Monday, 30 September 2013

Look into the light

Daughter Poppy. Acrylic on canvas 3 hour study, 30/9/13
September has been a very creative month indeed, more so than August. #drawaugust and #paintseptember on twitter have helped me to move further into finding a theme for my painting. The picture above is a 3hr study of my daughter Poppy. I have always been fascinated with light and dark, cool and warm approaches to painting. I want to explore this further and I will be painting a series of larger paintings over the coming months. My plan is to do a mini exhibition of the work once they are completed.

I am still ongoing with #thedailysketch and some artists on twitter are also taking part. This is a great way to share work and push each other along with like minded individuals.

#paintseptember was also a great way of applying colour information in a short space of time. 

I found that ink and wash worked best. With this in mind I will continue to work in this manner and hopefully try and sell a few prints in the process which I am setting up soon.

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Friday, 27 September 2013

Fantasy rule book cover artwork

Front cover design for '12 Elements of War'
Been very busy of late creating artwork for a new fantasy rule book called '12 Elements of War'.
The picture on the left is the front cover and I have created and designed the logo, layouts and all the illustration work based off concepts given to me as part of the brief.

A lot of work has gone into this and I am using traditional methods of drawing and also digital aspects of painting as the client is looking for a 'travellers style' sketchbook approach to the artwork. Inside the book it will be simulating old style papyrus and hand drawn images as if the traveller is telling a story on his travels.

For more information on the book and its contents, you can go to the their website:
Sword and Board Games

Monday, 23 September 2013

Autumn and beyond

My daughter Olivia, 2hr quick paint sketch, Acrylic on canvas
We are now into Autumn and I am still ploughing through #paintseptember I have learnt so much already from it and this has been a good base for the start of the larger paintings I am going to start on ready for next year. 

I am not going to worry too much about a theme at this stage because sometimes that just puts too much pressure on my way of thinking. I will just take in what comes and see what happens. Spontaneity has been the key of late and I am going to continue on that path for a while.

The painting on the left is of my daughter Olivia. This was a 2 hour speed painting which I used as an exercise for playing with tone. I chose just two colours for this so that I could experiment with warm and cool colours.

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Back to School

My daughters Olivia and Poppy, ink and wash sketch 40 mins. 18/9/13
We have been blessed with a wonderful summer this year, but now the nights are drawing in (no pun intended!) and it is the start of a new school year for my young daughters. This morning was a great opportunity for a quick sketch while they were watching TV before taking them to school.
I am really enjoying the ink and wash sketching at the moment which has been spurred on from my Daily Sketch and Twitter Activity #paintseptember
I am also currently working on the fantasy illustrations for a book that I will reveal nearer the time. I do feel on full throttle at the moment and ideas are beaming in all directions because of this new found motivation, despite the cold weather approaching.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Wind Farms, Lincolnshire

There are times when you simply don't have the time to sit in a field or cafe and paint what you see. Sketching is that wonderful element in life that gives you the chance to capture quickly and create something that a photograph simply can not achieve. You are drawing movement and elapsed time, you are drawing feeling and emotion and you are drawing the bits you want the viewer to see.

But then there are the occasions where you take a picture of something you like and say to yourself that this will be the source for a painting or drawing. I don't mean a 'like for like' version of the photo but merely a reference or reminder that there was something about that moment that you wanted to paint or draw but didn't have the time.

The picture on the left is just that example. A picture I had taken a few weeks ago while camping near Sutton on Sea on the East coast of England. It is a wind farm around Trusthorpe in Lincolnshire. The weather had been great all week but then there was a sudden change and it felt like someone was shining a tourch through the dark clouds! It lasted only minutes, so luckily I grabbed a pic.

So now I decided to do the painting like a painted sketch. I wanted to try and capture that moment as If I was seeing it again for those few moments. I limited myself to an hour for painting this so that I could grab just the raw information from the photo reference.

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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Belvoir Castle

Belvoir Castle, acrylic on canvas, by Anthony Greentree
This is the latest in the daily sketches and for #paintseptember I have been working on. Technically you could say it is not a sketch, but for the fact that I did it in over an hour I class it as a 'quick painting' and therefore a sketch!

Ink & wash sketch of
a HUE 166 Land Rover
The place is Belvoir Castle and the sunset that evening was quite something. It sort of reminded me of the sunset of summers end itself!

This is quite a small painting as I am trying to get used to my new Plein Air Easel kindly given to me by my step-daughter. I usually like to paint large scale but It wasn't as hard as I thought down sizing like this.

I have also finished a commission for a friend who liked one of my sketches and wanted a picture done in a similar style. He is a huge Land Rover fan and so I set to work on a HUE 166 model. Is is very happy with it and I am relieved as I am in no way an expert of Land Rovers!

Monday, 9 September 2013

Paint Paint Paint!

selection of my quick paint sketches involved with #paintseptember
Overdrive is the word of the day at the moment! My daughters are back at school and everything is heading towards Autumn which is one of my favourite times of the year! 

I am working on a huge amount of illustration work for a client, but along side this I am also working on a couple of new commissions which I am happy to say have derived from the #paintseptember twitter activity I am involved in.

I really recommend you check out the other work posted on twitter as it is both encouraging and inspiring. 

The fact that I am forcing myself to produce something everyday is actually making me look at how I apply an image and answer the questions in a short space of time. 

This is also helping me with my other work too because It's a bit like having a warm up before a long exercise. I primarily use acrylics for a lot of my paintings but I have decided to use watercolour and ink for most of them which is a little out of my comfort zone.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Different approaches

#paintseptember pencil & wash 20 mins of my
cupboard and guitar
#paintseptember has really put the cat amongst the pigeons in my mind! As if I haven't got enough on my plate at the moment, I am forcing myself to come up with a painting everyday for a month!

Not only have I got to come up with a subject matter that will capture a moment in time or allure my attention, but I am looking at varying ways of applying the image. At the moment, pencil, pen and watercolour seem to be working well as it gives me the time to take down visual information. I have set myself time limits with the daily sketch and #paintseptember the pencil / pen sketches around 15 - 20 mins and with the paintings 20 - 30 mins max. This way it keeps each piece raw, forcing me to try and take down the important parts of what I want to communicate.

The pic on the left is a cupboard in my house. Again something I don't normally just look and stare at! But when posed with the situation such as #paintseptember then you start looking! I would liked to have spent longer on this piece as I am not entirely happy with it, but I just have to remember it is a sketch and a visual diary in its own right.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Paint September

Lizzy, pen and wash, 20 minute sketch. 3/9/13 #paintseptember
I have totally enjoyed #drawingaugust on twitter and hope for it to continue as an annual event next year. But now we have entered September and the topic is now #paintseptember so my goal is to try and do a colour sketch everyday for a month that will work in conjunction with my daily sketch! phew!!

Anyway I am loving every minute of it as it has completely motivated me as well as all the other work I am producing on top of that. Infact it is helping me mentally and the confidence to apply has improved. The picture above was a quick pen and wash sketch of our dog Lizzy. She moved a couple of times but went back to the same position enough for me to capture the feel.