The pine marten is one of my favourite little mammals. They have such cute faces but are also vicious acrobats. I have a memory of seeing one of these running up a tree when I was cycling on holiday as a kid.
I created this using gouache and pencil to capture the warm chocolate texture of its fur. The great thing about setting myself this little challenge is I get to experiment with different ways to use my tools, drawing new surfaces I wouldn’t have considered before. That oil based pencil has been sitting in the pencil draw for ages and now I finally have a purpose for it. Its a fantastic texture maker!
Another addition to my butterfly collection for my 100 day project. As I work on these daily paintings its nice to see little collections within the 100 paintings collection start to come together.
At the start of every year I make a big list of all the things I want to learn and grow creatively. One of the points I always ponder on is figure drawing. Back when my creative work was more art focussed I would draw and paint people quite easily. But time can make these sort of skills a little rusty.
So I’ve started a personal project to get that creative muscle working again. Based around the different activities that bring me a feeling of calm and wellness, Im hoping it will give me a chance to combine my illustrative style with my ambition to draw more people. It is also a project that allows me to contemplate how I look after my wellbeing in regards to how hard I work and the development of my creative work. Sometimes I need a reminder to take a few minutes away from working on the next big thing.
I find being outside is a great way for me to recharge my batteries so its seemed like an obvious starting point. Both running and walking provide a good mental reset when i need to improve my mood. These illustrations were created using a combination of procreate and photoshop. I’m enjoying the challenge of creating an entire scene digitally and having the ability to edit the little people in the wilderness until they are set in just the right place.
I’m not sure what direction this series will take me but even if its just a record of things to remind me to look after my self better it will be a worthwhile project. Sometimes focussing on your health and happiness is the best way to make your creative work improve.
Another british butterfly for my 100 day collection. Hopefully I’ll paint most of the births ones during my daily painting.
Here’s the painting from last weeks easter weekend. It wouldn’t be Easter Sunday without a wee fat bunny.
I wondered what rabbits had to do with Easter and it turns out they are celebrated around this time of year since before the 13th century in pre Christian Europe. Eostra, the goddess of spring and fertility was one of the deities celebrated and her symbol is a rabbit 🐇. As for the rabbits hiding eggs that’s still a mystery to me?🤔