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Little Star

 

little star painting acrylic

This is little star having some me-time in a quiet corner of a very big forest.

It hasn’t been very apparent in my artwork up till now but I absolutely adore rats. If it were possible I would have many many many pet rats. I can’t have rats right now and I miss that so I’ll be making up for it by painting them :)

Rats washing themselves are ridiculously cute and I had to do one 🙂

Reference for pose is from Pandemoniumfire.

Made with acrylics on paper. Original is a4-ish in size

Radagast the Young

Radagast the Young

Meet Radagast the Young. I met this delightful fellow at Castlefest where we agreed to do a  little photo session at a later date so I could paint a portrait. Here’s the result! The birds are nuthatches who nest in his beard or hair( hard to tell). I’m very happy with the result and so is the real life alter ego of Radagast named Koen. Radagast himself is undecided.

Radagast, young and old, is a great character to paint. Tolkien left a lot up to interpretation but the details he does give paint a great story.

Radagast lived for much of his time in Middle-earth at Rhosgobel in the Vales of Anduin, on the western eaves of Mirkwood, between Carrock and the Old Forest Road, near the Gladden Fields, its name deriving from Sindarin rhosc gobel meaning “brown village”. Radagast had a strong affinity for – and relationship with – wild animals, and it seemed his greatest concern was with the olvar and kelvar (flora and fauna) of Middle-earth. He was wiser than any Man in all things concerning herbs and beasts. It is said he spoke the many tongues of birds, and was a “master of shapes and changes of hue”. Radagast is also described by Gandalf as “never a traveller, unless driven by great need”, “a worthy Wizard”, and “honest”

Wikipedia

It was a lot of fun to make this one. Before we did the photos I had it in my head to do a full body pose but it soon became clear that I’d much rather focus on the face to bring out the beard.It’s acrylic paint on paper and 30 by 40 cm.

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

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.

Flint the finished

Hello,

Once upon a time there was a post on Artorder asking for participants to do up some Muggs as DnD characters.I sent in this sketch and before I knew it I recieved a doll. As promised I wrote down my process.

This is what happened next.

I had a bit of a surprise when I first opened the package; the mugg had been assembled from different parts. As you can see on the photo the body and legs have a much more shiny  finish than the head and best of all the arms are green. Very Frankenstein indeed.

First thing to do was make the surface ready for painting so I sanded all the shiny bits lightly and gave then entire Mugg a bit of a wash to get rid of any thing that would keep the paint from sticking.

I had decided to do the wood version because I think it works best with the Mugg. To start off I painted the entire Mugg an even color with a few coats of acrylic paint. No more hulkish zombie arms!

Now it was time to transfer the design on the mugg. I used pastels to draw onto the doll. This worked quite well, though even with soft pastels it proved very easy to scratch the paint so pressing very gently was needed. To erase a line I used a brush with a bit of water to get rid of it when I made a mistake.

When I was happy with what I had I used a fixation spray to fix it. I was happy to see that the design worked well on the doll and it turned out nice and chunky. Now I was ready to start painting.

For the most part I used thin watered down layers of paint. I started to follow the pastel lines first so I wouldn’t lose the design, fixation spray only protects so much, gradually adding more color.

I hadn’t really given much thought yet to whether I wanted to go for a freshly cut wooden doll or an old one because I figured that would be easier decided on the go. I started out fairly light but I noticed that from a little distance there wasn’t enough contrast to show the design so I went for the darker, more worn look.

Every now and then I noticed the paint just wouldn’t take and I knew it was time to gently give the whole thing a bit of a wipe with some hand soap to get the grease from my fingers off the surface.

Gradually it started to look more and more finished until I reached the point  it all seemed to come together. I could probably have fiddled around for another week if I wanted to however I don’t think I would have improved much on what I already had. So all that was left to do is varnishing everything to protect the paint.

Packed him back in his box and send him off to play with his plastic friends. All things considered it was a fairly straight forward job since I didn’t add any extra bits and could simply focus on painting. I had a good time working on Flint though I might stick to painting flat things from now on!

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