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30 Animals Challenge: Days 4-7

Well, I’m still going! Although I’m having far more fun doing it than I’m sure I should be (The first 3 days I managed each set of drawings in about an hour, the last few days…well, let’s just say they took a little longer…) I’m really enjoying experimenting with different media and I’ve found myself thinking a lot more about which medium to pare up with each animal (so far I’ve found fluffy animals much easier in pencil, and animals with more form/interesting shapes more suited to pen or ink), but then maybe mixing up some unexpected animal/media combinations could be my next challenge!

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Day Four – Golden Eagle in ink. I think this has been my favourite to do so far- I went straight in with the ink and although I started off a bit cautious it felt really good to just do it, knowing I wouldn’t need to go back over it again and again, trying to correct things that probably didn’t need correcting!
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Day Five – Foxes in watercolour pencils. I’ve decided I kind of love watercolour pencils, if only for the ability to lay down a mix of colours, before going in with the water and watching it all blend together.
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Day Six – Bears in ink and watercolour. So basically this was just an excuse to watch Planet Earth again…And draw some bears dancing with trees. I love these guys.
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Day Seven – Ibex in ink. More Planet Earth inspired drawing- here I learnt that if you have too much ink on your pen and hold it over your paper, it will leave ink drops…
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Northern Lights over Skogafoss

So I posted a working version of this image a couple of weeks ago: waterfall without aurora

but I was really struggling to figure out how to finish it off. But after working on a couple of other landscapes I  started to get a few more ideas, so I came back to this and re-worked it slightly and came up with this:

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I’m still not entirely sure if it’s worked- I have a feeling the lighting might be slightly out, but I at least feel like I’ve done all I can with it for the moment and can finally leave it and move onto something else. That said I want to learn as much as I can from it to apply to future works, so if anyone’s got any thoughts I’d be keen to hear them!

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On A Roll

So it looks like I’ve finally caught some kind of ‘super-productive-producing-art’ kind of bug. Now I know it’s quality over quantity, but for the last year or so I’ve really struggled to create something without over thinking it and spending weeks working on it. Again, I know this can be useful, but working in that way I didn’t feel like I was progressing and learning new skills as quickly as I would like.

So last weekend I had a look through some of my old photos (well, old as in maybe 3 years old?!) and it suddenly hit me; I’ve been desperately trying to create scenes based on my imagination and I just wasn’t getting anywhere. Because I was lacking the initial inspiration that has always kickstarted my art. And looking back at some of the original scenes that made me pick up my camera and shoot, I found that inspiration coming back, with the added bonus of a ready made scene (with  composition and lighting decisions already made), which meant that all I had to focus on, was painting.

Anyway, enough waffle, here’s what I managed to come up with:

Thirlmere finished

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Latest WiP- fantasy landscape painting

So continuing my digitally painting journey I’ve decided to have a go at my first landscape painting. Over 10 years of being far too snap-happy has meant I’ve gathered a huge amount of reference images (it’s almost like I knew they’d come in handy some day!)

I still have a long way to go but I’m having so much fun with it-particularly learning new techniques (this tutorial was really helpful for the grass: http://ehkindred.deviantart.com/art/Painting-Grass-the-Lazy-Way-330837080 ). Next up to learn, waterfalls, lakes and rivers!

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