Vampire Lady

One of the interesting side effects of the way in which I create art these days – always short on time, often in multiple stages, often while multi-tasking – is that it has become clear what my automatic go-to art supplies are.  The fact that I almost always reach for ink and watercolour tells me that that is my creative “home”.  I, therefore, think that I should focus my skills development on those media.  However, I still intend to dabble in other media because I don’t like being hemmed in or stuck in a creative rut.  However, it is probably good to know that ink and watercolour are my comfort zone.

I grabbed some time this weekend to play in my art journal.  I used last week’s Art Journal Adventure prompt which was the letter V.  I never really need much prodding to illustrate mythology and monsters so as soon as I saw V I thought Vampire.  I resisted my automatic impulse, which was to draw Nosferatu (my favourite vampire) yet again and to instead try something different so I decided to draw a glamorous, fin de siecle lady vampire.   I not only kept things simple with just ink and watercolour but I also simplified things by using just black and red.  I like that combination and notice it crops up a lot in my ink work.

36 - Vampire Lady Illustration- Art Journal Page

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Elemental Sprites

Last week’s Art Journal Adventure prompt was “4” with an additional challenge to use three or more media in the creation of the page.  The obvious subject was the Four Elements and initially I resisted because it was so glaringly obvious.  However, having just depicted a Flame Sprite in my Rainbow Art Journal, I liked the idea of creating an image of other elemental sprites so I decided to go with my first thought and see what developed on the page.  I used micron pens, watercolour, and Inktense pencils in creating the illustration so I fulfilled the side challenge too.  Time and other life limitations meant this page was a much quicker and simpler illustration than the Flame Sprite and the figures are simplified as a result.  However, there is a germ of something in each of them that I might return to and nurture into a more detailed illustration at a later date.

33 - Four Elements Sprites - Art Journal Page

Rainbow Art Journal – Flame Sprite

In addition to being a place for creative play and experimentation, I am aiming for my Rainbow Art Journal to be a record of what I can do with the various art materials and media I own.  This page, therefore, is a record of how three of the Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers interact with each other.  Consequently, I knew that I wanted to produce an illustration that was splotchy and liquidy and involved puddles and blossoms of pigment.  I decided that flame would be the perfect subject for such an experiment in the orange section of the journal so I chose to draw a flame sprite.  The page got very wrinkled from all the liquid media but I am happy with the final outcome.  I think she is a pleasing wee character and I got some lovely interactions between the different watercolour markers.

 

24 Flame Sprite

Queen Bee

I had oral surgery just over a week ago – annoyingly two days before I took my Oath of Citizenship – and unfortunately experienced some complications which have prolonged my recovery process and caused an exceptional degree of pain.  I am trying to be stoic but it has been really pretty miserable.  I am very much looking forward to being pain free and being able to eat foods that are not liquid.  Consequently, I have not been able to do much or accomplish much but I did think that some time spent pootling around at my art table would be restorative.

Not having much capacity for creative mojo in my current state, I decided to use a couple of Art Journal Adventure prompts to create an art journal page.  I chose one involving altering an existing image and one that was the letter Q.  I used a page out of a fashion catalogue as my starting point.  The previous owner of our house must have been a big catalogue shopper as we still get loads of them in the mail, addressed to the occupant of the house, most of which I plop straight into the recycling bin but some I keep as collage fodder.  I filled the gaps around the selected image with more scraps of catalogue page and some washi tape.  Then it was time to add paint and start altering the image.

32 & 28 - Queen Bee - Base Layer

I decided that Q was be for Queen and from there I decided to make the figure a Queen Bee.  Given the context of my physical condition, I kept things super simple.  Just a layer of paint, enough to alter the image and suggest the bee idea.  I had some washi tape with gold hexagons on it which was perfect for this project since the gold tied into the crown and the hexagons suggested honeycomb.  And that was that.  Quick.  Simple.  Done.  And a welcome distraction from my agonising jaw.

32 & 28 - Queen Bee - Finished Art Journal Page

Rainbow Art Journal – Sunset over the Harbour Village

When it comes to subjects for my art, I am always drawn to faces and figures or monsters or anthropomorphised animals.  What I really don’t tend to touch upon is botanicals, still life, or landscapes.  I decided, therefore, to challenge myself to produce a landscape in the orange section of my Rainbow Art Journal.  Having grown up in Fife, I thought of the orange pantiles that adorn the roofs in villages like Culross – a result of the tiles initially being imported as ballast.  I grew up in the post-war new town of Glenrothes but always enjoyed visiting the fishing villages of the East Neuk so I decided to illustrate a harbour village in my art journal.  There is zero verisimilitude in my illustration and I didn’t use any photo references so my buildings are all a fusion of memory and imagination.  Landscape is definitely not my thing but I really enjoyed creating this page.  I don’t even care that the scale is bonkers, including monstrous seagulls.  Maybe I will force myself to do landscapes more frequently.

23 Sunset over the Harbour Village

Jekyll and Hyde

I decided to tackle an Art Journal Adventure prompt in my art time.  The prompt I chose from the ones I have skipped was the letter J combined with “something that shows half”.  Frequent readers of my blog will know how my mind works and understand why I immediately settled upon illustrating Jekyll and Hyde.  I interpreted “half” was being about duality but also chose to represent it literally by splitting my illustration in half and making one side more Jekyll and one side more Hyde.  I think I just about got what was in my head onto paper.

27 - Jekyll & Hyde - Art Journal Page

Ladybug Woman

If you happen to follow me on Instagram, you will have seen this illustration as my response to this month’s Art Snacks challenge.  I received two red products in the box this month and that immediately inspired me to draw a Ladybug Woman.  I drew it on a sample pack of watercolour paper, also in the box, which means it is in that narrow format that I used recently for my Frankenstein’s Monster.  I am enjoying working in this restrictive space as it really forces me to be creative with my composition.

Ladybug Woman - July 2018