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I had an amazing time in LA, but didn’t draw the sky because it always looked like this. There were no clouds, there was no rain, there was nothing but sunshine.

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Returning to Scotland was a bit of a shock. It’s cold, wet and grey. But our sky is much more interesting.

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Another dramatic evening sky. I’m really pleased with how the watercolour effect looks in this – it’s all digital!

If you use Photoshop, I really recommend Kyle T Webster’s watercolour brushes (and indeed all his other brushes): check them out here.

Bee

BeeTest2The freelance project I’m working on is very serious, with no colour … so I wanted to draw something completely different today! I’ve had an idea for a short, or perhaps a series of shorts, in Flash. I’d like to keep the characters really simple, like the birds in my “Good Morning!” short.

Landscape 01

I’d like to get into the habit of drawing daily so I’ve come up with a list of short exercises to do, one each day. Today’s was a landscape study.

Landscape_01_Image copyMountain landscape 478216 from http://wallpaper-kid.com/mountain-landscape-backgrounds.htm

Landscape_01_BW copyI did a B&W study first to try and understand the tones in the photograph. In my sketch it’s difficult to distinguish between the mountains and the rocky formation in the foreground. In future I’ll allow myself to play with more values of grey. It also took me a while to realise that though the shadows on the mountains were dark they were lighter than the shadows in the foreground.
Landscape_01 copyFor this exercise I took the colours directly from the photograph. I plan to build up to the point where I choose my own palette, and work in real paint, pencils, pastels etc.

Christmas copy

 

But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
from ancient times.
Micah 5:2

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’
Matthew 2:1-2

Birdy

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This little guy appeared while I played with Kyle T. Webster’s great gouache photoshop brushes today.

Old Drawings

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This is one of the first sketches I did for the fire in “Dreid”, my VFS classical animation. (You can find the film in “Shorts”.) I took a picture of the sketch when I had to throw the sketchbook it was in away, and I only found the picture this weekend.Bird copyThis little bird was in the same sketchbook, but he’d been drawn for a different assignment. He looked so cheerful I had to colour him in.

Gouache II

Princess copy Birds copy Cat copy Bird copyI had fun painting with gouache last night! I bought three more tubes of paint as last time I only had yellow, red, and blue. Also I planned ahead a bit more, taking some designs from my sketchbook to paint instead of attempting to make them up on the spot.

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