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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

Peahens

Peahens

 

Peacocks are beautiful, they are bright and colourful and shiny. The peahens however, are just as beautiful in their own way, just not that loud. I wanted to put the peahens in the spotlight for a change. I love all the greens and browns they have and the little chicks are adorable.At the petting zoo close to my (old)home they were usually found outside near the haystack so I could get some reasonable photos with my old camera.

Paper size is 18 by 24 cm – watercolour and ink on 300gr paper

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.