Here is a quick painting of a couple of European roller birds having some squishy insect supper! I made this image using watercolour, ink, coffee and pigment. I'm still struggling with realism I'm getting tired of creating dead imagery with loud colour and I'd like to create a piece with a little more depth and contrast. Fear keeps me in my comfort zone with image making and I aspire to make work which identifies with the actual subject matter and doesn't resemble a shallow caricature. More practice needed!
I also made a rhinoceros illustration, which also features the European roller! In this image I have used the above materials but in addition to some oozy ink drips and a gouache wash in the background to hide the mistake of a sunset I created.
After a long wait, I chose the old lion fable to illustrate. But I yet again fail to do the fable justice. My over complicated design idea and fondness for that white line has overwhelmed the image and left it looking not so great. I used some computer added shading to put the two characters in a little more context, but I do it every time, I just over do it!
The old lions head rested on the path leading into his cave, the faint tracks of the doomed animals in the soil and the fox's reluctant stance — I cobbled this image together using the same materials, watercolour, pigment, ink and coffee.
I need to get in more practice on simpler subject matter before conquering another Aesop so it may be sometime before I have a collection I am happy with, but hopefully it will be worth it. I like the lions face though, I'm pleased with him!
This was a quickie painting I did in the week before getting into another fable, I tried to make the elephant appear to be dust bathing, but I'm not sure it worked. Still, I got in some coffee trees in the background! I don't do backgrounds so that's something to build on. I made the elephant using ink, pigment, watercolour and coffee.
I have been playing with the earth elements through watercolour, gouache and ink, I tried to evoke the fluidity and energy of water and I chose to practice with the one of the most vibrant fish in the world, the sockeye salmon!
Watercolour and ink is great for depicting salmon, they are so brightly coloured and beautiful. I wet a paintbrush and flicked the white gouache on the wet paint to try and create the splashes. I also had a go at sketching out a salmon in ball point pen which helped me map out the contrast on the lovely fishy face.
With the crocodile I relied more on pastels heavily to give me the illusion of water, but I think the gouache is much more effective. I included coffee in all of the paintings to add that touch more texture, it muddies the colour somewhat, but it smells good!