn with various coloured pencils on A4 Natural coloured paper and using a different type of blending technique – baby oil!

Drawing normally with coloured pencil, I shaded areas with necessary colour before using a water brush filled with baby oil to smooth the marks and blend for uniformity.

Shadow Skeleton

Shadow Skeleton: A shadow of my former self perhaps? Or perhaps the bare bones of starting again!

There is a small meaning behind this. The subject itself is actually a wolf skeleton that I’ve put in more of an upright human position. I sometimes represent myself as a she wolf, so this is representing me during this block of sorts that I’m having.

The dramatic lighting and shadow effects represent the double edged sword of being in the dark. One one hand, it’s a difficult and intimidating place to be, but on the other, it’s also the perfect place to meditate and plot a comeback. After all… I may be somewhat struggling, but I’m still here and I’ll get there in the end!

In any event, I thank you for passing by to view my work, hope you enjoy. Cheers for now!

Gargoyle Rush

Ugh… I have Finally had the strength to finish this drawing! I once again apologise for being so absent lately – my crippling block continues. I have also had to reconfigure my blogs and signature to show my artist name, Lazfar, but anyway… enough of that, on to this.

Gargoyle Rush – The final finished piece.

I took the last rough sketch of this and shaded everything using ink, in particular Winsor and Newton pigment markers. I’ve heard mixed reviews about these, but personally, I feel they’re pretty nice. They’re good to blend with and create interesting effects with the added value of being lightfast – lovely.

In terms of the piece itself, I’m not overly happy with it. I would have put even more time into this, but that would only be a hindrance, so I had to stop. I tried to make as much impact with it with movement and colour and even an atmospheric background, but it didn’t work out how I intended. The perspective could also be modified, but once again, spending more time on this would solve nothing.

In any case, I do hope you like this and I shall see you next time. Cheers!

Geometry and Scribble

Hello all. I’ve decided not to take part in the drawing challenge I made, but I’m still moderating entries. In the meantime, I drew a couple of things:

Geometric Fish

Time to go ‘angling’: Geometric fish design done using fineliners on A4 cartridge paper.

This one is entitled “Geometric Fish”. It was inspired by one of the titles in my drawing challenge “Geometry or Shapes”. Though I am no longer taking part, I’ve seen some great entries for that title, and wanted to have a go myself.

 

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Motorcycle work In progress: An unfinished piece in the making.

This is what I’m working on currently. Another title of my Mystery Box challenge is “Gargoyle” which has again inspired me to use that idea. I have drawn this motorbike and I plan to have a Gargoyle mounted on it. It’s only a work in progress that obviously needs work done to improve it, but stay tuned to see it finished!

That’s all for now. See you next time. Best wishes!

Unevil King

The finished piece from last week’s sketch. It’s an evil villain king sitting on his throne with a dragon on his shoulder. Completed on A3 cartridge paper in alcohol markers, I tried to layer and sculpt some atmosphere into this… In my opinion, it’s ever so slightly steampunk like. What do you think? (Apologies for bad quality photos).

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Inked up and ready to colour: The inked image.

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Fully fleshed: The final finished piece. Completed using alcohol ink.

My apologies for not being as active here by the way, I’ve tried to take a break from social media for a bit… Just to clear my head.

🎨 Drawing Challenge Idea Update 🎨

I have decided to fulfill​ the idea of a drawing challenge! There is enough interest for me to make a small casual one. Please tune in on Wednesday 17th May on G+. It’ll start on that day and is intended to last for 10 days.

Thanks all! That’s it for now… Best wishes for the week ahead!

Slick as a Magpie

Hello all! Finally I have finished this piece… I’m sorry for not being so active here, I’ve been a bit busy and back and forth with this as well, so haven’t been able to be present so much.

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Slick as a Magpie. Mixed media on paper.

As for this itself, this has been a bit of a chore and a bother to complete. I just couldn’t finish the oil slick effect to my liking, I tried all sorts of different media to emulate the effect… Coloured pencil and ink to name a couple, but it’s far harder than I thought initially… The only way I could possibly create that effect is to spend absolutely ages on this project copying every detail, and that’s just not practical.

In the end, I used acrylic inks, paint pens, and pouring medium to create the oil slick ink blot. I tried to swirl the colours around using the pouring medium and colours to create abstract shimmery effects, but that didn’t work… In the end, I tried to draw swirling patterns with paint pens. Unfortunately, that makes the end result look too opaque.

In my opinion, it looks more like a paint splat than an oily sheen, but I’ve had to stop here otherwise I’d spend forever doing this. I’m glad it’s finally done, but disappointed with the outcome. Either way, I hope you all enjoy. Oh, and sorry for the rubbish photo.

Cheers for now. Have a great week ahead!

Spewer

Spewer

A drawing of a lizard spewing slime I did using a range of alcohol based markers and Posca pens. I must admit, (for want of a better phrase…) I felt a bit ‘blocky’ whilst doing this. This was done on the spot, although I was inspired by some graffiti I saw here featuring a dinosaur. I particularly loved the details in the scaly skin in the design, so decided to do something similar and add my own effects.

I don’t typically draw considered pieces using alcohol based markers, but for the sake of giving them a go and getting better with them, I thought I’d try them out. I often layer darker colours on top of lighter ones for depth… and that’s how I created the background effects and scales of the lizard… I then did finishing touches with a white Posca pen and yellow on top.

I do hope you like this piece. Thanks for stopping by!

Feel free to like, comment, and follow me! Cheers all! See you next time!

Wendigo Tribute

Hello all. Today I’m uploading a tribute painting in honour of a very special friend of mine.

I don’t normally post things relating to my personal life, but today in particular is a very sad day for me as it marks exactly one year ago since Wendigo, one of my cats, passed away. I love and miss him with all my heart and soul, so it only felt right to take time out to do this tribute painting for him.

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Copying from a photograph, I used senelier watercolours on NOT pressed watercolour paper. I had to use a bit of creative license for this as the photograph itself is rather dark and awkward. He is black and white, but had to darken parts of the white fur for depth. I also added some spatter effects to try and boost his portrait a bit more. Finally to finish, I added some relevant text, which I did quickly using a brush pen and fineliner.

For translation purposes, the text on my artwork reads:

“Wendigo. No matter what, you will always be my prince! We miss you! 5th June 2007 – 27th February 2016″

Wendigo meant a lot to us here. He had tons of character, and was also very regal. Because of this, I nicknamed him “the prince”. Although no one here will quite understand, I hope that at least you enjoy my artwork for today.

For those who’ve ever lost a pet or animal family member, my thoughts are also with you. Thank you.

Best wishes to everyone and I’ll see you next time.