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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

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.

Sea lion salon

The colony – watercolour on paper. 21×21 cm.

A colony of sealion like creatures on a rocky beach. Two males are about to battle it out. Watercolour painting on paper.  21 by 21 cm.

With this painting I wanted to do some fantasy animals and since I’ve painted only paintings with one or two subjects in it lately I wanted to tackle a group for a change as well. I like sea lions ever since I was a child and I got sent a very smelly sea shell that had been sat on by a walrus/sea lion for my shell collection by my grandmother. Since they are pretty much always heaped together they’re great subjects for a group painting so the general direction was obvious to me.  However when I started sketching a few ideas I quickly found out that I didn’t really like the more outlandish things I could come up with so I just send them off to the hair salon and changed their coats. I had two good reference photos and even though I changed a lot the basic poses of the sea lions stayed the same and I didn’t have to guess where the shadows where supposed to be which helped heaps. Mostly happy with this one even though as usual there are a few things that I’m not too sure about. For instance I could have finished of certain areas with more details and a little sharper if I wanted to but I wasn’t too sure I could pull itoff in others and I decided to leave everything at the same level of (un)finishedness. Good decision/bad decision? Hmmm
Anyhoo, here’s one of the sketches I did.

Photo reference by Matthew Hull