Welcome to canvas and paints, I hope you like what you find here. This is a step by step account of the paintings I do, from pencil outline to finished piece. I mainly paint video game images to comission, to contribute to raising funds for 2 charities, Oxfam and Child's Play.
I've finished another Journey painting - its now in the post, heading out to its new owner. I think this is one of my favourite pictures to paint - its such a lovely image, as well as being a wonderful game. Here it is:
The whole thing:
Right hand side:
Left hand side:
Next, I'm finishing one of my secret commissions - I'll be able to post about that over Christmas.
I've had a day off work, and have painted. I can only show a little of what I've been painting, as one of the paintings I've been working on is still a secret, another is for my Secret Santee, and then Journey. I will have lots to post about at Christmas, though! Here's where I'm up to with Journey:
I need to re-work the sand dune on the right, as its too dark, and the sky needs a little work on it as well, but I'm happy with it so far!
I really enjoy this game, and painting it as well. I think this is the fourth image I've painted from it. I've spent this morning painting, both on this and another secret commission I'm doing - I'll post about that one after Christmas. Here's where I'm up to on Journey:
I have no idea where the time goes - I've been busy going to gigs and writing for www.new-reviews.co.uk about the gigs I've been to, as well as interviewing a couple of musicians. Its great fun, but it sure does get in the way of painting - every interview I do takes hours to transcribe afterwards! Anyway, I'm currently doing a secret commission that I can't talk about - but it is based on a game someone has made; and another Journey. I can post pictures of Journey, but not the other one. I love this game, love the artwork, the concept, the music, everything really! Here's the pencil outline:
I know it is a bit hard to see, but if I draw on the canvas too firmly the lines are still visible after I've painted it, as the colours are fairly pale. I'm hoping to start painting it this week, juggling it with the other commission. I've not heard back from Nathan, who was next on my list, so as soon as I've finished these two paintings, I'll be contacting the next person.
I've just become great auntie to twins - a girl and a boy - my youngest niece gave birth on Thursday last week. I had no idea what to buy as a present for them - I went baby clothes shopping, but everything was pale blue or pale pink, and I a) don't like those colours in clothing, b) haven't met them yet so I don't know what would suit them and c) what if I bought them something their parents didn't like?
In the end, I decided to go with what I know and drew their names on some watercolour paper, coloured them in, then framed them. Here they are:
They were really easy to do, only took a short while, and so I'm also doing another for a fundraising page on FaceBook, called A Mile Of Rainbows - parents raising money to fund their daughter's physiotherapy - she has cerebral palsy. They are holding a fundraiser tonight at 8:00 pm UK time, and I've offered to draw a child's name as a prize. Check it out on FB!
I brought the painting to The Olde Rectory and discovered I'd missed the weather vane from the top of the church tower! Thankfully, I had brought paints with me, for my pretend-sketching on the Saturday afternoon, so I could fix it. We arrived about 4:30 pm on the Friday and set about decorating the buildings and trees with bunting, fairy lights and candles, and spent Friday evening in Gooch Hall sharing cheese and wine. I spent Saturday afternoon drawing the entrance to the main building, repeatedly 'getting it wrong', rubbing it out and starting again. My BFF was convinced by my efforts, and seemed fairly happy with how the sketch was progressing. I may well keep it and paint it anyway, as part of my Doorways to the World series. I had noticed there was a sign on the wall above the table, but couldn't work out what it said. I'd brought a very fine pen with me, thinking I could ink it in, but it said 'No Parking' so I left it blank! On the Saturday evening, we had champagne and presents - I hid my wrapped painting in with the other presents. She had the most beautiful presents from people, it was wonderful to see how creative people could be. She liked my painting, and was baffled how I'd managed to to it that afternoon. I explained. Here's the finished painting: The whole painting:
The church tower:
It was fun painting something not videogame related for a change, but I'm now doing some preliminary sketches for another secret commission, so I'll be posting other stuff for a while.