Tuesday, 28 July 2009

I'm finally posting the individual Owl and the Pussycat illustrations. Enjoy!

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
'O lovely Pussy! O Pussy my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
You are,
You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!'
Pussy said to the Owl, 'You elegant fowl!
How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?'
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose,
His nose,
His nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.
'Dear pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?' Said the Piggy, 'I will.'
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

I'm glad that buying gouache wasn't a total waste of money, because it's qualities are useful for this uni project. Here is another cave painting, this time I started with a black wash as the background. Would probably be better had I mixed a black instead of using it straight from the tube, but still, I quite like it.

This guy inspired me to (amongst other ideas) actually use some of the hundreds of photos I've taken so far for this project in artwork. This first one wasn't that successful, but I used clay to build up texture on the rocks which I then painted over with acrylic. I like how what I've added leaves the boundary of the photo.

...this one is far more successful and my favourite of this post.

This mess was intended to be a textual experiment. I don't like it, but at least now I know that I can get rust to grow on black acrylic and show up. This is a cheap canvas, covered in clay, bin liners, acrylic, photographs, ink and rust. I think I'll be using bin liners again, which were also inspired by http://www.kubicki.info/ He uses photographs of raggy material a lot.

This last one is a photograph with soil, pva, clay and acrylic on top.

Friday, 24 July 2009

Started a painting of a Xenomorph. God knows when I'll finish it.



I was looking after a little Sparrow, but he sadly died this morning.

Sunday, 19 July 2009


Acylic on illustration board.

Work in progress pics...

Saturday, 18 July 2009

I'm not dead, I've just been busy with things other than art.

Here are some gouache and ink illustrations from photo references of Chislehurst Caves, for uni project work. The caves were used as an air raid shelter for 200 or so families in WW2, making them a lot like an underground city... This seemed like a good reference for the City of Ember. Gouache is really gritty and earthy.