Friday, 27 January 2012

Ghoulish

Morning! I have some spooky marker art for you today, following from my Zombie Pete post that was based on our halloween make up. I have drawn myself in the candy skull make up I wore. Cant say I'm 100% happy with the out come of this one but I guess it's all practice.

Talking of practice, I have some coloured marker sketches to you show you. I really struggle with skin tones when drawing in colour so I'm trying to work on that more.

CandySkull

Some work in progress photos

WIP

wip 2


My lightest grey Tria marker has run out (noooooo) I have ordered a refill but I'm frustrated I cant do any more grey tone drawings until it arrives.
Right on to the coloured sketches.

colourmouth
I've drawn one of those mouths before but in grey here.

coloureye



Hope you enjoyed my post :)

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Art Trade

I have something a little different to show you this week. I've been working on a art trade with the lovely Becky Ryan. We decided on a theme of drawing each other with our partner, here's her great illustration of me and Pete.


Check out her beautiful illustrations on her blog http://beckatha.blogspot.com


Becky wanted a drawing done in my more cartoony style rather than the realistic style I've been doing lately. I haven't done anything like this for a while so I'm a bit rusty but hopefully it's ok.

Art trade
My illustration of Becky and Alan.


I enjoy doing art trade, it's always great getting gift art but I do get so anxious about my work when it's for someone else. Hopefully this is something I can overcome if I'm to do commissions one day.

In other news look what arrived in the post this week,
pens
lovely lovely pens! Letraset Tria fashion design & product design tin sets


I've started reading a great book "Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut by Mike Mullane. Brutally honest and very funny at times, I'm only half way through but I'm sure it'll stay good.

Right I'm off to bed to help recover from this stupid cold! see you next week.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Zombie Pete

This week I broke out the markers for the first time since October. Feels really good to be drawing again. I am very pleased with how this one came out, I think it's the best I've done with markers so far.

zombie Pete
Zombie Pete! worked from a photo taken at Halloween.

Some work in progress pictures.

WIP

WIP 2

WIP 3


I managed to find some more sets of tria markers on ebay, cant wait for them to arrive!

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Book list of 2011

As I've done for past years, here are the books I read in 2011. Instead of a plain list I've aranged them into different genres to make a little easier to read, I know some could go into more than one list but I'm trying not to be picky about it ;)

Fiction: Mainly Classics and Modern Classics

Animal Farm A Fairy Story by George Orwell
Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
The Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
Faust by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Fall of the House of Usher: And Other Stories by Edgar Allan Poe (have yet to finish)

Science Fiction

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick
Martian Time-Slip by Philip K. Dick
Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
Ubik by Philip K. Dick

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Valis by Philip K. Dick
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Yellow Blue Tibia: A Novel by Adam Roberts
Mockingbird by Walter Tevis
Dying Inside by Robert Silverberg

Non Fiction (mainly pop science)

Vive La Revolution by Mark Steel
The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking
What Remains to be Discovered by John Maddox

Tricks of the Mind by Derren Brown
Superstrings and the Search for the Theory of Everything by F. Peat
Why Does E=MC2? by Brian Cox, J. R. Forshaw
Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
13 Things That Don’t Make Sense: The Most Intriguing Scientific Mysteries of Our Time by Michael Brooks
Phantoms in the Brain by V.S. Ramachandran

Into the Silent Land: Travels in Neuropsychology by Paul Broks
Freaks of Nature by Mark S. Blumberg

Big Bang by Simon Singh
Elephants on Acid: and Other Bizarre Experiments by Alex Boese
Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine by Simon Singh, Edzard Ernst

Graphic Novels

The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
Marvel Zombies by Robert Kirkman

Ghost World by Daniel Clowes
Batman: Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller
Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again by Frank Miller
Batman: Face the Face by James Robinson

Tank Girl (v. 1) by Alan Martin
Batman: R.I.P. by Grant Morrison, Tony Daniel

Batman: Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb
Batman: Arkham Asylum Anniversary Edition by Grant Morrison
Marvel Zombies 2 by Robert Kirkman



55 Books for 2011, not too bad as I only 33 in 2010. I will of course try to read more this year, so far I have read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and am in the middle of reading
The Quantum Universe: Everything that can happen does happen by Brian Cox, Jeff Forshaw.
I read so many great books this year it would be hard to pick a favourite, but a few I loved were,
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, Ubik by Philip K. Dick, We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, Bad Science by Ben Goldacre and The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman. What was your favourite book in 2011?

Belated Christmas Blog

I Know I'm the worst blogger ever, I'm sorry but here's my very late Christmas update. I didn't manage to make any decorations or festive drawings but I will show you the presents I made my friends in a later post, for now enjoy some Christmasy photos.

xmas
Looking tired but check out my awesome Xmas jumper!

xmas 2011
Christmas morning

Amy
A pre-christmas craft day with the lovely Amy. My cat Suki helping her knit.

Nativity scene
I wanted to show you the nativity scene my Auntie knitted me years ago. She's only partially sighted so it makes even more amazing that she can make something so detailed :)

helping
Suki helping me draw. This was going to be a jolly xmas drawing but I never finished it time.

mittens

And last but no least, a gorgeous pair of panda mittens Amy knitted for my xmas present.

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and hopefully this year maybe I'll be a much more punctual blogger!

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