As a creative person do you often find reality & ideals are at odds with each other? People often say you need to be realistic, but could focusing too much on being practical limit your creativity and your dreams? I discovered this week that I’d inherited a really crappy outlook on life that I didn’t realize I was carrying around.… Continue reading How can you be a better Dreamer?
Continuing on from my previous post, here’s how my oil painting inspired by Luis Ricardo Falero’s witch paintings is progressing. I decided to add some swirling clouds to the background. I probably should have sketched these in before I blocked in the background, but I didn’t think of it at the time, so never mind.… Continue reading Practising Life Painting in Oils (Step by Step) #2
Whether it’s a good-looking girl or boy, a colourful exotic bird, or an expertly arranged bouquet of flowers – we all love beauty. But shouldn’t ugliness be just as important? We love beautiful images that take us away from the irregularity of the everyday to a transcendent place of purity and symmetry. But I think sometimes beauty… Continue reading When Ugliness is a Good Thing
Boobs! Yep that’s a word that’s bound to spark interest! And in fact I’ve just started a new nude figure painting in my efforts to get back into oils, where the boobs have been giving me a bit of trouble. I thought the pose the model’s in looked a bit like she’s flying, and similar to… Continue reading Practising Life Painting in Oils (Step by Step)
Whether you love them or want to burn them, depictions women as witches continue to fascinate us. I’ve been really into witches in art recently and I guess it’s an interest that’s been in the background for a while. But since I decided to read more about the history of witches such as the Malleus… Continue reading Dark Arts -Witches in Paintings
They say practice makes perfect, so here are today’s portrait sketches! I’m really into sketching people at the moment, so wanted to practice using light and shadow to create a sense of drama in the expression. For reference, I used stock photos from Deviant Art user Stockicide, who kindly posts a whole range of different… Continue reading Portrait sketch practice
Enjoy these gorgeous illustrations from the 1920s edition of Children’s and Household Tales by the Brothers Grimm! I love beautifully illustrated books, especially from the Golden Age of Children’s Book Illustration. So this edition from 1922 published by Braun & Schneider and illustrated by Hermann Vogel is right up my street. I found this edition… Continue reading Vintage Children’s Book Illustration Never Gets Old to Me