Ballpoint pen in my Gamma sketchbook
I’ve just finished painting the Christmas card I’ve made especially for the Winsor and Newton’s Christmas competition. Their Ink competition was such fun I just couldn’t resist taking part in this one
I wish you all happy Christmas preparations!
Watercolour and golden ink on Arches cold pressed paper.
Here are two watercolor Christmas cards I made for Mariengold a couple of weeks ago.
Doing little illustrations and vignettes really helps me relax and take a deep breath between large and complicated paintings. I still have some sketchbooks by Stillman and Birn and I thought it would be fun to fill one of them with lots of small pictures. This time I chose Delta series with lovely ivory paper but I wasn’t sure if it would be easy to work with in the technique that I use. I have to admit I do love this paper! It has enough tooth but it is also very smooth (so great for painting thin lines) and not as harsh on my sable brushes as Arches! Yay!
Drink it tomorrow morning before the sun rises, while you are sitting on the beach. Your tail will divide and shrink, until it becomes what human beings call ‘pretty legs.’ It will hurt; it will feel as if a sword were going through your body. All who see you will say that you are the most beautiful human child they have ever seen. You will walk more gracefully than any dancer; but every time your foot touches the ground it will feel as though you were walking on knives so sharp that your blood must flow. If you are willing to suffer all this, then I can help you.”
“I will,” whispered the little mermaid, and thought of her prince and how she would win an immortal
The Tales of Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid.
Ink and watercolour on Arches hot pressed paper, 30 x 40 cm
Hello once again,
recently, I’ve been kept busy with my comissions. One of them was illustrating a story for the next issue of Black Lantern Publishing A Macabre Journal of Literature & Art .
I’ve had a great time painting this illustration! Not only was the client very nice but I can also hardly imagine being given more freedom while working on a commission. Everything, starting with the interpretation of the story right through to the technique and even paper size was basically up to me, so I decided to take my time and go for something more traditional and detailed this time.
Watercolor on paper, about 30 x 40 cm