Sketches, doodles, concepts, warm-ups, things that never quite got finished and general rough work.
1 Media: Black and red brush inks (Pentel brush pens).
2 Acrylic paint, A5 black card.
3 Sennelier 'Abstract' acrylics and Pebeo 'Dyna' iridescent acrylic paint on A3 FaberCastel mixed media paper.
Another snarly kitty.. Mostly done with a pallette knife until I caved in to temptation and set to with a paintbrush instead.
4 Media: Derwent 'Graphik' Line Painters on A4 Canson black paper Spring 2017
T-shirt designs for Savannah Ink Tattoos. These are the designs we went for in the end.
5 Media: Derwent 'Graphik' Line Painters on A4 Canson black paper Spring 2017
More dynamic. I like how the horns worked out and interesting angle but not sure on it as an option for a tshirt and neither was the store owner. We both like the big cats better.
6 Media: Derwent 'Graphik' Line Painters on A4 Canson black paper Spring 2017
More things pulled out of my head. It's... ok I guess? Not exciting for a t-shirt though so it's a nope.
7 Media: Derwent 'Graphik' Line Painters on A4 Clairefontaine 'Natural' mixed media paper.
Concept sketch, just feeling around inside my head for t-shirt ideas for Savannah Ink.
8 Moon crow - same as in the 'paintings' gallery but a photograph at this angle displays the sheen of the interference/irridescent media a bit better than the scan.
9 Pentel brush pens.
Preliminary sketch, reffed from my model and otherwise made up.
10 Media: Goache, Schmincke Aqua Bronze silver powder on A5 hot press watercolour paper
I'd had ammonites on the brain. More in the silk painting gallery.
11 "Feathered Dragon" Media: photoshop over scanned lineart Worldbuilding: The Rooken are a feathered bloodline of dragons. Not so much magnificently plumed, regal beasts and more like the equivalent of that manky pigeon with the mangled foot you saw pecking at a pool of vomit in soho last Friday night.
12 Media: Acrylics on textured acrylic paper.
Quick practice in acrylics. I've a starter set of W&N Galeria ones I use on holiday. There is sooo much difference between them and W&N's 'Artist/professional' range - Galeria's much more watery so it took a bit of adjustment to get used to them. Also having the limited starter palette (process cyan/magenta/yellow, black, white and sienna) is good practice for mixing from scratch. Because I'm lazy and like to use premixed colours direct from the tube.
13 Media: Acrylics on textured acrylic paper.
Trees! Really need to practice my backgrounds more so forced myself to sit down and make an effort. All the time my brain was trying to pursuade me that it needs a dragon in there somewhere...
14 Media: Acrylics on textured acrylic paper.
Bearded vulture (lammageier). More practice work from being on holiday, again forcing myself to mix colours from primarys instead of straight from tube.
15 Media: Watercolour markers, Pentel brush pen on watercolour paper.
At Art in Herts (my local art soc) there's typically a weekly theme which I try to stick to as it usually pushes me out of my comfort zone. This week I managed to misread the program and came prepared for a free evening instead of the colour study it was supposed to be. Whoops. So what we have here is a ~2hr speed painting in acrylics of a bearded vulture. This is as far as I got and I quite like it (even if I eyeballed the ref instead of measuring my sketch properly) but still I should have stopped 30 seconds sooner instead of ruining the nearside wing with those white lines.
Knowing When To Stop, kids. It's a really, REALLY important thing you should learn sooner than later.
17 Media: Acrylic paint on mixed media paper. A4.
Progress images of acrylic painting of Knightmare, just galloping happily along through what seems to be a rather large pool of blood. As you do.
18 Media: Acrylic paint and acrylic ink on A3 mixed media paper.
That feeling where you spent too long on something you didn't like that much in the first place.
19 Media: watercolours and photoshop
Somewhere, under all the photoshoppery, there was a humble sketch done in watercolour marker.
20 Media: Watercolour on yupo paper. A4
First attempt at using yupo synthetic paper. Best described as 'there appears to have been a struggle'. Also, importantly, learned DO NOT TOUCH THE PAPER! It likes to retain fingerprints that you don't see until they act as a resist to the paint.
21 Media: Watercolour and ink on yupo paper
The red is watercolour, the black acrylic ink. Reffed from one of my skull collection. Fox skull.
22 Media: Watercolour and ink on yupo paper
This chap's seen better days. Have also discovered that the black ink I used for the lines (pentel brush pen. I think it's indian ink but don't quote me on that) doesn't dry on yupo.
28 Media: Black and red brush inks (Pentel brush pens).
I love Pentel's brush pens and have been using their black for a while now. So I got all excited when I stumbled across other colours and got the red one. Then was bitterly disappointed to find the red goes kinda pink when it dries. One does not do pink. So this is slightly doctored in photohop, as are the other red and black ink pictures in this gallery.
29 Media: Black and red brush inks (Pentel brush pens).
30 Media: Black and red brush inks (Pentel brush pens).
31 From art society: the evening's theme was to take a photo from a newspaper or magazine, cut it in half, stick one half on your paper and then draw the other part. My first issue with this is I buy neither newspapers or magazines (beyond the very occasional ImagineFX when I'm on holiday). Luckily one of the nice people there let me take a picture from her BBC Wildlife mag of these two striated caracaras here. Second issue - this exercise was harder than I thought it would be! It's not a large picture but still took 2.5 hours. Think I managed something acceptable in the end though ^^ (All credit for the photo goes to photographer Anthony Smith.)
32 Media: Pencils in A5 (so A4 across the spread) Layflat sketchbook
Sketch of (a very small bit of) Carcassonne. I was very happy to get a visit in and took many, many photos. Had a go at sketching this one up (minus the tourists).
33 Media: watercolours on watercolour paper A5
Theme was Ancient Egypt or something to that effect. So here's one of the Anubis statues from Tutankhamen's treasures.
34 Media: Pencils on brown paper A5
Art Society: theme was a painting by an old master. So I went with a poorly executed rendition of Leonardo Da Vinci's 'Lady with an Ermine'.
35 Media: watercolour on hot press watercolour paper. A5
Art Society piece. Theme for the evening was a padlock on a gate. I like how the texture of the wrought iron came out.
37 Media: Derwent Inktense pencils on 180x240mm watercolour paper
So called because the colouring kinda makes me think of an aurora.
38 Media: pencils, brush pen, white gel pen on A5 brown paper. 2015
Done on a 'free evening' at the art society. Thought I'd try painting from a photo I took at Le Mont Saint Michel a few years back. Bit of a challenge and it's not perfect but this was really satisfying to draw.
39 Media: Watercolours
Result of a Sunday afternoon sketchy painting. Partly for pleasure also to try out a cheap watercolour pad for rough work. The paper's terrible for painting on (you get what you pay for!) but will certainly do for tests and sketches because, unusually for a cheap pad, it's gummed at all the edges.
Quick brush pen drawing. Thinking about making adoptables of this just to see what will happen. Maybe.
42 Media: Watercolour Working on my watercolours using holiday photos for practice:
I don't remember what this castle was called :-\ Or entirely where it was - might have been in Provence or the Italian side of Switzerland. I liked this bit with the pool of water by the walls (green - lots of algae, wouldn't have recommended paddling in it but it looked nice).
43 Media: Watercolour Working on my watercolours using holiday photos for practice:
Italian Alps. This is the river at the bottom of the valley where we stayed. Bit of a steep slope to get there from the chalet but I spent happy hours hunting garnets on the river banks :)
44 Media: Watercolour Working on my watercolours using holiday photos for practice:
Somewhere in the Swiss Alps.
45 Media: Watercolour Working on my watercolours using holiday photos for practice:
Tenerife. We stayed in the hotel at the foot of El Tiede in the middle of the national part. Didn't mix the colours very well here, should be much more arid and much less 'green'. El Tiede with, I think, El Toco (? I think that's what it's called) rock formations in front of it.
Shade again, in a fun new outfit. This is him quite a long way along the DS timeline. fyi, Blackjack's responsible for that unpleasant looking 'scratch' in his chest (long story). In the back there is Ymmu the Necroclast, Shade's dire werewolf form and of course Raven.
55 Media: Pen and ink, watercolour Characters: Blackjack, random dragon.
Back in '03 the first of my grandparents passed on. It was the first time I'd lost someone from my immediate family and really it shouldn't have happened then if the hospital hadn't messed up the way it did. I still greatly miss my Grandad. At the time I drew this because I was sad and since I'm not particularly good at talking about my feelings drawing is a good way for me to work through what's going on with me.
Having heard so much about them I bought a set of Prismacolor pencils to try out. They're not bad. I like my old Karisma's better but since they're discontinued I figured I should learn to love the future. But then at the rate I actually use colour pencils it may be the case that I'll be dead before they need replacing anyway. Still, now I do have the choice of which to use.
Redraw of Shade as he features in 'Summoning The Dark'. This is because Shade was originally drawn for it as a pencil sketch done on my way to work. For the stippled madness I used a lightbox to copy the pencils. For this I just laid marker paper over the pencil sketch and painted away ^_^
Given that he's blonde, his hair's looking a wee bit black but I had too much fun painting it to care
Commercial Use: I do licence my art for commercial purposes. Please email me to discuss my pricing.
General terms for Non-commercial use only: ASK ME FIRST!!!! and wait for a reply! Credit must be given on the page where the image is being used and a link back to me. Email to tell me the exact address of the page (if on the web) my art is being used. Must be uploaded to your own server, not a file-sharing site since no one has the right to agree to their Terms Of Service on my behalf. I don't allow pictures of my named characters (Blackjack/Bloodbane, Shade, Darkclaw etc etc) to be used unless there's a good reason for me to make an exception.
Tattoo Use: Please note that if you have my artwork tattooed on your body without seeking my prior consent, you are automatically agreeing to a contract whereby I, Isabelle Davis, will hereby forever own 15% of your immortal soul until such a point as I see fit to give it back. Or you could just ask me first....