Warning cave nymph ahead

warning

This is my entry for the Nymph challenge over on Artorder.

She is a cave nymph and she used to frolick and dance about in the darkness to the sound of falling water. One day she got curious about the world outside and decide to climb up. As soon as the light hit her face she turned to stone. Till this day she stands there as a warning to all other cave nymphs about what happens to you when you decide to be a bit to adventurous.

You can see some process shots here on wipnation from me and a whole bunch of other people and this is the challenge article on Artorder link
Reference from RobynRose

Tusitala – Robert Louis Stevenson – the Storyteller

TusitalaInk and watercolour painting based on a photograph of Robert Louis Stevenson in the Writers’ Museum in Edingburg Scotland. RLS on the bow of the Equator. A4 ish

Last December I’ve been to Edinburgh for a few days by myself. One good thing about travelling solo is that you can do whatever you want for however long you want to do it. In my case this means taking reference photos of just about everything including lots and lots of stuffed animals and sketching stuff in museums for hours on end. The painting of Stevenson is a result of this. I noticed a little photograph in the Writers’ museum which is a small but very interesting museum on Scottish writers( and it’s free!) that really spoke to me. So i made a sketch. It was very sketchy. The audio in that particular exhibit room was on repeat which is fine if you’re there walking around. Not so much when you’re doing a sketch 😀 So I want to end with this:

Pieces of eight! Arggggg!!!

Hen Wen the magical pig

The Book of Three Henwen 1800This is the white magical pig Hen Wen running through the underground world of the fairyfolk of Prydain.
I chose to illustrate the first book of the Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander: The Book of Three. These books have always been childhood favourites of mine. Especially The foundling but I thought it a bit odd to start illustrating covers for a series and not start with the first one.
The Dutch version of the Chronicles of Prydain had illustrations that managed to intrigue me and frustrate me as a child. They were pen and ink drawings with very fine detail that drew me in but when you looked at them more closely all sorts of things didn’t add up compared to the stories.  I remember drawing on top of the cover, getting even more frustrated and papering over it to hide it, feeling ashamed.  Consider this take two 😉

It’s a painting to be used as a wraparound cover. You can see what I sort of had in mind for the text layout herehenwenwithtext. It’s also an entry for the Train your Brain Contest run by the Art Department on Deviant Art. There are many many many entries and lots of them are awesome. Go check it out

And with that I leave you with this quote from the book:

“Most of us are called on to perform tasks far beyond what we can do. Our capabilities seldom match our aspirations, and we are often woefully unprepared. To this extent, we are all Assistant Pig-Keepers at heart.”
Lloyd Alexander, The Book of Three

The Gold Bug – Poe

Hi, long time no blog!

I had picked up a small( 10×10 cm) wooden panel from my local art store a while back to experiment a little. It has a very smooth surface and I was curious how this would affect my painting.
I chose the short story The Gold Bug by Poe as a subject.
The text says:
“Nonsense! no! — the bug. It is of a brilliant gold color — about the size of a large hickory-nut — with two jet black spots near one extremity of the back, and another, somewhat longer, at the other. The antennæ are” —

And that’s about all that is said about the appearance of the bug. Plenty of room for interpretation.

I like how my bug turned out but I do know that next time if I want to paint a dark skinned hand I’m not using my own as reference. Getting the colour and light right on the hand was difficult and I feel I could have done a better job. Which is why I experiment! The smooth surface of the panel was nice to work with for me though I could use some more practise. I can definitely see the benefits of it for certain subjects.

For those who would like a little bit more info:
straight from Wikipedia
“The Gold-Bug” is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe. Set on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, the plot follows William Legrand, who was recently bitten by a gold-colored bug. His servant Jupiter fears Legrand is going insane and goes to Legrand’s friend, an unnamed narrator who agrees to visit his old friend. Legrand pulls the other two into an adventure after deciphering a secret message that will lead to a buried treasure.

The click beetle Alaus oculatus, along with a longhorn beetle, inspired the fictional “gold-bug” of Poe’s tale.
You can read the entire story here

Adora the little centaur girl

Portrait of a little centaur girl or kentauride enjoying all the spring flowers in the forest- Acrylic paint on paper 400 gr 12×16 inch-ish

This is Adora, daughter of Hanan Levin and you can find her and her various alter egos and disguises at growabrain
Thank you Hanan Levin for contacting me. it was fun to do and I hope some panda will enjoy his extra bowl of bamboo.

Snakes and Ladders

 

An idea based on the boardgame Snakes and Ladders, or Chutes and Ladders as it is also known. Growing up I always liked the game but the board we had sported some of the ugliest sausage-like snakes I have ever seen and that always put me off playing.

I had some trouble deciding on which route I liked to go on so I decided to do two versions I like the one with the white snakes for the immediate impact it has and the other one has more depth to me. Depends on what you’re looking for really. Both are done with watercolour and black and coloured inks on paper.