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Developmental Drawing Project part 1

Just a tiny post to fill you all in with what I am currently undertaking at the moment.

I have started a developmental drawing project where I will use a range of different surfaces and drawing mediums to eventually create a final piece. For this I have to use four objects which can be in a complete contrast to one another; so eventually I had decided to use the following:-

organic – shell

contemporary – a voodoo statue

historical – an owl engraved pocket watch

manufactured – well I’m still undecided about this unfortunately.

Now to start off obviously I wanted to create a range of sketches where i explore what mediums work best together and also work best on different types of surfaces. I decided to use my first object for these little experiments – the shell – and created a nifty fifty sketches.

Not all of them are my best quality but I suppose they were an experiment worth researching and now I know myself to not use some of them ideas again! I have created a slideshow of these and to view a more in depth explanation about each one you can always view my facebook page at

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Posted by on October 13, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Environment: Swamps part 1

For this mixed media project I had chosen the environment of wetland swamps. This part one is to show you a selection of sketches I had worked through in order to just give me a general idea of what mediums work brilliantly together and what mediums are better left on their own!

 sketch 1 – this is a venus flytrap using oil pastels. A medium used on it’s own that never fails to please me.

  sketch 2 – this sketch is of the marsh marigold using water based felt pens. Now I am slightly disappointed by this as usually when I used felt pens by themselves they tend to brighten up the image and add a slight Fauvism feel; sadly this has failed and maybe a different subject choice would have been more appropriate.

 now this is what I discovered on the back of the above sketch of the marigold and this is so much better! This has the bright, happy feeling that I normally get from using felt pens. I shall certainly progress this further (without writing on the back).

  sketch 3 – this is the Okovango Delta Swamp using Indian coloured inks. I find this to be quite a hard medium to use on its own – I usually have a tendency to mix some white acrylic and biro with this.

  sketch 4 – this is also the Okovango Delta Swamp created using biro and Indian coloured ink. Now you can never go wrong with biro and ink; the medium also helps to create a dark and dreary atmosphere to pieces. Now the white marks that you can see have been caused by the excessive rubbings of my finger work…all I wanted to do was smudge the biro but instead I took thin layers of paper away from the page!

 sketch 5 – water lily pads using quink ink and bleach. This is one of my Favorite mediums to use especially once used with biro (biro is a savior… if the image looks like it may fail just whip the biro out!).

  sketch 6 – freshwater stingray using oil pastels and quink ink/bleach. Unfortunately the oil pastels (as well as wax crayons) had soaked up the quink ink that by the time I layered on the bleach there really was no point!

  sketch 7 – a jiburu stork using an acrylic base and then quink ink/bleach. I have mixed feelings for this – should I have left it like this or should I have used biro for a speck of detail? It is quite a unique and illustrated piece.

  sketch 8 – now this is the same technique as above but using Indian oil colours as a base instead. I was hoping that once the bleach had been applied on the bushes that they would be a bright green/blue! This is the Lignum swamp of Australia.

  sketch 9 – an ariel view of the Everglades swamp using a collage surface with tissue paper. This technique has worked brilliantly once I had added the oil pastel and white acrylic spotted around the tissue paper.

  sketch 10 – this is the yellow anaconda scale detail created by collage surface and hand paper towel. I used quink ink and bleach on the hand towel to create that crinkled and ribbed snake texture; black and white acrylic were used on the collage surfaces.

 sketch 11 – same idea as above but the collage surface was created with brown paper.

  sketch 12 – the Canadian pond weed using oil pastels on acrylic base. I had created this by using the scrafito technique which always works between oil pastels/wax crayons and acrylics. The colours are vibrant and I could possibly take this technique onto further developments.

  sketch 13 – fiddler crab claw using acrylics, biro and quink ink/bleach on brown paper. A more painted affect rather than a mixed media effect but nevertheless this has worked quite nicely.

  sketch 14 – the Everglades swamp in Florida using coloured inks, quink ink/bleach, white acrylic and biro on tissue paper. Using all of these techniques together would never work with cartridge paper or any other for that matter as the bleach and ink would soak everything up; however, within this experiment it has destroyed the tissue paper (which I was slightly expecting) yet it has somehow worked. It has a collaged feel to the image without even being a collage!

  sketch 15 -  waterlily pad under the swamp of Okavango Delta made by coloured inks, felt pen, quink ink/bleach, oil pastels and marker pen.

I think I have produced enough rough sketches to help me progress to creating more refined developments.

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Posted by on October 4, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Digital media development LO2 part 5

continuation of the digital media developmental sketchbook.


here i chose a mixed media piece based on tear drops and a portrait I made of an African dancer.

 for all of the following images i played around with the layer tools. I used multiply for this one and it creates a nice texture around the face but unfortunately is too dark and are unable to see the beautiful bright blues of the tears.

  I then used vivid light from the layers options to brighten it up slightly from the above multiply image. It is slightly over saturated and highly contrasted but i am still able to see the face as well as the over-sized teardrops; only problem is the background is very dark and gives the image a gloomy feeling.

 i then used the difference tool from the layers options and out of all three developments this has been the most successful. The image is full of colour and the portrait has merged nicely into the large teardrops giving a slightly abstract look to it.

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Posted by on April 12, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Creative process part one complete

So I have finally finished the ‘peace’ part of the creative process and it is 9:30pm with still a further eight paintings to go!

So here are the final three of peace:


Watercolours, biro ink and white acrylics on cartridge paper.


Acrylics and charcoal on mono print.


Quink ink and bleach with acrylics.

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Posted by on February 25, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Creative process update


Acrylics and charcoal on screen print.


Quink ink and bleach, acrylics on pink card.


Watercolours and acrylics on newspaper.

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Posted by on February 25, 2012 in Uncategorized


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a little more to my sketchbook randoms

continuing from my previous post I am adding a few more images from my sketchbook randoms all for your viewing pleasures

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enjoy everyone :)


Posted by on February 7, 2012 in Uncategorized


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