I am so scared of screwing up this painting, so I have been staring at it for the past two weeks in the frame I intend to use for it. Also in the newsfront, I am now spoken for 🙂 i kept my name and D.K. is considering adding my name to his. My grandparents would have been very touched 🙂 also, due to budget restraints for the rest of the year, I will not be able to participate in Parallax Art Fair this upcoming October. I am a little sad about it, but on the good side, I have more time now to finish my series for next February. I am also currently working on two commisioned pieces which I am very thankful for 🙂 well, thats it for now. Oh! I forgot to mention that I am now also signed up to Instagram so if you would like o see progress pics, please visit me there if you can! Until next time, here is the piece which is giving me butterflies in my stomach:
Ladies and Gentlemen, I will not be taking on any extra projects until the end of October…C.K. if you are reading this, this does not include our collaboration so don’t worry ok? Its freaking hot in Munich, I am happy for every moment of rain. I know Moof has another opinion, but me, personally, loves a gentle summer rain with extra large drops to cool me off. Lately I have been feeling very uninspired and a lot like this:
This week’s IF prompt is “Suspend”. I have to remind myself that there will be days when I absolutely do not want to do anything other than kick back and daydream and let the hours drag on ever so slowly…and that is absolutely O.K. Some of the best ideas can only be found in time and space. If this happens to you, give in — your muse is calling.…plus, its always good to give your body a rest. The prompt took me back to a piece that my dear friend John Farah composed when we were both studying music. He gave me a copy one of the first times I met him, and to this day, its still one of my favourite pieces that I like to revisit time and time again. It was called something like, Suspension into Time and Space… musically, its difficult to communicate this idea from a piano, but he accomplished it 🙂 Sadly, he doesn’t even acknowledge this piece as being worthy of mention…meh…artists.
Anyway, enough blabber, this drawing is a colour pencil study of light and dark from one light source – chiaroscuro. Carravagio, Rembrandt were both masters who were inspired by this affect. I had a photo reference, but the face is is one that has been popping up a lot lately. Adieu till’ next time.
May I present the base pencil drawing for my submissiont to the Art-House Coop’s Sketchbook Project 2012. Tomorrow I will be inking in sepia coloured ink. When the drawing is dry, I will apply a layer of matte medium and then bring it to life with colour. I had some issues with the binding, which I hope to solve. Oh! I almost forgot to add, you may recognise the little tree-spirits (jap. Kodoma), they were seen in Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke; I love them so much, and the tree really should have kodomas to protect it so…thank you Mr. Miyazaki—I love you and your world!🙂 Anyway, I hope you enjoy this little slide-show preview.
Also on the news front: I finally became a member at Filu. Although I am a full-time vector illustrator helping industrial design companies communicate their products, now that I have joined Filu, I really feel like an official illustrator…silly right? The great thing about Filu is that it is an archive of illustrators working in Germany which is presented at major book fairs in Europe such as the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Bologna Book Fair. I still have to prepare my portfolio for presentation which will then be shipped out to Filu this week. Most of the illustration I will be including in that presentation will be aimed at publishers of children/youth books and Stationary/Papeterie companies. A lot of work is ahead of me this week and it will be stressful, but its a good kind of stress…stress that makes me feel good. 2012 is going to be a fulfilling year—I feel it in my bones 🙂 I’ll most likely be posting that portfolio here. Until then, have a great rest-of-weekend blog guests!
I had so many ideas for this week’s topic…I was even over-excited about the topic…so much so that I couldnt “streamline” my ideas and became impatient with my first round of sketches. Then I realised, why make things so complicated Hazel? I took a step back and decided simplicity is the way to go. So, instead of an action oriented image like my contribution for Journey, I went for something I find absolutely fascinating….animal masks. Here it is folks, my latest contribution to Illustration Friday:
I was wracking my brain about this friday’s theme, bottled. Patrick Süskind’s book “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer”. I throw the soundtrack to the film and the result is my hommage below (not nearly as gruesome but…I do have an “all ages” audience 😉 Its a sketch in my moleskine and then very quickly coloured in Photoshop with the trackpad on my macbook…almost like fingerpainting 🙂
As promised, a sketch for illustration friday! I will probably re-visit this drawing and lay it on a larger surface…Have so much to do! I wish there was no such thing as sleep.
Here is the sketch I created while hanging out with my homies last night. The hound reminds me of the type of dog I would really like to add to our household if only the soul of my soul would allow it. 😦 The idea will be transferred on a 60×80 cm canvas.
I couldn’t finish this drawing for this friday but wanted to post it anyway. I loved the topic this week and had lots of fun with it. Anyway its another work-in-progress. This weekend I have plans to get back to my abandoned Märchen paintings…poor red riding hood waits hautingly in my living room, ever so quietly calling me by name…Until I have finished bringing her to life, here is my contribution:
Octopus fever in the art world, and I love it! This particular drawing was inspired by Camilla Derrico and K-drama (gosh so many beautiful korean actresses out there!). There is a vibrancy in Camilla’s work that reenergises me. I can’t afford her work right now so I thought I would make a version of my own 🙂 I hope thats ok Camilla…I don’t actually know how this sketch will develop…whether she will end up digital or old-school…meh, we’ll see. For now she is a pencil sketch on hot- press board. I love looking at her. I hope you do too.