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Abstract Bird

Abstract Bird. Markers and coloured pencils on cardstock. May 2014

I returned to coloured pencils and markers, a combination I favoured some time ago. The figure in the foreground which is supposed to be a running bird, has been painted with markers, using all the shades of red I have at the moment. For the background however I used all the green coloured pencils I have, adding a bit of blue and a bit of brown at some places. Then I used markers again – an yellow green one, a light green one mostly to to over the layer made by the pencils.

This had two effect:

  1. the pigments of the pencils were solved and blended because of the alcohol ink.
  2. the colour of the pencils changed a bit, adding a bit of yellow or a lighter touch.

 

Doodle in Red

Doodle in Red. Markers on paper, May 2014

One morning I did this quick doodle, and the other morning I thought I could use this to display all my red hues. I mostly used Delta Markers, and some Copic ciaos. Delta Markers are produced by the German company Rotbart, and I think they only sell in Germany. They are the cheapest brand, with a rather limited colour range.

I am now working on a piece which is based on this doodle, getting back to the mixture of coloured pencils and markers I focussed on some time ago. As painting with coloured pencils takes its time I don’t know when I’ll be able to show the finished piece. I’ll keep you posted!

 

Red and Green Colour Combo

Red and green colour combo. Markers on paper.

This is the result of two quick doodles at the breakfast table. Just now I am writing my first longer story in German, planning to publish it together with some illustrations. I got the first rough version written down. Now I’ve got to go over the story again, polishing it. In a second step I will decide which illustration I would want to insert at which place, and then focus on the illustrations.  Writing a story and illustrating it – that’s something I dreamt of a long time ago, but never thought it would be possible. The project still frightens me – but I also enjoy it deeply.

I also plan to publish an English version of the illustrated story. But you will understand that it’s only natural that I am focussing on the German version. There will be another art event in July (the same one as last year), and I intend to show some copies of my story there.

With the focus on this project I however allow myself to so some doodling, as I did with the piece you can see above. Playing with shapes and colours, nothing more.

Red Flower

flower

Red fantasy flower. Pen and ink drawing, coloured in photoshop.

I had used the same drawing before and coloured in in blue hues, as you can see here. This time I thought I could play with reds, and a different background.

Another fantasy creature

Fish-seal (or seal-fish?)

This is the result of my playing around with a ballpoint pen early in the morning at the breakfast table. It seems that just now I am into fantasy beings – first the grumpy plant (you can have a look at it here), and then this one which is a crossbreed between a fish and a dragon (look at his head!) and a seal and whatever you can see in it. He (Yes, definitely it is a “he”) looks as he is courting another being which we don’t see. One day I might write a story about him…

Grumpy Flower

Grumpy flower. Pen and ink sketch, coloured in photoshop

I must admit this painting is a bit weird. The more I was colouring the drawing in Photoshop the more I saw a rather fierce or grumpy looking flower in my mind. And I wanted to create a bit of contrast by adding all the colourful little butterflies.  Of course that’s what I see – you might see something totally different!

Elephant

Elephant. Pen and ink drawing coloured in Photoshop

This elephant sketch is very, very old. I think I did it about 4 years ago. This time I made a colour swatch on the layer which I used for colouring. I selected a middle grey, then two darker ones and two lighter ones and put the colours down beside each other with a round hard brush. Of course I wiped out this colour swatch before uploading the painting/drawing.

 

The desperate plant

The desperate plant. Pen and ink drawing coloured in photoshop.

This time I wanted to try something monochrome. and I went for shades of green which I would identify as “sick” colours. Either this plant is having a certain sickness, or it lives  in surroundings which are definitely not good for plants. In either way this poor being is suffering.

Technically speaking I played with applying the gaussian blur filter in certain selections.

Mind you, this is meant to be nothing more than a quick sketch, an exercise for working with monochrome colours, of trying to produce a certain mood by applying those colours.

The Merbeing

The merbeing. Pen and ink drawing coloured with photoshop.

I did this a very long time ago (two years or so, I think). I’d coloured it with copics then, but still kept the lineart. As I am deep into colouring with Photoshop at the moment I thought why not do it again, this time with a diffeerent colour combination. It still is lacking the final touches.

Horse portrait – coloured

Horse sketch – coloured. May 2014

At the moment I lay my hands on everything that can be coloured. Browsing through my archive of scanned sketches and drawings I found that horse portrait, opened it in Photoshop and tried to do my best colouring, using the lasso tool, the burn and dodge tool and the gauss filter. I must say that I’m quite satisfied with the result!

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