Rainbow Art Journal – The Mummy

If you have followed either this blog or my art blog for long enough, you will know that I love classic movie monsters. I draw them fairly regularly – especially during spooky season – but I realized it had been quite a while since I had drawn the Boris Karloff performance as Imhotep, the titular Mummy. I had a great deal of fun drawing the wonky proportions of the figure and I am really happy with the finished illustration.

99 - The Mummy

Rainbow Art Journal – Rapunzel

In 2019, I completed a sketchbook containing fairytale characters. It is a subject I enjoy but I have not really returned to since that project. I, therefore, decided to draw Rapunzel in my Rainbow Art Journal. I chose Rapunzel because, as you may have observed, I love drawing hair because of all the pattern and line work. This Rapunzel is definitely a bit scruffy, maybe dealing with a bit of bed hair. The disc behind the figure is metallic bronze but has not photographed particularly well.

94- Rapunzel

Rainbow Art Journal – Pink and Gold

This illustration was another experiment in combining different colours. I mixed a deep fuchsia shade by combining two pinks and then set that against a pale and sugary metallic pink and a yellow gold. I also used this illustration as a way to practice drawing hands. They are far too small in proportion to the face but I think I have made some progress with at least suggesting dimension to the hands. Ultimately, I like the fuchsia juxtaposed with the gold but I don’t like the sugary pink against the bolder pink colour as it looks insipid through comparison.

85 - Pink and Gold

Rainbow Art Journal – Indigo and Rose

One of the functions of my Rainbow Art Journal is a place in which I can play around with different colour combinations to determine which ones I really like and which I do not. This page, therefore, is an exploration in a blue and pink colour palette, specifically indigo and quinacridone rose. Since I was working with rose watercolour, I decided to draw a figure holding a rose. Drawing flowers is a real challenge for me but it turned out that it was the girl’s nose that gave me the most trouble. I fussed with it until I really could fuss no more as the pigments were staining ones and were creating mud through all of the painted and lifted layers. It was not quite right at the point of abandonment but it is also not a total wreck. I really do like this colour palette though.

84 - Indigo and Rose

Moon Magic

This illustration is another Draw This In Your Style challenge. As with the recent Mossy Witch, this one was also set by Heather Mahler. I am finding these challenges useful in reminding me what constitutes my own style and they are also a convenient way of making efficient use of small rations of art time as I don’t have to waste time coming up with subjects or compositions. The witchy, talon-like hands gave me a lot of difficulty so I, therefore, omitted the floating hands from the original artwork and instead extended the leaf elements to fill in the composition. I can actually see lots of flaws in this drawing but I had fun drawing it so I don’t particularly care. It is still the case that the journey is more important to me than the destination when it comes to art.

Moon Magic - DTIYS

Rainbow Art Journal – Pink Explosion

I think you can probably tell that I love vintage photos and old movies from the way I “style” the figures I draw. It is not a conscious choice on my part but I think those influences come through nevertheless. I wanted to try and draw a figure with a bit of a twist in the pose. It took me a while to get that curve to the body right and then I could not get the arms quite right. My solution was to put big puffy sleeves on the arms and to tuck one arm behind the body. Now I am wondering, however, if the arm on the right looks like it is missing its lower portion. I thought it would be fun to “explode” the form to create shapes and make it a bit more visually interesting. I don’t often use the Daniel Smith Opera Pink, even though I love it, because it is such an attention-grabbing colour that it can be difficult to use it among other colours. Using it in an otherwise monochrome, greyscale illustration, therefore, works perfectly.

79 - Pink Explosion

Pink Haired Girl

This illustration is based on a photo shared as part of the #Tekenuurtje challenge on Instagram. I thought the pose and clothes would be fun to draw and I really did enjoy working on this illustration, especially the hair and the folds in the sleeves.

Pink Haired Girl

*The only way I can figure out to share the original image is via the post on my Instagram account where swiping will take you to the source photo.

Bloodied Knife

This illustration is a response to another Draw This In Your Style challenge. This one was hosted by artist Peter Brockhammer and I was drawn to the balance of whimsical playfulness and bloody horror in the original. I was partway through the ink work when my kids pointed out that my own style of drawing is probably too similar to the artist’s for this to be a stylistic challenge but it was still fun to adapt a digital art work to my analogue ink and watercolour. As a fan of gothic horror novels and movies, it was also just a fun subject to play with. I don’t think I have drawn blood spatter since I created my Alfred Hitchcock bookmark a couple of years ago. Spatter is always fun.

Bloodied Knife - DTIYS

Mossy Witch

I have scores of Draw This In Your Style challenges saved over on Instagram. I find them useful when I have time for art but am short on inspiration. They are also useful for both reinforcing and honing the elements of illustration that make something identifiably my style.

One of the ones I have had saved for months was a witch with moss hued hair created by Heather Mahler. She has a very distinctive style and is also a digital artist so I thought it would be fun to give it a try in analogue. Working on this drawing, I realised how much more practice I need with drawing faces in profile. My skills in that regard have definitely atrophied over the several months in which I was not putting pen to paper. I never add tattoos to the figures I draw so it was fun to add all of those little glyph details to the drawing. This was a relaxing drawing to work on because I didn’t get stuck in my own head coming up with an idea or composition.

Mossy Witch - DTIYS

Rainbow Art Journal – If I Had Wings

I was trying to decide what to draw while making my morning mug of tea. I like to look at the birds at my feeder while the kettle boils and I was enjoying the way the light was highlighting the beautiful colours in the feathers of a grackle. Flashes of blues, purples, greens were shining among the rich black. And that was when I decided to draw a figure with wings in those jewel tones. I thought about making the background deep black to better reflect the grackle inspiration for the drawing but decided against it. Maybe I should at a later date? I have annoyed myself by making the wing on the right too stubby. I should have done a bit more pencil scaffolding before I went in with the ink. Apparently this is a lesson I will never learn. Otherwise I quite like this illustration – in large part because I love that Daniel Smith Phthalo Turquoise so much.

73 - If I Had Wings