Light for any artist is important and one of the reasons I picked studio 9 was because of the natural light coming down from the sky light. During the day the space is bathed in natural light making it such a pleasure to work in. I also love the location as it is 5 minutes walk to my house.
I would have never envisioned that 18 months ago when i first picked up an apple pencil and started playing around in Procreate on my iPad that it would lead to the creation of around 185 digital paintings. My once scepticism for digital art has transformed during the process of learning how to create on an ipad. This has allowed for freedom to make mistakes without consequences.
The advantages of this is that i started taking a lot more risks and blending a lot of imagery together. Another bonus is the speed at which you can evolve your ideas AND at the end of the day you can always turn the finished artwork into prints. No more photographing artworks and having issues with light and that whole process of having to fix everything up in photoshop before you even send off to the printers. Now all i have to do is send the TIFF file to my printers and tell them what size and paper type and in 24 hours the prints are ready for collection.
Drawing on top of my digital prints is a way i can still add that person artist touch. I usually use Posca pens as they have such rich pigments and seem to glide beautifully over the top of the prints without scratching into the design. I know my clients and collectors love seeing the hand drawn elements and symbols.
Carnivorous plants T-shirt Designs
So the other day i was trolling on Etsy looking for interesting T-shirts when i came across this awesome design (click here) for the link. Having a love for carnivorous plants this really appealed to me and i had to get it! It finally showed up and i couldn't wait to try it on. As a consequence it inspired me to want to create my own carnivorous designs. When I posted the above picture on FB one of my botanist friends messaged asking if i could create a Cephalotus design for a t-shirt.
For those not familiar with Cephalotus the common name is Pitcher plant.
So i went about researching and looking up every design and image i could find on the interwebs until i got an understanding of the basic plant structure.
i then started to sketch out a design on my ipad.
This is where i am currently up to and in the next blog i will show you the finished product.
I intend to draw 3 pitchers of slightly varying sizes and have them flowering.
That will hopefully create a nice design good enough for a T-shirt. I am yet to decide if i will colour it or just leave it as a black and white image.
I added a screen printed golden flaming rose to the print above and the below image is of my screen printing paints and table where i do the work. Not a huge space to spread out but it is big enough.
So that is it for this blog. See you in the studio again soon, i am also working on a new Youtube channel which i will tell you more about in due course :)