Gravy Dragon

Hello all! Hope you’ve all been well. I’ve been inspired to think out of the box with my tools in order to do something different and have fun.

Gravy Dragon Copyright

Get on the Gravy Train. Artwork made from gravy.

This dragon was drawn using gravy… (yes, you read right, just gravy!) On A4 sized paper.

I used both a brush, and even a dip pen to draw this dragon which is mostly from my imagination. There are some things to note when drawing with this unconventional “medium”…

  1. It dries quite slowly. I worked in a room with a heater on in order for it to dry quicker. Whilst layering wet layers, I had to be patient for it to dry in between before using a dip pen to draw on more intricate details on top of basic washes.

  2. It’s not waterproof, it behaves a bit like watercolour in that you can lift out areas using a paper towel, and create cauliflower effects when working wet in wet. Beware though, the more you work onto the surface, the rougher the gravy gets in it’s consistency when layering (it was like that on the paper I worked on anyway).

You can also “erase” by dropping or brushing clean water onto the paper. Wait for the water to “soak in” and the longer you wait, the clearer the erasing will be when you use a paper towel.

  1. In my opinion, It is reminiscent of Burnt Sienna with yellow undertones. It dries a reddish brown, but the thinner the paint, the yellower it dries. You might or might not see it in this image, but that’s how I found it to be.

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#Birdmas 2018 Day 4: 4 Hummingbirds

On the fourth day of Birdmas ideas gave to me…

4 Hummingbirds,
3 Redshanks,
2 Frigate Birds,
…and A Fast Running Cassowary!

Phew… now I’m slightly starting to gain ground so early in the morning…. and yes, before anyone says “whoo! I can see some pretty pink flowers!”, there are things in this piece that I’d never normally draw…. but this year, I made a small, self generated list of each bird I’ll draw on each day. Day 4 happens to be a hummingbird, and hummingbirds love “cutesy” flowers for their nectar…

Day 4 4 Hummingbirds

Nothing cute here….

I did something different with this one in that I tried to keep the background white, but with a hint of bold colour to add interest. I did this by messing with blending modes and filters in my digital software. Not sure it went my way, but at least I gave it a go.

The most difficult part was to capture the sheen in the feathers, which is one of the things this species is known for. I just layered on colours stroke by stroke as I haven’t got much time at all. In any case, I 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:

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

St Georges Day Batch

‘Ello mates! Happy St Georges day! 🇬🇧

…Well alright, I’m a day late (both for uploading and for St Georges)…. these were supposed to be uploaded yesterday, but I was too tired to upload them then, so have posted this now.

I used the time I could get to create these for Tiny Treasures, and (obviously!) these are inspired by the English patron saint, St George. Please don’t kill me for yet another horrendous photograph… I’m aware that there’s a terrible glare at the bottom, but I couldn’t try to arrange these any better.

ST Georges Batch

Pride Of The English: ACEO batch inspired by our national St Georges Day.

I completed the designs using ink for outlines, and various coloured pencils, ink, and inktense pencils for the colours, layering to get gradated effects.

I actually challenged myself within this challenge by drawing a horse… in my eyes, besides figures and portraits, horses are the most unforgiving living subjects to draw, even in this style… There’s so much to pay attention to when drawing them, and getting one factor wrong means trouble… but I quite enjoyed doing this batch overall.

Tally = 27

All of these designs are Trading Card/ACEO size 2.5 x 3.5 inches. Designs are named the following:

Top Left: The Dragon (Why did I forget to draw his wings??)
Top Right: English She Wolf
Bottom Left: George-Fiti
Bottom Right: Man and Mount

Please note that I’m still quite busy, so forgive me for my absence, but I’ll try to be around when I have time.

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Wolf and Sheep Batch

And finally… these two beasties have been coloured in and are now finished. I must say, I’m not sure whether I like them or hate them, but they’re as close as I’m going to get to what I had planned for this concept…

Additionally, I’m still not 100% satisfied that I like my designing format… I’m feeling urgent about making my designs look less flat… but admittedly, I’m somewhat struggling to figure it out.

I completed both ACEO’s using Inktense pencils as before, only this time, I added some white ink highlights for interest. See below.

Wolf and Sheep ACEO's
Wolf and Sheep Size Comparison

Photo 1 Shows the finished ACEO deisgns
Photo 2 Shows the ACEO’s next to my original planned sketches.

My tally is now 23 (I don’t include the large sketches they’re there just for size comparison).

Both of the final designs are Trading Card/ACEO size 2.5 x 3.5 inches. Designs are named the following:

(Top photo)  Left: Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
(Top photo) Right: Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing

Please note My posting schedule might become more irregular from here, but I’ll try to still be active given the circumstances. Thanks for staying with me!

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Wolf and Sheep

Happy Easter Monday all! This is a kind of Work In Progress I was going to do for my art challenge, but wasn’t confident enough to fulfil. I thought I’d do my very own twist on the “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” phrase.

Wolf and sheep rough

Who’s wearing who!? : A wolf and “sheep” dressed as each other.

In this rough, I’ve drawn a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing and a Sheep (which is actually a goat) in Wolf’s Clothing. I liked the idea of having colourful backgrounds, but with the subjects themselves being coloured in a more dull and grungy way. It has a sort of macabre feel for a “spring” theme, but why not? That’s just me!

The marks and notes around the page are just miniature swatches and thoughts to help me with the next stage. Here’s hoping I can turn this practice into 2 ACEO’s!

Drawn using “line and wash” using ink, with Inktense pencils on a Lay-flat pad. I hope you enjoy! Cheers for now!

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Tiny Treasures Batch 3

For this next misc batch, I did some more skulls! I again wanted to put some variations on the designs, but for consistency, I decided to focus on one subject this time round, and as my previous skulls design was very popular (and also somewhat nostalgic to draw), I decided that this would be the subject of choice for this batch.

MISC Batch 3

Left: Jolly Old Roger
Top Middle: Demon Skull
Right: Skull and Snake
Bottom Middle: Twinfire Skulls

These were all done using ink for an initial outline, and coloured either using Inktense water soluble coloured pencils or other wax coloured pencils. Apologies for another bad photo, I’ve never exactly been adept at photography…

Now for the wolves…Metal wolves now for my next batch. By the way, I’m aware that I’m hideously late with post this for which I apologise… I’ve been somewhat busy, but also think that I may be experiencing a rough patch creative wise, you’ll have to bear with me if you can. See the wolves batch below:

Wolf Batch 3

Top left: Gold Sabre Wolf
Top Middle: Coppa Wolf (Coppa as in “Copper” but in a British accent, haha)
Top Right: Silver With Anger
Bottom: Grand Gold Wolf

I did all of these using metallic pigments and inks for the background (in gold, silver, and copper). As for the wolves themselves, I used simple black ink. I struggled to get the black ink to stick to the metallic background, but wanted to go out of the box and try this style out to boost my collection a little bit.

All of these are Trading Card/ACEO size 2.5 x 3.5 inches. I now have a tally of 21.

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Tiny Treasures Second Batches

Hello again! Here’s my second batch of ACEO designs, I had inspiration to do a howling wolf in my “colour before black” method, and the other two are based on a she-wolf character called “Boundie” from my Inktober comic, Back 2 The Liner. They were done using inks and watercolour pencils.

Wolf Batch 2

Top: Wolf In The Moon
Bottom Left: Young Boundie
Bottom Right: Adult Boundie

I’ve just been dawdling, experimenting, and having fun with it… when I have time of course! I might make more serious designs, but to do that, I must become one with the size I’m working with.

I’ll admit, I don’t typically work on terribly large paper… but I’m not accustomed to working to the size of an average playing card either. Perspective and foreshortening might have to be implemented more in future in order for me to create designs to my satisfaction… I don’t want my collection to look too static.

MISC Batch 2

Top Left: Purple Rabbit With 3 Eyes (this one is based on another joke)
Top Right: 3 Eyed Monster Rabbit (so is this one! Same joke.)
Bottom Left: Boom Shower
Bottom Right: Hoard ‘O’ Skulls

I completed this misc batch, again using various media. The “Boom” design using mainly watercolour pencils, skulls in graphite pencil and the rabbits using inks and mica watercolours.

All of these are Trading Card/ACEO size 2.5 x 3.5 inches. I now have a tally of 12.

Anyone of any ability is welcome in my challenge. You can make artwork in all sorts of sizes like this… or tile format, small greetings card format… any small format or object less than A5 in size. Join us and have fun with it! Here are the rules if you’re interested:

As always, thanks for stopping by! Enjoy! 🙂

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